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Anime: Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, is a Shōnen superhero anime series created as a collaboration between Toei Animation (makers of the venerable Sailor Moon, Pretty Cure, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Cash Cow Franchises), Disney, and Marvel Comics.

Based off Marvel's popular Avengers franchise, the series sees Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor, and The Wasp teaming up with a group of teens to track down the world's superheroes, who have been locked away in special disks by Loki.

The series is the third collaboration between Marvel and the Toei Company after their Spider-Man Tokusatsu series and The Tomb of Dracula Made-for-TV Movie. It is also Marvel's third anime collaboration after the above-mentioned Dracula film and the Marvel Anime project done with Madhouse. Additionally, it is the fourth Avengers Animated Adaptation after The Avengers: United They Stand, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Avengers Assemble.

The story begins when Tony Stark is revealing a new technology called Disks to the public. The technology is meant to make the holding and rehabilitation of supervillains safer and easier. Most of the world's most famous superheroes are present. Meanwhile, a boy from Japan named Akira and his brother go to visit their father, who has been away from home working on the technology, and a group of teenagers get lost at the event.

Loki quickly crashes the party and manages to get the upper hand when he takes Pepper Potts hostage. He promptly steals the disks for himself and imprisons almost all of the heroes present, hoping to use the Disk technology to force them to work for him. However, to command the disks, one has to have a "bio code" installed in them, and an odd chain of events leads to Akira and the others receiving the bio codes instead of Loki. Now, with Spider-Man being just about the only superhero left completely free and Iron Man only able to function with Akira's help, its up to the kids to find the rest of the heroes in the world until they can be freed.

