“People like you who place their faith in high technology,
should be placed in museums with the rest of the fossils.
Actually, coffins would be better.”
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore is a Japanese Anime made exclusively for the Japanese market and that shows through every pore of this straight-to-DVD release.
First most striking aspect is the look. If you’ve ever seen an anime then you know what to expect. Highly detailed and nicely animated with over the top action sequences involving tentacles and mechs.
Also Pepper Potts has never been so endowed.
At a satellite launch terrorist attack and Iron Man and War Machine repel the attack but at great cost.
Shield comes to save the day after it has all happened as usual demanding Tony Stark come in for questioning.
He complies for a bit then sets of to find who attacked the launch.
Nick Fury sends Hawkeye and Black Widow to arrest him but Tony finds help with The Punisher.
The plot is overly complicated by the end and in fact becomes your standard anime rise of the AI philosophical tit for tat followed by an over-the-top golden age comics type convenient deus ex machina finale.
The sudden shift from Marvel film to generic anime is still fun to watch and this isn’t an American film afterall.
This is how the Japanese do things.
A fun watch and with Norman Reedus as The Punisher do you really need another reason to watch if already a fan of Japanese animation?
But do take what you are watching with a pinch of salt; for instance the quote at the top of the page is made by someone that relies on technology superior to that of Iron Man and likes to constantly remind him of this fact.