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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Heroman

Heroman Episode #05

Heroman Episode #05 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 29, 2010
Release Date: April 29, 2010

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The invasion continues but the odds are slowly changing a little as Denton creates a new device to help fight against the Skrugg.

What They Say
Against the rolling sphere that continues to destroy the city, Joey and the others could do nothing but barely hold its progress. Joey is determined to not leave the Skrugg alone, and leaps into the fray again even without a plan, while Prof. Denton gives a guitar weapon to Psy that he created using the Skrugg's weapon. Joey and Psy head into the city with the weapon in hand, and they come up with a new plan to go up against the huge number of Skrugg. But before them a new threat comes calling...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Skrugg are definitely shaping up to be interesting villains to be sure. When they sound out one of the rolling giant spheres of doom and discover Heroman is able to stave it off a little, they don't just look at it and try to figure out how to make it work. They launch several more out there so that it's overwhelming for Heroman to deal with. It's interesting though that the Skrugg leader views Heroman as something that can oppose them rather than just an obstacle though, which makes you wonder how much serious opposition they've found on previous invasions of worlds.

Thankfully, the world isn't sitting back to watch what's going on. While the local law enforcement has had no luck, the military it stepping in to try and deal with these things. That gets us a couple of big sequences of military fun where massive bombing runs come in and tanks do their best to try and slow the giant balls spheres at the least. The impressive array of military might doesn't achieve much and in fact brings more of the Skrugg out as we see massive numbers marching out from their factory base. Center City is quickly becoming a full on war zone with lots of devastation spread all around.

Where the show takes an odd turn is once again with Professor Denton as he creates a device that will help mess up the Skrugg with how they communicate. The show seems to try and channel FLCL here a little with Denton making it into a guitar that Psy can use. The cominbation of him doing quasi-skateboarding, having crutches and a guitar really just doesn't work all that well. On the positive side, it does change the dynamic of the fight sequence a little as it means that Heroman isn't the only thing that can deal with them, though the guitar just disrupts their thought processes and doesn't necessarily hurt or defeat them to the point where they can't fight anymore. Visually, it's a great piece of design and Psy really plays it up well with how he moves and operates once he has it, but it's a piece that doesn't feel like it clicks too well in the show. It's a little too wish fulfillment, and that's saying that about a show that has a teen using a toy robot to defeat alien invaders.

In Summary:
Heroman plays out well here overall with some good action sequences and a small showcase of how the military is trying to deal with the alien threat. Often that component gets left out, and while it's not a huge focus here, giving even lip service to it goes a long way towards fleshing out some of the realism of it all with what would really happen. The core of the show is still all about Joey and Heroman, though they're slowly fleshing everyone else out as well. Some of the best stuff though comes through the small subplot involving Will and Nick as they continue to spend their time inside the alien base and find themselves getting caught up in things even more. The show still has its very distinct pacing and style to it that I'm finding highly appealing, and while this episode doesn't really fly by, it has a lot going for it and continues to be my consistently favorite show of the spring season so far.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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