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While Marvel vs. Capcom 3 takes up some of my time, here comes the X-Men anime created by anime studio MADHOUSE (well-known for a HUGE variety of anime series) for more Marvel mayhem. The anime has already premiered on April 1 in Japan & G4 will be showing the anime in the future.
The fact that the anime will be referencing Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men and Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men is a good sign. Why? For those who are familiar with both writers’ take on the X-Men, they both brought the X-Men to the 21st century and focused on their own continuity rather than the convoluted continuity & crazy crossovers that usually plagues American comics. Morrison really started off things with a bang with the "E is for Extinction" storyline, which changed the goals of the X-Men to a huge degree. His stories were refreshingly modern and he made Emma Frost (one of my favorite females in Marvel) relevant. Whedon was just as good as Morrison. The characterization he provided was amazing while invoking a sense nostalgia to old-school X-Men fans. "Gifted" is a really good storyline (& the basis for the "X-Men: The Last Stand" film) and well-paced. Highly worth checking out. Although my preferences have switched to manga now, Morrison & Whedon’s X-Men runs have a special place in my heart.
Now, you may wonder why I am giving X-Men attention when Iron Man & Wolverine have anime series before them. The reason is quite simple: they are a superhero group that has never really gotten proper respect from the public. The X-Men are almost always viewed as outcasts. They reflect today’s world where people are still suffering from racism, bigotry, & prejudice. The fact that the X-Men are very ethnically diverse makes them an interesting study in how cultural differences doesn’t prevent people from getting along with each other.
In any case, expect to see a forecast of heavy thunder, optic blasts, adamantium claws, telepathy, and other wacky mutant powers in Japan this Spring.