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A year has passed since Jean Grey met her tragic demise, and the X-Men and Xavier Institute have yet to recover. Things change when Charles Xavier calls the disbanded mutant team back together, sending them to Japan to help find a missing girl named Hisako. But when they arrive abroad the team discovers that things are far worse than they expected: a shadowy group is abducting mutants, bringing them to secret laboratories, and an insidious, potentially fatal secondary mutation called the Damon-Hall Syndrome is spreading. Together, the X-Men must discover the truth behind these events and put a stop to the violence against mutants.

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X Men is Marvel’s third attempt at trying to milk the far eastern audience with an American derived work. Without being a diehard fan of the franchise, I have watched most of the episodes in all three cartoon adaptations, the movie versions, some scattered comic stories, as well as the other two Marvel anime. I can say that I have a grasp of the basics. Just by the first glance, X Men definitely feels more interesting than the Iron Man and Wolverine anime for having a team of heroes instead of a solid protagonist who becomes boring fast. Yet it’s still quite boring compared to older versions in other media because THERE IS NOT MUCH PLOT and THE ACTION IS JUVENILE. Let’s try to compare it with the American tv versions. Where an average cartoon episode would have fast action and plot progress, the anime version has very little going on in it. It’s like you watch half the series just for something significant to happen; and even when it does, the storyboard is so badly done that you just don’t like it. The villains for example appear and disappear all the time, and not because they can teleport. They are just there and if the scriptwriter wants them to escape, they just do so. The X Men on the other hand are painfully inactive, standing frozen and surprised for several minutes and letting the plot unravel favorably for the villains any way the scriptwriter wants, when in reality they could just react in seconds and prevent most of whatever they are doing before their very eyes. Which is true; as soon as the author finally allows the heroes to act, they pretty much own the villains in a few minutes of easy battles. Do you believe the villains talking cocky lasts three times longer than the time needed to have their masterplan ruined? The show is also heavy on dialogues, and not the interesting kind ones. It is mostly blah-blah-blah about a virus nobody cares about and everybody standing emotionless in a corner while the villains just explain their powers and masterplans as if this is Naruto. This is an action franchise and all its excitement and revelations should be blood-boiling; not lethargic like that. The production values are very good as the animation looks great and the music is amazingly catchy and not lifeless like in the other two anime. Also, the characters are very close to their original forms, unlike the gay looks of Wolverine (although Beast looks like a tiger instead of an ape). So far it is the part I enjoy most. The action scenes are also very vibrant and fast but end up being short and with chaotic choreography since as I said the villains appear and disappear without any reason at all. Also, they attack in small numbers instead of ganging up on the heroes and winning by pure brute force. It’s not like the few ones attacking each time use stealth; it’s just lame scriptwriting that makes them look sneaky. The characters are fine if you know them from other series or comic books; they act as they should but they otherwise don’t really develop or reveal sides of them you didn’t know. It feels like they are there for the sake of being there; their numbers or role don’t matter much. - The only character who is given some interesting immersion is Hisako, the new mutant. She doesn’t have much personality other than being the frightened little girl who is forced to learn how to fight for her life. Well I’m sorry, Jubilee did the same in the 90’s cartoon and she had her parents fearing her and a mob of crazy racists chasing her. Hisako has nothing of interest next to that. - There is also Cyclops who wants to overcome the pain he feels over the death of Jean and even looks like Ema Frost is hitting on him and giving him a chance to move on with her as his mate. Yet this subplot is undermined a lot so it’s not like you feel there is something solid going on here. - Wolverine is as usual antagonizing Cyclops for the love of Jean even after her death. He just blames him for everything and nags all the time. Beyond that, he is just there to offer gar action with his adamantine claws. - Beast is supposed to be there as the scientist who is studying a new virus and even tries to create a vaccine. His subplot is also undermined as all it took to solve the problem is storming the enemy base. - Xavier is actually important to the plot, as his