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Marvel Anime
Anime television series
Iron Man
Directed byYūzō Satō
Kenichi Kawamura (assistant)
Produced byTarō Morijima
Fuminori Hara
Cort Lane
Warren Ellis
Written byToshiki Inoue
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Original networkAnimax
English network
Original run October 1, 2010 December 17, 2010 (2010-12-17)
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Wolverine
Directed byHiroshi Aoyama
Hajime Ōtani (assistant)
Produced byTarō Morijima
Fuminori Hara
Cort Lane
Warren Ellis
Written byKengo Kaji
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Original networkAnimax
English network
Original run January 7, 2011 March 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
X-Men
Directed byFuminori Kizaki
Written byMitsutaka Hirota
Warren Ellis
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Original networkAnimax
English network
Original run April 1, 2011 June 24, 2011 (2011-06-24)
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Blade
Directed byMitsuyuki Masuhara
Chie Yamashiro (assistant)
Produced byTarō Morijima
Fuminori Hara
Cort Lane
Written byKenta Fukasaku
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Original networkAnimax
English network
Original run July 1, 2011 September 16, 2011 (2011-09-16)
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Related works
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Marvel Anime is a series of four anime television series and two direct-to-video films produced in collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Japanese animation studio Madhouse. The four twelve-episode series, based on Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade, aired in Japan on Animax between October 2010 and September 2011. An English-language version aired in North America on G4 between July 2011 and April 2012.[1] Each of the series, guided by writer Warren Ellis, largely features Japan as the setting for the storyline.

Premise[edit]

The project reimagined top Marvel characters for a Japanese audience via four 12-part series; Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade, which aired in Japan on Animax between October 2010 and September 2011.[2] The announcement was confirmed at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. According to former Madhouse President and CEO Jungo Maruta, Marvel gave the anime studio free rein to re-imagine the Marvel superheroes for Japanese audiences.[3] The English version would premiere in the United States on G4.[4][5] The series was guided by Warren Ellis.[6] "It will create an entire parallel universe for Marvel," said Simon Philips, president of Marvel International about Marvel Anime.[7] The Marvel Anime series is being aired in Australia on Sci Fi.[8]

Iron Man[edit]

Cast of Iron Man, Tony Stark and Dr. Chika Tanaka

Iron Man (アイアンマン, Aianman) (DVD title: Iron Man: Animated Series) is the first show of the series with 12[9] episodes. The series was directed by Yuzo Sato, with Warren Ellis writing the story and Jamie Simone serving as voice director, casting director, and reversion producer for the English version. A special preview ran on Animax on September 25, 2010, before the series began airing on October 1, 2010,[10] and ended on December 17, 2010. While Iron Man premiered in the US on G4 on July 29, 2011,[11] a "sneak peek" of the first episode aired on July 23, 2011 following G4's Comic-Con 2011 Live coverage.[12] The entire series was released on DVD in the United States on April 24, 2012. A follow up direct-to-video film called Iron Man: Rise of Technovore was released on April 16, 2013.[13][14]

Plot[edit]

Tony Stark goes to Japan to produce a new arc reactor power station and showcase the Iron Man Dio, a new prototype armor, that will replace him when he retires. However, the Iron Man Dio goes out of control and it is up to Tony as Iron Man to stop it along with an organization called the Zodiac. Iron Man even gains an ally in JSDF operative Captain Nagato Sakurai piloting the Ramon Zero armor that his military group made for him. Iron Man soon discovers that his old friend Ho Yinsen (who Tony thought was dead upon his first time as Iron Man) is alive and is operating the Iron Man Dio armor for the Zodiac's goals.

Voice Cast[edit]

Role Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Iron Man/Tony Stark Keiji Fujiwara Adrian Pasdar
Iron Man Dio/Ho Yinsen Hiroaki Hirata Kyle Hebert
Dr. Chika Tanaka Takako Honda Laura Bailey
Rasetsu/Minister of Defense Kuroda Unshō Ishizuka Neil Kaplan
Nanami Ōta Shizuka Itō Eden Riegel
Pepper Potts Hiroe Oka Cindy Robinson
Ramon Zero/Captain Nagato Sakurai Jin Yamanoi Travis Willingham
Ichiro Masuda Tomoyuki Shimura[15] Benjamin Diskin
Editor Nomura Shinya Fukumatsu[15] Daran Norris
Wolverine/Logan (ep. 4) Rikiya Koyama Milo Ventimiglia[15]

Wolverine[edit]

Cast of Wolverine, Logan, Mariko Yashida, Shingen Yashida, Kikyo Mikage, and Yukio.

