TV Review: X-Men Anime (2011)

Marvel commissioned 4 Japanese animations back in 2009 including Iron Man, Wolverine, Blade, and the one we’re going to talk about, X-Men.  No franchise inspires such arguing and hatred among fans like X-Men.  Whether the fan is team Cyclops or team Wolverine or one of the other mutants, everyone has a favorite character and a few characters they hate.  And on top of all this with literally a few thousand X-Men comics in existence, half a dozen movies, and half a dozen TV shows, there’s a lot of material to completely change any given character.  Most Americans, for better or worse, probably get most of their X-knowledge from the 90’s Fox animated series.  Well the X-Men anime, by Madhouse and directed by Fuminori Kizaki, is not any of these things but I’m still here to tell its a lot of fun.

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Anime Review: Bubblegum Crisis

Originally airing in 1987 Bubblegum Crisis by today’s standards isn’t all that great looking.  This doesn’t mean this series should be scoffed at by newer anime fans though.  If you love sci-fi, girls in armored suits beating the snot out of robots, car/motorcycle chases, and Japanese rock you’ll love this show.  I’d also recommend any fan of Blade Runner give Bubblegum Crisis a shot as it has several references and homages to the classic 1982 movie.  All in all there’s a lot to like about this series if you can get over the older animation.

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