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The show takes elements from the original comics but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.
  • And I Must Scream: the way Tony describes his own experience while inside a DISK.
  • Anime Hair: The show's version of Iron Fist notably sports this.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Edward is a big fan of superheroes, and his favorite is Captain America. He even runs a web-site dedicated to them. Of course, he ends up partnered with The Hulk.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Nick Fury.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Joel, he may act like the brattish of villainous d-blader. He's also the one who watched with a sick grin as Abomination attack a guy (Possibly killing him.)
  • Big Brother Mentor: To the five kids, Spider-Man.
  • Big Eater: Such a concept is no stranger to The Hulk as is seen when he is eating an armful of fruit in the first episode.
  • The Cameo: Agent Coulson has appeared as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that happens to be entertaining the people who won a tour of The Raft through a Stark Industries contest.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Used here, with such notable examples being Wasp's "Wasp Sting" and Cyclops' "Optic Blast!"
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Hawkeye looks just like a blonde Jeremy Renner.
  • Description Cut: Used in a dramatic fashion in the second episode, when Captain America defiantly states that those who "believe in justice" and "walk the path of righteousness" will stand against Loki...while cutting to Chris, who is alone and on the verge of walking away from the effort to help save the heroes.
  • Evil Genius: One of Loki's minions, Smart Brain, refers to himself this way.
  • Friend to All Children: Wasp makes a suggestion to Hulk that she thinks might make him more approachable to kids. Hulk actually is keen on the idea until Wasp herself spelled it out for him that she was just kidding.
  • Five-Episode Pilot: the first Story Arc detailing the Raft breakout lasted three episodes.
  • Fun with Acronyms: According to Tony in the first episode, "Disk" is actually an abbreviation for "Digital Identity Securement Kit".
  • Gender Flip: The show's version of Death Adder from the Serpent Squad is a woman like in the Ultimate Marvel incarnation, rather than a man in the main Marvel Universe.
  • Gratuitous English: Tony Stark as voiced by Hanawa Eiji has gratuitously spoken "ladies and gentlemen!" in the 1st episode.
    • Green Goblin refers to Spider-Man with a rather noticeable use of "Spidey".
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The plot involves the Avengers and their teen sidekicks traveling the globe to rescue the captured superheroes.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Chris has a pair of big ol' headphones around his neck to go with his skull-and-crossbones nit cap to help reinforce his aloof nature.
  • Hot Scoop: Rosetta Riley, of the suspiciously specifically named "Big News Channel". She's actually one of Loki's minions.
  • Hour of Power: The biocodes installed in Akira and the other children is incomplete. As a result, the heroes they are partnered with can only be released for five minutes and thirty-three seconds. Once their Activity Time Limit runs out, they return to their disks and cannot be released again until the children recover.
  • International Co Production
  • In the Name of the Moon: Being an anime naturally. All of the Heroes have one after being released.
    Iron Man: The party's started!
    Thor: In the name of Mjolnir!
    Captain America: Soldiers! Follow me!
    Wasp: Let's fight evil! Together with me!
  • Kick the Dog: The Wrecker wastes no time in beating the stuffing out of Tony once he's been forced to surrender.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Why else give the Avengers a group of teenaged allies?
    • Spider-Man also seems to be this, seeing as how they felt he didn't need to be paired up with a kid.
    • We've seen plenty of the Hulk, but nothing of Bruce Banner. Naturally, the youngest of the kids, Edward, gets paired up with the Hulk (even though his stated favorite is Captain America).
  • Kneel Before Zod: Loki's first command to Thor once the heroes are forced to surrender. Loki even mentioned that I Always Wanted to Say That.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Akira is the main character and Iron Man's partner. In true anime hero fashion, Akira's clothes and Iron Man's armor are both red.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than Marvel's previous anime collaborations, which were aimed at the Seinen demographic.
  • Magic from Technology: Loki's minions say the villain Diablo is controlling the Hulk through magic but Diablo corrects them, telling them he does it through Alchemy.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Loki's minions all wear masks to hide their identities.
  • Merchandise-Driven: The show was launched with a tie-in toyline centered around the show's transformable disks.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Such a concept is no stranger to Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man. Pepper Potts is of course embarrassed by it, but Akira takes the flash and flair with awe.
  • The Mole: One of Loki's minions, Smart Brain, is a SHIELD scientist aboard the Hellicarrier, and is thus able to keep Fury and the rest of SHIELD from intervening to stop Loki's plans in episode two.
    • Likewise, the seemingly benign reporter Rosetta Riley is actually a member of Loki's gang.
  • Mole in Charge: Senator Robert of the World Security Council takes over SHIELD and arrests Nick Fury on the grounds of collaborating with the villains, but Robert is actually Loki in disguise.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Akira wears a red hoodie with the number "1962" on it. 1962 was the year Spider-Man debuted in Amazing Fantasy.
    • The lineup of heroes are the founding members of the Avengers, save for Captain America replacing Ant-Man.
    • The kids wielding Captain America and the Hulk's Disks are named Chris and Ed as a nod to Chris Evans and Edward Norton, the actors who played Cap and Hulk in the two Captain America movies and The Incredible Hulk, respectively.
    • The First Episode is named "The Mightiest of Heroes".
  • Sadistic Choice: Loki and his allies force the heroes to submit to being sealed inside disks by holding Pepper Potts hostage.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Most of the world's superheroes have been trapped inside specialized containment disks.
  • Shout-Out: Tony's nickname for Akira, "Samurai Boy", is a reference to a certain director of samurai movies the kid shares a name with, Akira Kurosawa.
  • Sleep Mode Size: whenever recovering inside their DISKS, the Avengers can only interact with the outside world through small holograms.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The Wasp is the only female Avenger; likewise, of the five kids, Jessica is the only girl.
  • Snake People: King Cobra can assume this kind of form.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Jessica is noted to be from a rich family, yet she is quick to strike up friendly conversations with the aloof Chris and shy and introverted Ed.
  • Super Registration Act: It get's enforced by the president under the orders of Senator Robert in episode 9.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: To defeat the Lizard, Iron Man uses a ridiculously huge Uni-beam that takes more than ten seconds to use.
  • Unexpected Character: The first trailer shows some longtime Marvel mainstays like War Machine, Venom, and the Green Goblin, but also contains some truly obscure choices like the Fixer and Death Adder.
    • Pepper Potts turns out to be fairly important as the kids "handler" as well. Likewise Agent Coulson appears in the first episode as a SHIELD tour guide.
    • Among the superheroes that form the entourage of Tony's presentation are two X-Men. At least Beast note  would have a right to be there, but Cyclops?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tony Stark got called out twice in the first episode. First, why hold a party announcing to the world about his new toy??? Second, why hold a party on an island filled with imprisoned supervillains???
    • He got called out again by Pepper Potts in Episode 3 for saving the children first when he can swoop her on the way up to save the children.
  • Wolverine Publicity: The Avengers used in the show are the ones from the movie (minus Black Widow and Hawkeye). Spider-Man (who is an A-lister in his own right and very big in Japan) and the Wasp are the only non-movie Avengers, at least at the start. The trope namer even appears in Episode 16.
  • X Meets Y: The Avengers meets Digimon (Digimon Frontier, to be specific). Alternately, The Avengers meets Monster Rancher with a side of Transformers Armada.

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