Heroman 01

More like Tropeman, for god’s sake. Heroman is the culmination of the past 50 years or so of Japanese and American superhero pop-culture tropes mashed together, so yeah…

With scenes like this…


and this…


happening within minutes of each other, I don’t know whether to laugh or cringe from the sheer cheesiness!



Who the fuck normally has that hairstyle… MUCH LESS WEAR IT TO WORK! Did I also mention she’s wearing some sort of bell-bottom pants? So yeah…

Don’t even get me started on the whole “lightning-strikes-robot-and-makes-it-alive” bullshit too. I am… willing to suspend my disbelief for that…. I guess.

Also I am very convinced Joey is actually a girl trapped in a guy’s body. It’s kinda hard to deny that.

But eh, on the bright side, this might actually turn out to be entertaining in a “watching-trains-collide-in-slow-motion” manner. I wonder how the Americans are reacting to this show, herp derp.


  1. Game8910 Said,

    April 2, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    why are you complaining about the drill hair!! its awesome!

  2. Will of the Wisp Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    Isn’t that some type of propulsion device instead of drill hair? It is even red! It will go three times faster!

  3. Wrathkal Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    That drill hair looks like fire could shoot out of it any moment and send her flying

  4. panda monium Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    I kind of suspect Joey *is* a girl.

    anyway, I didn’t really see how this is anime: it’s an American cartoon with Japanese voicing. And I agree, my eyes were rolling so hard they almost unscrewed themselves from their sockets

  5. Caraniel Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    The ridiculous hair was one of the 1st things I noticed (and laughed at) as well……well that and the immediate double take of ‘Isn’t Joey meant to be a boy!?’ once ‘he’ opened ‘his’ mouth.

    Also Heroman = fecking scary!

  6. Patches Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 1:25 am

    So pretty, I don’t care.

  7. metalsnakezero Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 1:45 am

    As a “American” I did enjoy myself watching this. It felt pretty nostalgic to me.

    Now about Joey’s gender the voice does really help with it.

  8. Nosgoroth Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    Heroman has a “Son I am disappoint” face all the time too.

    I can’t take this show seriously at all.

  9. Phuong Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    Here’s hoping Psy will play a bigger part than best friend/moral support.

  10. Locien Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    Another american here. I probably enjoyed the show more than I should have just because it struck me as being so well researched. The garbage collection, the way the houses were arranged, and the way the school was seemed spot on to me. Well, the comics code box on the fake comic book in the ed just brought back memories of my dad and when he’d irregularly bring comics, and how’d he know way too much about comics. Also I was amused at Stan Lee’s cameo, it’s a japanese animated show and he still gets in. Ah well, most of what Stan Lee has been doing recently has struck me as the actions of an old man not realizing he’s been doing the same thing over and over and that the world’s past him by, but this will probably have some life in it by frocing a mixture of his tropes and whatever tropes bones likes. As I was watching the show, it struck me as “Stan Lee remakes Tetsujin 28-go,” which came to mind as Stan Lee did a miniseries where he did his take on DC superheros(Stan was the man behind the bulk of Marvel’s biggest superheros). Whatever. I totally sound like I visit the local comic shop weekly when I know about most of what I know from listening to my Dad(wait, do people outside of america even have know about comic shops in america?). Hell, I just want to know what they’re saying about the show on 2-chan.

    Oh another note, the wealthy rich douche bag guy is a hulking american football-player looking guy? Yes, that is so american. And watching I thought that should should have called Joey “fag,” because middle schoolers are viciously vulgar in america, and will leap at the slightest chance at teasing anyone, especially an effeminate boy like Joey. Fyi, in america generally high schools are usually paired with a middle school or junior high school a a “feeder” school that sends most of it’s students. A middle school has two years of students, grades 7 and 8, while a junior high has three years of students, grades 7-9(in american education students attend kindergarten, then grades 1 through 12, the years don’t resent after you attend a new school). The associated High school has either 3 or 4 years of students, depending on how many years the associated school carries. Sorry for the exposition on american education here. ^_^

  11. Kaisos Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 3:53 am

    This wasn’t exactly awful, but the characters are all just so painfully Japanese-in-an-American-setting that it’s kind of hard to watch.

