1st look at Marvel's eye-bending X-Men anime TV series

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

It's hard to divine much of anything from this quick barrage of images of familiar faces like Wolverine, Cyclops, Professor X and Storm—but it's clear that the new cartoon series being produced by Japan's Madhouse animation studio will be fast, stylish and filled with people shooting things out of their heads.

The thing that gives me hope is that comics writer Warren Ellis was instrumental in the development of Marvel's suite of anime series—including X-Men, Iron Man, Wolverine and Blade—and Ellis is one of a rare handful of comics scribes who can blend hard sci-fi and witty action.

Ellis explained the process, and his involvement in it, on his blog:

"The way it worked is that I devised four serials for Marvel Anime—Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men and Blade. Which means that I came up with 12-episode stories for each property. For the most part, I used pre-existing stories as adaptation material—the Wolverine story, for instance, takes the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine miniseries from the early '80s as its basic spine.

I then wrote outlines for each episode of each serial. These outlines were then turned into scripts by Madhouse's writers, and then made into animation by Madhouse's directors and animators. Because I knew the process in advance, the outlines were really just plot, pacing and colour. I imagine and expect that I've been seriously rewritten in places by the actual writers, which is fine and all part of the process."

You can see the Iron Man trailer over here. Of course, the lack of any English translation makes it impossible to make any real judgment beyond "Okay, that was cool. Now show me more." These are set to air on G4 at some point later this year.

(Via The Awesomer)