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Marvel and Madhouse Team Up For Another Iron Man Anime



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Column by Scott Green



Honestly, the first round of Marvel comic adaptations from much lauded anime studio Madhouse (Redline, Ninja Scroll, the Satoshi Kon movies) would have to be called under whelming. Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men and Blade didn't have the English language writers or Japanese anime talent that the original pilots and hypes promised. Ultimately, the end results didn't ignite a Japanese interest in Marvel comics or fuel an American interest in anime. Like the Batman: Gotham Knight anthology or Halo Legends, they struck me as sadly mediocre, a sorely missed opportunity for anime to reestablish itself for genre fans.
Well, maybe I'm a sucker, because given the resumes involved, I'm at least mildly excited about the newly announced Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore, which see Hiroshi Hamasaki, the talent behind some top mature audience anime such as Texhnolyze and Shigurui: Death Frenzy take on the armored Avenger.


According to MTV Geek, the feature, hitting DVD next year from Sony, will feature Iron Man going head-to-head against the Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson-created villain Ezekiel Stane, son of Obadiah Stane. After Stane unleashes a terrorist attack and sets Tony up to take the fall, Iron Man must evade S.H.I.E.L.D.’s man hunt and find a way to clear his name.
Marvel will be revealing more about the feature during their Jeph Loeb-led Marvel TV Presents Panel during New York Comic-Con on Saturday, October 13 at 4:15pm in Room 1E13.



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  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    So it's an IRON MANIME?

    by BeeDub

    I'll be here all night. Tip your waitresses.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    And, uh, first.

    by BeeDub

    I s'pose.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Shigurui was messed up in a good way

    by mistergreen

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Texhnolyze was a great and underated anime!

    by Meta

    In the world of giant robots, harems and magical schoolgirls came an anime about the lowest depths of humanity and the struggle to rise above it; Texhnolyze. Beautifully animated and sadly unappreciated, Texhnolyze had no humor, no magic, no schoolgirls with tripple D's, no deus-ex-machina to get the heroes out of every situation. Very gritty, very dark, very real, and very slow to start off. You need to sit through the first 4 episodes just to learn about the main players before the plot really starts to kick-in. Not your typical anime fan's anime. If you like dark gritty drama and if you can ever get it for cheap, pick it up.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Anime = emo soap operas for nerds

    by gun_will_travel

    misunderstood loners in high-powered suits of armor, pining away for wide-eyed girls

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    How about from the people who did legend of the Overfiend

    by Phategod2

    No that will get people talking.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    I must be getting old...

    by BigDan

    because having Punisher on the poster makes it look cool to me but the ridiculous tits on what I assume is Black Widdow brings it down

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Weary of the Granov suit, and movie Hawkeye is

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks


  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Anime Extremis would be awesome...

    by heligo

    ...a perfect marriage of story and medium.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Why are most of the top of news item almost a week old already.

    by leroyspoboys

    I'm a big fan of AICN, but gents what's with the delays? The Wolverine shots, this Iron Man clips, the Weyland-Tyrell story, the Ms Marvel story....all at least 4-5 days old from other sites most of us already read.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Anime is the laziest art-form imaginable

    by BrashHulk

    We start with a Hot Young Studly Turk with a Deadly Ability who Has A Secret, then throw in a babe who Shows Him How To Love, then add the sagely master who Shows Him The Way, a dastardly villain who kidnaps/rapes/brainwashes (sometimes all 3!) the hero's girl, a whole bunch of nameless, faceless henchmen, and then: BLOODY REVENGE!

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Wow, the TB function really sucks

    by BrashHulk

    Where did the other 3 paragraphs that I wrote go when I hit the POST button?! Jeezus Bloody Crispy Christ, this site has gone to the dogs.

  • Maybe I'm too attached to Jim Lee's take on the Punisher, but his hair annoys me on this poster. And Black Widow face looks a little messed up and her breasts are too hiked up. Hawkeye looks like he's pulled out of a G.I.Joe episode. I like being positive but Iron Man is the only thing I like on this poster, the rest makes me cringe.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    poster black widow looks like a tranny.

    by iampain

    obviously the person who drew it needs to do a little research.

  • What's wrong with good old American Kirbyesque Diktoesque comic art? Fuck yeah.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    you haters really know fuck-all about anime

    by Monnie Knapp

    How does Cowboy Bebop fit in your little scheme? How. about The Big O? Vampire Hunter D? Robot Carnival? Record of Lodoss War? Wow, that's a lot of stuff that doesn't gel with your preconceived and ill-informed notions. If you are gonna be full of shit, try not to be so brash about it.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I agree, most of these guys don't know shit about anime!

    by JarJar25

    I loved most of the Marvel Anime, and really want another X-men series, but Iron Man is cool, too. Brashhulk, you're the one who doesn't know anime, there are lots of great anime that has great stories, such Orguss, Lain, and Berzerk to name a few. The Marvel/anime may not be perfect, but we all have to agree it is far better than most of the American shit versions out there!

