May 2, 2012

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Zetman episode 05

Thank goodness, I made it. It was really hard not to read the Zetman manga. I almost gave in. I was viewing how many chapters were released already, when I stumbled upon a little mystery. I saw that there are one hundred and seventy-seven chapters released. However, the last one was realised a few months ago, in January. What is taking them? Is the manga on a break? Are there no people motivated enough to translate this? I wonder…

Anyway, the story continues as Jin goes on with his even more complicated life. Things got so complicated because he got himself a new friend; a homeless girl. They seem to be pretty compatible, although Jin is clearly not used to interacting with others. Things will only get a lot more interesting from now on as their relationship will continue to grow. I definitely saw some sparks!

Kouga isn’t sitting still either. His team of scientists have been working very hard on a new project; a suit that will allow him to do the most amazing things. You can clearly see that he’s still a child, as he asked them to put a cape on that suit. He is focussing too much on looking like a “hero”, instead of actually becoming one. That is the reason why this guy will never be my favourite character.

The story is going to get a lot more complicated from here on out, especially since the “players”, or “Evol” if you will, have started to make their move. Sure, their boss claims to want nothing but peace, but we know better. It’s too bad that bad things happen to good people. Jin tried so hard to keep his loved ones at a distance, but it all went down the drain when some of those Evol’s abducted Konoha and her friend to use them as leverage when fighting Jin.

I think things are about to get really interesting. In the meantime, I shall be going after why the manga isn’t being updated anymore. I am really curious. Oh, by the way, I heard that the anime is really soft compared to the manga. The manga seems to contain sex scenes and whatnot.

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Apr 25, 2012

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Zetman episode 04

Amazing stuff. Each and every episode reminds me of what a truly great anime this is. I am actually about to watch the first episode again, as I want to see how it all started once more. And yes, there were still many moments during this week’s episode where I got a little bit angry with what was going on.

I was a little bit relieved to see that Jin was doing pretty well. He has adapted quite nicely to his new lifestyle and seems to be improving. It is disappointing to see that he still ends up getting imprisoned, even though he’s still doing good things, despite all those drastic changes in his life. This time seemed to be a little different though. It seems that he was locked up for his own good, and by a man who seems to have his best interests at heart. It was nice to see that he was making new allies, especially allies that could prove to be of great value, but is it worth it? Is it worth it when you sacrifice so much in order to save the lives of other people (who don’t even know what is going on)? I wonder…

This episode was no different. He faced many hardships, kept his loved ones at a distance, and ended up fighting a “player” to save yet another person. I liked how this girl, Hanako-chan, unlike most female characters, looks so down-to-earth. She doesn’t look like a supermodel at all. She looks like a normal teenage girl (with braces). I love it! I absolutely love this feel of realism, despite the fact that it’s a show about monsters. I have not seen that many anime where the female characters looked that normal. By normal I mean like your everyday girl, of course. She’s not your o-look-its-yet-another-female-character-that-I-probably-will-forget-in-a-few-days type of character.

Anyway, I keep talking negatively about Jin’s situation, but there are a few advantages though. I must give those company goons credit for that one. They gave Jin a nice little place with quite a lot of expensive stuff (TV’s, surround sound sets, you name it). Not that I’m surprised or anything, I mean… Why not give your “hero” some goodies when he’s constantly putting his ass on the line to fix the mistake(s) you made, right?

At this point there’s only one thing that I would like to see, and that is to see Hanako-chan by Jin’s side. Nobody deserves to be alone, especially not someone like Jin, a guy who dedicated most, if not all of his life to help others. I can say only one thing right now about Zetman; I am going to read the hell out of the manga when the anime is finished. That much is certain.

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Apr 18, 2012

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Zetman episode 03

Good god, I can’t believe how much this episode aggravated me. I sat here and watched, thinking that Jin would beat the living hell out of those guys. God damn it, why does his power have that many limitations. “You are only capable of using those powers in the presence of a “player”” my ass!