Wolverine (ウルヴァリン, Uruvarin) is the second show of the series with 12 episodes. It aired on Animax between January 7, 2011 and March 25, 2011. While Wolverine premiered in the US on G4 on July 29, 2011,[11] a "sneak peek" of the first episode aired on July 23, 2011 following the Iron Man "sneak peek" and G4's Comic-Con 2011 Live coverage.[12] Jamie Simone served as voice director, casting director, and reversion producer for the English version.

Plot[edit]

Logan learns that his true love, beloved sweetheart and girlfriend Mariko Yashida, who disappeared one year ago, has been taken to Tokyo by her father Shingen Yashida, the head of the Japanese crime syndicate Kuzuryu and a supplier of A.I.M., in order to be wed to Hideki Kurohagi. Wolverine goes on a quest to rescue Mariko and defeat Shingen and Hideki, encountering several opponents along the way.

Voice Cast[edit]

Role Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Wolverine/Logan Rikiya Koyama Milo Ventimiglia
Mariko Yashida Fumiko Orikasa Gwendoline Yeo
Shingen Yashida Hidekatsu Shibata Fred Tatasciore
Hideki Kurohagi Kazuki Yao Vic Mignogna
Yukio Romi Park Kate Higgins
Omega Red/Arkady Rossovich Ryūzaburō Ōtomo JB Blanc
Kikyo Mikage Masato Hagiwara Steven Blum
Min Misato Fukuen Danielle Judovits
Koh Iemasa Kayumi JB Blanc
Cyclops/Scott Summers (ep. 5 & ep. 6) Toshiyuki Morikawa Scott Porter

X-Men[edit]

Cast of X-Men, Cyclops, Professor X, Wolverine, Storm, Armor, and Beast

X-Men (エックスメン, Ekkusumen) (DVD title: X-Men: Animated Series) scheduled to air as the third show of the series with 12 episodes. It aired on Animax from April 1, 2011, to June 24, 2011. A preview trailer was released on February 18, 2011, featuring mutants such as Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and Beast.[16] It premiered in the United States on G4 on October 21, 2011.[17] Jamie Simone as voice director, casting director, and reversion producer for the English version. The entire series was released on DVD in the United States on April 24, 2012.

Plot[edit]

Following the death of Jean Grey (who was being controlled by the Dark Phoenix, due to the sinister influence of the Inner Circle), the X-Men are reassembled by Professor X to travel to Japan following the abduction of Armor and face the U-Men who are abducting young mutants in order to harvest their organs. During their fight with the U-Men, the X-Men discover that some of the mutants in Japan are suffering from the "Damon Hall Syndrome" which causes problems for mutants during their second mutation. The X-Men must also deal with the next plot of the Inner Circle.[18]

Cast[edit]

Role Japanese English
Cyclops/Scott Summers Toshiyuki Morikawa Scott Porter
Wolverine/Logan Rikiya Koyama Steven Blum
Takeo Sasaki Atsushi Abe Steve Staley
Neuron Yutaka Aoyama Dave Wittenberg
Professor X/Charles Xavier Katsunosuke Hori Cam Clarke
Storm/Ororo Munroe Aya Hisakawa Danielle Nicolet
Jean Grey Yurika Hino Jennifer Hale
Riko Nirasaki Marina Inoue Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Jun Sanada Tomokazu Seki Travis Willingham
Mastermind Haruhiko Jō Travis Willingham
Kōichi Kaga Katsuyuki Konishi Troy Baker
Marsh Yuichi Nakamura Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Rat Manabu Sakamaki Michael Sinterniklaas
Yui Sasaki Yoshiko Sakakibara Gwendoline Yeo
Beast/Hank McCoy Hideyuki Tanaka Fred Tatasciore
Armor/Hisako Ichiki Yukari Tamura Stephanie Sheh
Emma Frost Kaori Yamagata Ali Hillis
Sublime Rintaro Nishi Troy Baker
Kick Wataru Takagi Dave Wittenberg

Blade[edit]

Blade

Blade (ブレイド, Bureido) is the fourth and final show of the series. Comprising twelve episodes like the others, the story is written by Kenta Fukasaku, son of the late Kinji Fukasaku. Jamie Simone served as casting director, reversion producer, and voice director for the English version where he was assisted by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. It aired on Animax from July 1, 2011, to September 16, 2011.

