Anime: Heroman

21
May
2010

Anime: Heroman

Stan Lee is making an anime.

Nothing more needs to be said other than Stan Lee is making an anime.

Well no, a lot more could be said, but that's the most important part. I mean how often do you get one of the greatest Comic writers of all time to sit down with Japanese anime producers to make an American stylized anime about a boy who repaired a toy robot and becomes a hero to save the earth from a ruthless alien invasion? Not often enough.....

Plot

Orphaned American boy Joey lives with his grandmother, working at a restaurant in the West Coast city of Center City, while going to school. Upon hearing of a new toy robot called the Heybo, Joey believes that getting one will make his life better, turning him into a hero to protect his friends and family. However, he cannot afford to buy it on his meager salary. His luck changes when he picks up a broken down Heybo abandoned by a school bully. He tries to fix it, naming it Heroman, but does not have any luck in getting it to work. However, when it gets struck by a bolt of lightning, it transforms into a giant robot, just in time to save his friend Lina from impending danger. Now, Joey and Heroman are Earth's only defense against the evil insectoid Skrugg aliens, unknowingly summoned to Earth by Joey's science teacher.

Heroman is what American cartoons should be. The artwork is very interesting. It is a hybrid between eastern and western styles. I'm more partial to the Japanese style myself. But what does impress me is simply the execution of the story. Simply put, it's written for a much more mature audience, not that of a child.

You see for some reason American Cartoon studios can't seem to produce anything that isn't targeted for a audience beyond grade school. It's frustrating to no end to see franchises that have such good opportunity flushed down the toilet in order to dumb it down enough for the younger audience to understand. I have an issue with this:

Credit does to where credit is due. Stan Lee is simply a master when it comes to storytelling. Could this anime have been produced in America? It could have been, but the studio would have insisted that Stan Lee dumb down the story do that it appealed to a "younger audience". By taking the story over to Japan Stan Lee can show these American TV executives that there's a huge market for "cartoons" with strong plots and mature themes that is just aching to be fed.

*points to American TV Executives misconceptions*

Heroman Attack!!

Opening

Ending

Anime - http://www.gogoanime.com/category/heroman
Manga - http://www.onemanga.com/Heroman/

Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroman
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/heroman/
http://gangan.square-enix.co.jp/introduction/heroman/

  • Children aren't the only people who watch cartoons/anime
  • Younger audience members are smarter than they look, you don't need to dumb it down so much.