Zetman Review, What it means to be Hero
“No one praises him, no one notices him. Even so, this man continues to fight. For the sake of the light, he chose the path of darkness. That man is…”
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2012 to Jun 26, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Studios: TMS Entertainment
Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Supernatural
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
Synopsis: The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and ALPHAS, and then traces their origins – Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as ALPHAS.
The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players. (MAL)
The synopsis is not appealing. I almost skipped this anime on my list cuz of it. But I still gave it a try, and I’m kinda glad I did.
After watching the whole series, I could say this anime had a really good plot. It’s basically an anime about heroes, what’s like to be a hero, and what is justice. Unfortunately, the story was all over the place. I thought this anime would be solid all through out the series, but because it was covering a 150+ chapters of the manga, the story was undeniably rushed. The pacing was also all over the place. It was a thrilling ride, indeed. But it lacked a room for the viewers to breathe. The anime also lacked the world building. There was no introduction about what, where, and how. It was more about me concluding possible reasons and ideas about the anime. It was that messy.
I still don’t have a clue how the creators were able to shrink 150+ chapters of the manga into a 13-episode anime. I do commend them for trying to make everything flow as smoothly as possible. Still, the anime was able to send the same strong message about Heroes and justice.
Art & Animation (8/10)
The art and animation was a breath of fresh air. With the rise of Moe animation and bright colored animes, this type of art gave me life.
It was clear with the edgy character designs and the dark color palette that the anime was going to be very very serious and totally not for kids. I was even shocked they made it gore and bloody. It’s not like I’m not a fan of it, I was not expecting it at all. Especially during the last few episodes, they made the art grittier, edgier and more dirty, giving off the vibe that everything is going south.
The actions scenes were great. Though there were some scenes in the last few episodes were I felt it was lacking. Nevertheless, I was visually good. I really really like how they animated the transformation of the MC from being human to Zet. It was really really good.
The main protagonists were very likable. You can easily sympathize with them too. Almost all of the characters were well made.
Like I mentioned earlier, the story was really rushed. As a result of this, the developments of some characters were greatly affected. I think only the main protagonists, Jin, Kouga and Konoha, were able to get enough of it.
I personally don’t like Hanako. I find her annoying and a nuisance. I kinda felt she deserved what happen to her in the ending. Though I was so sad for Jin, it can’t be helped. It just shows they were not meant to be together.
I won’t go and discuss further about Jin, Kouga and Konoha, cuz I might accidentally give off spoilers. But I just really want to mention how I feel so sorry for Konoha. Poor girl. She went through so much shit and damn, I wanna give her a hug. Even after everything that happened, she still remained happy and is living well at the very end. Oh my, I really want her and Jin to end up together. They need every inch of happiness poured around them. They really deserved it.
The OP was really unique. It seems it was really made for the anime. ED, on the other hand, was forgettable. The sound was kinda meh. It didn’t really sticks out, its just there. Nothing special about it. If its time for drama, typical dramatic soundtrack would be played. It was that stereotypical.
The voice actors did an awesome job voicing the characters. It’s one of the reasons why some of the characters bloom even with little character development. Each character fits to the voice they were assigned to.
Infairness, I really enjoyed alot watching this anime. I binged watched this in one sitting. I was even on the edge on some of the scenarios, I was that into the anime. It makes you think about what is being a hero and what is real justice. It also shows how cruel a world could be. I also liked the violence in this anime. The gore was a plus.
This anime was an underrated anime last 2012. The premise was really wasted, to be honest. If it was adapted properly, at least longer than 13 episodes, I think this anime would turn out to be a really really good anime.
I still do like to recommend this to everyone. If you like Seinen, Psychological, Action-packed with gore, then this anime is for you. Just give it a shot.
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