::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.
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!