own family is in the heart of this mess. Yet I can’t say the story couldn’t be done without him in it. - Storm is… um… Ok she is completely useless to the plot. The best thing she did was cooking. Even their powers are not used properly, so their most fundamental traits are gone to waste. For example, at episode 6 the team needs to find a shelter from a snowstorm… while Storm is there with them. She can control the weather; this shouldn’t even be a problem. On episode 7 the team is attacked by villains that simply sneak up on them. Wolverine should have sensed them with his heightened senses. And if Hisako is supposed to be the member with the all-powerful shield, then why is Emma Frost able to do the exact same thing with her ice barrier? What is Hisako, a completely rookie character, doing in a team of elites when her very power is obsolete? Is she just the lolicon bait for the fans? And why is Emma Frost in their team so easily when she is known to betray everybody? And wait a second; didn’t they reuse the exact same story in Wolverine and the X-Men? Her, replacing Jean in the team and having a secret agenda? The villains are also completely retarded despite claiming to have some sort of masterplan and acting all cocky all the time. Not only they waste their manpower by attacking a few at a time but even when they ambush the heroes, they waste more time explaining and gloating about everything than just killing them. Also, for a group that is supposed to be geniuses, they definitely don’t even know the powers of the heroes, since they believe simple mind tricks and direct attacks is all it takes. I mean how stupid can you be if you just stab Wolverine and you think that is all it takes to kill him? Speaking of the villains, none of them is a major figure in the franchise. The end credits show Magneto, Juggernaut, and a few others, none of which appear in the show. They are present only as a static picture! Who the hell are there stunts and why are they so threatening if they are so stupid? Should I even care? As for the twist of Xavier having a son… well he already has one who did far more harm and even initiated the Age of Apocalypse. Another issue is the setting which feels empty. You are let to think the entire world is just a few dozen people, plus lots of mook machines chasing the mutants. Where are the cities full of people, the thousand different mutants, the feeling you are not watching a wasteland? The very mutant academy is completely empty when in the cartoons it was bursting with life.Final words. The story is damn uninteresting and badly written, the powers of the characters are not used properly, the action scenes are chaotic, the villains are completely uninteresting and stupid. The third Marvel anime is still nothing but a lifeless attempt at quick bucks and I don’t recommend it to anyone as more than a low expectations time killer. Onwards to Blade, last of this line of crappy adaptations. And now for some excused scorings. ART SECTION: 8/10 General Artwork 2/2 (looks nice) Character Figures 2/2 (cool looking) Backgrounds 2/2 (basic but fitting with the feeling of the series) Animation 1/2 (average) Visual Effects 1/2 (basic) SOUND SECTION: 6/10 Voice Acting 1/3 (lifeless) Music Themes 3/4 (not great but fitting with the feeling of the series) Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess) STORY SECTION: 2/10 Premise 1/2 (typical) Pacing 0/2 (dull) Complexity 0/2 (none) Plausibility 0/2 (none) Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy) CHARACTER SECTION: 3/10 Presence 1/2 (weak) Personality 1/2 (typical) Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there) Development 0/2 (messy) Catharsis 0/2 (messy) VALUE SECTION: 1/10 Historical Value 0/3 (none) Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch it) Memorability 1/4 (no reason to remember it) ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10 Art 0/1 (looks lifeless) Sound 1/2 (sounds ok) Story 0/3 (generic) Characters 0/4 (robots) VERDICT: 3.5/10


As a huge X-Men fan, I was looking forward to this series. However, unlike some super-fans, it did not need to be similar to the existing media to be considered any good to me. However, not only did it miss the tone of the comics, but it really wasn't good. It was bland and the plot jumped too much; I was even confused at one point. My first complaint is the characters. They have a large cast of original characters with cool powers, but they don't use them. Scott and Emma are the main focus, while the others are secondary to them. I'm glad they didn't go overboard and introduce 20 mutants, but they could have made the characters they chose to use less 'two-dimentional'. Their personality could have been shown more, and their powers could have been used in more interesting ways. (Also, if you're looking at the opening/closing it includes many mutants that are not even in the show). Which leads me to my next complaint. There are very few action scenes in the show. The coolest thing about mutants is their powers, but