The disappointment that is Zetman *spoiler free*
Hello world! Whilest I could start with an apology for my unplanned hiatus due to exams, my new-found python obsession and dealing with Kamikaze monkeys from hell, this review takes precedence. I’ll do the world a favor and get straight to the point.. Zetman sucks. I remember in a previous post I said:
“So the spring season has started and I must say that there are quite a few shows that caught my attention. Zetman for instance :) I love how we have an initial episode giving us some background then in episode 2 we jump 5 years straight into the action.”
Although at episode 2 I felt I was barely keeping up, there seemed to be so much potential in this show that it had to be good right? Wrong. By episode 4 I realized that hey, things were not right. By 8 I confirmed that theory and today, episode 13 I was scratching at the screen screaming ‘MAKE IT STOPP!! DEAR GOD!! MAKE IT STOPPP!!!!!’
The root of the problem is that the original Zetman is basically the cross between a western (Marvel) comic and Japanese manga and while that sounds like a pretty awesome mix, they completely failed at the adaptation into an anime. The main character Jin is…. sigh…
Take a look at the image to the left, yea I know he looks pretty badass. But throughout the anime they tried so hard to keep up that image that they overdid it. Take his pose for instance, while it suits him, to have it constantly throughout the show is absolutely cheesy and not to mention creepy. He is also one of those ‘there is always a way to save all innocent people’ guys which just pisses me off to no end. Kouga (another main character) was also over-dramatized although differently in that he believes in a more logical version of justice (sacrifice one for the good of many). Too bad his logistics drove him to the point of insanity.
The plot, I will admit was possibly good on paper and served as a pretty good ‘origins’ explanation. The superpowered ‘Players’ (bloodthirsty monsters created for the entertainment of rich dudes), ZET (the ultimate monster in human form to combat the others) and Alphas (the white IronMan/Batman themed superhero who follows ‘his own brand of justice’) all serve as very unique elements for an epic story but again… Fails as an anime. I dare marvel to pick up this manga and adapt it into an (animated) movie, its sure to be a blockbuster.
Not everything is bad though, the graphics were quite good and compliments the show’s mature feel quite well. Its just too bad that it served as pretty much the only good thing about the show. The conclusion, wasn’t much of a conclusion as the entire show just acted as an intro to a potential array of Zetman pieces but hey, guess it did its job.
Overall you should avoid Zetman like the plague, it’s a waste of your time and you have wayy better things to watch like Sankarea for instance :) which I will be reviewing next time, so you can look forward to that. Well i’m off to bed, lets hope my screen isn’t too damaged from the scratching. Peace out.
Plot 6/10 (good concept, poor exceution)