In 2010, the thing I was anticipating the most was the appearance of Marvel anime. The Spring and Summer brought Heroman from the studio Bones, with influence from Stan Lee, and then Iron Man from Madhouse in the Fall. Wolverine is also suppose to be airing sometimes in 2011, but I’m not sure anyone is really that excited anymore…considering that both Heroman and Iron Man, two attempts by two different studios, were flops.
Heroman: What’s really painful about Heroman is it could have been amazing. There were flashes of brilliance within the series. In the end, I think what really hurt the series was it lacked any real heart and passion. And that’s what the series dearly dearly needed. Although, if Psy had been the hero instead, or even had more screentime, I think that would have helped a lot.
Ironman: Red Alert or not Red Alert, this is still a moment of “WHAT THE HELL MADHOUSE?” You have access to one of the most successful superhero franchises in America, and make a craptastic excuse of an anime. I could even stretch and say Ironman’s first episode had a blatant message for any superhero fan watching. “Just because you Americas like it, we don’t give a crap about this, we’ll just make a craptastic anime for you, and know you suckers will buy it anyway.” If I were their marketing department, I’d be kicking their butt for screwing this up right now. Heroman is a lot less of a letdown then this was.