I’m sure that we all remember how Jin-kun’s aunt was assassinated during last week’s episode, right? I’m a little bit confused about it, but it’s my guess that she wasn’t actually killed. I think that those researchers merely sedated her, took some of her DNA and used that to create a clone.  Now, you may be wondering why someone would do that, but it couldn’t be any simpler. They wanted to mess with Jin’s head. They wanted him to get furious. Basically; they wanted to awaken his true powers. It seems that his current form is still imperfect. His perfect form is, apparently, supposed to be red instead of white.

It really was a complicated episode. Yeah, complicated, but interesting as hell. I’m not going to lie; I was a little bit disappointed by how easily Jin joined them. I would’ve been a lot more suspicious, especially since they chained me to some chair and unleashed an “Alpha” on me, merely because they wanted to test my current abilities. You mad, bro? I think that those rules of theirs aggravated me more than anything else though. What’s up with that? Why should Jin, or any ZET for that matter, have to follow such ridiculous rules. Alphas are dangerous, definitely, but so are the humans that created them. It seems a little bit too easy if you ask me.

Also, I understand that Jin wants to keep his family and friends safe, but I doubt that abandoning them like that will help. I suppose that Jin will have a lot of enemies during the next few episodes, but what if one of them, seeing as a lot of them are quite intelligent, abducts his auntie? I’m not saying that something like that will happen, but it’s a pretty good possibility.

Man, this episode really messed with my head. It got me thinking about so many (useless) things that I can’t seem to focus on what’s really important here. I just hope that Jin won’t follow that organization for too long. There must be a very, very good reason as to why his “grandfather” got him out of there as a child to raise him as a normal human being. I can hardly wait to see next week’s episode!

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Apr 10, 2012

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Zetman episode 02

And so it begins… I already knew, before even finishing the first episode that I was going to write about this anime. It is so dark and dramatic, I love it. There is only one thing that I’m a little disappointed about; they grew up too fast. In the first episode they were mere boys, but now they are young men. We didn’t even get to see how they grew up.

Anyway, the second episode was pretty impressive. It revolved around this ZET that constantly torched buildings. Jin headed up to find him after he smelled something, whilst Kouga and Konoha were gearing up as well. It was pretty cool to see how those three met again after so many years. However, watching Jin transform and fight was even cooler. I think his personality is pretty good, as it matches the character so well.

He managed to defeat his enemy, but he couldn’t remain his consciousness for long. It seems that he still doesn’t have full control over his powers. I also saw this clash between him and Kouga. I don’t think those two will work well together like that. One of them uses the ability that was given to him at birth, and the other uses all sorts of modern technology that was given to him by others.

I think the story will only get darker and far more dramatic from now on. I actually held my breath when his “auntie”, the last person his life that’s even remotely close to being family, got assassinated. I really feel for that guy, I mean… Everyone around him keeps dying. The only difference now is, is that his “auntie” got turned into one of those things, and that Jin has been moved to an unknown location for god only knows what reason.

The only thing wrong with this episode was that it ended after just twenty minutes (excluding the OP and ED). I have a great deal of faith in this anime, especially after having seen this week’s episode.  I just think it’s too bad that Akemi-chan, Jin’s “auntie”, had to die like that, after all that she’s been through… I really do hope that Jin kills them all!

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Apr 3, 2012

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Zetman

Okay, there are many things I could say about this show, but for now I’ll stick with; this is a must-follow anime! I couldn’t believe the drama in this show, I just have to follow it! This makes the drama in Mirai Nikki look silly and pointless.

The artwork is really good. I actually paused during a few scenes to observe how detailed it is, and I must say that I’m very impressed. I think, and this is just my opinion, that this anime has a somewhat realistic feel to it, despite all the supernatural beings and powers.

However, the story is the clincher here. It is a unique concept with a lot of heart. It is the type of story that draws a person in. Like I said, the drama in this show is really fascinating, not to mention the romance and action. I think that we may just have a good one on our hands. I don’t think there’s anything about the story that I would want to change, the first episode was just too good.

The question is; do I recommend it? Well, yes I do. The artwork and story are really promising, so why not give it a try? I think that a lot of people will enjoy this show, even though we’ve only just seen the first episode. Still, I’m seriously thinking about following Zetman in writing as well, but we’ll see what happens next week.

Plot Summary: 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, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.

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