First Impressions: Zetman

Superheroes and stuff.

First Impressions: Opening

Oh my, this is a fairly unique opening song. Very similar to the Persona openings; I don’t love it, but it doesn’t quite irritate me. Maybe it’ll grow to enjoyment, or suffering. The song’s name is “dots and lines” by You Hitoto feat. Mummy-D.
First Impressions: Episode

The story begins chronicling, and introducing the mechanics, of the players. The players are essentially beasts, put into arenas for the entertainment of the rich. Until one sudden day, during an experiment gone haywire, they gained a mind of their own, and broke free, killing the majority of the guests. So essentially, every other superhero story so far, let’s see how this continues.

A couple is introduced. They’re gossiping about the latest serial killings, the girl’s worried, while the guy wants a part of some of the excitement.

Thankfully, his prayers are answered with a sudden slash. This results in a pitiful, half-assed screech from the girl. It’s then revealed, that he was killed by the Wind Monster, who appears to be the one behind the killings.

The scene then shifts to a boy, and his grandfather, or he could just be a friendly neighbor without any ulterior motives. And I knew it, the boy is voiced by Ed from Fullmetal Alchemist. Anyhow, the grandfather lectures the boy on vigilante justice; how wounds breed hatred, and how hatred breeds violence, and so forth. The boy retorts with his naivette, not understanding the gravity of the conversation. The grandfather then hands the boy a cellphone, reminiscent of one of those things that Power Rangers use to evolve; he tells the boy to prioritize aiding people, over harming them.

Elsewhere, thugs are trying some pick-up lines they learned, needless to say, it results in a retort insinuating their alleged sub-par performance.

Thankfully, our hero shows up. He needs to be motivated [Did you think that vigilantes do it, just to feel better about themselves?], so he requests monetary payment, she accepts the offer. Suddenly. ambivalence strikes; he has a flashback revolving around the wise words of his grandfather. If he helps her, then he has to use violence; if he doesn’t, then she has to participate in group activities. Since violence is much more simpler, he takes that route.

He effortlessly defeats the thugs; suddenly, his sidekick shows up. The sidekick is infuriated about how he wasn’t notified in advance, he missed out on the fight. Given this, he begins his sermon about how they’re a team, and about how they should follow protocol. The lady is really surprised at how well he handled the situation, she essentially thanks him. He asks for the money, but, he’s forced to leave without a reward by his trusty sidekick. It seems that the show parallels dark situations, with some lighthearted humor. Not necessarily a bad thing, hopefully it doesn’t detract from the experience, or the mood of the show.

He gets lectured on how there isn’t an incentive in justice, you do it because you’re motivated by justice itself, not avarice. He notices that she has a swathed hand, much like him. He shows the pair his hand, there’s a ring inside it, it’s probably linked closely to the players in the first season; his grandfather warned him to not show anybody it. However, her swathed hand is a result of a plain injury, he shrugs the matter aside, and continues on with the bickering.

Elsewhere, someone confronts Mr. Tongue McSlicy, who was behind the serial killings. and the catalyst of excitement for that guy in the earlier scene.

Quality animation right here. Anyways, she catches up with the boy who saved her from volunteering. Chances are, she’s a reporter, but then again, that’s just a very bad cliche that most superhero series tend to follow, so I’ll assume that she’s not. He tells her that his friends went home; she gives him his payment, ten-thousand yen. Before she leaves, she hands him a business card, offering to treat him to something. Since I’m using quality subtitles, the card was not translated. [I essentially learn more Japanese if I use a dictionary to search up words, rather than a blatant translation.] That aside, the boy runs away, probably home.

His grandfather is covered in blood, we can assume that he’s dead, or an advocate for screwing with kids. His grandfather’s still alive, but barely; Jin, the boy, offers him aid, using his naive logic as the basis. [He smears his saliva over his wound, because saliva heals wounds. I’d normally commentate, and mock the questionable actions, borderlining, and heavily insinuating a deeper relationship than it blatantly reveals, but, this is done for a reason. I believe this episode, or this moment of his life serves to juxtapose an immaturity, a naivette, with a more refined, mature, and probably cruel character in the future. The series is called Zetman after all, not Zetboy.] He questions him on the questionably intriguing sleeping positions the neighbors are assuming; he’s notified that they’re dead. Since he doesn’t know what death is, he ignores that and brushes that aside, instead, he eagerly brings out his newly-earned capital, ten-thousand yen, to his grandfather, who’s probably bleeding out to death right now. He apologizes for his momentary use of violence towards the thugs, but, he did save somebody. His grandfather brusquely interrupts him, then hugs him, whispering to him, that this is his final lesson.

“Jin this is your final lesson. Violence did this to us. I’m about to show you what happens as a result…”

The grandfather then collapses. This results in Jin panicking, and desperately trying, to revive his grandfather. I’m actually surprised by how “well” they did this scene, it could have been far more melodramatic, and far worse than it actually was, they used the right amount of drama. There wasn’t an outcry of pure grief, just incessant, shaking, a desperate attempt to cheat something once unbeknownst to him.

Wow, I’m an asshole for laughing at this scene. He has his grandfather, in a shopping cart. The doctor angrily opens the door, telling him to come back tomorrow, it’s kind of late. He pleads with him, telling him that his grandfather is really sick. The pragmatic doctor asserts that it costs money to treat somebody, a statement fueled by the appearance of the boy. He offers him loose change, a meager offering; he tells the kid to stop messing with him, then he closes the door on him. I’m assuming this scene is here to basically serve as a set point of his development; he wasn’t offered any help when he needed it the most by a doctor, the figure sworn to protect, and heal the injured. As he rolls his grandfather in the rain, he experiences a flurry of flashbacks, his longing for a family life, and his grandfather’s steadfast adherence into making it possible. Albeit, it was more of a fantasy, rather than actuality.