Plot[edit]

Blade is a "daywalker" vampire hunter who was born with human and vampire blood in his veins after a vampire attacked his mother. Blade is visiting Japan on a mission where he not only confronts Deacon Frost (the vampire who killed his mother Tara Brooks), but also goes up against a mysterious organization of vampires known as "Existence".[19]

Cast[edit]

Role Japanese Voice Actor English
Blade/Eric Brooks
Young Eric Brooks (ep. 4)
Akio Ohtsuka
Junko Minagawa
Harold Perrineau[20]
Noah Bentley
Deacon Frost Tsutomu Isobe JB Blanc
Makoto Maaya Sakamoto Kim Mai Guest
Noah van Helsing Osamu Saka Troy Baker
Wolverine/Logan (ep. 7) Rikiya Koyama Milo Ventimiglia
Kikyo Mikage (ep. 8-9, 12) Masato Hagiwara Steven Blum

Films[edit]

Following the TV series, Madhouse animated different Marvel Anime films.

Other Marvel anime projects[edit]

Other anime television series based on Marvel characters have also been produced.

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers[edit]

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers is a 2014 anime series produced by Walt Disney Japan and Toei Animation. It follows five children that gain the ability to summon the Avengers, who have been trapped in small devices called DISKs, as they travel the world to retrieve other superheroes' and supervillains' DISKs before they can be used for evil. The series aired on TX Network and ran for 51 episodes.

Marvel Future Avengers[edit]

Marvel Future Avengers
マーベル フューチャー・アベンジャーズ
(Māberu fu~yūchā abenjāzu)
Anime television series
Marvel Future Avengers
Directed byYuzo Sato (Series Director)
Produced by
  • Satoshi Ochiai
  • Scott Dorff
Written byRyū King
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
StudioMadhouse
Licensed byMarvel Entertainment
Original networkDlife
English network
Original run July 22, 2017 January 20, 2018
Episodes26
Anime television series
Marvel Future Avengers Season 2
Directed byYuzo Sato (Series Director)
Produced by
  • Satoshi Ochiai
  • Scott Dorff
Written byRyū King
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
StudioMadhouse
Licensed byMarvel Entertainment
Original networkDlife
Original run July 30, 2018 October 22, 2018
Episodes13
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Marvel Future Avengers (マーベル フューチャー・アベンジャーズ, Māberu fu~yūchā abenjāzu) is an anime television series produced by Madhouse and Walt Disney Japan, based on the Marvel Comics universe. The series began airing on the Dlife satellite channel in July 2017 and ran for 26 episodes. A 13 episode second season aired in 2018. The series will be released internationally via Disney+ in February 2020.

Plot[edit]

The series follows Makoto, Adi, and Chloe, three teenagers who have been raised by Hydra to believe that they are being trained to become superheroes and that the Avengers are villains. The three have been genetically modified by Hydra, resulting in each gaining unique superhuman abilities. Upon being sent out on a mission for the first time, the trio come to realize Hydra's evil intentions and decide to leave the organization. During their escape attempt, they encounter the Avengers and help them stop Hydra's plans. Seeing their potential, the Avengers agree to take them in and train them to become superheroes, dubbing the team the "Future Avengers". While training the new recruits, the Avengers also seek to learn more about the "Emerald Rain" project, a dangerous scheme being orchestrated by Hydra and the Masters of Evil, and what connection it has to Makoto. The matter is further complicated when Bruno, another genetically-modified teen and Makoto's former partner, is manipulated into joining the Masters of Evil's ranks.

Cast[edit]

Role Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Hurricane/Makoto Aki Kanada Max Mittelman
Codec/Adi Atsushi Tamaru Xander Mobus
Charade/Chloe Juri Kimura Dina Sherman
Twister/Bruno Shinya Hamazoe Todd Haberkorn
Iron Man/Tony Stark Eiji Hanawa Mick Wingert
Captain America/Steve Rogers Kazuhiro Nakaya Roger Craig Smith
Thor Odinson Yasuyuki Kase Patrick Seitz
Hulk/Bruce Banner Kenichirō Matsuda Fred Tatasciore
Wasp/Janet Van Dyne Mizuhashi Kaori Kari Wahlgren

Production[edit]

The series was first announced in February 2017 for broadcast on Disney's Dlife satellite channel the following summer.[21] The series' premiere date, cast and staff were later confirmed the following May. Yuzo Sato was announced as the series director, with Takahiro Umehara providing the character designs. Ryū King, the lead writer on 2014's Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, returned to write Marvel Future Avengers; the Disk Wars voice cast also reprise their respective roles.[22][23] In January 2018, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered in July of that same year.[24][25]

A Marvel Future Avengers manga series by Teruaki Mizuno premiered in the April 2017 issue of Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic Special magazine.[22][21] The series was later announced for a western release via Disney+, with the first season scheduled to be added in February 2020.[26][27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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