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Marvel goes Anime, team-up w/ Madhouse


As part of the company’s aggressive strategy to grow the exposure of its character franchises in international markets, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is partnering with Madhouse - one of the top Japanese animation studios in the world - to create brand new characters inspired by the Marvel Universe for the Japanese market.

Working closely with Marvel, Madhouse will produce cutting edge Japanese anime series based on Marvel's world-renowned character library for the Japanese market. The characters will be adapted visually, using the unique style of Japanese anime, and their back stories and histories will interweave the local culture and history of Japan, with an eye toward making their mythology more relevant to the Japanese audience. This collaboration will result in a completely new character base, which will eventually cross-over into the current Marvel Universe.

“Marvel has continuously looked to push the boundaries with the Marvel Universe and seek new mediums for our characters. Madhouse is helping us expand the Marvel brand with a truly global vision tailored to themes and artistic styles popular in Japan, creating a uniquely localized and cross-cultural adaptation of the Marvel Universe,” said Simon Philips, President, International & Worldwide Head of Animation, Wireless & Gaming for Marvel Entertainment. “With over 35 years of experience developing and producing worldwide entertainment hits, we are confident Madhouse will be able to translate the vision of the Marvel Universe through the unique anime style, to create captivating new entertainment that will thrill both new and old fans alike.”

Madhouse is currently in production on the first of four new series (12 x 30 minutes), which are scheduled to launch in spring 2010. The initial series will feature characters including Iron Man and Wolverine, among others, and Madhouse will ultimately look to adapt the entire Marvel Universe, creating in essence a whole new character base for Marvel.

“We are incredibly excited to have this full collaboration with Marvel to create a completely new world that has never been done before in the Marvel Universe. This will be the first time there will be a full Japanese anime style for Marvel, and the Madhouse creative team is fully engaged to bring this to a worldwide audience,” said Jungo Maruta, president and CEO of Madhouse Inc.

The Marvel anime series will debut on ANIMAX, the first and largest 24-hour network dedicated to anime.

Additionally, Marvel and Madhouse will be exploring related merchandising initiatives to support the new series.

About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

With a library of over 5,000 characters built over more than sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics), with emphasis on feature films, television, DVD, consumer products, video games, action figures, role-playing toys and promotions. Marvel's strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world.

About Madhouse, Inc.

Madhouse, Inc., established in 1972 with offices in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Beijing, is one of the top animation studios in the world working exclusively with some of Japan’s top anime directors. They have created many well-known titles such as worldwide hits NINJA SCROLL, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, TRIGUN, TOKYO GODFATHERS, and METROPOLIS, Japanese successful TV series such as DEATH NOTE and NANA, as well as PAPRIKA (an Official Selection at the 2006 Venice Film Festival) and THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Film – Animation)

Super Hero is a co-owned registered trademark. Marvel, Iron Man, Wolverine and their distinctive likenesses: TM & © 2008 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved.


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  • xyzseamanxyzseaman PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    about time
  • juliusbornejuliusborne PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    If only you've seen the RAAAAAAGE this brought on /co/.

    I got a feelin' a big dose of ecchi will be delivered with this. If you've already seen the Mangaverse, you'd know what I mean.
  • xyzseamanxyzseaman PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    spiderdude wrote: »

    I hope they make Tony Stark grittier.. the Iron Man version is not bad
  • QT IIQT II PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Kinda reminds me of the tokusatsu live-action version of Spider-Man they turned out back in the late 1970's....
  • at least its Madhouse not Gainax. I think even Gonzo Rosso will make a better job on animating a Marvel Series than Gainax.
  • QT IIQT II PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    jeremyv wrote: »
    at least its Madhouse not Gainax. I think even Gonzo Rosso will make a better job on animating a Marvel Series than Gainax.

    Baka if Gainax would get its hands on Marvel properties, they'd give Storm and Mystique jiggly b00bs
  • there are more marvel animation coming...several were announced last june...and it mentioned wolverine xtreme which had an anime/manga art...it might be a madhouse project


    more about the other marvel animation...

