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Heroman episode 1

::Note:: I was getting tired of my old first impressions format so this time round I’m going to try something different. Each show gets the first episode effectively ‘blogged’, which will result in an explosion of posts over the next week or so.

I’m not a comic book nerd, not by any stretch of the imagination. Hence while some corners were eagerly anticipating Stan Lee making an anime, I was slightly less-impressed by its unbelievably generic plot description and the annoyingly obvious ‘LOOK, WE’RE IN AMERICA!’ of the trailer. The first episode was…well, lets go through this….in America!

So Bones start off this anime showing off its amazing budget by using google imaged pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope (no really). Actually no, the opening came first, which consisted of that rather annoying J-rock that young people in American will like because it sounds like that Linken Park band.

Ah, the aliens! Shall we learn at how they left their homeland in search of new life? Will there be a back and forth between the pilot and commander to humanise these aliens? Shall we learn at how they left their loved ones back on their home planet in search of resources? Will these aliens be anything more than random baddies the main character has to fight?

But never mind that, maybe we shall learn more about these aliens later in the series. You can’t expect to learn everything about these guys in the first episodes. Because we have to go to obviously America-in-every-single-way and meet the female lead character, the heroine of this series: Joey Jones!

But that’s a guys name you say? This is America, people are weird in that country. They have afro hairdo’s that can’t be described as an afro because that’s not giving it the credit it deserves. You heard the voice, that’s far too high to be just a boy who hasn’t hit puberty yet. His voice was higher than any of the male characters in Hanamaru Kindergarden.

Look at that hourglass figure!

OK, I’ll stop being silly now. I could’ve gone on and had lotsa screencaps ready to make humorous putdowns on this show but my point has been made by now. I wasn’t that impressed by Heroman.  It was as corny and as unoriginal as hell. It’s so blatantly showing that it’s in America at every possible opportunity, even making the point to show that the kid isn’t eating a bento lunchbox but is carrying his lunch in a paper bag! The fight scenes were pretty nonsensical but didn’t act like it knew it was nonsensical the way Gurren Lagann does, although it did steal the baseline from Libera me from Hell, which I’ll admit was pretty cool BGM. In fact both the BGM was pretty cool all round, except when they played that song when the crazy scientist was explaining that he had made contact with aliens (sounded uncannily like the Mario theme tune played underwater). It did, however, have this.

Heroman looks down on you!

Heroman has broken your roof and looks down on you!

Heroman has stolen your romantic interest and will have his way with her off-screen and look down on you!

Heroman is abstaining from this arm-wrestle because he will just break everyone else so instead he looks down on you!

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18 Comments

  1. amxed
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I don’t think Heroman is pointing out that it’s taking place in America at every turn. It just seems that way because normal anime takes place in Japan. I was actually rather impressed by how American this anime seemed — the way the neighborhoods are set up, restaurants, no bento. I thought that they would mess up the American setting by adding Japanese themes to it. But Bones studio is pretty good at doing their research.

    Production quality was stunning. You have to give them some points on that.

    The plot is generic and highly predictable, but I’m sure Bones studio and Stan Lee will make it a refreshing experience for everyone. Plus the animation is a total visual treat.

  2. Taka
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    I almost didn’t notice the last pic.

    The opening alien scene reminded me of the opening scene of Cobra with Black Born/Bone w/e her name was.

    Heroman stares into your soul.

  3. Posted April 2, 2010 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Wait, so is it a girl or a boy? XD

    …in Amerrka!

  4. Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    I need to watch this with my cousin Joe. I have a feeling the laughter will never stop.

    Maybe these space aliens will be like the ones in Gunbuster. In other words, don’t plan to learn anything of value about them, except that we must kill them all because they want to kill us all. And really, do you need any other reason for mass carnage?

  5. Hogart
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Heroman is one creepy robot. He even has a mouth, so that it’s clear he’s unimpressed with all that his god-like visage surveys.

    I also had a tough time figuring out whether they had to make the rich girl a cheerleader just to make sure we knew the nerd WAS male, and whether they could possibly cram in any more stereotypes.

    Why did they have the kid shout “ittekimasu” when he left home in the morning? Weird, after all that effort to make sure we know this isn’t set in Tokyo (which killed my suspension of disbelief, since we all know Tokyo’s the first place aliens ever attack).

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/afp/20100402/capt.photo_1270175522030-1-0.jpg?x=400&y=300&q=85&sig=vC0j7VLzqN3ZxE52OwrtVQ–

    You are Horrid </3

    This so far is actually my feel good series of the season! Like.. it's… It's fun to watch… I laughed alot, actually :I

    And yes. Joey is a trap

  7. Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I was definitely laughing at what a goofball show this is, although it is goofy enough for me to actually enjoy it. Best part is the thoroughly nonsensical nature of Heroman’s abilities. So, he can’t do anything until Joey tells him what to do … but he basically tells Joey to tell him what to do. wtf

    The Engrish in the credits is also glorious. In the final shot, the dialogue bubbles are just scene descriptions. Is someone reading from a script??

