Posted on 28 May 2011 with categories: X-Men




Here’s the thing: after eight episodes, I can pretty much say that X-Men has the best animation of the season. Sure, some of the slice of life series may have more fluidity, but they also are a lot easier to animate and keep consistent. The animation with the X-Men is wild, vivid, colourful and very diverse. C has this too, but at the same time it does have a lot of off-model shots and CG. Tiger & Bunny meanwhile also has the CG working against its otherwise great eye candy. Ao no Exorcist is animated consistently meanwhile, but it instead just looks too mundane too often. The X-Men, while it may not be amongst the Madhouse series with the best visuals, still stands apart with its consistently interesting visuals and excellent character designs. This episode again looked excellent. Perhaps only Nichijou has better animation, but I have seen too little of that to really say something about that.

Overall this turned out to be quite a solid action series: the action kicks ass and appears often, there is intrigue, the characters all have their issues that blend together quit nicely. It’s only the storyline that I’m not yet convinced of: at this point it still feels a bit too random and unconnected. What was the purpose of the U-Men beyond just kidnapping a bunch of people? They really could have used that time to focus more on the characters and real villains.

Apart from that, this episode was really meant to build intrigue, and I’m curious to see whether that will pay off or not. A lot of the series this season are very big on the build up, and most of them are doing a great job on that, though X-Men still feels a bit iffy here. I’ve said before that the main villains here are uninteresting. Wolverine’s ending worked so well because it had a really charismatic villain. What X-Men meanwhile needs to do is build a finale around Sasaki and Xavier on one hand, and Cyclops and Emma Frost on the other hand. It will be much more difficult than just “have battle to defeat the big bad”, although that part definitely must not be half-assed either.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. Zoberraz says:

    Hisako in this episode royally annoyed me. I want to like her, but most of her lines being “Sasaki-sensei” did not help her case at all.

    I would’ve taken her looking with a worried expression at Sasaki Yui better than having her say it -five times- in the few lines she had in this episode. Two was tops for me in this episode – after that I had taken note of it and every other occurence progressively annoyed me more.

  2. Freedert says:

    It’S kinda late to ask this, but where is Roque? She is my fav X-men TT_TT

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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:41 AM)
    @Aidan That was my response to NGNL too. Some of the loli fanservice is borderline disgusting, and the characters can be incredibly grating at times. But… http://37.media.tumblr.com/c9c0dc8ef051c13f73e5d3568f4c735b/tumblr_n45u9i1PX71r3mmj9o1_500.gif
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:31 AM)
    Next episode is one of my favorites.
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:30 AM)
    @Nyangoro Yeah. I’m not sure how that happened either. I thought the ending more than made up for it though, but that’s just me.
  • Nyangoro
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:29 AM)
    @Mikey, I think that’s been everyone’s reaction to that song, rofl
  • Mikey
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:06 AM)
    The ending song for JoJo Stardust Crusaders was so perfect. Why didn’t I think of it before?
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:38 AM)
    Wow, No Life no game sure fell into some serious pitfalls there.
    Strangely I still rather enjoy it.
  • Nyangoro
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:02 AM)
    While I liked this episode of Mushishi, I’m not entirely sure how he avoided drowning. I’d assume it has something to do with the mushi in this episode, but they normally explain it. Here, it just kinda happens, unless I missed something.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 12:47 AM)
    Beyond my comments on the ending…oddly…after Haqua…somehow I have a thing for chihiro..yet as a character prefer Tenri 0.0 .
  • Mikey
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 11:28 PM)
    @Aidan Agreed. Tenri was the best girl.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 11:06 PM)
    @Mikey, yep. It wasn’t a bad ending. All it really needed was a few more chapters.
    In all honestly though I really don’t think things between the final couple will work out. They are too different. Plus Tenri deserved to win.

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