11-27-2014, 02:09 AM #391
Staff transcribed by @Archah of Animator's Corner.
Urata Yukihiro is one of the more talented of key animators employed by Toei Animation. He previously worked on Episode #16.
Akira, Jessica and Ed decide to make a video for Spider-Man, whom they miss. Hikaru looks Spider-Man up on the internet and finds that he is dressing in black now and causing some ruckus. Iron Man sends Cap, Thor and Hulk to New York to see why Spidey is being such a jerk in public while he and Janet stick in Japan to help locate Doctor Akatsuki.
In New Work the three teams split up and do some detective work. Hikaru tries calling Peter but receives no answer. Chris 'n Cap come across Spider-Man and battle him when he begins acting recklessly while stopping some bank robbers. The two are quite even, although Spider-Man acts as if the battle is going his way. Spidey attacks a panicked Ed who drops his Hulk DISK before he can D-Smash. Just when he thinks he's done for, Ed finds that Spider-Man is frozen. "Run," he struggles to say. Black Widow appears and saves Ed before Spider-Man's consciousness loses out again.
Spider-Man follows and begins hitting on Black Widow, asking her for a date. She repays in kind...with a swift kick! What follows is a rather nice alleyway battle as the two fight while climbing up the ways of the alley with kicks and grappling hooks or web. I assume this is what Urata Yukihiro was brought on to do, given how many drawings are used. When the two reach the roofs Spider-Man covers the area Black Widow is about to fall on in web, sticking her to the roof.
Thor shows up and tosses Mjölnir, which is promptly dodge. While turning back towards Thor Mjölnir hits a bell tower, taking a good chunk of the brick with it. The force of the blow also sends the bell a'ringin' and disturbs the Symbiot. Spider-Man makes his leave and the Avengers have a catch up with Nat. She reveals that 'Venom' has possessed Spider-Man. Apparently Venom is the name of the symbiot in this continuity. The outer space origin is used, as well.
SHIELD spots Spider-Man and informs Black Widow that he is to be terminated.
Quick note: I just noticed that 舘直樹 (Tate Naoki) is credited as character designer as of Episode #27. That would explain why his only real appearances have been on Disk Wars: Avengers as of late as an animation supervisor. Tate Naoki was an employee of Seigasha during the Dragon Ball days so he is more than familiar with Yamamuro Tadayoshi's character designs and their Toriyama Akira influences. With Yamamuro Tadayoshi now performing the role of film director for Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F it makes perfect sense Tate was asked to take over. Yamamuro is still credited as a character designer, likely because his models for Akira and the others are still being used.
Hank Pym sounds like such a condescending asswipe. I'll try to hunt down his voice actor when I can.
Episode #36 will continue the Venom storyline!
12-03-2014, 12:16 PM #392
Staff transcribed by @Archah of Animator's Corner.
Veteran animator Kuroyanagi Kenji takes the first spot under Key Animation. Kuroyanagi's cuts began at 2:49 as evident by the fact that they were so damned good. The episode was animated both in Japan and at Toei Animation Philippines. Given the divide in the credits I have to wonder if TAP handled the second half but Animation Supervisor Kitano Yukihiro corrected their work.
Through some team play Captain American and Hulk manage to use the giant bell from Episode #35 to free Spider-Man of Venom. Venom then combines with Hulk. Whoops. Ed can't D-Secure Hulk, either.
The Avengers lead Venom-Hulk to a construction site and use a combination of attacks and striking the rebar, ala Spider-Man 3. Finally, Hulk breaks free of Venom and uses his Build Up Armor to knock Venom out of commission. Hikaru seals Venom in a DISK and hands it over to Black Widow. The people of New York show up at construction site thanks to a news copter's reporting of the battle to let Spider-Man know they know it wasn't his fault.
Later, the kids leave Spider-Man a disc with a video, just like he did earlier in the series. With his spirit restored Spider-Man answers the call of a woman in distress.
Episode #36 screen captures are available here.
Episode #37 will have Hank Pym introduce us to Ultron. What could possibly go wrong?
12-12-2014, 09:19 PM #393
Looks like the episode uses some Japanese freelancers and what I assume is Koreans from Namu Animation. The storyboard from Episode Director Iwamoto Yasuo is nothing special. In fact, it's quite bad and hurts otherwise interesting action choreography.
Pym introduces Ultron, his assistant. Later, Jessica and Wasp talk about Hank being...well, Hank. Hank upgrades Ultron before setting to work on the machine to open a gate to the dark dimension. The machine goes awry and Hank transforms into Giant Man to protect everyone. Transforming into Giant Man proves to be too strenuous on Hank. Near as I can tell Hank quit the Avengers due to an injury he sustained.
Ultron attacks Jessica. The Avengers leap into action but are trapped by Ultron in the lab. Thor loads up Iron Man with some of his lightning power for their combination attack: Stark Overload. The blast fires through Tony's chest plate and knocks Ultron offline.
Hank and Wasp are indeed in love but they seem to have their issues keeping them apart.
Episode #38 preview.
12-20-2014, 12:28 AM #394
A combination of freelancers, BSP, and Toei Animation Philippines. I was very happy to see Chioka Kimitoshi return as storyboard artist given the quality of his storyboards for Disk Wars: Avengers as of late.
Hank is asleep in a hospital bed dreaming of how the other Avengers were all loved and he was not. Horrified, Hank yells out for the voices to stop. I assume he has a history of being really self-conscious. Masutani Yasunori does a tremendous job with this scene as Hank's insecurities explode. Hank is awaken by Akira and the others and puts on his usual air of confidence.
Ultron has uploaded his consciousness to the internet and hacked into SHIELD, seeking to control the Blue Javeline satellite.
Tony has his armor prepared for space travel. As Tony flies into space Ultron has several of his drones attack him, Akira, and Pepper. Akira summons Falcon to defend himself and Pepper. The action cuts feel half-way decent but really could have used a better key animator to get the timing and intensity of the drawings just right.
The coating on Iron Man's armor chips away under the pressure of flying into space. Iron Man uses his Build Up Armor to destroy the satellite before it can be hacked by Ultron. Back on the ranch, Ultron is building a giant version of himself.
Hank, Jessica and Wasp leave the helicarrier when Hank starts going nuts. A squadron of SHIELD Jets follow Hank, who transforms into Giant Man to confront them. It was actually Jessica's idea to go with Hank, something I assume she did to help out Wasp.
Episode #39. Iron Man versus Giant Ultron!
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