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Teaser For Warren Ellis’
X-MEN Anime Series!!

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G4 is getting four original half-hour series of 12 episodes each (48 half-hours in all), all overseen by funnybook titan Warren Ellis (“The Authority,” “Planetary,” “Global Frequency,” “Ministry of Space,” “Red,” “Astonishing X-Men”).  

The teaser for the X-Men series came out this weekend:

The press release issued during last summer’s Comic Con:

Original Series "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" to Make U.S. TV Premiere on G4 in 2011
Los Angeles, CA, July 26, 2010 - G4 will be the exclusive U.S. television home of four brand-new anime series featuring some of the most successful and iconic brands from the Marvel Universe. Produced by Madhouse for Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ), these four original series will feature iconic characters from "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" in an edgy new anime world.
These series will premiere on the network in 2011, it was announced Friday at San Diego ’s International Comic-Con.
"We are excited to partner with Sony Pictures and Marvel to bring these incredible icons to G4," said Neal Tiles , President, G4. "Marvel has shattered box offices around the world and captured the imagination of our G4 viewers. Combine that with the passionate following the world of anime brings with it, and we believe this project has incredible potential for the network”.
Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President, Head of Television at Marvel Entertainment said, “Bringing Marvel and our characters to G4 is such an awesome opportunity. The size and scope of the animation from top-flight studios Madhouse and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan is nothing short of mind-blowing. We look forward to the start of a beautiful friendship and can’t wait to see the reaction from our worldwide fan-base.”
Each of the four new anime properties - "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" - will air as standalone series made up of twelve 30-minute episodes.
Guided by multiple Eagle award winner Warren Ellis, the four shows will feature a matrix of interlinked storylines and shared guest characters that further enhance this intellectual roller coaster ride for G4 viewers.
"Iron Man" In an effort to make amends for his weapons manufacturing past, Tony Stark has dedicated himself to building the world up rather than tearing it down. Traveling to Japan to build a new arc reactor that will deliver unlimited free energy to the Japanese people, Stark is challenged by the Japanese government and the media when he attempts to import the necessary nuclear priming device. And when the reactor-in-construction is repeatedly attacked by the mysterious Zodiac consortium, Stark must gather his allies to take on Zodiac and its mastermind.
"X-MEN" The X-MEN are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-MEN, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.
"Wolverine" Based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller, the series begins in Japan , where Logan is challenged by Shingen Yashida, the notorious leader of a powerful mafia clan. When Shingen's employee Yukio, a female assassin, falls out of Shingen's favor, she must kill him or be killed. Teaming up with Logan , the pair seek out the villain to exact their revenge.
"Blade" Eric Brooks -- known as Blade -- seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire lord who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with Eric. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade's quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost, and, in Viet Nam , he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.
The new "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" series will be produced by Madhouse and Marvel Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, and will make their exclusive U.S. TV Premiere on G4 in 2011. Sony Pictures Television is the distributor.
About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit


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  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by FrodoFraggins

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    another meh

    by Marat

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    and another meh

    by ahdvd

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I thought it looked good

    by Bass Ackwards

    Though I'm just happy to see a superhero cartoon that isn't just doing the same cheap, boring, quick direct-to-video animation style that all the, well direct-to-video movies, that have been coming out the last couple of years. I'm also intrigued by the idea of doing these as 12-episode series, could actually make for some compelling long form story telling, because again, I find the DTV route of taking epic comic arcs and cutting them down into 70 minute stories to be wildly unsatisfying. I'll definitely be giving these a chance and hoping for the best.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    looks pretty f@ckin rad.

    by yabory

    can't wait.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I was excited because of Ellis' involvement...

    by Gabe Athouse

    ...but it doesn't seem like he actually wrote any of these, just gave a general outline. He himself has basically dismissed his involvement as irrelevant to his fans. And he has no great passion for the Marvel Universe anyway. Marvel can't seem to catch up with DC when it comes to quality animated adaptations. I am looking forward to the Bendis/Dini Ultimate Spidey cartoon, though.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    But will it have Goth Rogue?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    'cuz she's hot.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    DC straight to DVD movies

    by Mike

    I wish that the DC straight to dvd movies had this kind of animation... what would be epic was if they'd go CG with the effects from that DC Universe Online Game... seems like there is a TON of money to be made by Marvel or DC if they'd try it... also, I'm so sick of hearing Herc refer to comic books as funnybooks...

