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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 #14

Heroman Episode #14 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 01, 2010
Release Date: July 01, 2010

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After what you could call a daring yet simple escape from Center City, the small gang is doing their best to move on for now.

What They Say
Joey and the gang successfully escaped from Center City, and continue heading to an acquaintance of Prof. Denton's in Nevada. Heroman should be a hero that saved the world, but instead is being chased by the United States government, and Joey is worried. Joey ends up contacting Lina, but that gives away their location to Hughes and they are cornered. Without any place left to run, the others volunteer to stand up in order to protect Joey and Heroman...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The trio are on the move now that they've escaped from Center City in their Winnebago Of Fun as we've got Joey with Heroman in his backpack, Psy with his crutches and old man Professor Denton. This trip really needed some female company but they foolishly left Lina behind when setting out so as to not, you know, ruin her life. This little band of travelers is set to make their way to Nevada where Denton has a place for them to crash while trying to figure out the best way to clear Heroman's name considering all that's happened now. Heroman hasn't earned the best of reputations after what happened in Center City at the end of his time there and it's naturally showing up on the news everywhere.

What is surprising is that the police have decided to put out an APB on all of them by plastering their faces on the TV everywhere. It seems a bit of an odd idea if you have the NIS trying to capture them to do it so publicly, but it's worth it for the kinds of wacky simple costumes they come up with to try and blend in. The beauty of pulling your hood up! The secret powers of wearing a cowboy hat and a fake mustache! Of course, when you realize that the vehicle they're driving has the orange image of an alien head on it, they're going to stick out like a sore thumb no matter where they go. It doesn't help that Joey, having never seen any kind of movie or TV show before, slips away from the group in order to call Lina and check on her. Cause you know nobody is tracking her line in the slightest.

There's naturally a bit of action to be had in this episode and it's one that feels a bit more in your face than we got during the Skrugg incident. The music is more brash during the scenes, even when it's a quiet dialogue scene, which makes it feel a bit off. With the feds and police setting up to interdict the group, we've got a lot of CG based hardware floating around the screen doing its best to try and capture that one camper. One. Camper. Still, it's no surprise that things do eventually go badly for our intrepid heroes and one of them ends up captured since you can't have a single camper able to elude the entire US military and police force that's after it. Denton's got the worst luck in the end I think as he does things so the kids can escape. At least Psy is with Joey otherwise he'd probably curl up against a tree and cry for awhile.

In Summary:
I've been a huge fan of Heroman since the first episode but this is the first time the show has left me feeling rather bland at best about it. Mostly because this episode is a large chase sequence done in simple classic Hollywood style. There's very little in the way of anything to separate it from anything else and you could swap the characters from any movies that has a chase scene and you wouldn't lose much, other than a chase scene that keeps you engaged. What we get here is alright, but it lacks tension and excitement to keep you going with it or any kind of good subplot to help smooth it over more.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook 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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