A memorable scene of his, he passes by a family in a large house. He tells his grandfather that he wants to live in a house, such as that, with him. His grandfather replies supporting the idea, he would love to live with him in a large house, but, houses are expensive, they cost money. The boy then pledges to save up money; I’m assuming this is why he wanted the ten-thousand yen initially. Consumed by grief, he calls his friends with the phone his grandfather gave him earlier.

However, in their household, they’re being lectured into not playing with the homeless kid. I’m assuming that Jin himself was created, essentially as a “weapon” of sorts; by losing his grandfather, his only sense of humanity dies with him. Along with the cruel treatment dealt to him by the doctor, and the possible alienation of his friends, he may develop a misanthropic disdain. The father learns of the cellphone, then destroys it, much to the dismay of Jin, who’s in desperate need of someone to talk to. Generally, I don’t care much for Catch-22’s, or in this case, just a strain of shitty luck, but if it helps develop the character, then go for it.

Since he doesn’t know who else to go to, he goes to the lady he saved earlier. Ironically, she’s not a reporter, but a stripper; essentially the same thing. It’s presumed that she takes them to the hospital.

The lady is questioned on her relationship with the boy; she replies that she’s just a friend; she’s asked to leave. It appears that the body of the grandfather, matched the profile of an alleged serial killer. Perhaps the grandfather was trying to deter the boy from a lifestyle of violence, or perhaps, it’s just more shit luck. She initially leaves, but halfway, she essentially goes, “Hey, I can be much more than a stripper.” “I should probably help the kid, the only person who cared for him kinda died.” She offers him a place to stay for the night.

They head to her house. It’s assumed that she once had a son, whether he’s alive, I don’t really know; may have ranged from murder, to a simple divorce.

The fuck is with her constantly,changing art style. She introduces herself as Akemi, then offers to be his big sister; she asks for his name. He gives his name, then they begin to screw around in the shower [not literally]. She’s basically the acting mother figure now, she’s probably filling up the void in her life, that her son would have occupied, with him.

She learns that he doesn’t have a mother, nor a father, that’s what his grandfather told him. But, chances are, if he was created as a weapon, he didn’t exactly have one, so it held some validity. However, the statement triggered some hormonal motherly instinct, and resulted in an impulsive hug from her, this triggers a flashback for the boy, most notably a similar hug, from his dying grandfather. This results in a barrage of questions.

“That policeman said I couldn’t see Gramps anymore. Is that true? Why not? What does “dead” mean? Why can’t I see him again? I can’t stand it! I want to see Gramps! I want to see him! … Lady, what is this? What’s wrong with me? What…? …Gramps!”

Thus an influx of catharsis occurs; I seem to be fairly off by my predictions, that’s a good sight, predictable anime blow.

They’re out for an evening stroll; essentially celebrating their newly-found relationship as mother and son. I’m assuming it’s going to be problematic when he realizes that he’s just a replacement, and the fact that his mother’s a stripper, but hey, the latter may be good news, depending on the complex he has.

Suddenly, Tongue McFuckYouConstantly shows up, and pierces her abdomen, resulting in her fall. She pleads with him to run; she doesn’t appear to be surprised, probably an ex-boyfriend. Anyways, she takes out her cellphone, but, he quickly disposes of that. The boy pleads with her, he doesn’t want her to die; not again, not after his grandfather.

He defends her, taking the brunt of the barrages. He then learns that he was the one responsible for the death of his grandfather. Given this catalyst, shit is going to go down. Jin is overpowered by the man, who has experience with his razor tongue [I crack myself up at times]. As hope dims, the lady, tackles him. Needless to say, she’s probably not going to live past this episode.

I really disapprove of a series of shit events to illustrate a point; his grandfather dying wasn’t a bad development, killing this lady off, immediately afterwords, is. The death of his grandfather illustrated a loss of humanity, the doctor and his friends illustrated a loss of human competence, her death symbolizes nothing but a melodramatic trigger for him to probably lose it, and kill everybody around him. Not the worst development, but I’m not exactly ecstatic over it.

Unpredictably, something innate triggers, invigorating him with potence.

Before Tongue McEctetera’s untimely death, he calls Jin, the Charisma. A title given to one, who probably has a living family, and plenty of friends. Immediately afterwords, he collapses, probably due to exhaustion [oh hey, traditional cliches]. The man who made the proposal with the guy earlier shows up, he orders the disposal of his body. They appear to be guardian-like beings, they dispose of the players [probably not the actual name, just a term referring to the mutants], while leaving the human population alone.

The boy wakes up, with the presumed police officer, handing him a pendant. It was the Jin’s grandfather’s. This should alleviate the ever so surmounting disdain towards people. He gives the boy a cliche pep talk, keeping his head high; he won’t find hope that simply. Jin asks him what hope is, he answers the question.

First Impressions: Concluding Thoughts
Cliche, somewhat predictable, and flawed at times. However, it’s also done fairly well, and developed for the most part. I came into this expecting a cliche-superhero series, I’m finishing this last episode with a fairly decent series, with potential. Much like Rainbow, a melodramatic series doesn’t always equate to being bad; although it’s simply touching the surface of melodrama, as long as the other categories are executed well, this should be a fairly solid watch. However, I did not read the manga, so my input is limited there, I cannot say much about it. I’m not sure if I’ll be picking this up, not because it’s a bad show, it’s above average right now; but because I have twelve goddamn shows. It really depends on how the other series do. Anyone else pleasantly surprised?

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One Response to First Impressions: Zetman

  1. grek14 says:

    This series holds premise; I didn’t expect the first episode to be this good.
    Probably picking it up.

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