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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 #16

Heroman Episode #16 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 15, 2010
Release Date: July 15, 2010

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A crazy scientist going rogue? Whoever would have thought!

What They Say
Dr. Minami stubbornly continues to attack Heroman, and over the long battle Heroman and Joey's stamina begins to fade. The fierce battle ends up at a dam, but Minami continues his attack, and begins to destroy it. The battle becomes extremely difficult for Heroman as he tries to fight while protecting the dam at the same time. Heroman continues to use his own body as a shield in the face of Minami's indiscriminate attacks, until...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having the President learn that in your attempt to take down the unknown being name Heroman, you've taken over American military assets and pushed out the highly placed NIA operative you put in charge of everything, well, that's not going to earn you any long term friendships or alliances, unless of course you can bring some political capital to it in the long run. Dr. Minami's attacks against Heroman for shaming him in not being able to defeat the Skrugg has really pushed him over the edge a bit and he's moving easily into the mad scientist realm. He does have the outfit and the visual design for it down pat already.

Minami's fight against Heroman with his MR-1 robot has Joey trying to figure out the best way to take it down safely and is coming up with some halfway decent ideas, even as Heroman is getting a bit of a thrashing. That says a lot considering how much Joey and Heroman got through with the Skrugg. Minami's intent on finishing this battle out to prove his superiority and he's not letting anyone interfere with it, including Hughes and those that he's commandeered to work with him now that he's made some sort of agreement with Joey to figure everything out. It's here that Minami goes over the edge though as he actively fires on US military personnel with the intent to get them out of the way, something that's going to make it very difficult for him going forward. Especially since it's all being broadcast on cable news.

Joey's simple nature shines through well in this episode which is in contrast to the complicated way Minami has gone through things. When Joey and Hughes end up getting back in touch with each other, Joey's glad that things have gone as they have to some extent simply because it means that the military is going after Minami instead of him and Heroman and that's all he cared about. Minami by contrast has been scheming and plotting to do all he can to get his MR-1 project adopted by the military and has now gone so far over the edge that he's attacking the people he wants to buy his project. That and everything else has managed to turn the situation to one where the President has actually authorized Hughes to officially ask Joey for help with Heroman in taking down Minami before more American servicemen and servicewomen die at his hands.

In Summary:
The rehabilitation of Heroman, aka the Ghost, was pretty much expected from the start of the arc as was the downfall of Minami from someone who was trying to help, even if it was to increase his reputation, by dealing with the Skrugg and then the reconstruction. Joey and Hughes solidify their relationship in a good way and there's a fair bit of drama and action to be had throughout here, especially when the full on live broadcast really captures the attention of the world when the battle shifts to the dam. There have been a couple of less than fun episodes recently but this is one that returns the show to what I like and gives me a good dose of it, though I do wish a few more of the cast from the early episodes were more prevalent here. Heroman continues to be good fun overall and I'm really curious to see what the larger plan they may have for it is.

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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