Wolverine anime review

Wolverine anime review
Next in the four-part Marvel Anime project and broadcasts after the Iron Man anime. Wolverine is a mutant, possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at a accelerated rate.

The Wolverine Anime is truly awful. I mean really, it’s bad. It premiered last Saturday on G4, a channel known for it’s quality programming. Showing re-runs of Cops fifteen hours a day or whatever (Though I’ve heard Blair Butler is in fact quite nice, so that’s good.) It was announced last year that G4 would be showing Marvel Anime series that would consist of Blade, X-men, Iron Man and Wolverine. So I decided to give Wolverine a shot.

I’ll be up front, I’m not the biggest fan of Anime, I don’t hate it. It’s just never done anything for me, something has to be special for me to really appreciate it. I love “Akira” and most of the Studio Ghibli films, those films are special. And “Wolverine Anime” is special, in that wear a helmet short bus kind of way.

I had hope for this show, I really did. I think it’s fine to take known characters and do different and interesting things with them. I’m someone who enjoyed Batman: Gotham Knights. I didn’t think every segment of that film is great but there was enough there to pull me in. That’s what I was hoping for here, but that’s not what happened.

There are so many problems with this show, but when it really comes down to it, it’s that it’s sloppy and cliche. Take every thing you can think of when you think of cliche Anime and this show has it. So far the only thing missing are cute animal characters and giant tears next to people’s heads. But it’s only the first episode, so there’s still time for that.

So let’s go through the problems: First of all, the design of Wolverine. Now I recently defended Rob Liefeld and mentioned “Artistic Interpretation” and I still stand by that argument. But there’s always been something consistent about Wolverine, and that is that he’s built like a brick shit house. He’s always been muscular and short. Now the Hugh Jackman version wasn’t short obviously, but he pumped up.

I don’t know what prison they held Wolverine in where they didn’t feed him for months on end, but that’s just not Wolverine. If everyone else on your show is built more then Wolverine, you have a problem.

Also Wolverine’s arms seem to grow all the time out of no where. I don’t mean he has a new power where his arms grow. I mean we got to a new camera angel and his arms are monstrously long. From his elbow to his hand, there are times where it’s so long you could put a whole new arm. It’s like they made him a praying mantis.

If it was consistent and just weird that’s one thing. But it’s not. Sometimes he has got normal arms, other times, he’s Jack Skelington. So from design you also have a problem with voice. Voice casting any comic character isn’t easy. Everyone probably has a voice in their head. But when you get it right, you get it just right. Any actor who does Batman that isn’t Kevin Conroy has nothing but criticism to face. And the same is probably true for Wolverine. Actor Cathal J. Dodd voiced Wolverine  in X-men: The Animated Series. For many he’s the voice of Wolverine. He gave Wolverine that rough gravel voice that we all associate with the character now, he’s still the voice I hear when I read the comics. And any actor doing Wolverine since then has taken on that gravel sound. This show didn’t go that way, and that’s fine. But you still want to try to cast someone who has something to their voice. Something that says “This guy has seen some shit. He’s lived a long time.” So who do they cast?

Milo Ventimiglia, Peter Petrelli from Heroes. I don’t think Ventimiglia is a bad actor. I understand he’s a comic book fan, and it’d be hard to say no if someone offered me the voice of Wolverine, but there is such a thing as mis-casting and this is it. Ventimiglia has a voice for a leader, he’d be a good Cyclops actually, someone trying to keep Wolverine in line. But Wolverine himself? It just doesn’t work. While the rest of the voice acting goes from monotone to screaming, just screaming because… I don’t know. It’s Anime?

So let’s get to the story: At the opening we see that the story is written by Warren Ellis. Why it says “Written By” Ellis and not “Adapted by” Ellis. Because this is the Claremont/Millar story line. Difference here and there, but it’s Wolverine going to save Mariko. But it’s so clumsily done. The show opens up with a flashback of Mariko and Wolverine on a boat, then they are attacked. Opening credits, we jump to a year later. Who the people attacking Wolverine, no idea, I guess just because he’s Wolverine he gets attacked. Then we see his friend Asano is in New York. He’s attacked. By Who? Why? No idea. Then Wolverine shows up on the roof out of nowhere. I guess he smelled Asano and figured out he was being attacked? Then Wolverine fights these guys. Asano explains to Wolverine that he found Mariko who went missing. I guess this is why Asano was in New York? Maybe it had something to do with the guys hunting him? Again, no idea. So Wolverine is told they found his missing girlfriend. So Wolverine I guess stopped looking? Didn’t care? I don’t know, but she’s been missing for a year, turns out her father took her. And then we enter the famous Wolverine story where Wolverine goes to Japan and fights people. And scream, oh does this show have Wolverine scream. He just screams so much.

Honestly this show is pretty bad. I racked my brain trying to think of something positive to say, I really did. I think most forms of entertainment have some redeeming quality. Something that’s there. But I was coming up pretty empty with this show. So if I had to say something… um… I guess it’s cool to finally see Wolverine stab someone and there’s blood. That’s pretty real. Unlike the movies,other cartoons where he stabs people and they just fly away screaming, but no blood. So… there’s that.

I don’t know, it’s to bad, because the show had potential, but from the awful character design, the bad dialogue, the poor voice cast. It’s hard to tell anyone to check this out. Maybe we’ll see if the next episode is any better. But I doubt it.

Better than review, is a Trailer video of: Wolverine. Watch it now:
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