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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • 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 #21

Heroman Episode #21 Review

By Chris Beveridge     August 19, 2010
Release Date: August 19, 2010


Heroman
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The hunt is on to save Holly and the professor before the mysterious Skrugg can let loose with its equally mysterious plans.

What They Say
With Professor Denton missing, and now Holly kidnapped, Joey and Psy turn to the NIA for help finding the identity of the abductor. But Joey can't help feeling he seemed an awful lot like Will... With the prospect of having to fight Lina's brother looming, Joey and Psy head off in search of their friends, but the truth they find is even more disturbing...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Heroman is getting back on track slowly after a couple of awkward episodes here and there. Largely, the show hasn't truly found its voice in the post-Skrugg world as it's mostly dealt with the fallout in an almost secondary way. Little things here and there, but the bulk of the time seemed to be spent dealing with a particular mad scientists bent on revenge. Revenge! Now that it's trying to move forward again, it's dealing with an interesting Skrugg remnant that's been hunting around the countryside for a bit and causing trouble, which may also be responsible for Denton's disappearance and most definitely the kidnapping of Joey's sister Holly. Amusingly, Psy plays it up that the abductor may be regretting that move already knowing Holly, but even Joey isn't up for playing that game at this time.

Though it's been touched on before, we do get a more formal flashback now showing what happened in the fairly recent past with Will and Psy. Psy's been a difficult character to nail down because his personality doesn't come across well and his time spent with the crutches for awhile now has him fairly problematic. So going back to a time when he and Will were on the football team together, and both really good players who were adversarial with each other but still managed to work well, really does feel off. Even after everything it's not easy to see Psy as a star football player as it doesn't connect well. Seeing the way there's some thread of responsibility between Will and Psy for his broken leg that ended up being far worse than first thought. The adversarial nature between the two is a lot clearer after this and it does make you want to re-examine some of the earlier material between the two.

With a little help from the NIA, Joey, Psy and Heroman head into the lair where they believe everyone is and we get a quick recovery of our missing people. Only about a quarter of the episode deals with the actual fighting angle of the show as they make their way further into the domain where it's very much like a Skrugg outpost with its design and the organic things growing there. The action is decent, but the focus is more on the character drama for Psy as his injury puts him in a fair amount of danger here and he has to roll with it as best as he can. It's not a bad piece overall in that regard, but it feels forced after the flashback material highlighting how he ended up with his dead leg to begin with. If it had been tackled a few episode later, it would have felt more natural.

In Summary:
One big change with this episode is that we get translated song lyrics at long last and I'm very happy to finally see that and know what's being said. Heroman has a decent episode here overall, but that's mostly stemming from fully fleshing out what happened to Psy in the past. The story of what's going on with the Skrugg creature that was leftover from the invasion feels like a big throwaway piece here instead of something that can be explored more and given a bit more meat to it. Heroman still hasn't really found its way for what kind of story it wants to tell yet as it still seems like it's wandering from plot to plot with no larger narrative, which is unfortunate as the series started out so strongly.

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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