Let's be honest, who in their right mind would follow any orders given by a man wearing an outfit like Dr. Minami? Or with a moustache like that?
What They Say
Joey is escaping alone in the forest, separated from his friends, and before him appears Hughes, the regular from Hilly's coffee shop. When he reveals his true identity, he asks Joey to talk. Joey is cautious at first, but his sincerity begins to... At the same time, Minami is seaching for Heroman, and starts going wild with the MR-1 to settle his grudge. With the attack headed toward Joey, finally the fated battle between Minami and Heroman begins!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The previous episode of Heroman left me a little less than thrilled, which was unfortunate as the series had been going strongly for me since the start. Once the aliens were gone, Heroman has felt a little listless though it was interesting to see Joey doing his best to help out Center City by using Heroman to rebuild a lot of things in secret and doing lots of cleanup. But once Heroman was outed on TV and belief was that he was part of the Skrugg invasion, he knew he had to get out. That escape sequence was pretty poor and the way everyone has acted has been straight out of clichéd Hollywood movies and TV shows as they do all the obvious things, including splitting up.
Having Hughes find Joey before Minami does is definitely in is favor since Hughes is actually pretty good about things, though some of it may just be a ruse. Unlike the pompous Minami, Hughes is playing it cool and trying to befriend Joey, though he claims that they could have dealt with things better if he had known Joey was the one with the Ghost, or Heroman, from the start. It's actually good to see this play out as a conversation instead of turning into a fight of some sort as Hughes is able to be clear about things. Joey's youth may work against him though as he could be too trusting here and the viewer has so little real information about Hughes that we can't be sure what his real game is either. And that's really refreshing since it adds a fun element of uncertainty to all of it.
It's little surprise that upon learning of the deal being made between Joey and Hughes that Minami goes over the edge and tries to frame up Hughes as a traitor. Minami manages to sway the military over to his side to hunt them down and in a surprising twist, he actually wants everything destroyed, though he may not realize that he'll be destroying Heroman in the process. But with his ego it wouldn't be a shock that he wants to eliminate anything that can make his creations look bad. A situation like this works well to reinforce a relationship between Hughes and Joey, to get a certain trust that comes from being in danger and working together. Both still seem far too trusting of each other though but the situation has really pushed them together in a way where it's completely necessary, at least for the short term.
Much of the second half of this episode is dedicated to the action as Minami has the military trying to gun them down and then he uses his own creations to try and showcase how awesome he is. The action is decent but I continue to find Dr. Minami to be the weakest of links in this series and really wouldn't mind seeing him utterly crushed somehow. I continue to like how this series avoids some of the usual approaches when it comes to confusion where they fight instead of talking as it shows a bit more maturity and reality to it. Joey and Hughes are an interesting combination but I can't help but feel like Hughes is just using every tool he has to in order to get Heroman at least under their observation in a clean way. There's a lot to like here and there's some welcome action, but the main reason for it just doesn't give it the kind of inspiration it needs. But after the last episode or two, it's the start of a welcome turnaround.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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