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Marvel’s mighty Avengers to become an anime

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By Rachel Tackett

Walt Disney Japan has just announced that they’ll be making good use of their rights to Marvel Comics’ creations by producing their own TV anime of “the earth’s mightiest heroes,” the Avengers. The series is scheduled for nationwide release on NTV starting in spring of 2014 under the title, “Disk Wars: Avengers”.

This is exciting news for fans of the franchise, but comic book buffs might want to reign in their expectations. This animated series has a distinctly Japanese flair, like nothing we ever felt from the original comics. See what changes are in store for our superheroes in this all-new Asian take on an American classic.

"Disk Wars: Avengers" takes place in a world where villains are apprehended using portable capture devices called “disks.” Unfortunately, Loki and his evil plans for something (world conquest, perhaps?) have brought forth an overwhelming number of bad guys! The heroes are overwhelmed and become locked within their own disks, then scattered across the globe.

Amidst all the chaos, five children – four boys and one girl – acquire something called the “Bio Code,” a program which allows them to become the hero imprisoned within a disk. Spider-Man, who narrowly escaped capture himself, gives the kids five disks, allowing each of them to transform into one of the earth’s mightiest heroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, and the Wasp. Together, they make up the Avengers, using the powers and special moves that they’ve acquired to combat evil and hopefully put an end to Loki’s master plan.

The series will presumably be marketed toward six to 12-year-old boys residing within Japan. Obvious changes are being made to make the story and characters more palatable to Japanese audiences, similar to what they did with the 2008 TV series "Stitch!," where everyone’s favorite Disney alien was relocated to Okinawa and Lilo was replaced by Yuna, a Japanese native.

This is apparently the first time that Walt Disney Japan has attempted to localize Western source material for a mostly male demographic, so they’ve called for a bit of help out with this experimental anime. Animation producers will be collaborating with Toei Animation Co for supervision, based on their large number of successful boyish anime. They will also be calling on Bandai for their experience in merchandising.

At this point it’s hard to say how well Marvel’s source material will appeal to Japanese tastes, or how much of the Western spirit will remain once the series is complete.

Source: Narinari Dot Com

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At this point it’s hard to say how well Marvel’s source material will appeal to Japanese tastes, or how much of the Western spirit will remain once the series is complete.

When people see an adorably cute Incredible Hulk greeting people at the gates of Disneyland, the sociologists can begin their research. "Hulk not smash. Hulk like tourists."

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isnt this the story for digimon or pokemon or whatever new monster summon/transformation fad is at this time?

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So essentially they're going to lose either a nose or a mouth or both and their eyes will be the size of watermelons?

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So, comics made into movie made into Anime?

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Marvel’s mighty Avengers to become a cartoon

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Is this revenge for what Keanu Reeves did to the 47 Samurai?

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Well this is one of the best news concern with cartoon lovers..Even I am also immensely fond of it...Check some of awesome games

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isnt this the story for digimon or pokemon or whatever new monster summon/transformation fad is at this time?

Monster Rancher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSq_mHcmvyc

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There's already an a very well made Avengers cartoon called Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Highly recommend it.

Not so sure about this one though...

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I dont really think thaats a good idea. I mean there are already plenty of advenger shows that come on and I didnt really even like the anime version of iron man. I love anime but, just not American originated anime.

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So instead of hunting for and playing with cards... it's discs this time? I can see the ads now... slapping a disc into either a belt buckle or wrist thingy and shouting "henshin" or whatever. The there'll be McDonalds ads with special meal deals with a toy, probably with Spiderman coming into the place and ordering something...

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Anything that makes money.......

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I wonder if all the kid protagonists will be Japanese. It will be kind of strange having a Japanese kid transform into Captain "America."

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For one, it is not called a "CARTOON" and for two its called "ANIME". Anime & Cartoon two different things...still people cannot understand the difference between the two.

As for on topic, Avengers to become an Anime? This will certainly be interesting. I love Anime so it might be cool. I saw Ironman anime movie which I thought was alright.

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I have been watching animated Avengers in USA quite a while. Cartoon Network. So, just like other animated hero comics in USA, I suppose voice actors will be used. Using the same Avengers we watch in cartoon network in USA. Disneyland channel have too. It is money maker in USA. Iron Man, Ant Man, Wasp, Thur, Hula, ... Captain America was rescued from Ice Cube and ,,,, Japanese voice actors than writing on screens, I think,

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Probie Avengers is already a cartoon, it will be animefied,

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Dennis: It is already animated and we watch on Cartoon Network and Disney Channel every week.

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For one, it is not called a "CARTOON" and for two its called "ANIME". Anime & Cartoon two different things...still people cannot understand the difference between the two.

Yes, and anime in the sense it's used in Japan doesn't equal animated.

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