Having saved the world and dealt with a crackpot mad scientist, it's time for Joey to have a little fun at the beach.
What They Say
Hughes arranges for Joey and the gang to go to a government owned, uninhabited island. Without any prying eyes, Heroman and the others spend a pleasant summer vacation. When night falls, they start telling ghost stories, of course, and according to Psy, the island is cursed by a demon. While he's telling the story, strange things matching the story happen one after another... Joey and the others may be about to experience a true fright while trapped on the island!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Heroman has had a whole lot going on since the start of the series and it's managed to avoid a lot of quiet fluff episodes for the most part. When it takes to a little down time, we actually have had some good material, such as the first date between Joey and Lina. This time around, with the addition of Joey's teacher, Ms. Collins, they're taking a well earned vacation. The nice part about it is that it's being picked up by the government as Hughes has set them up on a quite island away from everyone so they can just unwind.
The show works with the fanservice to good effect, especially as we have an adult woman in the mix now as well, and the animation quality of the designs continue to shine as they frolic in the ocean, especially with Denton showing off his amusing form for it all. The gang has a good bit of bonding on the beachfront with each other and it's definitely good to have Lina back in the mix. While they have a lot of fun during the day, it's the after dinner activities that brings out the real fun as Psy starts in on the tried and true tradition of telling ghost stories to one another. And the one most scared of them is the man of science, Denton, as every little thing freaks him out. But as the weather changes and things become just a bit creepier, everyone starts to get the shivers more honestly.
Things do turn towards the action side as the storm that rolls in picks up and there's something out there that's causing a whole lot of trouble. It takes a somewhat surreal turn, especially after someone comes knocking on the door, and the storm whips everyone out of the house and into a chaotic night that's really well animated. Focusing on just Joey and his chance rescue of Lina is something that's welcome because watching the two of them together is really a lot of fun. Joey's still the shy guy at heart, no matter how much of the hero he plays with Heroman, while Lina manages to be the beautiful girl next door who still very much loves him and is oblivious to the way she impacts him. The time the two spend together in the episode overall, and especially in the café, does good by them.
Heroman has a fairly unusual episode here once the creepy factor starts making its way in and it's hard to pinpoint exactly what's going on, which is what the characters are feeling. There's a sort of off quality to the episode because of that, but overall the first half of it is what keeps you really entertained with how the gang handles the beach and has fun. As it progresses into something creepier, you expect that standalone story to be dealt with quickly so we can move on to something else in the next episode, but instead it's leading to something a little bigger which makes you curious as to what will happen next. The best material continues to come from watching Joey and Lina though and they don't disappoint here as they slowly get closer and closer. I'm curious where they'll go from here with the series and this is certainly not an expected start. But it is one that I want to know more about.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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