All armored up and ready to go, Heroman and Joey drop in on Washington DC to save the day.
What They Say
A fierce battle unfolds as Joey and Heroman make their way into the heart of the Skrugg's territory. With the government unable to mount an all-out attack while the President's safety is still in question, they're putting all their hopes on those two's battle. Just then, Keisha's news helicopter appears and starts broadcasting the situation to the world. The image of Heroman and a single boy fighting alongside him... Then, at the epicenter of the enemy's stronghold, the greatest foe Joey has ever faced is reborn...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the Skrugg now revived in some form and making a move on Washington DC, things have moved quickly now that Joey has said what he wanted to with Lina and has been flown out by Hughes to help out. Though it's somewhat goofy when you look at it with Heroman and Joey just running down the streets to get to their destination once dropped in, it does show us that Joey has some athletic ability, likely enhanced by his connection with Heroman, and it helps him from being just a controller of the situation, ala Ash from Pokemon. Instead of just directing Heroman, he's able to be actively involved and threatened. Joey still doesn't look the traditional hero, but he's carving out his place rather nicely.
The invasion of DC is pretty nicely done, though I'm sure there are inconsistencies that the natives can find, but just from my few trips there they captured a lot of the look and feel far better than almost any series I can think of that's had an excursion into the capitol. While Heroman and Joey deal with various attacks, filmed by the news network from earlier in the series, Denton is setting up things to help out Heroman when the battle gets really precarious as he has the help of Lina, Psy and Holly. Taking into account what happened in his last main battle against the wacky scientist and the MR-1 robot, Denton is rather proud of what he's designed and how it will help. It's good to see the supporting cast in a real support role here while we see Joey making his way through the invasion covered streets of the city.
The best part of the dramatic side of the episode is when the broadcast actually captures Joey working with Heroman and shows it to the world. While a few knew, the majority obviously didn't and there's a lot of emotions about it. A good bit of pride, a fair amount of disbelief and a whole lot of anger from Holly as she realizes that Lina and Psy knew about it while she didn't. That segment is short, but it was spot on in capturing the tension felt by many and the surprise of others. And it makes the show all the more engaging when they're watching someone they know dealing with the threat, one that's upped a fair bit when one familiar weapon resurfaces around the world and begins to head towards Washington. The tension and urgency of the show comes through beautifully, especially with all the famous monuments involved and the location in general.
When anime series hit stateside locations, we've been treated to decades of shows that get it horribly wrong. Just one view of how Mospeada traveled around the country was enough to show that research is very, very important. With Heroman, the show may have some details wrong, but the overall design of it is at the top of its game. Similar to how it made Center City really feel like a California city, Washington DC comes across beautifully here with details for the monuments, streets and the overview. And that adds to the intensity of the action as the Skrugg start turning it into their new command base to conquer the world. There's a lot going on here, a good deal of action, emotional moments and revelations, that is making this final arc of the series play out beautifully. Heroman continues to be one of the most exciting shows of the season for me from top to bottom.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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