|Iron Mess||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
Iron Man is going to be Marvel’s second biggest character in my opinion, right after Spider-Man and I think the biggest credit to this is owed directly to Robert Downey Jr. who brought the character to life in a big budget blockbuster action movie a few years ago. However, this anime series adaptation is NOT going to help.
Stylistically and visually, this series excels. Done by the acclaimed Japanese anime studio Madhouse, there is little to complain about the effects and animation is top notch. The character designs have a definite Japanese anime influence but otherwise, it appears realistic. Madhouse is an excellent pioneer in melding CGI and animation and they brilliantly execute both visuals.
I think this series fails because it’s trying to make Iron Man, an American superhero into a Japanese one. They apparently tried to simply adapt the character and make him Japanese by moving him to Japan. And it doesn’t work too well.
The plots to be rather simple and predictable in that Tony would find himself facing an enemy of the Zodiac, which was always an armored figure based on the astrological symbols and defeat them. I also found that their use of Professor Yinsen to be rather feeble in how he survived and is now an evil enemy agent. I also found it weak how they pretty much ignored a lot of the background of Tony Stark from the characters of James Rhodes and Pepper Potts and instead tried to substitute their own Japanese characters instead. And frankly, the reporter chick Nanami is a rather poor version of Lois Lane, whom I’m assuming that they based her upon and is more of a comedic afterthought.
As I only saw the subtitled version, I can’t give an adequate opinion on the English voice actors but the Japanese ones were excellent in their roles. I found that they were quite capable of providing emotional impact in their performances.
One of the more confusing bits was the creation of a 2 minute trailer that used absolutely nothing in the anime series and I think was more created to showcase Madhouse’s ability to create cool action sequences. It’s sort of typical of the entire series; confusing story but cool visual effects.
RATING: 2 and 1/2 STARS.