    New Marvel Cartoons to Invade Your TV
    Posted by Nomad on Thursday, June 12, 2008

    So you see a fantastic banner shouting "Hulk: Gamma Corps!" You stroll over and ask for a press kit...assuming they have one since press are invited to attend. No press kit. Beyond that, no further info either. The press people at the little table kindly take down your information and assure you someone will get back to you. You are sure to repeat this meeting the next year, and probably with the same press rep as well!

    Some tease, huh? This is my life. At any rate, this is the info we managed to squeeze out of the show with second hand conversations, wandering reps and the occasional super cool security guard!

    Hulk: Gamma Corps:: Set to hit in 2009, provided the movie does the numbers required. Remember, there was a series planned the last time a Hulk movie hit and it never saw the light of day due to poor numbers at the box office. This series sees Hulk teaming with other Gamma powered individuals to fight the good fight. So..Hulk..She Hulk..Doc Samson...who else would be in there? I wasn't aware there were that many Gamma powered people to form a group with. I'll assume there will be some original creations in there. Fingers crossed, Marvel hopes for 26 episodes on the table, but nothing is in stone yet.

    Iron Man: Armored Adventures:: Nicktoons snapped this one up. It's said to be ALL CGI from Method Studios in France and it does not take place in the comic or movie worlds, though it is an "updated" Iron Man. "Debuting exclusively on Nicktoons Network in first quarter 2009, Wolverine and the X-Men and Iron Man each feature 26 action-packed, half-hour episodes that follow the respective heroes through dynamic action, adventure and drama as they face foes both familiar and new to their fans." Exclusive to the Nicktoons network?! Bummer

    Planet Hulk:: You asked for it and Lions Gate is answering. Look for a direct to DVD title late 2009.

    Marvel Super Hero Squad:: Launching in 2009! 26 half-hour episodes are in the works for this new series aimed at children 10 and under. Super Hero City stands in for good ole' NYC, where our super deformed titans clash merrily with all manor of cheerful baddies. Also note that 2009 will see a video game for the PS3 from THQ. "An all-new Marvel brand, Marvel Super Hero Squad features an exciting, super-stylized look of the greatest Marvel Super Heroes, serving to expand the traditional Marvel audience to a core 4-10 year-old audience. Fun and humor are waiting around every corner in Marvel Super Hero Squad where popular characters including Iron-Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and many more are thrust into adventures in a single caricatured Super Hero City. Along the way, they will have to thwart the plans of popular Marvel villains Doctor Doom, Magneto, Iron Monger, Loki, the Abomination and countless other infamous baddies."

    Marvel Extreme- Wolverine:: I thought we were done with stuff being extreeeeeeeme!! Guess not. So all the other banners turned out to be cartoons in the works, but with Wolverine and the X-men coming down the line, I sort of assume this title is a Lionsgate straight to dvd feature and they are finally making some more adult oriented films!! One can dream, right?




    there is also the spectacular spider-man, the upcoming wolverine and the x-men and

    watch the new trailer of wolverine and the x-men

    New Next Avengers Trailer

    Marvel.com Unveils First Hulk Vs. Wolverine Trailer

    Marvel.com has unveiled not only the first official trailer for the direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray feature titled Hulk Vs. but we also are told everyone attending this years SDCC will get a chance to see the WHOLE feature first! That includes the Hulk Vs. Wolverine as well as Hulk Vs. Thor!

    SDCC 08 is the ONLY place to see this awesome animated feature before it's official release in January 2009!

    From Marvel.com

    HULK VS THOR – It's gods versus monsters in this epic 45 minute movie! Never have we explored the explosive power of the Hulk like we have in this new film, every major character from the Marvel Thor universe is thrust into battle with this Green Goliath as he brings a new Ragnarok down upon the realm of gods.

    HULK VS WOLVERINE- This dark, violent, smash and slash story was first told in issue 181 of THE INCREDIBLE HULK and the rematches have continued to thrill comic fans ever since. Now Marvel and Lionsgate takes the best of those famous comic book battles and merges them into one heart pounding 33-minute story.

