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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 #20

Heroman Episode #20 Review

By Chris Beveridge     August 12, 2010
Release Date: August 12, 2010

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You know, in the months after an alien invasion, telling kids that there may be monsters in the middle of the night may not be the best idea for awhile.

What They Say
Professor Denton is investigating a string of abductions that have been occurring in Center City for the past month, from cows to dogs and now even humans! After announcing he's figured something out he goes missing as well, so Joey and Psy start to look for him. Unfortunately, Holly decides to tag along and ends up taking over the entire investigation... Will they find out the true identity of the culprit behind the abductions, or just get dragged around by Holly as she plays around?

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the mini side story of sorts of the island adventure of with, Heroman has a chance to get back to something a bit more normal and not quite so fillerish. While the story had some decent elements to it at times, and bathing suits, it definitely felt like the kind of side story that had little importance overall for a lot of it and very forced. With the relationship that Joey has with the government now, you'd think they'd be used a bit more for figuring out the big important events of the day. And you hope they get to that. Instead, we have a story that focuses on them dealing with missing animals in the southwest US.

Some people are playing it smart though as these missing animals has also led to missing people. Lina's father, already someone who has had it rough during the Skrugg invasion, takes it to the natural destination by not letting Lina go to school or out of the house. Making sure she's safe after all that's happened comes across as, you know, good parenting. It also gives her a good reason for not going on any adventures for the short term since she's stuck in the house. So to compensates, this episode is a bit Holly heavy as she takes on the detective role to try and figure out what it is that's going on with all the cow abductions and the like. Or so her story goes as she gets everyone dressed up and then proceeds to strip herself down to a tiny bikini and spends the day at the beach.

The search for Professor Denton has the trio going to a few different avenues of investigation and a humanizing moment or two as the group heads to the hospital to see the little girl whose father disappeared. Some of it is amusing, such as when Holly confronts a really big guy in a restaurant about whether he may be able to lift cows or not and she gets to shine a bit. But it's when the show starts to turn serious toward the end that it finally gets interesting. With there being the obvious hint that it may be Skrugg related from the start, cause those guys still are showing up here and there, it's a chance for a bit of action and Heroman to come out and play. Keeping him out of the picture until past the twenty-minute mark isn't a bad thing to do once in awhile and this is the kind of episode that pretty much requires it.

In Summary:
While Holly has had her time in the sun before with some good scenes to be had, this episode gives her a lot more screen time and lets her take on the lead role. Not that it's hard to do with Heroman is mostly absent from the episode and Joey is a meek little acorn. She does tend to guide them toward the right thing a lot of the time, but she does it in typical big sister style with cheesy outfits and elaborate schemes often designed to embarrass Joey (and invariably Psy as well). The episode has some hints as to something larger, but it feels kind of light and of the filler nature as well. It's not a terrible episode, but it's one that you wish there was a bit more meat to it in order to tide you over until the next big arc really gets underway.

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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