So I finally watched the Wolverine Anime series...I like that it caters to a more mature audience- there's loads of blood & LOADS of cussing! :D DEFINITELY how Wolverine needs to be served up!
One downside for me is that each episode ends with a cliffhanger & the next episode always starts with a slight replay (not a recap) of the climax from the previous episode. It just feels like a waste of time when you can just jump straight into the newer developments.
You'll also find that they got very lazy in naming the episodes. :P Most of em are named after different characters & sometimes it doesn't even make sense!
Ep 1. I loved the focus on the Canadian Gold, hinting towards Logan's Canadian origins & the X on his belt buckle is a nice touch. This episode succeeded in showing off his sense of smell & also highlighted the fact that he doesn't need his claws to go all badass on the baddies. The whole setting of the fight in Shingen's house reminded me of The Matrix training fight.
Ep 4. One thing this series DOES have is some good dialogues that really make you crack up! The fight between Logan & Omega Red in the warehouse took me back to the 90's Spiderman cartoon where Spidey fought off Doc Ock's metallic tentacles in a similar setting. The duel between them however are so long drawn out that things become a bit repetitive & Omega's almost Frankenstein-like Russian accent repeatedly demanding for his synthesizer gets quite funny after a while.
Ep 5. The repetitive brawling continues (sigh), but once Wolverine gets the upper hand it's all slice-&-dice-&-everything-nice! AIM make their first appearance. Their otherwise dorky looking costumes have been very well redesigned & updated. LOVE when Omega Red calls Kikyo (see below) a "girly-boy" LMAO! The episode ends with a VERY special guest appearance!
Ep. 7 Nothing great about this episode...The fight between Wolverine & Vadhaka isn't all that great as it could've been & I hate how it ended! What this episode DOES do though, is answer the questions you may have had about Yukio's past. Koh's (see below) gang underground reminded me of the Morlocks...I'm sure they could've written them into the script instead of simply having normal people hiding out below...
Ep 9 It's fun to watch Logan & Yukio jointly outwitting the notorious Hell Road! Yukio is one tough chick! And watching a flying disks take out the goons NEVER gets old! Geez! This Hell Road is like something straight out of Wipeout or Takeshi's Castle!
Ep 11. A LOT of swift fighting moves from Kikyo & Yukio in this one! Surprisingly I found them a lot cooler than even Wolverine in this episode! I somehow suspect that the creators made the Japanese characters cooler than Wolvie...
Final series verdict: I loved the tone of the series, the action, the Japanese characters (Kikyo, Yukio & Shingen) & the whole love story between Logan & Mariko (which we haven't witnessed much of in any TV series or movie until now) BUT sadly where the series fails in my opinion is with Wolverine himself. He's shown here fleeing from fights & constantly relying on other individuals to get him out of sticky situations! That is HIGHLY un-Wolverine imo & it makes Logan's "X-factor" go down in my book by not just a couple of notches!