    Attending this years event? Then here is the info you will need to check out Hulk beat up two of Marvel Comics best...

    Come meet Supervising Producer/Co-Writer Craig Kyle, Producer/Supervising Director Frank Paur, Co-Writer Christopher Yost and others involved in this Marvel Animation Milestone and watch the complete "Hulk VS Wolverine" film before it's January 2009 Blu-ray and DVD release at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con. The world premiere screening takes place on Thursday July 24th at 4:15PM in Hall H.
  • What a fusion. This will be an eastern-western fusion of style of animation (although historically, anime are but from western graphic arts and comics).

    Madhouse Studio certainly deserves such partnership for they're the premier animation studio in Japan beside Studio Ghibli.
  • Sony Home Entertainment To Distribute Upcoming "Marvel Anime" Series To DVD
    December 01, 2008 by James Harvey

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has confirmed for Marvel Animation Age they will distrubite the upcoming Marvel Anime releases.

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has created a new subsidiary focused on producing and distributing international properties worldwide, and the upcoming Marvel Anime series is one of the featured properties. The "International Product Expansion Group" has acquired the international distribution rights to Madhouse’s upcoming four anime television series starring Marvel Comics characters. Each series will run 12 episodes and will focus on a particular Marvel character. Wolverine and Iron Man are slated to be the first characters featured with many others to follow. Further confirmed details on the included characters are expected shortly. The Marvel Anime will premiere in early 2010 on Japan’s Animax premium anime channel before being released abroad by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on DVD and likely Blu-ray. Below is an image from the upcoming Marvel Anime featuring Wolverine.

  • xyzseamanxyzseaman PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Leinil Yu will be doing Hulk vs. Wolverine (I guess it's a part of this Marvel-Jap fusion thing) February of next year.
  • Ghost RiderGhost Rider PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    This is cool, very cool. I'm a marvel fanatic since childhood days, I have even comic collections of most of it, even not so famous characters. My top three favorites are Ghost rider (obviously, hehehe), spiderman and Quasar.

    I also love anime, so the fusion between the two will be great!
  • wow! another good news! sa tingin ko maganda ang kakalabasan nito dahil sa madhouse ang magaanimate
  • juliusbornejuliusborne PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I also love anime, so the fusion between the two will be great!

    Ah, then you must be reading Marvel Mangaverse, am I right?

    Captain America, with "guns"
  • Ghost RiderGhost Rider PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Ah, then you must be reading Marvel Mangaverse, am I right?

    Captain America, with "guns"

    Yup, I'm reading some marvel universe series before, may favorite now is Planet Hulk series, hahaha, nakabalik na ata siya dito sa earth, wala pa kasi akong latest issues.

    You know about the Guardians of the Universe and Major Victory? Mga unknown kasi karamihan sa marvel universe, like quasar (a member of the avengers). Then sila adam warlock at I forgot the name of that groups which includes aliens.
  • this is not the anime series however...

    i read articles that this part of the madhouse contract...

    Hulk VS. Thor/Wolverine DVD trailer



    with guest stars deadpool and team X
  • xyzseamanxyzseaman PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Ah, then you must be reading Marvel Mangaverse, am I right?

    Captain America, with "guns"

    The new Captain America has a couple of weapons to use(Guns, Knife, Grenades) aside from the shield... since the real one died (Steve Rogers) after the Marvel Civil War.

    If Mad House will base it from continuity, then the new Cap'n America is Bucky, Captain America's former Sidekick.
  • If only you've seen the RAAAAAAGE this brought on /co/.

    newfags are new
  • QT IIQT II PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    xyzseaman wrote: »
    The new Captain America has a couple of weapons to use(Guns, Knife, Grenades) aside from the shield... since the real one died (Steve Rogers) after the Marvel Civil War.

    If Mad House will base it from continuity, then the new Cap'n America is Bucky, Captain America's former Sidekick.

    Maybe Cap's iconic shield might be redesigned to incorporate a gun and throwing knives to its design....
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