Ongoing Investigations: Case #102

I finally finished up Heroman which ended up being a rather unfortunate series. Things come to a head in the final 5 episodes as we learn a little more about Joey’s father, Psy’s accident, and the seemingly random episodes like the crazy monster on the island. If you couldn’t figure it out from the 2nd opening, the Skruggs role in this show were not yet done but their new forms are a surprisingly good moment in the series. Too bad much of the emotional hooks feel disconnected, but the Skruggs’ and Will’s part to play are a welcome sight. The final battle is climatic and full of friendship so it actually rounded out the story nicely if you don’t ask too many questions. But when the credits finish you see quite clearly Bones hoped to continue the series which we all assume will never happen. This hint of more to come though highlights one of the worst parts of Heroman: Dr. Minami and his minions. I could think of a number of much more exciting things to show in order to have me hope for more, but with that preview I thought to myself, “thank goodness it is over!” I was excited and full of hope for Heroman in the beginning, but it was plagued by uneven pacing and shallow characterization for its heroes and villains alike. I enjoyed the early episodes and the final ones but Heroman fell short in between. In many ways it kind of reminds me of how Ben 10 makes me feel, it is almost good but never quite makes it.

hisuiconAlso on another recommendation from mysterious voices from the Internet on the OSMcast I decided to pick up the DS game Infinite Space. That was an excellent recommendation. It is a great space opera game that has an epic story and some great characters. There are twists and turns and betrayals and alliances made all the time. There are several major decisions that can effect the plot line you travel along encouraging you to use the new game plus feature as well. The ships in the game are super customizable and anyone who ever enjoyed playing BattleTech will be in heaven. The game has two major sections. It starts of great and then the first parts ends and the game kicks everything into high gear. So much so that the game actually has and ending and then a new opening to herald in the second half. The main problem with the game is the learning curve is BRUTAL. There are many points in the game were how the game is played changes and if you don’t learn the switch you will be murdered until you figure out how to change your strategy or how a new mechanic works. This game can easily be a lesson in frustration but I think the game is rewarding enough that it offsets that frustration. It is a fun game and I am really curious how it is going to all end.

Continuing with Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated episodes 10 and 11 we s a lot about the group dynamic in the show. There continues to be a focus on romance which also continues to confuse the cast! These episodes don’t have big repercussions for the overarching plot but Mister E gets closer to the kids and of course there were more clues. Fun episodes that continue to solidify Daphne as the best of the bunch.

hisuiconSince it a strange turn of events I have never finished the Bartender anime it seemed the prefect time to correct this grievous error. Like I said back on Ongoing Investigations: Case #24 the manga are very different animals. Ryu Sasakura is less a human and more of some sort of magical drink fairy in the anime. In the manga you see Ryu growth as a bartender and his plot is all going on in the background of what ever the current story is. Yasuhiro Imagawa’s screenplay hints that Ryu has a back story but he mostly seems like spirit that inhabits the bar and solves people problems. The anime also has a very theatrical feel to it. Since it is mostly set at a bar the anime uses visual techniques and narration like a stage play to give it some visual punch. I will assume that most people who enjoy the manga will enjoy the anime and vice versa but they are different enough that most people will have a distinct preference. If nothing else at 11 episodes the anime is a good way to see if you want to delve further into reading the much longer manga.

As Sym-Bionic Titan (eps. 3-4) goes on I find it a highlight in the week. Though admittedly ep. 3 didn’t really have any fire in it, the sense of urgency was completely lost. But ep. 4  steps up its game with the introduction of a more intelligent monster who has a really creepy power. We also get a little more understanding of the situation on Lance and Ilana’s home planet. Those are the most gripping parts by far and certainly the most mature. Our teen heroes are starting to thaw towards one another, happily, but I still continue to see Ilana as mostly incapable of taking care of herself though having a big attitude about it. Still it is early on and I continue to have high hopes and great fun while watching this show.

hisuicon Speaking of things I have never gotten around to I totally forgot to do an Ongoing Investigations about Batman: Under the Red Hood.The movie begins with the end of the “A Death in the Family” storyline in which the Joker kills Jason Todd. I remember that storyline from my childhood for two reason. I remember it being a powerful story and the first time I remember a comic book plot line being a major news story. And I remember DC had that cheesy 1-900 number you could call to vote if  Jason Todd lived or died. The rest of the movie is an adaption of the Under the Hood story line. Although Bruce Timm produced this movie it is far darker than any of the normal Batman: The Animated Series episodes or Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.The ending is rather bleak as well.  It is a rather powerful if somewhat controversial batman story. I thought the execution of the material was well done and definitely worth checking out.

Heroman wasn’t all bad.

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