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Zetman- The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Zetman- The Complete Series Blu-ray

“Zetman” is a unique take on the superhero genre.

Based on the manga series of the same name, the 13 episode “Zetman” anime series is an ambitious tale of two superheroes. The story begins with a prologue about a group of monsters (known as Players) that were created by the Amagi Corp. for sport for rich people. When the Players became too powerful and escaped into the world, a few scientists were tasked with creating something that could destroy the Players. Not wanting to subject an experimental child to this heinous deed, a scientist named Kamazaki runs away with a child experiment (Jin).

The story then jumps ahead in time where we see that an elderly Kamazaki is raising Jin in a slum. Jin, who lives a bit of a sheltered life, has become friends with an upper class brother and sister (Kouga and Konoha) and together the three set out to help people in the name of justice. While out patrolling the streets, Jin winds up saving a dancer (Akemi) who winds up becoming his guardian when Kanazaki is tragically killed. Feeling lost and lonely, Jin tries to reach out to his two friends, but they are both forbidden to see Jin again by their controlling father Mtsugai Amagi (whose company was responsible for the creation of the Players AND Jin).

After that, the story jumps ahead further and further in time to set-up the destiny of the two main characters- Jin and Kouga. Jin learns about his true purpose in life when he discovers he can transform into a powerful superhuman called ZET. Kouga, meanwhile, decides to also become a hero called Alphas (who is based on a beloved anime character from his youth). Can the two heroes clean up the streets and save people from the clutches of the Players? Will the two heroes be targeted by other people? Can the two heroes get along? How does Mitsugai Amagi play into the story? All of these questions and more will be answered.

In an age where Marvel and DC superheroes are popping on the big and small screen more and more frequently, it seems like the superhero genre has been nearly exhausted from a creative standpoint. Thankfully, “Zetman” proves that there is still life in this fledgling genre.

While stories about heroes born from a lab are a dime a dozen, you don’t often see superhero stories that revolve around the interconnected lives of two very different heroes. You also don’t tend to see superhero stories that are rich with story and theme. Right from the get go, it’s evident that this is a fairly heady anime series about power, friendship, family, class, destiny, and creation. It’s a very dark, filler-free, brutal, and surprising series that takes viewers on an intense ride. There’s never a dull moment here as the busy story is always moving forward in order to delve into the lives of ZET/Jin and Alpha/Kouga as well as other side characters. Out of respect to the audience, however, I won’t go into detail about those characters as it’s best to experience this show knowing as little as possible.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? With crisp colors and uniquely styled character models, “Zetman” is one sharp looking anime series in hi-defintion.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese Stereo Tracks. How does it sound? While some anime fans will always choose the Japanese track, it should be noted that the English track is on par with the original language track in terms of voice acting talent.

Extras:
* Clean opening and closing.
* Trailers for “Neon Alley” and “Zetman.”
* An interview with manga author Masakazu Katsura from New York.

Overall Thoughts: “Zetman” gets my recommendation. Check it out.

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November 17, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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  1. […] DVD Corner’s Blog score: Recommendation received. […]

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