Koko no Kite, My X-Men

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Hey, it’s a clear look at the character designs from Madhouse’s X-Men anime. I think they look far better on the show itself than they do here, but I still pretty much dig ’em. Yes, Wolverine is too damn tall, but I really dig Storm’s look. Oh, and lest you be enraged at the inclusion of a Japanese character, Isako Ichiki is actually a real character in the Marvel Universe — her X-name is Armor, and she can generate a force field around herself. She was introduced in Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run, because if you turn your back on Whedon for a second, he’s gonna make a Japanese schoolgirl with superpowers.

ANN got a summary of the plot:

According to Animax and Marvel, the story is set one year after the death of Jean Grey and after the X-Men
organization has effectively disbanded. However, Hisako Ichiki (Armor) —
a mutant middle school girl living in northeastern Japan — has gone
missing. An emergency call for help is sent, and the founder of the X-Men, Professor X, summons his team from all over the globe. The reunited X-Men travel to Japan where they encounter a supremacist cult called the U-Men.

Because Magneto and Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse might be bad, BUT THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LIFE OF A SINGLE JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL. Ah, I kid. Still looks all right to me.