12 Fascinating Japanese Adaptations of American Superheroes

Author Thumbnail Caitlin Donovan June 16, 2016 20:14 PM

#7- The X-Men Anime

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Did you think Marvel was content having only ONE anime with Wolverine in it? Nope! 2011 also bought us the X-Men anime.

The X-Men team in the anime consists Professor X, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Armor and Beast. The premise of the series is that Xavier’s school has been shut down following the death of Jean Grey, but when a young mutant named Hisako Ichiki (Armor) goes missing, the team travels to Japan in order to find her. There they discover a villainous team called the U-Men is kidnapping mutants to harvest their organs.

The general consensus on  X-Men among reviewers seems to be that it’s one of the better ones in the Marvel anime line, but still forgettable. The premise is thin, but the series can be mindlessly enjoyable. If you want to see an anime version of these characters, it might be worth a look, but don’t go in with high expectations, basically. 

#8- The Blade Anime

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The last in the anime line was the story of Blade, the vampire hunter. It’s another 2011 production. The show has Blade, who was borne of a woman attacked by a vampire and has both human and vampire blood as a result. He’s in Japan hunting down the vampire who killed his mother. He runs into a villainous vampire organization called Existence.

Blade has pretty favorable reviews compared to the other Marvel anime- nothing gushing, but the action sequences espciallly are praised. It might be worth a look, especially if you’re a Blade fan.

All the Marvel Anime are available of DVD.

#9- Powerpuff Girls Z

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Produced in 2006, Powerpuff Girls Z is a 52-episode anime based on Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls. The show considerably deviates from the source material, making the Powerpuff Girls oridinary girls who can transform into magical girls thanks to Chemical Z rather than sisters born with superpowers thanks to Chemical X. As you cans see above, the animation style is very different as well.

Many fans of the show were unhappy with the numerous changes, but it’s earned itself a few fans.  If you’re a big fan of magical girl anime to begin with, it might be worth a look on that front. 

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com
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