An interesting production this season…
I wonder if this is the “generic robot” or “male ascension” storyline that appeals to Gar and Super Robot fans in the same way a magical girl show would appear to a moe fan. Does it have the same effect? I know being of moe-generation, it doesn’t really work on me as much.
That being said, I probably won’t follow through with this one this season, but there is a few things I wanted to mention about Heroman. Primarily, it’s incredible research and attention to detail of an American Setting.
Look at those shitty, gas-guzzling cars!
A real garbage-truck, in a suburban areas of houses lined up!
A fucking school-bus!
Look at this classroom. It’s not Japanese! It’s American! Random flag, stuff all around the walls!
No uniforms! Everyone is wearing something different. Fucking lockers!
I still found some stereotypes present in the show. For example, no one, runs in place. They did the jock-cheerleader-stereotype thing, which I’m sure happens in SOME places, but it’s not as common as it was in the 80’s. Still, I liked to see traces of American social structure, including an outspoken girl (by nature) and not absolutely insane like outspoken-anime-girls. I think Bones was also a good studio for this, since their animation production can look somewhat American.
Anyway, not too interested in the story, but I thought this was really fucking cool and worth mentioning. It got me excited to see, as an American Otaku. I’m looking forward to see what Japanese stereotypes aren’t true when I visit Japan (hopefully next year), and what I hear from Darkslime’s trip in this upcoming summer.
Really cool to have an English background with this and that crazy guy from Angel Beats this season, though. It’s as if someone called Japan and told them they have Anime fans not in Japan. I’ve never been a fan of comics or what not, and I understand how Engrish might turn some people off, but I don’t mind this extra exposure in my anime. It’s about time we got a legitimate anime-style America setting in the lineup.