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Looks a little TOO anime

    by Drath

    Fuck anyone who thinks this is better than the DC animated movies! This is the kind of animation that is all style and frequently devoid of substance. They did Gotham Knight like this and it was just a bunch of Vampire Hunter D imagery with Batman tied to a bland and forgettable set of short stories. This looks like more of pretty visuals and not much else. Enjoy the eye candy.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    This looks awful...

    by Dignan17

    ...I don't think the anime style lends its self well to X-Men. No thanks. G4 is all about gaming!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Japanese anime is so static.

    by CeejayNightwing

    And this is the run of the mill type that is so tiresome to watch. I'd take the DC direct to video stuff over this any day, at least it has variety and motion. This stuff is exactly the same as every tired by the numbers anime already in existence. I'll give it a miss.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Shoulda said WON the war....

    by Jobacca

    But we own yer foreign devil ass as well! U.S.A!!!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Not sure about it

    by GuruOfFunk

    Not sure i like the anime style. Cyclops in particular looks a little too japanese influenced.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Anime sucks...

    by Mr Soze

    Thats right, it sucks

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Looks good and should last longer than Wolverine...

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    And The X-Men that was on Nicktoons! Shame how Nicktoons got rid of Spectacualr Spider-Man because that was a cool series! I expect Earth Mighties Avengers to be canned by Nicktoons after it 2nd season.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Are you people Pavlov's dogs?

    by Robert Moore

    I get so tired of all the people who just instantly say something is going to suck, regardless of the evidence. In fact, this teaser look pretty decent. The artwork was more than decent. Warren Ellis has been consistently excellent in the past. No reason to imagine that he won't do good stuff here. But it is getting pathetic. Someone posts something about . . . well, anything. And instantly we get all these sad individuals who are almost certainly devoid of a single creative bone in their body who bitch about everything. And to top it off, they are also probably incredibly unattractive guys who couldn't get a date with an ugly girl, but they will gripe and moan about how ugly some incredibly gorgeous actress is. I mean, it has moved beyond sad. I don't know if this show will be good, but I liked the artwork as much as I've seen and I like Warren Ellis. Gonna give it a shot.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this.

    by Nerd Rage

    I always wanted to see an X-men anime. It's about time!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    heading in the right direction...

    by cripeman

    Star wars clone wars type animation is where any superheroe series should go. The opening animation in DC online is so totally the standard to shoot for.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting visually

    by smudgewhat

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller didnt write the Wolverine series

    by sunwukong86

    Chris Claremont did

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to check that out.....oh wait....I can't...

    by Shermdawg

    Thanks a lot, DirecTV!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by maxwell's hammer

    after seeing what he did with the G.I. Joe shorts, I'm sure Warren Ellis is capable of all kinds of cool stuff with animated X-Men. But anime as a medium is kind of stupid. All melodramatic posing and self-congratulatory coolness. Bleh. Plus, the animation reminds of Kia Asamiya's art on Chuck Austin's vomit-inducing run on 'Uncanny'. Even if they are tenuous, associations with anime and Chuck Austin are enough to keep me far far far away from this.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    who gives a fuck about blade?

    by JaredP

    tiresome character compared to wolverine iron man and x-men

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    It's said that Marvel is trying to

    by Chief Joseph

    break in to the Japanese market with these shows, hence the Japanese settings. Remember the '90s X-Men anime sequence that blew away FOX/Saban/AKOM's version? CRY FOR THE MOON!!!!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by Nick

    Japanese animation looks so warped and twisted. So bleck.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    The Iron man one was a bit shit TBH ....

    by blackflowerX

    I saw the first several episodeds. The story was lame and everything else deeply repetative and generic. The whole Anime vibe gets old quick...<BR><BR> Which was a shame as I was looking farward to it, and the whole thing seemed a great idea. <BR><BR> The design for Wolverine looks really odd too(he showed up in a part totally lifted from Iron man 2 at the race track, only it made the film look good lol), lets hope the X-men don't suck so hard.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Remember when Wolverine was a

    by Chief Joseph

    hairy, fugly little guy?

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by Chief Joseph

    They did the same thing in Wolverine, they had Cyclops (from the next anime, X-Men) drop in to cameo. Expect Blade to drop in somewhere during X-Men.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    BTW here's the website

    by Chief Joseph It says that they're going to post the character designs up there on Tuesday the 1st, Japan time.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    This will suck

    by Jim

    It will.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    well this should be interesting...

    by Circean6

    Since Warren Ellis hates super-heros & hates Americans.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    surprised by the negative feedback. but not at all.


    this looks fucking awesome. i wish i could kick the shit out pretty much all of the wall eyed retards that post on this site.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    "Who gives a fuck about Blade", jaredp?

    by panther69

    Black people for starters.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Already watched Iron Man anime.

    by Bob

    Pretty good stuff. Beats the hell out of the American Iron Man series from years back easily. Oh, and i agree with the_one_man_gang. Most of the negative cunts on here need a good slap in the head for being such clueless retards.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    What's up with MARVEL ripping of Blackest Night...then...

    by Monkey_King

    killing off Nightcrawler and other first stringers every few weeks. Bring back the Elf and get some originality.

