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Anime: Ironman

Marvel Anime: Iron Man is a 2010 anime based on the Iron Man comics, though it is perhaps more directly inspired by the live-action movies. Produced by Madhouse, it is the first of four series co-produced with Marvel Comics, each focusing on a different superhero from the company, starting with this one, followed up by Wolverine, then Blade, and culminating with X-Men.


  • Animated Adaptation: Of the live-action films. The opening credits even suggest they're in the same continuity.
    • One episode has a Montage of Tony in action; included amongst the scenes is Iron Man fighting Iron Monger from the first film (specifically, it looks like the scene where Tony shouts "This looks important!" and starts yanking out components).
  • Badass Biker: Sakurai
  • Big Bad: Defense minister Kuroda
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Dr. Tanaka
  • Break the Cutie: Flashbacks reveal that after Yinsen miraculously avoided his Death by Origin Story, he was taken in by a rural village, where he began to recover in both body and soul. However, the Big Bad then destroyed the entire village using Stark weaponry in order to turn Yinsen against Tony.
  • Broken Pedestal: Yinsen to Stark, and Kuroda to Sakurai.
  • Chest Blaster: The Unibeam. Engages in a Beam-O-War with a similar weapon wielded by a Zodiac mech.
  • Conspicuous CG: Much like the movies, the suits are animated through CG. Unlike the movies, they clash with the rest of the animation. The cars and certain other objects are also done like this.
  • Continuity Nod: Fans of the comics will get the references to Advanced Idea Mechanics, the Fujikawa corporation and mention of quinjets.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Tony has 'suit-up' machines in the unlikeliest of places...
  • The Cameo: Wolverine in episode 4.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Yinsen
  • False Flag Operation: Zodiac uses this to make it easier to take over Japan.
  • Fish out of Water: Tony Stark in Japan.
    • To the point that it's actually used in-universe several times when he "has to think of the right phrase in Japanese," or uses informal speech and honorifics when he shouldn't. There are rumors that his actor was affecting an American accent the entire time.
    • In the second episode of the adaptation, there's a similar play on this - when someone asks him why he hasn't answered about whether or not he's smuggling plutonium into the country, he replies, "Oh, I've got an answer, I'm trying to think of a courteous way to say it." And then... "It's a friggin' lie!" Kind of makes you wonder what his original, non-courteous answer would've been.
  • Handsome Lech: Tony, naturally. Though he also is a Chivalrous Pervert.
  • Heel Realization: Pisces, a Well-Intentioned Extremist who would have easily succeeded in killing Tony if he hadn't suddenly realized he was on the wrong side.
    • Sakurai, when he discovers who the real Big Bad is.
  • Hot Scoop: Nanami.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Nanami
  • The Mole: Chika, though through Mind Control.
  • Monster of the Week: Each episode features a baddie themed after an animal of the Western Zodiac.
  • Oh Crap:
    Computer: Weapons lock detected.
    Tony: Uh oh. *gets blasted*
    • States it directly when he's about to get blasted by a Zodiac's version of the Unibeam.
  • Powered Armour
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the Dio armor is first hacked and stolen, its blue optics and Arc Reactor turn red. They revert to blue for his subsequent appearances though. Many of the Zodiac Mechs also have red eyes.
    • Averted for Ramon Zero, who turns out to be a good guy despite having red eyes.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: used in Episode 2.
  • Second Rider: Sakurai, who has a Samurai-themed suit of Powered Armor made by the Japanese government.
  • Shout-Out: Tony's sets of armor to be mass produced are called Iron Man Dio
  • Strawman Political: The defense minister turns out to be an ultranationalist who uses Zodiac to weaken Stark Industries' relations with Japan, take over the government, and turn the country into a militaristic, imperial power.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Tanaka
  • Talking To Herself: In the English Dubbed version. Episode 8- Daughter of Zodiac has Miss Tanaka and Aki talking to each other where both of them are voiced by Laura Bailey.
  • Twelve Episode Anime
  • Western Zodiac: Each epsiode features a baddie themed after one. Monster of the Week style. Based on the classic Marvel organization Zodiac.
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