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Marvel Anime: Wolverine
Wolverine Anime
Beginning date January 7, 2011
End date March 25, 2011
Number of Episodes 12
Writers Kengo Kaji
Original Channel Animax (Japan)
G4 (United States)
Sci Fi Channel (Australia)
Previous Series Marvel Anime: Iron Man
Next Series Marvel Anime: X-Men

Marvel Anime: Wolverine is a series that ran from January 7th to March 25th in 2011. It was part of the Marvel Anime Universe along with Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Marvel Anime: Blade, and Marvel Anime: X-Men.

It is the first series to solely focus on the character of Wolverine.

Story

Logan discovers that his japanase girlfriend, Mariko Yashida, is alive after disappearing for many years. He travels to Japan to find her, but things get bad when he discovers that she is going to get a forced marry Kurohagi Hideki, leader of the crime island Madripoor. To get Mariko back, Logan will have to face criminals, giant monsters, and sword master. To make matters worse, Omega Red will be back for revenge. Logan will have the help of Yukio, a beautiful women with sharp rings as weapons.

Background

Cast

Japanese Voice English Voice Character
Rikiya Koyama Milo Ventimiglia Wolverine/Logan
Fumiko Orikasa Gwendoline Yeo Mariko Yashida
Romi Park Kate Higgins Yukio
Hidekatsu Shibata Fred Tatasciore Shingen Yashida
Kazuki Yao Vic Mignogna Hideki Kurohagi
Masato Hagiwara Steven Blum Kikyo Mikage
Masaki Terasoma Crispin Freeman Tesshin Asano
Hiroshi Tsuchida Vic Mignogna Takagi
Fumie Mizusawa Stephanie Sheh Tsukino
Kosuke Takaguchi Roger Craig Smith Machida
Kosuke Takaguchi Unknown Ang
Ryuzaburo Otomo Jean-Benoît Blanc Omega Red
Toshiyuki Morikawa Scott Porter Cyclops/Scott Summers
Iemasa Kayumi Jean-Benoît Blanc Koh
Misato Fukuen Danielle Judovits Min
Sayuri Stephanie Sheh Miyuki
Sho Hayami Unknown Juo Kurohagi
Takanori Hoshino Jamieson Price Vadhaka
Tokuyoshi Kawashima Unknown Kai
Yuji Ueda Unknown Scarred Man
Kyle Hebert
Michael McConnohie
Tony Oliver
Sam Riegel
Keith Silverstein
Terrence Stone
Travis Willingham
Dave Wittenberg
Additional Voices

Animation

Animation was done by the Japanese company Madhouse. The animation is a combination of traditional animation with computer generated imagery.

Episodes

See also Marvel Anime: Wolverine Episodes.

As with the other Marvel Anime series, Wolverine only lasted twelve episodes.

Home Video

Reception

James Harvey of Marvel Animation Age said the series got some aspects of the character right but had bizarre character designs and a questionable voice actor. He enjoyed it despite the series dragging at times. He liked that it was a simple story of Wolverine fighting his way to Mariko rather than have twists or shocks. He did note that it stretched the story out and had several meaningless fights. He felt the action scenes had style that wore itself out the longer the scenes went on. He pointed out that by the third time Wolverine fought Omega Red he wished it would simply end. He noted that each episode followed the same basic format and while it got tiresome it was worth waiting for the next episode. He felt that all of the characters lacked in any kind of development. He found it hard to be interested in characters when so few were developed. He did enjoy some parts like Cyclops's cameo, the high body count, and the fact that the ending wasn't tidy. He claimed that while the series got a lot right, Wolverine was not one of them. He felt the design was a misstep as he didn't like the "pretty boy" look. "While the series can drag from time to time, there are plenty of moments to keep viewers enthused, even if it can be a struggle to get to that last episode. Wolverine fans – once you get over the not-so-good character design for him – should be pleased with what they find. If you’re new to the show, give it a Rental, but if you’re a fan? Well … pick it up!" [1]

External links


X-Men series
Pre-MAU "Pryde of the X-Men"
MAU X-Men
Post-MAU X-Men: EvolutionWolverine and the X-MenMarvel Anime: WolverineMarvel Anime: X-Men

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