「アイアンマン、来日」 (Welcome to Japan, Ironman)
Wow. So much anticipation to be let down, sorta. Let it be known, that I am a huge fan of the Iron Man movies. I’m not that into comic books, or the whole DC vs Marvel war, but I find the Iron Man story and history really interesting. I have watched the first Iron Man movie more times then I can even count and I’ve found books at the bookstore retelling Iron Man’s vast history and wound up spending a few hours getting stuck reading them. For a while, I had my ringtone as a video of him putting his Iron Man Suit on. In this anime adaption, I feel that a few scenes and ideas that I think are crucial to having Iron Man be Iron Man failed to translate over. More specifically, things such as translating his unique personality on screen to the (what should have been) amazing scene of watching Tony Stark don his suit failed to live up to my expectations. Putting aside all of my disappointment, I still felt a little giddy while watching Iron Man.
Now that I got the negatives out of the way, there are lots of things that make Iron Man fun to watch. Tony Stark is voiced by the amazing Fujiwara Keiji (who will always in my heart be Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist). What’s amazing about Fujiwara voicing Stark is that if you were to imagine Tony Stark as a Japanese man, it’s actually believable that Fujiwara could be Stark. He has this accented tone in his voice and a certain pitch that matches Stark’s snarky but caring personality perfectly. If you’ve watched Eureka 7, remember how Holland’s voice conjured up that feeling of a jerk but you could tell he still cared? Combine that with Hughes personality whenever he is thinking about his daughter, and you get how he portrays Tony Stark. I think it’s a great combination, as it really helps bring out Stark’s character.
Another thing that I was really psyched about was seeing some type of new Iron Man Suit. There is literally a ton of different ones from the Iron Man universe to pick from. However in this first episode we are introduced to the Iron Man Dio suit (which I believe is an anime original suit). Being able to stand up to a 120mm tank round and not take scratch, it’s one tough suit. Other than that, it reminds me of the Mach II suit except with the new triangle design from the Mach V suit. While it doesn’t look like much, it can take a serious beating. It can even fall into the ground at terminal velocity, destroy a section of a highway as it falls, and still not take any damage. It’s seriously amazing how anyone can look like this after taking that much damage. I mean, even in the movies, the Iron Man suit can get pretty beat up, sliced, and mangled. But sustainable damage doesn’t apply with anime physics, am I right?
In an unexpected twist, while a few overly zealous trainees begin testing the new Dio suit, a rogue virus within the suit brainwashes the user into killing his buddies and making a mad dash to the nearest exit. Blowing up walls and doors all along the way. With Stark ready to save the day, he dons the well known Mach 3 suit and heads out to stop his new Dio suit from causing anymore harm. After a quick beat-down, Stark is just about to reclaim his suit when a giant robot scorpion savagely attacks him. Why a giant robot scorpion is beyond me, and where it came from is WAY beyond me. Of course it doesn’t matter as it’s beaten down fairly quickly with a super double palm blast, and lo and behold the brand new Dio suit is gone.
I don’t know if I’m going to continue blogging Iron Man, but Divine thought it would be a great idea to at least cover the first episode, and I went along with the idea. Some story elements like the huge arc station that’s being built to finding out why the hell a giant robot scorpion has my interest piqued. While the visuals are pretty, like the in-suit HUD and the character close ups, the Iron Man suit just looks a bit off to me. It’s missing some of those sleek and sharp cuts and the that clean finish that the movie spoiled me with. I also think that Tony Stark looks a bit too.. western. All nitpicking aside, I did enjoy watching Iron Man, and we’ll see how the blogging schedule goes and if another show is too much to handle.
Google Anime Physics for a good laugh later if you already haven’t (: