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A Twelve Episode Anime beginning in early 2011 as the second of four Marvel Comics series produced by anime studio Madhouse, Wolverine follows Logan's journey to Japan in search of his lost love, Mariko Yashida. As it turns out, Mariko's father, Shingen Yashida, is the head of the criminal organization known as Kuzuryu (Nine Dragons) and intends to marry her off to cement an alliance with Hideki Kurohagi, leader of the tiny island nation of Madripoor.After trying and failing to rescue Mariko from her father's clutches, Logan is joined by Yukio, the daughter of an assassin who was killed by Shingen, and is now seeking vengeance. Together, they follow Shingen and Mariko to Madripoor where the wedding is to take place.The series is based on the same Frank Miller/Chris Claremontstoryline that inspired the later live-action film The Wolverine.
Cameo: Cyclops shows up to give Logan a ride in episodes 5 and 6.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Shingen Yashida, an elderly, unpowered Yakuza boss who is, by a considerable margin, Wolverine's most dangerous opponent in the entire series, and doesn't even have to go all Combat Pragmatist to accomplish this. Although he's not above a little bit of pragmatism here and there.
Immortal Hero/Invincible Hero: Wolverine gets the crap beat out of him and normally lethal injuries numerous times nearly every episode by more skilled, powerful, or numerous enemies. Thanks to his healing factor he always lasts long enough to squeak out a win. By the end, the villains are trying to figure out how to kill him since he keeps getting up no matter how badly they wound him.
Urban Segregation: Madripoor is split into two sections. Lowtown is the poor, filthy slum area, and Hightown is the clean, modern area where the rich people live. The only thing in common between the two sides is that they're both completely populated by criminals.
Villain Decay: Omega Red gets hit by this hard. When eh first makes an appearance Wolverine spends an entire episode and part of the next one fighting Omega Red; Wolverine only wins because Omega Red's equipment malfunctions. Omega Red is repaired and sent after Wolverine again... and dies after about ten seconds.