Japan, what have you done to the Avengers?
Just because western markets have a habit of butchering classic movies and TV shows from other countries, it doesn’t mean that our content is safe either. Take for instance the latest anime starring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (A trademark of Disney Inc.), in which Japan finally enacts their revenge for the remake of 47 Ronin.
Here’s a stack of screenshots showing off the new character designs of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor and more from Kotaku. Don’t think the designs look so bad? Well here’s the synopsis for Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers:
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers" will be produced by Nerima-ku, Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd., which has produced multiple successful animated series for kids in Japan. Taito-ku, Tokyo-based Bandai Co., Ltd., which has a highly successful track record with major titles, will be responsible for character merchandising. The three companies will collaborate in creating a fully localized Japanese series as well as providing a lineup of attractive products and merchandise targeting the boys market.
The story will revolve around how the Avengers–Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk together with the help of Spider-Man and a group of teens–will harness their respective fighting skills and superhuman powers to foil Loki’s scheme to take over the world. "Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers" will target boys in the 6-12 age group.
I think Yoghurt said it best in Spaceballs: MOICHENDISING! I’m not one to begrudge kids a cartoon, but hell, this one is sinking to He-Man levels of merchandise-shilling. And this sounds like a Marvel version of Betblade. Freakin’ Beyblade. The horrible cartoon about spinning top battles. No, just no dammit.