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Idolmaster/Civil War

Get Lady for idol-on-idol violence in this Marvel-Idolmaster mashup

Pick a side, Producers!
May 20
// Josh Tolentino
Putting anime in my superhero comics? It's old hat. But putting The [email protected] in my blockbuster Hollywood hero brawls? Now that's something I can get behind! From the galactic heroes at Bin1 Pro...
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Civil War

Feel the Super Emotions in the Japanese Civil War Trailer

Someday I'm Sure
Apr 11
// Red Veron
Japanese movie trailers almost always follow a formula: they would start out happy with some happy music then it stops, and suddenly it hits you an emotional crescendo with some dramatic music that let's you know that things...
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Attack on Avengers

Behold, the Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover nobody asked for

Titans Assemble?
May 12
// Josh Tolentino
I've been getting back into reading comic books of late, the fabled "ame-comi" from across the Pacific, and one fun part of American comic book culture is the practice of "Free Comic Book Day", when comic stores and publisher...
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Toei's Spider-Man series web-slings its way back to

Just in time for his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #12
Jan 11
// Salvador G Rodiles
Now that's what you call a perfect timing, people! Right when the Emissary from Hell, "Supaidaman," made his comic book debut in The Amazing Spider-Man issue 12, Marvel has decided to re-upload Toei's 1978 Spider-Ma...

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Japanese Spider-Man always saves the day!

Best Spider-Man ever
Jan 09
// Josh Tolentino
All us normal everyday folks know to call their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when they get into a jam, but what happens when Spider-Man gets into a jam? If Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is to be believed, ...
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Attack on Titan

Aw Snap: Attack on Titan to cross over with the Marvel universe

The Titans are in for a big surprise
Nov 03
// Salvador G Rodiles
Now here's something that you don't hear everyday. Marvel Comic's Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski has announced that Attack on Titan is crossing over with the Marvel universe in Japan. Best of all, the special segment'll...
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Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

Peni Parker in anime land
Oct 17
// Josh Tolentino
While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's hap...
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Super Sentai

Change Leopardon! It's Henshin Time! covers Marvel's connection to Super Sentai

Yeah Yeah Yeah, Wow!
Sep 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
I may be late to the party again, but I felt that ToyBountyHunters' latest video in their It's Henshin Time series was worth sharing on here, since it's about Marvel's history with Toei. Aside from the Spiderman toku sh...
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Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy are set to make their anime appearance

We are Groot!
Sep 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm quite sure there's no way that you haven't seen this year's best movie, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy yet. However, if for some reason you've been on a 2D diet, drop what you're doing and take in one of the most enjoy...

T.M. Revolution to perform themes for Disk Wars: The Avengers

Unfortunately, not with Abingdon Boys School
Mar 18
// Tim Sheehy
Those of who you who've been eagerly awaiting Marvel's latest foray into the world of animation with Toei's Disk Wars: The Avengers may be pleased to learn that Takanori Nishikawa, more commonly known by his stage name T.M. R...
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New Marvel Avengers OVA to be released March 25th

Madhouse will be producing this one too!
Jan 24
// LB Bryant
In this apartment the Marvel vs. DC debate is still waged on a weekly basis. My girlfriend believes that DC is the superior brand while I, on the other hand, feel that Marvel is better. Part of my evidence for this is that Ma...
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The Avengers: Disc Wars anime coming spring 2014

The Avengers need the help of kids JUST LIKE YOU to save the day!
Oct 23
// Ben Huber
Have you ever wanted an Avengers anime? Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and Captain America all teaming up in some animated battles? Well, you've got your wish, just not in the way you might hope. A new anime called The Avengers: D...

