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Posted 4/5/10 , edited 4/5/10
First of all, I'm not trying to start an argument, so lets try not to let this thread degrade into a fight.
I personally dislike heroman, it just seems really cheesy to me . I have never really read comic books, so I don't think I am the target audience though.

Certainly, the Japanese dialog with English writing/ lots of American flags seemed strange.
Do you think it was a good choice or do you think it just made it confusing?

Do you sympathize with the characters or do you think that they are weak?
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Posted 4/8/10
I'm a big fan of Comics, both American and Japanese.

So for me this show is a lot of fun. It's got a lot of the more classic Spider-Man elements to it and some good Old School Superhero action. Joey really steps up to the plate in the 2nd episode taking up the responsibility that goes along with his power.

I'm also curious about the robot. There is more there than just a freak thunderstorm. It's clearly sentient even if it does seem to need Joey to give it commands, and I get the feeling it has a history with the Skruggs.


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Posted 4/8/10
I thought it was great. I was looking forward to it from the beginning, and it turned out better than expected. Stan Lee + Bones alone sounds amazing. I felt like a little kid discovering a new comic book superhero for the first time. Flags? American flags are everywhere throughout the US. Even if at some point during the episode it was staged, who cares?
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Posted 4/10/10
I believe the lightning bolt that turns Joey's toy robot into a 20 foot tall robot, was indirectly caused by the alien's spacecraft's coming out of hyperspace, and that red energy hitting the earth's stratosphere :)

That's just my opinion from what I saw in the first episode -

Plus Stan Lee is involved so let' give Heroman a chance
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Posted 4/15/10
I think this show just became a liability after watching the third episode.

First there's the appearance of "The President". If this show gets licensed, I REALLY hope that "The President" doesn't get recolored black just to reflect our current real life president. That would be an insult to anyone's intelligence, plus, it would actually be considered racist.


I personally dislike heroman, it just seems really cheesy to me.


I don't mean any disrespect, but would it seem less "cheesy" if, say, Joey's grandmother dies because of the invasion, thus invoking the "with great power..." moral, with Joey blaming himself, and thus tainting his resolve in some way or the other (e.g., Joey deciding to fight the Skrugg in order to prevent such a tragedy from happening again)? This is what I'm hoping doesn't happen. Joey doesn't need to be another "Peter Parker" in order to be a hero, and this show doesn't need to be another dark melodrama in order to be "convincing". If the above mentioned were to happen, it wouldn't even be about the alien invasion, it would be more about his personal struggles, and how "imperfect" humanity is, etc, all in order to "remind" us about (what Peter Parker had to learn about) "great power".

This show has "potential", but that works both ways. That said, I'm hoping it doesn't start exhibiting the "darker and edgier" trope. IMO, it doesn't need to do that in order to be exciting and interesting.

Also, to whoever translated this episode: that was the wrong answer, IMHO. The translation doesn't need to have swearing inserted into it to convey those particular instances of tension (especially the helicopter pilot's line). It's not that kind of show. I'm not so sure Stan Lee would improve, but then, I don't know his stance on that...
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Posted 4/23/10
watched the first episodes and i really dislike the main character and the storyline. All he says is heroman heroman heroman and press a control with one button. This reminds me to pokemon because someone else is fighing for you and yugioh because of the big control attached in his arm! lol. But the grafics are good. If they change the way they fight, it could be more interesting.
Posted 4/29/10
Mmm, I'm not too picky when it comes to anime. I watch pretty much everything. Even if Heroman isn't going to be anything spectacular I'm still going to enjoy it. It's cheesy and fun. It has a pretty basic plot but that means it just has that much more potential. Whether it's used or not really won't make a difference for me, though I would like to see some wicked action packed battles.
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Posted 5/6/10
I personally like the show. After episode 6 I can say that it has the keep me coming back for more touch. I do have to say this. If the series is too short it won't evolve everything in place but if it is too long people won't keep watching. I really hope that Stan Lee kept this in mind. Not everyone really wants to see the same thing over and over again. Heroman needs to step up to the plate and start bringing some action. If this is what aliens will do to us in real life. I hope that we never have an alien attack.
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Posted 5/7/10
I love the show and watch it every week. Joey's progressing nicely into a stronger character. Lina is getting some recognition. Psy is still dependable. And Will is getting paid back. *evil laugh*

It's like an American Saturday morning cartoon. Light and fun.
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Posted 5/11/10
The animation in this anime is rock solid and I was impressed with some of the minor details they've included,

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the pace in this series is ridiculous, I could walk out for a minute without hitting pause and still not really miss much. It is hard to get hooked or immersed when the interaction between the characters and their enemies is slowing to a crawl, artificial and without feeling. And the Skrugg? I really want to know how such retarted creatures managed to come up with that level of technology.
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Posted 5/12/10
it's ok for a anime but i like it
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Posted 5/13/10

AZFox wrote:

Mmm, I'm not too picky when it comes to anime. I watch pretty much everything. Even if Heroman isn't going to be anything spectacular I'm still going to enjoy it. It's cheesy and fun. It has a pretty basic plot but that means it just has that much more potential. Whether it's used or not really won't make a difference for me, though I would like to see some wicked action packed battles.


