The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Anime Debuts in Japan; Watch a Preview Right Now
'Guardians of the Galaxy' was a huge success this summer and it's currently the biggest movie of the year. People not only loved going to see it, they loved going to see it again and again, which surely has people excited for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'. Unfortunately, that film isn't set to hit theaters until July 28, 2017, so you've got a while to wait. But, until then, there is some 'Guardians of the Galaxy' anime to tide you over.
This just aired in Japan, so you probably won't get to see much of it elsewhere, but the 'Guardians' have made their first appearance in the series 'Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers'; a TV series that seems a cross between 'Pokemon' and Marvel Comics. (Basically, superheroes have been captured by Loki into these little discs and two little kids find them and can release the heroes for short periods of time to battle villains. Now the kids travel across the world with The Avengers trying to collect all the discs. Or something? Dunno, it's all kinda crazy.)
We watched the episode and it's interesting mainly because it's not bound by the Marvel Studios contracts and Spider-Man can be a member of The Avengers and they can pal up with the X-Men and so on and so forth. But, it's very much made for Japanese kids. It's partially funded by Bandai, who created the Power Rangers, just to give you an insight as to what kind of tone you're looking at here.
Just this past week, the Guardians of the Galaxy were introduced as part of the show, and while the series is ostensibly based on the comics, these characters are very much influenced by James Gunn's film. Unfortunately, "there are currently no plans for an international release."
Because you can't see the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' anime outside of Japan, we have a brief clip above you can watch, plus some additional GIFs we pulled from their first episode (wherein Rocket and Groot crash on Earth and Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax come to save them). The good news is that Marvel Animation is working on a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' animated series to air alongside 'Avengers Assemble,' 'Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,' and 'Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' here in the States.