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Smart bomb! Smart bomb! Smart bomb! Proton Cannon!

Over at the Marvel Anime page for the upcoming Iron Man series, Marvel has posted a trio of trailers for everyone’s favorite alcoholic superhero. They’re brief and don’t show much of the animation, but it’s pretty telling to see how stilted the CG is. I’m still looking forward to it to see if they get the spirit of Tony Stark right; however, I would advise caution. The last time Iron Man got a cartoon, it wasn’t pretty.

We’ll find out for certain when the fall anime season starts.

Iron Man looks way better than Wolverine. Don't you think so?Remember when G4 used to show anime? Yeah, neither do I. But, in a move designed to grab the same crossover audience that both Marvel and Madhouse are going for with their Marvel Anime collaboration, G4 is reviving its “anime” block in 2011 with all four Madhouse anime based on Marvel properties: Iron Man, The X-Men, Wolverine, and Blade. They have a streaming trailer up for the Iron Man series, and while the CGI doesn’t look great, I’m still swimming in fanboy glee.

Robot beach episode yeeeeeah!

Robot + swimsuit episode = ???

Stan Lee’s Heroman continues to march on in anime form. While many of you probably dropped it after its plodding-but-necessary origin episodes, the official site now contains a trailer for the second half of the show that promises nonstop greatness in the near future.

The fusion of American comic and Japanese animation looks ready to kick itself into a higher gear, with an anti-hero standing in opposition of everything Heroman represents as well as a hero who now does a whole lot more than just shout and press a button to save the day.

If you’re not familiar with Heroman, I highly recommend watching it – but skipping to around episode 8. It has way more potential than its kiddie look and time slot would suggest, and once it gets rolling, it’s a huge blast to watch.

Boys love robots!

Crunchyroll has added in the latest announcement in the race to for online streaming rights, and it’s a pretty interesting one – the East-meets-West Heroman. The simulcast will be available every Thursday at 3 AM Pacific time, and while I’m not going to stay up for it, I’m definitely going to add it to my morning ritual. The collaboration of the legendary Stan Lee with Studio Bones has me fascinated, and I really want to see how it all plays out. Hit the jump for the list of countries covered by Crunchyroll, as well as their official synopsis of the show.

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Robot shimapan!

The 2010 spring anime season is approaching quickly, and the news sites are scrambling to keep up with all of the announcements, trailers, and previews that have been flying out as the winter season winds down. The latest trailer over the weekend is Heroman, the exciting collaboration between three industry greats: comic book legend Stan Lee created the concept and story, the veteran Studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Darker than Black) is set to work on the animation, and Walt Disney Studios Japan will provide their war chest. If you navigate to their official website and go to the Movie page in the menu – it’s easy to navigate, all of the buttons are in English – then you can see a trailer for the anime, which will debut on April 1st.

Heroman takes place in an imaginary city on the West Coast of America called Center City, where a starry-eyed kid named Joey fixes up a toy robot and optimistically dubs it Heroman. When a lightning bolt strikes his little robot and transforms it into a new and improved Heroman, Joey realizes that he and Heroman are destined for greater things.

When I first heard about this project, I had horrible expectations along the lines of the forgettable Witchblade or even worse, the American Akira spoof video. Thankfully, the trailer and character designs make me think that this anime has an honest chance to make it on its own merits. I’m not crazy enough to think that it’ll be nearly as good as Darker than Black or some of Bones’ other efforts, but with the amount of talent they’ve devoted to this project, it’s at least worth checking out.

This can only end well. Right?Square Enix’s anime page announced today that Heroman, the collaboration between Stan Lee (X-Men, Spider-Man) and Studio BONES (Eureka Seven, Darker than Black), is set to air in April. The legendary comic book creator’s story, which follows a boy named Joey Jones after he finds the controller to a super robot he dubs Heroman, is the latest addition to a strong-looking spring anime lineup, which already includes Arakawa Under the Bridge, Giant Killing, and Kaichou ha Maid-sama!

I’m getting more and more excited as I think about what’s coming up in April, and it’s getting harder to wait two months for the new spring season to start…