Grim_Noir Assembles Anime Avengers for the Replacements Game

Anime Avengers Assembled

I learned a new game last month. It’s called “The Replacements game.” Like the Keanu Reeves movie, one player challenges the other to come up with a replacement team, IF the original members of that team were unavailable. The kicker that makes this mental exercise so much fun is that the replacement team must come from another genre entirely. So, for example, Player One might challenge Player Two to, “create a replacement starting line-up for the Philadelphia Flyers using Smurfs.” Player Two must then name his starting line-up AND justify why he chose who he did.

To honor Free Comic Book Day and the opening of The Avengers movie this month, I challenged myself to come up with a replacement set of Joss Whedon’s Avengers using anime characters. And, in keeping with the aspects of a lot of anime, I had to gender-reverse the team:

REPLACED SHIELD WITH NERV:

SHIELD_logo

NERV_logo

 

 

 

 

When you need a government-sanctioned paramilitary organization, and SHIELD isn’t available, you would naturally look to another organization with big guns and an even bigger yearly budget, so the only logical choice is Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s NERV. Full Metal Panic‘s Mithril might run a close second, but only NERV has kicked extra-worldly tuckus before.

REPLACED COL. NICK FURY WITH BRIG. GEN. OLIVIA M. ARMSTRONG:

COL. NICK FURY

BRIG. GEN. OLIVIA M. ARMSTRONG

 

 

 

 

Anime is full of sneaky/stealthy So-and-Sos who can play the political game . Eva‘s Gendo, Ghost In the Shell‘s Aramaki, and even Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Furher Bradley all come to mind. However, when you need that person to be unafraid of getting their hands dirty, there really is only one person you want leading the charge and right in the thick of things with you, Brigadier Olivier Mira Armstrong of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. With a background defending a hostile border in a Siberia-like territory, she fashioned a crew of military reprobates into the most feared fighting force in Amestris: The Fort Briggs platoon.

REPLACED CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH MAJOR MOTOKO KUSINAGI:

CAPTAIN AMERICA

MAJOR MOTOKO KUSINAGI

 

 

 

 

A nationalistic super-solider who will still question orders when they conflict with a personal moral code? Look no farther than Ghost In The Shell‘s cybernetically-enhanced operative, Major Motoko Kusinagi. “The Major” doesn’t have a shield, but she does have artificial skin that can help her turn invisible. And she has been known to repurpose orbitting spy satellites to hit a moving target while shooting from the hip.

REPLACED THOR WITH LIND:

Thor

Valkyrie Lind from Ah, My Goddess

 

 

 

 

The valkyrie Lind, like Thor, is also based on Norse mythology. Ah, My Goddess! classifies her as “First Class, Special Duty, Unlimited” for the “Asgard Fighting Wing – Combat Division.” Lind carries an axe, rather than a hammer, but she can “bring the lightening” without actual lightening. Her powers include Flight, Perimeter Ward, Containment Field, Power Boost, and Ice Blade.

REPLACED IRON MAN WITH SILIA STINGRAY:

Tony Stark-Iron Man

Silia Stingray in hardsuit

 

 

 

 

The “hardsuits” of the gals in Bubblegum Crisis make them fearless robo-terminator fighters. Fan-favorite, Priss, would have been a good choice, but I see her more as the Jim Rhodes of the team; making her more War Machine-ish. No, in terms of finanacial resources, strategic planning, and ability to repair the exo-skeletons on-the-fly, I give this slot to Silia Stingray.

REPLACED HULK WITH CLAIRE (“#47”):

Hulk Calm!

Clare - awakened

 

 

 

 

Bruce Banner has always battled his inner demons as the Hulk, but the Claymore Clare is literally battling inner demons. The Claymores eat the flesh of demons (called “Yoma”) in order to gain the speed and strength of demons. Trouble is, this creates an expiration date for the Claymores, as use of their powers at full strength leads to madness and/or becoming demons themselves.

REPLACED HAWKEYE WITH REVY (“The Two Hand”):

Hawkeye

Two Hand Revy

 

 

 

 

Hawkeye may think he’s unerring with that longbow, but the Black Lagoon company’s Chinese-American, Revy, NEVER misses, while firing TWO .45 calibur automatics, even when continuously firing on the run. (Anyone who’s ever felt the recoil of a handgun knows how hard any part of that feat is.)

REPLACED BLACK WIDOW WITH HEI (a.k.a. “Lee Shenshun” a.k.a. “BK201”):

Black Widow

Hei

 

 

 

 

Natasha Romanov may be the best agent that the former U.S.S.R. ever had, but Hei is the only contractor in The Syndicate of Darker Than Black who doesn’t have to pay an OCD-type “price” everytime he uses his abilities. Add his signature mask, and you have an operative that will definitely unnerve your enemies.

Agree or disagree with my picks? Want to know more about any of the Anime that I mentioned here? Comment below! We love a friendly debate!

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