With Joey and Heroman continuing their work to help rebuild, interest in them comes from two very different angles on top of already existing interest.
What They Say
The United States government fears that the "Ghost" which is helping the reconstruction of Center City in the shadows has something to do with the Skrugg. Special Agent Hughes of the NIA, an agency that reports directly to the President, tries to come up with a way to meet this Ghost in person. Joey and Heroman are slowly being tracked down... About that time, a mysterious girl wielding a base shows up on Joey's doorstep. It has been a while since Joey has seen her, and it is the start of his nightmare...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With all the main excitement from the opening story having wound down, Heroman is in that awkward stage of having to get itself together for the next arc. New characters, new situations and plenty of familiar have to come together in a way that will try to expand on what came before while doing something new so it doesn't seem repetitive. The reconstruction efforts in Center City has been a highlight of the show since the Skrugg attack as it was reminiscent of the final act of Macross for me as it focused on an area we don't often see. It also gave us some nice fun when it came to Lina trying to figure out how to date Joey.
So Heroman decides to throw us a curve in this episode by bringing in another female character named Holly who is actually Joey's older sister. She's been gone for about four years and she has a kind of out there rock and roll/punk feeling to her where she's very outgoing and has fun teasing her brother. Holly's a kind of fun character that balances out Lina pretty well especially when you realize that Lina's the only other female character we've really had for the last ten episodes. Heroman has been a pretty male-centric show from the start but it's managed it in a way where it doesn't come across badly and they haven't abused their sole female, outside of making her wear the cheerleader uniform as her only outfit.
One subplot that I'm enjoying is the whole political/government angle where they're actively trying to figure out what Heroman is. Though they're using the label of Ghost right now because he's a mysterious force that's helping out in the reconstruction of Center City, there is a strong belief among some that it may be a remnant of the Skrugg itself so there is great concern about it and the feeling that it must be tracked and identified. Enter special agent Hughes of the NIA who is hands on in tracking down Heroman. He's a cool and calm government professional who investigates every angle, including giving Dr. Manami a serious once over because of his participation in the reconstruction and the real reasons behind it. It's not exactly top class detective work, but it's enjoyable to see someone on the ground actively investigating things.
There's a nice touch of action to the show which comes at an appropriate time as Hughes is doing his best to trap Heroman so he can meet him. It's the kind of scene that doesn't feel tacked on or out of place in how he's approaching trying to track him down. Joey's life is just getting more complicated with the arrival of Hughes and his sister, but it's really no surprise that there are several people trying to track him down at this point. Holly's presence in the show is interesting and I'm uncertain of where they're going to go with her, but bringing in another female character certainly doesn't hurt, though the musical angle is what really does feel forced at the moment. But considering how the show has worked so far, I'm curious what the real purpose of the character will be. Continuing to serve as a transitional piece, Heroman has some good moments here as it slowly changes direction from the Skrugg attack to something new.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.