The third of the Marvel Comics-based anime titles made by Madhouse, this is perhaps the best of the adaptations they've done focusing on the titular group dealing with an anti-mutant group called the U-Men causing troubles for mutants in Japan. This is perhaps the better plot-driven title among the Marvel/ Madhouse animated collaborations as the X-Men come across hints that things aren't as they seem on the surface with U-Men activity as they come across a virus affecting the local mutant populace and a part of Japan that is mysteriously cloaked from electronic and telepathic detection. It also has some character developments focused on with Cyclops as he slowly tries to move on from the loss of his girlfriend, Jean Grey, who is seen killed at the start of the series and tries to gain trust of a former enemy who comes to align themselves with the X-Men.
Praises aside though, X-Men still carries some major issues that keep it from being a better quality title. Like Wolverine, this series is a bit more geared towards fans of the comics with mention of the Hellfire Club and a few major characters from the comics that will fly over the heads of those whose only exposure to X-Men are from other media sources. Beyond Cyclops and some other characters, depth on many characters in X-Men are rather limited as they are only around to provide a cameo appearance, serve as a spot among the team's roster or be an obstacle to the team's efforts in figuring out the problems affecting the Japanese mutant populace. Some moments in the show also reek of plot convenience towards later episodes when the X-Men get in trouble dealing with enemy threats, especially with how things get resolved with the main conflict in the series.
Visually, X-Men is just as highly detailed and vividly colored as earlier Marvel/ Madhouse animated works for the designs of scenery and characters. The animation here is a bit of a mixed bag, having its moments of fluid movement during battle scenes and elaborate animated sequences while occasionally resorting to shortcuts like speed stripes and still shots.
If you are looking to see a Marvel Comic series in anime form, then X-Men is likely the best title you will find from the medium for the time being. It has better quality plot developments and even some character development with some characters in the series, though many other characters are still underdeveloped and still resorts to plot conveniences at points in later episodes. Still if you're a fan of X-Men, it's worth a quick watch.
Last updated Sunday, October 27 2013. Created Sunday, October 27 2013.
This is the first of 4 Marvel comic book titles to be remade and re-visualized as an anime. NOTE: This review will assume that the reader knows the X-Men franchise and will not go into details about the characters and history. Apparently, this is just an alternate telling of the X-Men so don't take it as official.
It starts out a year after the death of Jean Grey. The team has disbanded and Professor X summons them once again to help him out. He receives a call from Japan from an acquaintance of his about the disappearance of a mutant girl. He thinks that there was more to this that what he's been told so reassembles the X-Men and they go to Japan to investigate.
I've known about the X-Men for a long time and if you are into american comics, especially Marvel, then you know about the X-Men. One of Marvel most popular comic titles. It has been made into a long going animated series in the US and also has seen many live action movies. Out of all of them, this anime reimagined version of the X-Nen stands out a lot. Visually, the characters are really well made. A lot of attention to detail has been put forth and it shows. I was immersed with the animation and not so much with the story. Plot wise, it's not bad. It did bring a new set of villains called the U-Men but they we're not that memorable. I was just mainly entertained with how well it was visually made. They did a great job of casting the english dub actors cause all of them fit so well with each character. I did not watch it in Japanese because I wanted to see if the english dub itself was well worth the purchase. In this case it was...that and the fact that it was very cheap. If you are a 'true' X-Men fan, this may not be the anime you wanted to see. If I had to talk about every nuance of the characters between this, the 90's US animated series, and the comic book itself, I'd rate this as a 'Watch'. As far as facts go, this anime wasn't really true to the comic itself even though it is an alternate retelling. There are were a few things that were consistent with some of the characters especially between Cyclops and Wolverine. Overall, for the X-Men fan, watch it. For those who aren't knowledgeable about the X-Men or Marvel comics, rent it. For those who just like great animation and fighting sequences which involve the X-Men, buy it. Even if you aren't a fan or just not familiar with Marvel (which I really doubt in this day of age) it should be part of your collection.
Last updated Thursday, June 20 2013. Created Thursday, June 20 2013.
|X-Men page at animax.co.jp (Japanese)