I started watching the old X-Men cartoon from the '90s. Did you know there was another X-Men show that predates that one? It was short-lived, revolved around Kitty Pryde, and was the basis for the old X-Men arcade beat-em-up game by Konami.
So anyhow, when the long-running, popular X-Men cartoon was on Saturday mornings, I was already an anime nerd by that time. I tried watching it a few times, but the quality of animation looked so stiff and was not fluid like I was used to anime being (well, to be fair, anime just uses a lot of shortcuts to deceive your eyes with the use of action lines, etc). The animation was on-par with The Tick, which was current then, but I was more willing to forgive The Tick because it was a comedy. Also, I was going through an anti-superhero phase that was mainly colored by my distaste for DC superheroes that continues to this day (Superman needs to just go away). It wasn't until later that I discovered the X-Men. I remember playing X-Men vs. Street Fighter for the first time at a pizza joint and thinking, "Man, if the X-Men cartoon was animated as well as this, I could totally get into it!" I played the game, it introduced me to the characters, and then as time went by, I discovered how far more interesting they are compared to the likes of Superman and Batman.
So a few years ago, I bought the first volume of the X-Men show on DVD. Recently I bought volumes 2 and 3. I finally started watching the first several episodes last weekend. In the first episode, I was thinking, "Who the heck is this 'Morph' guy?" It turns out he was cannon fodder. I was not prepared for this show to involve a character's death. I was expecting it to be more childish than that.
So far, it's an interesting show. I think I may like Wolverine and the X-Men
better though, but I like the classic Clairemont character designs. (The CG representations of the characters at the end credits look silly though, like a first-gen Playstation game or something!) I didn't really care for that one X-Men Evolution. I saw an episode or two of that, and I did not like the character designs in it. Can anyone say if that one is any good?