Madhouse’s Iron Man Comes to America

A bit over a year ago, Warren Ellis posted a [...]

A bit over a year ago, Warren Ellis posted a message on his website that he had been contracted to write outlines for both a Wolverine and an Iron Man anime series. The series were being developed for the south east Asian market by Madhouse, the studio responsible for (among many others) Ninja Scroll, Death Note, and Gunslinger Girl. It was announced at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con.

Get an Exciting First-Look at the All New Anime Iron Man and Wolverine

At the Marvel Animation Panel on Friday, July 24 at 4:30 PM

Culver City, CA (7/15/09) – Marvel Entertainment Inc., has partnered with renowned Japanese animation studio Madhouse (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) to create four all new anime versions of classic Marvel Super Heroes. Get an exciting first glimpse of two of the planned four series at this year’s Comic-Con International, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention. The Marvel Animation Panel will be held on Friday, July 24, and will include an exclusive first look at official teaser trailers for two of these new series, hosted by writer and multiple-Eagle Award winner Warren Ellis, who will appear to discuss writing the all new adventures of these re-imagined Super Heroes.

Source: warrenellis.com

Yeah, I know, old news is so exciting. BUT, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con this year that in addition to Iron Man and Wolverine the remainder of the promised four shows would be an X-Men series and a Blade series, and they’re all coming to the US. They’ll be airing exclusively on G4, beginning with Iron Man sometime in 2011.

In case you missed the announcement from today’s Comic-Con Live coverage, we’ve got some big news about some programming coming to G4 in 2011. What kind of big news? How does Iron Man, X-Men, Wolverine, and Blade grab you? Because in 2011, we’re bringing four Marvel anime series to our air, each a 12-episode arc, and those stars of the Marvel Universe are going to be heavily involved.

Source: G4tv.com

A trailer for Iron Man is at the G4 link, but it’s also up on youtube –

(Iron Man anime on G4)

Compare/contrast that with the preview piece shown at SDCC a year ago –

(Iron Man anime original teaser)

Kinda different, huh? While I do like the Captain Harlock-esqe elements of the bad guy in the original, I definitely prefer the cleaner, crisper look of the animation in the new trailer.

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