there are only a few action scenes. Instead, they will entire episodes with the chaaracters just standing around and talking, which is the show's biggest downfall. All the dialogue is long, dull, and neverending conversations. There are a few fun one-liners, but that's about it. The slow pace of the show makes it almost unbearable to watch. The plot was also a bit confusing and all over the place. It jumped from plot point to plot point (U-Men, Hisako, disease) and although they all tied in together in the end, the rest of the show was just too confusing. It had no clear direction for most of the series and it felt confusing to watch. I was worried I missed a scene or two somehow. They had so much X-Men history to work with, they should have stuck to a popular story instead of the American-Japanese hybrid they used. It felt like both an anime and cartoon mixed together in the wrong ways. Overall, I still did find some enjoyment seeing some characters from one of my favorite franchises together again, however the vast history and interesting characters were underused. The show could have used more focus in both tone and plot to fix many of the issues I had. Extra: A few fan-complaints:-Cyclops kept posing all the time. Very annoying. He also was a blast-first, ask questions later kind of guy, which isn't what he is like in the comics.-Emma Frost was weak, had HUGE boobs, her second form is never referred to as 'diamond', her telepahy (which could have solved so many problems) was rarely used, and she wasn't the loveable cocky bitch from the comics.-Beast, Storm, and Armor had the only character designs I liked. Even Xavier, a simple character to draw, look far too serious and didn't have that fatherly smile he is known for.-No good mutant villians. If they had stuff with a character like Magneto instead of trying to make such a confusing plot, it might have been more enjoyable.-The voices didn't match the characters. But this is probably because I'm not used to hearing American characters speaking Japanese. I saw part of an episode in English, and it sounded much better.-This version of Wolverine is better than the one from the Wolverine anime, but still not perfect.-The show didn't have a X-Men feel to it.  Overall enjoyment: 4


Being a fan of both anime and X-Men, I thought this was going to be an interesting interpretation of the clash between Western and Eastern ideals in action comics. Granted, I have seen similar takes in "Batman Gotham Knight" and "Animatrix", but I thought those did better serving as individual stories rather than a series. I commend Marvel and Madhouse taking a chance here with this interpretation of X-Men, but it didn't make the cut for me. The only things I enjoyed in this series was the art. Madhouse does a great job with its background and action sequences. The 2D animation and the anime-style makes certain aspects of X-Men such as Cyclops' optic eye blasts, Wolverine's dash of adamantium as it slashes through objects and Storm's lightning dazzle and amaze in this format. This and the addition of the high pace of the story kept me engaged enough to continue with the series instead of giving it up. So what doesn't work? I found the story to be darker than most stories I've seen in other X-Men animated interpretations, but it certainly felt a bit forced in the second half. I was also disgusted how the show ruined a sound conclusion with a tease similar to a live action Marvel movie in the end knowing a second season won't be coming anytime soon. I found the characters to still fit in their personalities one can find in the comics and it bothered me that Storm, one of the strongest female characters in the comics, to be heavily degraded in this interpretation. Not to mention I was always distracted that the female mutants in this series were extra busty, especially compared to the human female characters. This plus the shift in quality of animation (episode 9 especially) and the details to the Japanese characters (Hisako is given much attention to skin and eye shape rather than others) were also distractions. Another aspect was showing characters that would have been fantastic to see such as Juggernaut, Mystique and Magneto, but only teasing viewers with imagery in the ending song or cameos in the last episode. To give the Merc of the Mouth Deadpool a silent appearance is a crime in of itself. On top of that, I found the music to be extremely overdramatic. I like epic music every once in a while,such as when the time is right (confrontation, conclusion, suspense etc.) where it fits perfectly. Epic music in the opening, show itself and ending with no break is an overwhelming trainwreck. In trms of the dub or sub, I found both to be pretty decent, so it's only a matter of preference. X-Men is a great attempt, but turns into clutter into the second half. Fans, give the first episode a look and judge to continue from there. Newbies to the X-Men 'verse, best stay clear and give the comics a shot.

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