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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 #13

Heroman Episode #13 Review

By Chris Beveridge     June 24, 2010
Release Date: June 24, 2010

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The hunt for Joey is on by the NIA as they seal off the entire city.

What They Say
Joey fully enjoyed himself on his date with Lina. But that blissful time was overturned in an instant with an emergency evacuation call from Prof. Denton. Joey hurries to meet up with Psy and Denton, where he learns that the government has officially labeled Heroman as a remnant of the Skrugg. The way that the truth has been bent and distorted is nearly unbearable for them. At the same time, they decide to make a break for it away from Center City while it's being completely staked out by checkpoints...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a successful date with Lina in which we get to see the two have a lot of fun with each other, and to see that they're a good match, Joey's life is about to get a whole lot more complicated. Not that it wasn't already and the introduction of his sister is only going to add to it. But in addition to that, the arrival of the NIA in trying to track down the Heroman has led them to Joey as Agent Hughes has figured it all out and is ready to pick him up. Amusingly, the belief among Joey and his friends appears to be that the incident in the previous episode was set up to draw him out by the government. It was that kind of plan, of course, except it was done by Dr. Manami.

Psy shows his age over this because he rightly views Heroman and Joey as heroes, but the idea that the government is looking for him for numerous reasons has him questioning why they fought at all to save Center City. He has a pretty childish outburst over this that doesn't really do much beyond showing that he's all over the map with how he thinks about the situation when it gets dire. In the end though, he agrees with Denton that it's for the best to get Joey and Heroman out of Center City so they set up some elaborate disguises for themselves (but not Joey!) and make their plans to get out of the city. Luckily for them, Denton does have some friends even though he comes across a little crazy sometimes.

Unsurprisingly, with Center City quickly entering a lockdown mode, Joey and the others have to come up with some action style plan in order to get out of there. It's not exactly the most well thought out one by having Heroman cause a distraction so the rest can get by and meet up later, but it's the kind of thing that you'd think Joey would come up with. Unfortunately, it's a plan by Professor Denton so it kind of makes you look at him a little askew over it. The whole escape plan and the way they do it, while pretty to look at because of the animation and overall designs involved in it, is pretty comic book like and rather simple and that leaves you feeling like it's somewhat out of place in a way because of how the show has dealt with other situations. The whole episode in a way feels a bit tacked on and drawn out compared to what it should have been.

In Summary:
Heroman progresses right along with this episode, drawn out as it is, by putting Joey and the others into a mode of being on the run from the Big Bad Government. Hughes isn't thrilled by how he's forced into action over it since he had a different approach set up, but once the die is cast he's off and running in trying to bring Joey and Heroman in. It's all standard action series kind of material, scaled down and more relaxed, but if you've seen any number of action dramas out there that involves an escape from a city, you've likely seen this escape play out before. There are a few nice moments here and there and I liked seeing Holly not being a jerk, but I missed seeing Lina. The new opening and closing sequences are pretty good too, though I think I like the original ending more right now. The opening, however, gives us more Stan Lee love and that's a big plus.

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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