  • Looks kinda interesting..I'll def give it a long as it dont talk down to ya like your a kid..which I dont think it is from the previews. And I say Blade should lend itself well to Anime.

  • Where he looks much younger, taller, slender with long hair and a flowing jacket? I'm kinda hoping not..didnt care for the trailer.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Yup Bitchslapping is in order

    by Briestro

    Fools! Both the Iron Man and Wolverine series have been great, and the best Marvel related animation ever. With the exception of Planet Hulk, everything in the last 20 years has been low budget cheese compared to even the WORST DC stuff. I'll take what I can get. X-Men looks cool, and I wish they would make the Avengers, to get the bad taste out of my mouth that the new Avengers series has been giving me. In the meantime, I'll just watch Young Justice and the direct to dvd DC stuff, since Marvel still sucks aside from the new animes. They are owned by Disney now, where are the domestic made Marvel cartoons that can compare to the WB stuff? B

  • and Anime is garbage. It is a terrible lazy art style with its disproportioned androgynous characters and terrible frame dropping frame holding action sequences.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    yes i know blade is black i'm not stupid i'm just saying compared to wolverine or even iron man he isn't shit thats all blade is so second tier at best or maybe third tier

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by panther69

    Think, then type. I was not implying that you were stupid. I merely stated a group of people who give a fuck about Blade. One of many. As for Blade being second or third tier, that's a matter of opinion. Unfortunately most incarnations of Blade have sucked if you ask me. I love the X-men and Iron Man has been given a pulse in recent years. I hope this new X-men series will finally be one that I like and not another "interpretation" of my favorite superheroes. Peace.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    hataz gotta hate, the_one_man_gang

    by Chief Joseph

    Seriously, judging an entire show on a 15-sec clip. Oh, and on bigoted opinions on Japanese animation. Pretty fucking retarded if you ask me. Both American and Japanese cartoons are all done in S. Korea anyways these days; there is really no difference between the two anymore.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    since no one has corrected you, I'll do it. Frank Miller DID write the original Wolverine miniseries with Claremont.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    No but he will cry a waterfall.

    by meta4

    and there will be blood.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, midnight CST

    DIE saen TROLL

    by meta4

    *Strikes you down with a bowl of fruity pebbles*

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Goth Rogue was an entirely appropriate

    by Dennis_Moore

    adaptation considering her post-punk aesthetic in a mostly black get up, and her angst over draining the life out of Ms. Marvel, all courtesy of CC and JRJr. The jock-appeal artists like Jim Lee fucked her up later and made her sunnier when the book became more mainstream, the downfall of the series, that time period...

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Iron Man is GREAT! Wolverine... not so much. :(

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    The Iron Man series spins directly off from the film series, which was a great idea... and FAR more faithful than previous animated versions of the character. Wolverine, however — though based on Frank Miller's 1980s mini-series — is surprisingly boring. He runs around, gets attacked by someone, fights them, runs around, gets attacked, rinse, repeat. EVERY episode! The only shining light on the series is when characters such as Omega Red and Cyclops from the comics pop up. Sure, they weren't in Miller's story, but it's a nice change from the usual predictable chain of events each episode. And plus is that this series does NOT shy from the fact that Wolverine stabs, cuts and kills people with his claws. There's blood in this series, and he guts people with regularity. Although, I don't know how much will be taken out once it's shown here in the States. Even the PG-13 films never show blood when Wolverine attacks people. Hopefully, the X-Men and Blade anime will be more like Iron Man than Wolverine... faithful to the source material, but with enough new and original material to make the series interesting and worth watching. So far, both Iron Man and Wolverine anime have had plausible reasons for being set in Japan, as well as for the characters speaking Japanese (in the original Japanese releases) . That's the sort of story planning that makes the cartoons even better.

