Iron Man #01 — Toni Starku!?

October 1st, 2010


How the hell is that woman a reporter?


Is it really so much to ask for an action show to have action? If I had wanted to watch a talking show, I’d turn on the View, or maybe Monk. If the View and Monk wouldn’t shut up about how awesome Japan was at any rate. There was maybe 40 seconds of superheroage in this superhero show, part of which was "I AM SCORPIO! BLARGH, I HAVE BEEN SHOT!" out of completely nowhere. Seriously, Stark brings down the Dio suit and is then leaped on by Scorpio who disappears 10 seconds later. Jarring and surprising, sure, I’ll give you that, Madhouse, but cohesive storytelling or something I have any urge to watch again? No bloody way. I’m not saying that you need to start off every show with an explosion and bells and whistles flying everywhere, but something more compelling than the characters taking 19 minutes to go over the press materials of the show is required. Even that could have been made more interesting than just sitting there listening to Stark simply list everything out. Show, don’t tell, dammit. This shouldn’t be so arcane a concept.

Production is okay for the most part, but hardly impressive, especially given the supposed backing it has. It still pales in comparison to High School of the Dead, for example, and if this is all they can muster for the first episode… then… hm. They seem to be banking heavily on the art style above animation though because… well… it’s not very animated. Toni Starku looks like some kind of evil elf rapist too. Not someone who rapes elves, I mean, a… you know what, forget it. The CG is surprisingly good for the most part. They still have this giant blindspot when it comes to making automobiles that don’t look like they were cut and pasted out of a 2002 CG Beginner’s Book, but I’ve been waging a silent noisy war against CG vehicles for full on half a decade and I don’t think that’s going to change now. The music is horrible though; heavily synthed and overpowering every single scene that they pull it up in. YES, I CAN HEAR YOUR ELECTRIC GUITAR. THANK YOU. IT IS VERY ANNOYING. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE DIALOGUE NOW.

Overall then, yuck. This wasn’t Iron Man, this was Tony Stark. If Madhouse improves the balance to somethin better than a 95:5 ratio of time spent fellating Japan to being a superhero, it’d get better. However, a 15 second fight and then an alien on Toni Stahku’s back do not a superhero show make.


Quick! To the press pool!

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13 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • lubczyk says:

    Come on Aroduc, don’t be apart of the lowest common denominator. Some exposition is nice. Also, it’s nice to see people look like human beings with noses and distinct faces compared to all the moeblob crap floating around.

    • Aroduc says:

      Different is not the same as better. They missed ‘cocky’ by about a mile, and instead of Tony’s leering face peering through 50 foot TVs ready to devour the Japanese citizens.

  • Arabesque says:

    ”It still pales in comparison to High School of the Dead”
    Oh, that has got to hurt.

    ”This wasn’t Iron Man, this was Tony Stark”
    Meh, this was what I was afraid they’d do. But did they at least give him a bit of the charm he had in the movie? Or rather, any at all?

    • Aroduc says:

      He hit on the reporter when she tripped and fell on him, which got him slapped. Does that count as ‘charm’?

      • Arabesque says:

        Err, not exactly. But at least they managed to keep his sexism intact. So, I guess that’s a good thing?

  • lubczyk says:

    I think my views must differ from Aroduc’s, because I found High School of the Dead absolutely terrible. Even this episode is a step up from the whole series of HSotD

    • Arabesque says:

      Actually, I’m pretty sure he said that Madhouse managed to screw up HSotD, so I don’t think he’s saying that HSotD is good, rather just better (production wise)from this one.

  • Sterling01 says:

    Is Happy Hogan in this?

  • Travis says:

    Hey, Aro – how bad was that 95:5 ratio? Was there was a scene where Tony looks at the reporter (or someone) and says something like ‘おい, 日本の素晴らしい!’ before looking straight at the camera?

    And ye gads. What did they do to him- the character designs remind me of early Megami Tensei, before they got Kaz Kaneko on board.

    • Aroduc says:

      Well, I’m given to exaggeration, but it was pretty suffocating at the start. Every other line was either “Japan… SO AWESOME” or “Tony Stark… SO AWESOME.” It toned down after awhile though, thankfully.

      • Travis says:

        Haha, used to your ever-so-slight levels of exaggeration, good sir. But it takes a lot to bust me out of permalurk status, given the good job you usually do of answering any questions about a show before I can formulate ’em.

        But I had to know, and damned if I was gonna get a chance the raw during what just might be the busiest week ever. Glad to know it dissipates a bit; that’ll let me sleep easy- eh, easier.

  • ifyoucantdobettershutit says:

    gee everyone’s a hypocrite

  • The Phantom says:

    An american show beign produced in japan… I expect this to be as dull and as corny as possible.