    And anyone who thinks that the lightning bit is dumb obviously isn’t familiar with classic American superhero comics, heh. At least it wasn’t RADIATION.

  12. yanipheonu Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 4:23 am

    The first girl looks like Samus. :D

    The Heroman manga was terrible though, so I likely won’t watch this.

  13. Rei Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    I cracked up at the drillz. They’re like deadly weapons that could be shot at ppl. Probably the ultimate last boss.

  14. Onion Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    So campy I can’t help but watch. It feels like a show that knows exactly what it is and decides to do it well.

    Damn but this ep is pure eye candy. Also also, Locien is right. It does look pretty well researched. That SoCal look. Maybe needs more brown people.

  15. CaptainBright Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    To me, even though this show screams AMERICAN SUPERHERO SHOW OFF YOUR BRAINS IMMEDIATELY, I don’t really mind such shows. It’s made quite well(BONES at its best again), and the premise my improve along the way.

    As long as this isn’t mindless moe or fanservice to the max, I wouldn’t mind going along with it.

  16. Yamibakeru Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    I can definitely see the American vibes from this anime, although I’m not American myself, but I get where Locien is coming from.

    And yes. You have a problem when the lead male is hotter than the lead female. /a/ is all over the hots for him, shortly after the tempest that Hideyoshi blew up.

    Can say I liked this episode very much. But that’s a good sign! Usually, if I don’t like the first episode, the anime will turn out good.

  17. KK Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    ALIEN lightning!

  18. Skribulous Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

    Are you “bullying” this show, hmm?

    Watching this show, I felt like Stan Lee just schooled every writer who worked on an OEL manga and anime ever made before with a modern-day setting. This is how you do an Americanized anime, bitches.

    The “80s Saturday morning cartoon” vibe I’m getting out of it even ADDED to the whole experience.

  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    You can’t “bully” shows herp derp.

    Well, I didn’t say it was terrible, but the show is too cheesy in some aspects for me.

    If it’s actually good later on then… we’ll see. But for one, episode one could’ve been better in my opinion.

  20. kyseri Said,

    April 4, 2010 @ 5:05 am

    I’m off the point here but I’d like to say i would place the hair as more jet pack hair than drill XD… I now return you to your regular program =D

  21. Necromas Said,

    April 5, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Aw come on, just relax, I thought it was a fun watch.

  22. Perdan Said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    I thought the animation and characters looked like Eureka 7 style..

  23. ThePotatoGod Said,

    April 7, 2010 @ 1:33 am


    ya I was getting that feeling to sorta, just Renton wasn’t as ho- err i mean… feminine…

    but ya, it’s gonna be interesting seeing how this plays out… I hope someone decides to blog it, because it definitely was EXTREMELY cheesy… but I am sort of wondering on why they decided to go ahead and flat out state it’s the US, since not everyone really likes us :P…. but in any case ya… the only sort of…. OFF thing… is the whole bullies playing with robots……….. no………… i do not see that at all lol… it’s almost as inconceivable as lightning hitting a robot and bringing it to life…. most of the time kids like them will be spending their parents money on drugs, booze, and “useless” women…. that or they are playing Modern Warfare 2, Halo, or Madden…. OR watching sports…

  24. Perdan Said,

    April 7, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    So I checked it out.. the character designer is the same guy from E7.

    Also, this is a Stan Lee series.. so thats probably why its in america. And for the cheesey way heroman becomes a big robot. When I first watched it and Joey ran out of the diner and the guy at the bar said something.. I thought “OMG why is Stan Lee in this?” Now I know..

  25. Mabui Said,

    April 7, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    It seemed all right, I got a little “WOW” moment when I saw Stan in the episode. Though I have to admit – the fact he just sits around and presses the button every-time he wants the robot to do something seems pretty lame – especially as the robot just sort of stares at him waiting for something to happen.

  26. Critical Said,

    April 9, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    “especially as the robot just sort of stares at him waiting for something to happen.”

    The robot waits for him to change his batteries…


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