Mixed Reactions to Marvel Anime

We got our first glimpses of 2 of the 4 planned Warren Ellis scripted Marvel Anime series this weekend, Iron Man and Wolverine! While I am stoked as hell for anything that mad bastard Ellis does, I’ve got mixed feelings about what I’ve seen here and judging by general buzz of my geeky brethren around the internet I am far from alone.

First off, I thought Iron Man looked incredible and seemed especially well suited (no pun intended) for the anime treatment. The detail of the armor is fantastic and the action looks powerfully kinetic!

Wolverine however leaves me feeling a bit wary. They went for a very uncharacteristic thin and lanky look, very gaunt face with a ridiculous anime mullet. In fact, aside from the claws there is absolutely nothing in his design that indicates that this is Wolverine. Now it is important to keep in mind that these are meant to be Japanese re-imaginings of the characters so they do have a bit more creative leeway. Hopefully Mr. Ellis will deliver a story bad ass enough (which he says will be loosely based on Claremont/Miller miniseries) to make us forget how friggin’ weird he looks.

Both series are expected to debut Spring 2010.

U.S. Death Note Adaptation Coming (is that a threat or a promise?)

Death Note

Warner Bros has aquired the rights to Japan’s popular Death Note manga and plans to adapt the first 3 installments of the 13 volume series into a new live action movie.

Death Note

Death Note 2006

While I have yet to read the manga, I recently really got into the Japanese films and anime series. The story revolves around a teenage student who comes across a notebook dropped by a Shinigami (Death God), this notebook gives it’s bearer the power to kill anyone simply by writing their name.

Being the optimist that I am, I won’t immediately assume this will be another watered down American bastardization. I do look forward to seeing what they can do with a bigger budget, one weakness of the Japanese films being it’s cheesy looking cgi. This is a great chance to really explore the Shinigami Realm in depth and truly bring Ryuk and his bizarre brethren to life!

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Ryuk in the Shinigami Realm from Death Note #1

Oh by the way, you can read the entire manga for free right here.