Japanator Arena: Blade VS Vampire Hunter D

Oct 13 // Salvador G Rodiles
In the Red Corner: After his mother was killed by a vampire, Blade’s path towards hunting down the immortals was set in stone. He may be skilled with using swords and throwing knives, but his real power comes from being a Daywalker. In the Black Corner: During his lifetime, this man has saved countless lives from his brethren that torment them. Known as a legendary hunter in his world, D believes that his swordsman skills are enough to handle this match. If all else fails, his Left Hand has his back when things get tough. When you look at the fact that both contenders are half-vampire, we’re in for a clash of brutal strength and power here. Blade’s abilities will be based on his skills from the Blade anime, so you'll have to take that into account while you choose your side. In order to keep this fight organized, make sure that you add a +1 to the fighter that you vote for in this matchup. The two hunters will fight from today untill Thursday, so do your best to cast your vote on time. Once the showdown comes to a complete stop, you are welcomed to drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins! Unfortunately, my calculations on the sunset were off, which means that we’ll have to deal with some outside interference when the night engulfs us all. Hopefully, we'll survive to see the next battle take shape.  *ding, ding, ding* Hunters, Draw Your Weapons!
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It's a terrible night to have a curse
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! Seras and Grave are locked in an endless shootout. Both opponents are chock-full of lead, and their regenerative abilities continue to negate each blast. After Grave brings out the Demolition Sho...

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TV & Film

Watch The Wolverine's Yukio in action

in this new featurette
Jul 10
// Tim Sheehy
The marketing for Fox's upcoming summer blockbuster The Wolverine appears to be in full swing, with new trailers and posters popping up daily. While we usually prefer to leave Hollywood films alone, The Wolverine is unique i...

Friday Night Fights: Mikoto vs Storm

Apr 12 // Salvador G Rodiles
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Can the Zapper out-shock the Weather Witch?
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! Well folks, it looks like we encountered an unexpected turn of events in the J-tor Arena. Despite Zoro's victory over Masamune, Masamune refused to accept his defeat. Since Zoro was having troubl...

Japanator Kind of Recommends: X-Men

Oct 02 // Salvador G Rodiles
Marvel Anime: X-Men Complete Series (DVD)Studio: Madhouse Licensed by: Sony Pictures Home EntertainmentRelease Date: April 24, 2012MSRP: $19.99 [Buy] For a series that was suppose to give us a different take on an existing franchise, the X-Men anime takes us right into the middle of a battle between the X-Men and Phoenix, which results in Scott aka Cyclops losing the love of his life known as Jean Grey. Then the series focuses on the present as the team is sent to investigate a situation in Japan that is causing a spike Mutant growth, along with a mysterious interference that is keeping Professor X from scanning for any Mutants with the Cerebro. Along the way, the team encounters a new member and a former enemy known as Emma Frost that might have been connected with the death of Jean.  To those who are not familiar with franchise, in a certain point in the story Jean Grey ends up getting possessed by an entity known as the Phoenix. While in the versions that I have seen involved Jean returning to her normal self, the anime decides to make Scott go through a life changing ordeal. Unfortunately, Scott's lost tends to be more effective with people that are familiar with any of the stories that exist within the X-Men universe. As a series that was meant to bring in new fans, the series might have started off stronger if we were given the story that lead up to the battle against Phoenix. That way new fans would get a better establishment to the story.  During the current operation, the series decides to make Scott go through his own development as he must learn to keep his cool in the heat of danger. Veteran members such as Wolverine, Beast, and Storm come along for the ride as they each exhibit the traits that you know them for. While a good number of the cast is present, the main characters in the show are Scott and the new member of the team known as Hinako aka Armor, along with Emma Frost. Based on my experience with X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men Evolution, both shows tend to focus on the development of each character from episode to episode. For a series that spans 12 episodes, this sort of development would've played a great contribution to the series. Instead, we end up with episodes that drag on during certain points while a majority of the cast is only there to deliver small amounts of dialogue or contribute to the action sequences.  Since I haven't read any of the original comic books, it was interesting to see the anime take a darker route with the first set of villains known as the U-Men, since they specialize in performing unspeakable experiments on Mutants that they capture. From there, the story introduced former enemies, which ended up leading towards an unexpected twist that involved a secret that even surprised the great Professor X. Though it's unfortunate that most of the strong elements in the show end up getting overshadowed by the weaker elements, such as a slow pacing that fails to make any of the X-Men members stand out more.  Taking into account that Madhouse was in charge of this project, the animation lives up to their name as we see the team do their best to give the series a comic book-like feel with their choices in coloring and character lining. In fact, Marvel sent Madhouse artwork of the backgrounds and designs so that they can recapture part of that comic book feel in the series. While there were some instances where the designs suffered from a few off-model issues, it's not a major distraction from the rest of the action.  Being accustomed to the English voices in the previous installments, the English dub for the X-Men anime felt as good as any of the voice work depicted in X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men Evolution. Steve Blum's recent depiction of Wolverine returns with a vengeance, since he was also Wolverine in the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon. Overall, each character did a great job in delivering their lines. If there was one voice that I had a minor problem with, it was Hinako's English voice, since her voice felt a bit exaggerated at times. As for the Japanese acting, the voices were not bad, which might be a surprise for most people. Fans of Fate/Zero and/or Nanoha will notice Rikiya Koyama's voice as Wolverine and Yukari Tamura's take on Hinako. While it felt a bit weird hearing the cast speaking in a different language other than English, the acting was good for what it was, which is a neat option to fulfill the curiosity of any X-Men fan. Despite Marvel and Madhouse's efforts in reintroducing the X-Men to a new audience, the series felt like it was meant for those that have read the comics or have watched any of the cartoons related to the franchise. Depending on how much you are a fan of Scott or Hinako, part of that aspect will affect the your reaction to the series. Perhaps if the first half of story would've started off with the arc that lead to Jean's death, the series might have had a more interesting story. For what it's worth, the series will cost you around $19.99 or less, so fans will at least have something to gain with 12 episodes and extra features that have the people of Marvel and Madhouse talk about their experience with the project. If that's not enough to suit your tastes, then you are probably better off with just revisiting your favorite X-Men stories. 6.0 - Okay. 6s are just okay. These series usually have many flaws, didn't try anything special, or were poorly executed. Some viewers will love 6s, but most prefer to just skip them. Read more reviews before you decide. 
Optic Blast!
You know, it has been a while since I have gotten the opportunity to experience anything related to the X-Men franchise. The last time that I got to watch something related to X-Men was when I saw X-Men: The First C...


