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Chibi Review: Heroman

I want to kiss Stan Lee. No Homo.

After watching Gia and John’s video review on Heroman, I just can’t let them express their opinion without giving mine as well. If you have not watched the first episode, go watch it now (or finish reading this and then watch it), but for those of you who are not members will have to wait two days it will be free, so hang in there. I am not going to go in detail about the story, because Gia and John do a pretty swell job at explaining it. To put it simply, Peter Parker gets a JoJo Bizarre Adventure stand.

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.

Let us forget about the story for now and just concentrate on it’s sexyness. Bones did a fantastic job with this show, featuring movie-quality visuals with smooth animation; let us hope they can keep it up past the first episode. Music is upbeat and catchy, reminding me of such anime as Soul Eater and 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.
Sigueon April 6, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
While the pacing and exposition might feel weird, they've done a fantastic job at capturing the look of a North American town. The character and mechanical designs give off a Gainax feel, with Heroman himself looking straight out of Diebuster and some very Gurren Lagann-esque shots in the OP. Definitely not a bad thing. While the first episode might not have been particularly great, I feel Heroman has some great potential. Whether it's the potential to be good or the potential to be hilariously bad, there is potential.
metalsnakezeroon April 6, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.
Nice review.
Heroman has a nice blend of West and East ideas that I usually hate in others.
sotyfan16on April 6, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.

Heroman is a beautiful mixture of Japan's anime and US' cartoons. Thankfully, most of Heroman leans toward anime. I can't thank Stan Lee enough for doing this. He is paving the way for American writers who wish to fulfill their otaku dreams of making anime truly mainstream in the US*. 
*People like me.
John_Martoneon April 7, 2010 at 11:29 a.m.
First Date: Heroman Episode 1 Video Review

Gia and John checked out the Stan Lee/Bones collaboration, now simulcasting on Crunchyroll.

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I disagree with your assessment. It was enjoyable, but I've seen nothing, well, exciting.
GodLen staff on April 7, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
@John_Martone: LET US FIGHT THEN!
John_Martoneon April 8, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
@GodLen said:
" @John_Martone: LET US FIGHT THEN! "
Pistols at dawn? Catgirls at dinner?
Pick your downfall.
warukoon April 24, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
The show is is a bit cliche (nothing wrong with that), a bit camp (IN AMERICA!), and a bit homage to the Silver-Age of American comics and Japanese anime. If you liked the old Spider-man, X-men comics and classic anime like Giant Robo and Tetsujin 28-go then you know what vibe this show is trying to hit and will appreciate it a lot more. If you take it seriously then you missed the point entirely. One reviewer said that they might be too old to enjoy this show and it might be more in line for kids, but what if they are just to young too to get it? This show didn't forget that it wasn't the nineties but is remembering the 50's and 60's and the endearing qualities of entertainment from those eras. Not everyone can jive with that but no show is for everyone.

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