News Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Anime & Game's 1st Promo Streamed
posted on 2014-02-10 04:30 EST
Bandai began streaming the first promotional video for the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime and its Bachicombat tie-in game toys on Monday.
The video begins by defining DISK: "Digital Identity Securement Kit." Those who possess the Biocode can summon heroes or villains sealed in the DISKs and fight with them. The video then introduces the cast:
Akira: Let's go! Iron Man, D-Smash!
Text: Fight together! The most powerful, and greatest friends
The anime series will premiere on April 2 at 6:30 p.m. on TV Tokyo and five other affiliates.
To start a game of Bachicombat, each player assembles one to three Smash DISKs and sets up four Defense DISKs on his or her side of the playing field. After deciding who should attack first, the battle starts. Player 1 chooses one of the Smash DISKs, calls out the DISK's character ("Smash with Iron Man's Tech Lv. 2!! D-Smash!!"), and throws down the DISK against Player 2's Defense DISKs.
The objective of the game is to flip the other player's Defense DISKs. It is hard to flip a Defense DISK by striking its center, so the video advises players to aim for the corners. A player loses a DISK if it is flipped over. A player wins if his or her opponent has no more DISKs.
Putting Special Effect inserts in the Bachicom DISKs gives players different advantages, such as two Smash attacks in a row or reverse an opponent's attack.
The Bachicombat game toys go on sale in Japan in April.
Toei Animation is producing Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, Marvel's first television anime series for Japanese boys, for Walt Disney Japan to air throughout Japan. Bandai is responsible for turning the characters into merchandising. The series is aimed at boys ages 6-12.
In the anime, portable capturing devices known as "DISKs" were developed to capture evil villains. However, thanks to Loki's machinations, both villains and heroes are sealed up in these Disks and scattered around the world. Amid the chaos, five youths obtained the power to restore these DISK-sealed heroes through a program called "Biocode." These youths received five DISKs that Spider-Man, who narrowly escaped being sealed himself, retrieved. Thus, these five can restore Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Wasp — the Avengers!
Walt Disney Japan has developed local anime content for the Japanese market in the past — notably the Fireball television anime and the Stitch television anime in 2008. The two television anime have inspired prequels and sequels.
Marvel also collaborated with the anime studio Madhouse to create four television anime — Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade — before its acquisition by Disney. There has since been an Iron Man: Rise of Technovore video project. Toei also collaborated with Marvel on the 1978-79 live-action special-effects (tokusatsu) version of Spider-Man. Kodansha published Ryoichi Ikegami's manga re-imagining of Spider-Man in Monthly SHonen Magazine, while Marvel itself created the Mangaverse comic project.
Image © 2013 Marvel
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