  • I'm reminded to finish watching it. I actually stopped because I mostly watch Netflix stuff while I work, and cartoons are better when you can keep your eyes on them.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Are Ghibli movies really anime? Is all Japanese animation anime?

    by Autodidact

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    anime is defined as:

    by Monnie Knapp

    The Japanese style of motion picture animation; so yes, Ghibli counts. In Japan, all animation is called Anime, it's just an abbreviation.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Anime is animation from Japan. It's not a genre or a style.

    by Son of a Butch

    The idiots above trying to explain what makes anime "bad" are completely fucking clueless.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Much like Scott Green said...

    by InfiniteGeist

    This is something to keep on your radar. Hiroshi Hamazaki has been in the biz for a while know and has worked on some excellent features. he even co-directed the Highlander animated feature that came out in '07. Texnolyze is easily one of the better anime series to came out in the past 10 years. I just hope the writing talent matches his visual and cinematic style. Also, I'm hoping Disney will put forth some good money into this project.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Also, to naysayers of Japanese Animation

    by InfiniteGeist

    if every anime feature (or even series) had the budget of Disney movies, they would blow Disney flicks out of the water and leave them for dead. It's all about budget. That's why the animation isn't as always smooth. What they always been able to dish out is detail true to it's original comic. Have you ever seen any of the current American comic to animated projects? They all have this dumbed down drawing style, ever since Batman the animated series. And if you want to bring original WB animation into the argument such as Bugs and the gang; well, they were shorts. Have any of you taken time to see an animated short from Japan? Well, let me enlighten you gentlemen and ladies. You're welcome, btw.

  • How are their big titted chicks and power robot suits and magical girls and different from our big titted spandex chicks and power robot suits and magical girls in American comic books? HOW???? PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME!!!!! Is it because our big titted chicks are feminists who act like men whereas theirs act all cute and girly? Congratulations for being so 'progressive'! At least they're not recycling the same characters over and over and over and over and over and over again... This is why I stopped reading mainstream American comic books. At least the Japanese know when to actually end shit and begin new stories. Marvel and DC on the other hand have been recycling the same characters for decades!

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I have to agree

    by nicegoogly

    Hawkeye and Blackwidow look like shit. I could tolerate anime boobs, but this is just distracting. Taking the movie Hawkeye instead of trying to do something original is boring. Punisher with brown fuckin' hair? What? At first, I thought he was just a fan wearing a t-shirt since that design is so far off. Let's hope it is better than the Marvel Anime's. I watched all them with such hope. Iron Man seemed to have a plot of some sort, but, like Wolverine's, played out like a video game. End bosses every episode for Iron Man. The gauntlet to get to the top of the mountain in Wolverine. Milo Ventemiglia as Logan? Crazy shit. The first episode of X-Men looked amazing, but quickly devolved into taking out robots while on motorcycle in the snow. Motorcycles that looked like they were stolen from Megaforce. Mutants with awesome powers blowing up robots with missiles. Great fuckin' writing, assholes.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    International coproductions usually suck.

    by Chief Joseph

    If you really want it to work, one side needs to be in firm control. Either have the Americans run the whole thing and have the Japanese animate it (like most "American" cartoons were done in the '80s), or give the Japanese free reign to go nuts with the property. Because as it is, you've got a bunch of suits saying, "You can't do this or that, you have to use only THESE characters," etc. Like with Batman: Gotham Knight, some dumbass suit forced them to make the anime fit into the Nolanverse, therefore forcing the anime to only use 3rd-string villains and not good ones that Nolan might someday use.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Wolverine's anime sucked. Biggest waste of

    by garagons

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    opportunity. X-men anime looked awesome, but was bland.

    by garagons

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    WTF is the Punisher doing there?

    by letsfightinglove

    He should have his own anime.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Why, oh why do they have to butcher the Hawkeye design.

    by Detective_Fingerling

    The purple and blue suit has always been awesome to me. The Ultimate style suit looks like some c-list villain for spiderman or the like.

  • Not everyone has Japanese as their second language..

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    by Baragon

    I don't bother responding most the time but brashhulk the talkback automatically sensed your "manifesto" was shit and deleted it to spare us all your rambling. I love how the kids on here have no sense of anime which has existed as long as Disney or Warner Bros animation. It (anime) just didn't start appearing here until the late '60's/early '70's. To put it another way the world didn't start when your mama squeezed you out.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I noticed that too. There are subtitles though.

    by InfiniteGeist

    You just have to hit the "interactive transcript" button on the page. Below the timeline.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Agree about Wolverine Anime!

    by JarJar25

    As I said earlier, I liked most of what I've seen, but I didn't like the Wolverine anime, because the character design was just wrong. The storyline wasn't that great, either. Now, the X-men Wolverine was good and I like that series,too.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    You're quite welcome, cavejohnson.

    by InfiniteGeist

    Glad you enjoy the animation as well.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by HoraceSkinner

    Worst poster ever hawkeye and punisher look like college age kids black widow must have gotten special bullet proof spy implants, and also turned fourty...nine. whats wrong w their faces? why cant anime do american faces ? who gets the t

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    I thought I was the only one who was tired of seeing the same damned thing in comics, toons, television and the movies.