No matter who gets hurt? Even if one or more of the main characters (and this includes Will and Nick) were to get killed? Even if the entire world (if not just America, where this show is set) were to become a post-apocolyptic wasteland (with all various tropes applied thereto)?




orion10 wrote:

I love the show and watch it every week. Joey's progressing nicely into a stronger character. Lina is getting some recognition. Psy is still dependable. And Will is getting paid back. *evil laugh*

It's like an American Saturday morning cartoon. Light and fun.


Don't be too sure. In this week's episode, we just saw Nick invoke the "With Great Power Comes Great Insanity" trope. In other words, he's not "Brainwashed" anymore, but he's still "Crazy".

With all this in mind, we're already seven episodes in, and it may already be heading into "Darker and Edgier" territory, which I'm hoping doesn't happen (it hasn't become clear yet). Furthermore, Dr. Minami tells "Misuta Purejidento" (he calls him "Mr. President" in English for some reason) that "The United States of America must remain number one". That sounds almost (repeat: almost) like a stereotypical foreign portrayal of America to me (and no, the "abundance" of American flags doesn't count). That said, regardless of who licenses it, I'm a little wary about how an English dubbed (TV broadcast) version might handle that one.

In any case, I'm really, really, REALLY hoping for a happy ending to this show, and by that I mean an ending that doesn't do the "victory has a price" thing (including but not limited to a "pyrric" [sp?] victory). Whatever happens though, I imagine that poor Denton is going to be kicking himself for "causing" (as he perceives it) the alien invasion...
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IMHO, I believe that HEROMAN is somewhat of a tribute. There are several hidden inspirational satires within, and it's fun to look for them and discover them. Stan Lee appearing in every episode is fun at first but there is much more than that. I suppose this must be some kind of tribute to Western America culture. Clearly, this show wasn't meant to be something new and fresh, and it's more of a glance back at the past couple of decades in comics, manga, anime from both asian and western cultures.

It's an enjoyable view for me I see satire from 80's H.S. Comedies like "Back to the Future", "Just One of the Guys","3 O'clock High", and "Better Off Dead". I see satire from classic anime and manga such as "Mazinger","Grandizer", "Giant Robo", "Digimon", "Gigantor","Tekkaman","FLCL","Macross"

They leave alot to speculation from start to finish. In some anime you would have seen some internal dialog within the first minute that would detail the kind of personality that Joey has. In the style of western animation there is no internal dialog. You can and have no choice but to guess what kind of kid Joey is. You can speculate that he is really a GIRL. That HEROMAN has feelings and a mind of his own that is linked to Joey. That these feelings are derived from the memorahbelia inside Joey's room. Memories of his/her father.

I'm picking up that Joey is an orphan that helps take care of his/her Mom, but for some reason secretly masquerades as a boy. Guided by his/her father spiritually until Joey's refurbished toy becomes possessed by the power of alien technology, and now his/her father can guide and watch over Joey from a much closer standpoint.

I'm hoping to find out more about Joey and his/her father, and I'd like to see how HEROMAN's powers evolve as the show progresses.
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Posted 5/14/10 , edited 5/14/10

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I'm picking up that Joey is an orphan that helps take care of his/her Mom, but for some reason secretly masquerades as a boy. Guided by his/her father spiritually until Joey's refurbished toy becomes possessed by the power of alien technology, and now his/her father can guide and watch over Joey from a much closer standpoint.

I'm hoping to find out more about Joey and his/her father, and I'd like to see how HEROMAN's powers evolve as the show progresses.


This is a children's title aimed at an American audience. Joey is a guy. Same sex relationships aren't something that you see in American children cartoons. Besides, he uses the male form of "I" to refer to himself.

Other than that I agree that it's obvious that the only family that Joey has left is his grandmom.
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Well looking at the first few episodes I don't say I dislike the thing. I mean have still have sentiment for it since it's partly by BONES and stuff and it's good for a side series if you're not watching major ones, but yeah it's obviously targeting the younger audience here; I still respect that though.
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