Stan Lee’s latest project, a 12-episode anime series called The Reflection, will be airing on July 22 on Japan’s NHK network. The series is a collaboration between Lee and director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi, Detroit Metal City).
According to Variety, The Reflection revolves around the mysterious circumstances of an event called (What else?) “The Reflection”, which gives numbers of people superpowers. The story will specifically focus on the battle between two characters – the heroic Xon (portrayed by Shinichiro Miki) and the villainous I-Guy (portrayed by Satoshi Mikami). Aside from Lee and Nagahama, The Reflection will bring talent from both Eastern and Western cultures together, as the series features character designs by Yoshihiko Umakoshi (HeartCatch Pretty Cure!) and sound design by British music producer Trevor Horn.
Lee himself is no stranger to collaborating with Japanese comic book writers and animators, as he co-wrote Karakuridouji Ultimo alongside Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei and wrote the story for Heroman from Studios Bones. It’s currently not clear if and when The Reflection will be appearing on Crunchyroll or a similar service. A preview of the series can be seen below:
The Reflection will become clear on July 22.
5 Potential Marvel TV Shows To Rival HBO’s ‘Watchmen’
With news breaking that Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of both Lost and The Leftovers, is in talks to develop a Watchmen show for HBO, Marvel needs a new TV hit. Don’t get me wrong, I know Agents of Shield still has a huge following, but I stopped watching the Netflix shows during the second season of Daredevil. And FX’s Legion was just… okay for me. It’s not that I don’t love Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, but it’s not fair to put lower-tier characters like them in competition with a juggernaut like Watchmen.
HBO was clearly taking notes when Netflix started releasing their shows, so this seems like a great moment for Marvel to take some notes on their competition. If DC is going to churn out a Watchmen series, then Marvel needs to dig deep into their libraries to find stories worthy of being brought to the silver screen.
So hit Next to find out about five properties Marvel should consider adapting if they want to match HBO’s Watchmen.