X Men anime review

X Men anime review
The X-Men are a team of elite super-powered mutants gathered by Professor X to protect ordinary humans even as they are persecuted by them. In the wake of the death of one of their own, however, the team has stopped operations for a whole year. Then Professor X receives word of a mutant girl's mysterious disappearance in Japan. Sensing that something larger is afoot, he reassembles the team and sends them to investigate. They uncover a connection between her disappearance and an anti-mutant group known as the U-Men.

The X-Men have been in the public’s eye for a long time now, being the quintessential team of heroes for movies, TV shows and video games, in addition to being fairly popular in the comic book world. It was only natural, then, that Studio Madhouse would want to bank on the teams’ popularity and make an anime off of it.

In theory, this does not sound like a bad idea. In fact, mixing the elements of X-Men in general with the cool, stylized world of anime seems like a match made in Heaven.

It’s not.

The “X-Men anime” has become one of the few anime series that I was unable to finish watching, mainly because I was perplexed about the poor choices they made in it.

This is coming from both a fan and critical perspective because, from the way this show was marketed on G4 in 2011, they made it seem like it would be like every other X-Men show.

Whenever there was an X-Men television series, the entire premise of the show and its values are established usually during the first few episodes. The story stays simple enough so new viewers can easily understand what in the world is going on.

Unfortunately, anyone who tries to watch this and doesn’t know a thing about the X-Men comics is going to be lost for such a long time.

The show is clearly for audiences familiar with the X-Men franchise. It opens up with the death of Jean Grey (although, to be fair, she dies a lot) and the X-Men having to go to Japan. That’s more or less all they tell the viewers and expect you to know everything about the show already.

From a critics’ standpoint, that just is not good story telling. They should explain a lot more than they do.
Even if this story already appeared in the comics, that doesn’t mean that everyone has already read those particular issues and, even if they have, that they know what is going on.

Sadly, in some cases, it doesn’t matter if you are a fan of the X-Men or not; there will still be failures in logic.
I found myself asking, “Why are the X-Men attacking one at a time?” and “Why is the character with powers to control weather not using her powers and is easily shut down?” and not to mention, “Why are they not explaining half of these random cameos?”

It is like the show expects you to read its mind and expects you to know everything that is coming.

And when it comes to the characters, they act like clichéd arch-types of other characters from other shows, often making decisions that not even a wild boar with an ice pick through its head would make.

From a technical standpoint, the voice acting is okay on both the sub and dub copies, and you can tell that the actors were trying.

The animation was decent for most of the scenes, but the characters had this uncanny habit of almost never having facial expression and, when they did, it was barely noticeable. Sometimes the facial reactions that appeared randomly became ridiculous, ruining the whole seriousness of the scene.

There really is no real audience for this show at first and, while it does get a little better, it only barely scrapes by until it just becomes unwatchable. This show certainly isn’t made for the fans and it wasn’t made for newcomers either, so the question is: who was this show really made for?

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