Posted by psgels on 27 March 2011 with categories: Wolverine



The only bad part of this episode was the point where Hideki set off the self destruct mechanism of the building he was in. I mean, hello? You’ll be the one to inherit that thing; why the heck are you destroying it? And heck: if you’re going to destroy a building, do it properly and burn it to the ground. You hardly accomplished anything here.

Apart from that though, in terms of screenplay this was an excellent example of how you should close off a simple action series. The deaths of both Shingen and Hideki were excellent. Especially Shingen’s fight did justice to his character, and the way in which Wolverine beat him was exceptionally well done: he really was caught by surprise here.

I also like how the creators knew very well who in this series had super hearling powers, and who didn’t: Yukio died after a fatal stab-wound, Mariko also got shot in her heart after doing something heroic but very reckless. The death of them really feel like part of the larger picture instead of the way in which Iron Man just killed off its characters for the heck of it.

Madhouse, you redeemed yourself here. This ending gave a great closure. Wolverine was nothing deep, but what it did it did well. As for the acting, it actually managed to make something out of the characters because it knew that the acting was stiff, and instead just tried to make this superhero worthy. Well, mission accomplished.

the X-men will be airing next week (in fact, it’ll be the first series to premiere of the Spring Season). Wolverine really showed that they’re all intending this to be different series that stand apart from each other. With the director of Afro Samurai, it can really go anywhere. The question is of course whether they can do justice to the X-Men themselves. Unlike Wolverine, they had a deep story about prejudice and discrimination.Let’s see whether or not that can return there.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

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  1. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I had hoped the anime would end similar to the comic books in that Mariko would choose the leadership of the clan over marrying Logan despite her love for him. Instead, everyone dies but Logan and that annoyed me.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:15 AM)
    @Emma I would like to think that I can admit the flaws of fiction that I enjoy, but I’m sure there are times when I’ve failed to do that.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:13 AM)
    @Aidan: Ugh…the idea of being dominated rather than being the dominator..yuck , just my opinion though.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:08 AM)
    @Aidan: Seeing things humiliated too =)
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:06 AM)
    @Realist: Good to hear you are a sensible fan of the film. Just adding that I actually do like Julianne Moore and Clive Owen and Michael Caine usually.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:05 AM)
    @Aidan: Wow…that comment kind of startled me a bit actually with its directness and assumption/implication that I was a masochist..bit shocked =<
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:04 AM)
    @Emma Interesting. I don’t hear a lot of people saying negative things about the movie so I haven’t heard much of that type of criticism. But I definitely think those are fair and valid points. I always appreciate your criticism.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:02 AM)
    @Aidan: I have no interest in being dominated by domineering characters, I’m not a masochist, I am a sadist, I want to see domineering characters doominate others not me, I want to see those domineering characters get dominated.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:59 AM)
    @Realist: I ended up rewatching children of men. As I said originally I just wasn’t feeling the film. Second time round I found myself appreciating the cinematography near the end, however it failed to grab me emotionally, while thematically interesting I found the film too heavyhanded and stilted, preventing me from enjoying it on most levels.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:57 AM)
    @Ninja, that’s putting it lightly. He may be one of the most hated animated creations that ever existed.
    And do check out that Shinigami manga. It’s a real pain that it’s monthly releases but it’s a good read.
    @Emma, I thought this for a while now but you seem to have a thing for abusive women. A Femdom man I take it?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:34 AM)
    Makoto is one of the least sympathetic characters in anime.

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