This is more than just an anime, it is a combination of east meets west, American comic books meets Japanese anime. In case you do not know, Stan Lee, one of the godfathers of the American comic industry wrote this show as well as created it, with anime studio Bones, who animated such hits as Darker than Black, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club, and FMA; it really could not get any better than this.
Gurren Lagann. If nothing else, these two elements alone make this a must-watch series.
The story on the other hand is what tends to turn people off to the series, with complaints like how it is too cliche for example. But I believe that is the point. This show is a throwback to both Saturday morning cartoons and superhero stories we all know by heart. To some extent, I can see that this story is not even meant for Japanese fans. Kids these days love anime style, and by bringing this over and sticking it in some early morning slot, this baby will sell like chocolate covered Pokemon cards; I’m calling it now! Regardless, If cliche stories were bad, then they wouldn’t be cliche in the first place, so give it a shot.
The one question on my mind as I watch this series is what message this time is Stan Lee is trying to pump into our brains. Spiderman has “with great power comes great responsibility”, Fantastic Four tells us the importance of family and friends, and Iron Man eludes us to not drink and pilot a power suit at the same time. But what about Heroman? Is it controling people to get what you need? Depending on others? I can’t tell yet, but I’m sure Stan Lee has something up his coffee-filled sleeves.
Heroman is definitely not for everyone, but for those people who do gel with this type of show, you will devour this up. Turn off your mind and become a kid again, it’s that simple.