  • I hate when Ellis does shit like this. If the guy is going to be overseeing something it should be an adult half hour on a pay cable channel. Effa superhero. But hey, dudes gotta eat. So, whatever. No way I'm watching any of that mess, though. I think it looks fine, btw. Just not my thing at all.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    No mention of Transmetropolitan in the article?

    by quicksilver80


  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    looks a gazillion better than anything Marvel has ever done

    by chien_sale

    as far as cartoon, nothing beats anime

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by Wookie_1995

    now listen here son, good ol' american animation is a trillion times better than anything those crazy japs and pull off. They're animation is so crazy looking but hey I guess thats what happens when you nuke a group of people huh? AMERICA FUCK YEAH

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    could pull off*

    by Wookie_1995

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    RE:Who gives a fuck about Blade?

    by Stalkeye

    Well smartass, had it not been for the success of Blade's first live action film, Marvel would not have had the confidence to greenlight the following films:X-Men, Spider-Man,etc. Blade being the official first Marvel based film,(sowwies, but Howard the Duck doesn't count.) had ushered in the current trend/crop of Marvel Movies. Not bad for an 3rd Tier character huh?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    BTW, This is old news.

    by Stalkeye

    As I have watched the entire 12 part Iron Man arc and am now on the 7th episode of Wolverine. So far I'm impressed. Too bad the localization version will appear on G4TV which is one of the lamest channels on Cable with the somewhat exception of X-Play, all their programs are lackluster. yeah, a Network based on videogames but instead of focusing on the industry, all we see are reruns of COPS and Cheaters.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Oh saen...

    by Bob

    .."Anime is garbage." Why you gotta troll like that?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Looked pretty darn good...

    by Righteous Brother

    much better than DC's animated output.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    wolverine was Chris Claremont AND Frank Miller.

    by thedude2010

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Iron Man sounds like Atlas Shrugged

    by PTSDPete

    Wasn't that an awful novel ?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Anime = Fail.

    by shutupfanboy

    Deal with it America.

  • He was responsible for the best animated version, or more like the definate version of those Real American Heroes. Too bad he wasn't considered to write or direct the next Joe movie which will no doubt suck.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Brought to you by Mr. Sparkle

    by LunchRoomFunny

    I am disrespectful to dirt!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    These are going to rock, Madhouse > any other art studio on earth.

    by ganymede3010

    Nuff said.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Dream Come True!!

    by Weapon M

    Wow this sounds so amazing!!!!! :D Wow! I was hoping though that it would have more members of the X-men. That would be amazing. But hey!! I'm totally happy!!! I'm very elated to see this! Now all I gotta hope for is a Japanimated SPIDERMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    God just FUCK ANIME!

    by Jaster

    The shit hasn't changed in 30 years! They're still drawing guys like Justin Bieber!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    They should've kept control

    by veritasses

    of the character design/look as well as the story. What they want are the skill and techniques of Japanese animation, not (necessarily) the designs or Japanese skewed creative minds. And by "kept control of the story" I mean hire/steal the guys over at DC animation... the Marvel stories from the past have been lacking.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    A NICE NEW FUCKING AWESOME AMERICAN XMEN CARTOON (like what we had in the 90's). They sorta came close a few years ago with Wolverine & the Xmen but the plug was pulled before season 2 even began. There are 80 billion awesome xemn stories waiting to be told.............Marvel/Disney get to it.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    wookie_1995, Gi Joes and Transformers were anime

    by chien_sale

    basically. They were good because they took stuff from anime.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    someone always refers to the 90's X-Men cartoon..

    by AnakinsDiapers if it wasn't warmed over shit. The stories were dumbed down to mind numbing levels, and the animation was disgusting, as if they lowballed the tiawanese sweatshop they contracted it out to. I sat thru the crap that was X-Men to get to Eek the Cat.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    As far as this new project is concerned...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..I'll jump on the bandwagon, just to be a follower, and exclaim..."Xenophobia laden comment!, xenophobia laden comment! *harumph, harumph!"

  • March 1, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Character designs are up!

    by Chief Joseph Emma Frost, Jean Grey, and the U-Men are also slated to appear.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Close-up anime smirking!

    by Smööf

    Gotta have lots of that vH pH

  • March 2, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    At least Harry didn't report this one....

    by HalJordan2814

    Thank God for that...

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  • March 3, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by irongeezer

    I'd much rather they found financing for a second (thru sixth) season of Astonishing X-Men. Marvel are all over the palce with animation, and really need to take a close look at what DC & Warner Bros. have done. The closest they've come so far, in my opinion, to really well executed animation is Lionsgate's Planet Hulk and Astonishing X-Men: Gifted. This anime stuff is a niche market and it's where you spend your money that you don't know what to do with. The mass market appeal for this is going to be very low (die-hard X fans, die hard anime fans). Won't take in one new viewer.