Wolverine – 04

Wolverine – 04

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Wolverine - 04As Omega Red has Logan secured in his carbonadium tentacles, Yukio can do nothing but continue to lob molotov cocktails down while Asano’s team takes down the yakuza and attempts to secure some of the cargo as evidence.  Meanwhile, Logan manages to kick open a door on the ship to cause a backdraft which allows him to get free of Omega Red.  He recalls sometime earlier in his life when he was briefed on the Soviet’s Super Soldier project and the product of their research, Arkady Rossovich, aka: Omega Red.  Wolverine was given the mission to enter the Soviet Union and steal a device called the carbonadium synthesizer since Omega Red needed it to properly function.  Wolverine does steal the device but has to fight Omega Red. He manages to defeat him but loses the device to the Arctic Ocean.

Wolverine - 04Back in the present, Shigen receives word of the fight at the docks and is not happy.  Meanwhile, Logan’s fight with Omega Red enters one of the cargo holds where Yukio causes just enough of a distraction for Logan to use a chemical canister which explodes when Omega Red stabs it with his tentacle. This causes a series of explosions and allows Logan and Yukio to escape, though they are tailed by one of Hideki’s men.  Returning to Yukio’s apartment, she attempts to treat Logan, who isn’t healing very well thanks to Omega Red’s power-draining ability.  Hideki’s man lobs a bomb at the apartment but not before Logan manages to sniff him out and save Yukio.  Logan easily takes care of the thug but Omega Red appears and is going to make sure that Wolverine dies this time for sure.

Thoughts/Review:

Wolverine - 04As I mentioned last episode, I’d not heard of Omega Red although in the Marvel Comics universe, he is a villain character and has Japanese connections.  Since Omega Red is likely not known too much in Japan either, the writers of this episode do a pretty decent job of working in Omega Red’s creation, powers, and his first encounter with Logan during the Cold War.  They conveyed a ton of information, which if not done properly, could have been rather dry and tedious exposition.  Thankfully, that was not the case and things were kept moving along while bringing the audience up to speed on everything they needed to know about Omega Red.  So kudos to the production team and the director for this feat.  ^_^

Wolverine - 04The fight between Wolverine and Omega Red would seem to belong to Omega Red.  To be honest, there was no reason for Omega Red to ever release Logan once he had initially snagged him.  Omega Red could have continued to hold Logan, slam him around (as he is doing when the episode ends), drain Logan of his powers as Wolverine, and then kill him.  However, Omega Red has to continuously let Logan go when he doesn’t have to.  If there is a reason that Omega Red has to release Logan from time to time, that wasn’t made clear to me unless it is somehow tied up in the loss of the carbonadium synthesizer.  Since we can’t have the hero taken out, then we have to release him to give him a chance. Kinda like what happens in pro wrestling. ^_~

Wolverine - 04Anyway, Omega Red is slamming Logan around again before strangling him when the episode is over but obviously, Logan survives somehow.  Either Omega Red is going to let Logan go again which will allow Logan to do the needful or there’s going to be some new outside influence to allow Logan to break free and do the needful.  It will be interesting to see where it goes.

So another episode comes to an end and I have to say that I continue to like what I’m seeing here.  I’m rather surprised this hasn’t already been licensed, though I’m not sure it is material for Saturday morning cartoons. ^_~

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6 Responses to “Wolverine – 04”

  1. evgenidb says:

    ANB, here’s a present for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGszNZIKpH4 – a Promo for the X-Men anime.

    And here you can read what its gonna be about:

    The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.

    (Taken from AniDB.)

  2. Technically, the Wolverine anime is licensed by default since it belongs to Marvel. According to Wikipedia, they’re supposed to be airing it on G4TV sometime this year. What are you watching it on? I’ve been intereted in it since I first heard about it on ANN’s winter anime preview.

  3. evgenidb says:

    Personally, I download it fro torrents. There are numerous torrent trackers where you can grab it. But unfortunately the fansubbing stopped at episode 06. The 7th still is nowhere to be found (as far as I know, only [Weapon+] translates the series from Japanese to English and everyone else translate to their respective language from them).

  4. Anonymous says:

    The HQ raws for episode 7 only came out on the 22nd which is why new fansubbed episode.

  5. evgenidb says:

    Well, this explains a lot. So, today or tomorrow the new ep. should be ready.

  6. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @Evgenidb — thanks for the link. When I return home, I’ll need to check on “U-Men” as I’ve never heard of them.

    Technically, the Wolverine anime is licensed by default since it belongs to Marvel. According to Wikipedia, they’re supposed to be airing it on G4TV sometime this year.

    Ah. I didn’t realize that but it makes sense.

    What are you watching it on?

    I’m just scoring a fansub.

    And yeah, episode 7 should be out in a few days or so.

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