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Anime: X-Men

The third of the fourth series based on Marvel Comics and produced by Madhouse. This series aired in Japan on April 1st 2011 and follows the adventures of the X-Men in Japan as they confront the U-Men, a cult stealing and implanting mutant organs to strengthen their army, as they investigate the kidnapping of mutants in the area. The current team consisting of Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Professor X, new girl Armor and Emma Frost.

Not to be confused with the 1990s animated series.


  • Action Girl: Storm, Emma Frost, and likely Armor as well.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, the U-Men were slightly creepy D-list jokes, notable only for their connection to the big-name villain John Sublime. In this series, they're a major organization with considerable resources and a serious threat to the X-Men.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Emma Frost is portrayed as much kinder and more sympathetic here than most other versions, and most of her negative personality traits barely even show up outside of her backstory. In fact, outside of some snarking she doesn't do a single mean thing to anybody.
  • Art Evolution: Wolverine looks far more gruff like his comic book appearance, contrasted to the two previous anime series where he was more of a Bishōnen.
  • Ascended Extra: Armor gets her first leading role in an adaptation here.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Implied to be the case with Jean Grey in the first episode, and Takeo in the last.
  • Audible Sharpness: Wolverine's claws.
  • Badass Biker: Wolverine and Cyclops.
    • In one episode, both fight off a group of mutant hunting robots while riding their bikes. Also, Wolverine does it by getting close and using his claws, Cyclops simply charges in and uses his bike's assortment of missiles and lasers.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Storm.
  • Batman Cold Open: The series begins with the main cast using their powers to survive a battle with an out of control Jean Grey.
  • The Berserker: Wolverine and Beast (emphasis on the former) have unstoppable feral rampages when extremely angry.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Mastermind
  • Big Fancy House: Aside from the X-Mansion, there's also Hisako's house which seems to be quite large (possibly because it's an inn of some sort).
  • Bishounen: Cyclops.
  • Bright Punch: Logan to Cyclops after the latter hesitates in battle, almost getting Storm killed.
  • Body Horror: The U-Men are not kind to the mutants they kidnap.
    • The first one they encounter also seems to be a Shout-Out to Akira.
    • Their own folks don't fare much better in these stakes, although at least in their case, it's sometimes voluntary.
  • Cameo: Angel, Colossus, Rogue, Nightcrawler, Deadpool, Captain Britain, and Iron Man all show up very briefly in the finale.
  • Captain Obvious: Beast. Logan loves pointing this out.
    Wolverine: "Hank McCoy, Ph.D.-ing on the obvious."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Emma Frost can be seen controlling Jean/Dark Phoenix in the first episode.
  • Chunky Updraft: The series opens with this as Jean goes insane.
  • Composite Character: Takeo is an amalgam of Legion (Prof. X's son with telepathic abilities) and Proteus (Moira's son with reality-warping abilities).
  • Continuity Nod: Hisako trains against a Sentinel in the Danger Room.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In the English dub, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn voices the effeminate but clearly male Marsh. It's not as obvious as you might think.
  • Cult: The U-Men are billed as such.
  • Evil Is Visceral: The U-Men are very fond of their creepy biotech.
  • Expy: Dr. Sasaki is one of Moira MacTaggert, and by extension, Takeo is a Japanese Proteus/Legion.
  • Fantastic Racism: The X-Men are apparently still dealing with this, though not to as harsh a degree as most other adaptations.
  • Fatal Flaw: So far, Hisako's is her fear of her powers.
  • First Episode Spoiler: Jean dies.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Foreshadowing: Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club can be seen in the prologue.
  • Genius Bruiser: Beast, as always.
  • Genius Cripple: Professor X.
  • Good Parents: Hisako's father and mother are very kind people who are very supportive of their daughter.
  • Healing Factor: Wolverine.
  • Heroic BSOD: Cyclops has one in the first episode, due to Jean dying in the prologue.
    • As of the second episode, he still seems to lapse into it from time to time.
  • Hime Cut: Hisako.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Granted, this is an X-Men series, but the U-Men take this to a new height.
  • Hypocrite: After Scott attempts to attack Sublime's mech with his Heat Vision. Sublime calls Scott a "One-eyed freak".
  • Instant Armor: Armor's mutant power.
  • Kick Chick: Emma Frost.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Hisako really pulls it together in episode 11.
  • Madness Mantra: One of the early enemies the X-Men face is rather obsessed with organs.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The U-Men's mindless, faceless combat cyborgs fill this role, despite not being entirely mechanical.
  • Most Common Superpower: Storm, Jean and Emma Frost, who combines it with Absolute Cleavage.
    • Given that it's made by Madhouse it would be harder to spot any female that isn't overly endowed.
  • Mythology Gag: The David Haller Syndrome is named after Professor X's son Legion, in some of the subtitles, though the actual voices are clearly saying "Damon".
    "Now boarding for Madripoor at Gate X-23".
    • One of the young researchers working for Yui states that she's a big fan of Sunfire, a Japanese hero associated with the X-Men and Uncanny Avengers.
  • Noodle People: The U-Men's cyborgs are impossibly, inhumanly lanky. Made worse because they clearly were once human, and odds are they didn't originally look like that.
  • Oh, Crap: Wolverine literally says this word for word when Sublime attacks him with some heat generating weapons.
  • Petting Zoo People: Beast has his more recent cat-like appearance.
  • Posthumous Character: Jean, after the prologue.
  • Psychic Powers: Professor X, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost.
  • Race Lift: Yui Sasaki and Takeo are Japanese Expies of Moira MacTaggert and Proteus.
  • Reality Warper: Takeo
  • Red Herring: Emma Frost was mainly accused (especially by Cyclops) as the one who made Jean lose her sanity with the Phoenix Force. The Emma seen by Scott was an illusion made by Mastermind knowing that Emma might join the X-Men after her departure from the Hellfire Club.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Wolverine and Cyclops naturally have this dynamic, and Wolverine points out that when Cyke's Heroic BSOD puts Wolverine in the Blue Oni role, something is seriously wrong.
  • Revealing Coverup: The U-Men assassinate any police officer trying to investigate the disappearance of teenagers in Tohoku, publicly revealed as an "unfortunate death".
  • Sad Clown: Wolverine comes across this way with his cynical Gallows Humor, particularly if this series canonically takes place some time after the events of his own series.
  • Sailor Fuku: Hisako/Armor.
  • Say My Name: Cyclops to Jean in the prologue.
  • Sequel Hook: The Stinger at the end of the series has a shot of Magneto's jail cell with a hole blown through it, and ends with "The adventures of the X-Men will continue..."
  • Shipper on Deck: Hisako appears to ship Scott and Emma in the finale episode.
  • Ship Tease: Theirs a little teasing of Cyclops and Emma near the end of the last episode.
  • Shoot the Dog: A recurring theme throughout the series.
  • Shout-Out: The visual style, U-Men as villains, and Emma Frost joining the group and developing her secondary mutation are all reminiscent of the Grant Morrison run.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Cyclops, natch.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Scott keeps Jean's necklace as one, until he gives it to Hisako in the finale as a sign that he's ready to move on.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Takeo.

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