The Highs and Lows of Marvel’s Iron Man Anime

Actually, this is pretty simple to break down. First, the high:

That’s the teaser promo, animated by Madhouse, that Marvel showed at SDCC 2009. It still blows me away. Now for the low:

That’s the genuine trailer for the actual Iron Man anime, still animated by Madhouse, shown off last week at SDCC 2010, except this is actually indicative of the finished project (which, like all the Marvel anime series, will apparently air on G4). And it sucks.

What the fuck happened? Did somebody lose a bet? Did all of Madhouse’s talented animators die in a subway crash between the two videos? Did Marvel not bow down far enough during a meeting, causing Madhouse to seethe with anger and seek revenge? Jesus.