Iron Man and Wolverine airing on G4 starting July 29

Jun 24
// Bob Muir
We knew they were coming eventually, but now G4 has finally announced air dates for the start of the Marvel-Madhouse collaborations Iron Man and Wolverine. The two shows will air back-to-back starting Friday, July 29 at ...

Blade gets anime adaptation

Jun 03
// Bob Muir
The Marvel anime train keeps on rolling. Not content with animating Iron Man, Wolverine, and the X-Men, Madhouse has turned its sights on Blade, the black dhampir who hunts vampires. Animax has put together a site for the upc...

See an 'unseen side' of Joey/Lina in bonus Heroman short

Jun 13
// Mike LeChevallier
[I apologize for the misleading header picture. Unfortunately, that doesn't actually happen.]I've really enjoyed the last few episodes of Heroman. The show has managed to take giant strides away from its earlier forgettable e...

SDCC: Ironman is also getting the anime treatment

Jul 25
// Andres Cerrato
Halo isn't the only series that's getting its own anime adaptation. Tapped by Marvel, studio Madhouse is producing the Ironman animated series, slated to come out in 2010 to coincide with the release of Ironman 2. As a giant ...

Finally, Toei's Japanese Spider-man is brought to the non-moonspeaking masses!

Mar 09
// Red Veron
It's seems that these days of Web 2.0, even big companies are trying to catch your attention on the internet by coming up with something weird or quirky to vie for your internet time, well has given us something v...

Tatsunoko vs. Marvel

Feb 25
// God Len
First we had Capcom vs. Tatsunoko, and before that we had Capcom vs. Marvel; and now we have a Tasunoko and Marvel mash-up in the works. However, this is not going to be a video game, but a television anime; which in many cas...

Madhouse is Iron Man, apparently - Marvel, Madhouse to create Iron Man anime

Aug 26
// Webimpulse
Maybe if the world was dominated by Marvel, that wouldn't be such a bad thing. (Unless it was by one of its supervillains.) Apparently Marvel thinks so too as they prepare to unleash their superheroes upon another s...

This one's for J.J.! Marvel taking another stab at introducing their legends to Japan

Aug 24
// Brad Rice
Straight from the headlines of The New York Times (not quite the headlines, sad to say), Marvel has announced they're taking another stab at introducing their superheroes to Japan, by pairing up with Madhouse (Kaiba, Gunsling...

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