  8. Scamp
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    @amxed

    That’s a very fair point. I don’t think people would have been quite so harsh on it if it was set in, say, Brazil where there’s kids in the street playing football and stuff. It would’ve been called ‘setting the scene corectly’. Still felt rather in-you-face but hey

    @Rakuen

    DON’T MENTION GUNBUSTER ON THIS BLOG RAWR RAWR RAWR!!!

    *fucking hate Gunbuster*

    @Hogart

    Or they’ll attack New York. Or, if you watch Dr.Who, London. But yeah, mainly Tokyo.

    As for using Japanese phrases, it’s hard not to really. Americans would say similar things when leaving the house and whatnot that can’t be translated back to Japanese so sometimes it’s worth just leaving in certain Japanese speech patterns

    @luffyluffy

    Joey is the latest evolution of trap. They never even suggest that he is a girl. We just assume he is

    @Shinmaru

    Heroman knows Joey can’t just tell him what to do. Joey needs to use that thing on his arm so the kids know they can’t move their Heroman toy without buying the over-prived lump of plastic to shove on their arm as well. Heroman is a master of marketing.

  9. Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Heroman actually freaked me out a bit – such a scary looking glare; if that thing appeared in front of me I’d run a mile!

    I couldn’t decide if I liked this episode or not. On one hand its terrible – the cheesy dialogue and generic setting would have me bailing on any other show…..but on the other its BONES and the production quality is glorious!

    I’m giving it a few more episodes to see how it pans out……the bug aliens and their flying saucers have to be seen at least!

  10. Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Lol, all the “looking down at you” captions was pretty darn funny xD

    But yeah… too corny <.<

  11. Posted April 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    The cheerleader looks like Winry from FMA to me. But, no, that couldn’t be, because that would make Joey Edward and, well, yeah, he does kind of have a bionic arm, but then who would be Alphonse? Why do I have the feeling someone is looking down on me?

  12. Scamp
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    @Caraniel

    I know what you mean. My critic side is lampooning this while my inner child is marveling at how badass Heroman is.

    @Aorii @Joojoobees

    It’s the combination of the downward eyes and the permanent frown. His gaze would make you shrivel up and confess anything

  13. Posted April 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Linkin Park sucks.

  14. luffyluffy
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    … I just realised the last picture has Joey and not Lina..

  15. Humanity_Cat
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I definitely agree that the anime is rather cheesy and predictable, but I have to say, around the 21 minute mark, I think, there was that guy who said ‘Fill me up, Joey!’ while the said was running out the diner? That was fantastic that they actually put Stan Lee in there. They do that at every movie/whatever that’s based on Stan Lee’s characters and I thought that was great. I don’t know why, but that detail just made me really happy.

    Now, the rest of it, though….
    Let’s see:
    Jock. Check.
    PaperbagLunches. Check.
    Angry Drivers. Check.
    Classic Diner. Check.
    Cookie-cutter Houses. Check.
    Something about alien contact. Check.

    Yup- it is based in America. Though, I’m still laughing over their hairdos(sp?). That’s one hell of an afro! And what the hell is on the back of Lina’s head?!

    But I think Joey is adorable. (Did anybody pick up that his last name, Jones, is the same as America’s? But that’s a very common name, but still. ;) )He reminds me very much of Lithuania from Hetalia and I can’t help but think he’s cute. Sorry~ fangirl stuff. Every time I looked at him…oh….I mean, come on! He even has that hair….Though I am still trying to figure out what gender he is. I’m pretty sure male. But still not entirely sure.
    Now Heroman…he kind of scares me. But at the same time I couldn’t help but laugh everytime I saw his face.

    And the images of space at the beginning…oh man that cracked me up. Limited budget, much? Haha. I personally would have liked to see Lina die in the first episode, but that’s just me. :3

    Not sure if I’ll follow this. Probably won’t- I think it might just be more worth it to start Durararararararara.

  16. heyheyho
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Anything here is too great here, (maybe except for the animation).
    But I like it. Somehow.
    And I probably keep watching.
    This will be my new guilty pleasure.

  17. Scamp
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    @Humanity_Cat

    WATCH DURARARARARA!!!

    *eer-hum* I wouldn’t say this has a limited budget by any means because for the most part this was fantastically animated. It was just…kinda lazy to stick a few hubble telescope pics. And yes, Joey is a trap. Nobody is really sure of his gender

    @heyheyho

    My guilty pleasure is B Gata H Kei I guess. I hate to say this yet again, but we’ll have to wait and see

  18. ohyou
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    >L’Arc en Ciel with drummer Tetsuya singing sounds like Linkin Park

    Stopped reading there.

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