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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
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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 #17

Heroman Episode #17 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 22, 2010
Release Date: July 22, 2010


Heroman
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With the Dr. Minami arc now finished, Heroman has to figure out where it wants to go from here.

What They Say
Joey, an aspiring superhero, was working hard and living happily with his grandmother. One day he finds an abandoned toy and fixes it. He names it "Heroman". One evening a lightning hits Joey's home. The electric sparks surround the toy robot, and Joey witnesses the birth of "Heroman".

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the events of Dr. Minami where Joey came to an understanding with Hughes and the government, the peaceful days have seemingly returned again. As Psy says, you know it's peaceful when your biggest worry is that your older sister, Holly, has a huge crush on Heroman and it's making you uncomfortable. Peace doesn't last long for a superhero though and Professor Denton is keeping up on events in the country to see if there's anything unusual going on. And of course, there is, as a series of seemingly random acts of destruction at various key facilities across the country have been going on and he feels that they're all being done by the same person as it shows a pattern of travel.

Denton does get dramatic by indicating that these attacks may be a legacy of the Skrugg. And the destination of this mysterious person is definitely Center City, which has Joey and Psy working up a plan to try and figure out what's happening. Amusingly, Denton already has the clue since he's likely to be the end target of this attacker if it is a Skrugg legacy since he has a fair bit of scrap from their invasion in his possession. He wants it defended, but at the same time he's able to use that as a way to draw the mystery person towards them. He's not getting away without at least a couple of less than pleased expressions from the two boys though for having acquired this material and kept it, and keeping it on the quiet.

A nice chunk of the episode in the second half is dedicated to the action side of things, though not without an awkward moment or two as Joey ambushes one of his teachers by accident. The mystery man's appearance at the school in Center City leads to a pretty decent sequence as he has a sense of style about him unlike the previous Skrugg characters and that's all for a good reason as we know who the mystery man is all too well. A loose end from earlier in the series is starting to be dealt with here with their legacy and it's a pretty nice little twist, obvious that it may be. It's always enjoyable when a character turns out to be more than you thought, while still retaining that cruel edge, and doing what he believes needs to be done. The best kind of villains are born of this nature.

In Summary:
Heroman sets up rather nicely for its next arc with the mystery man being revealed while his true plans are still a mystery. The conflict for this is different from before, since it was more straightforward against the Skrugg and plain as day when it came to Dr. Minami and his psychotic nature. Though we get a bit of a slowdown at the start here, natural after the end of an arc like we just had, it doesn't take long to get back into the swing of things. It's good to be back in Center City and to return to some of the familiar like Lina, though it was also good to see we didn't get a date style episode between the two to fill it out a bit more, or to put Lina in more danger just yet. Heroman continues to be one of my favorite shows currently airing since it just feels fun and has a great sense of style about it.

Features
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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