Zetman Episode 5

This week’s episode marks the arrival of Kouga into the fray. His suit’s complete and he’s on his way to save his sister. Still…he kinda annoys me. The way he reacted to the suit when it was first shown to him and his sense of justice…he’s such a child. He really just sounds like a spoiled rich boy for now. Hopefully that changes…we can’t have him going around being some childhood fantasy come true. Kouga also meets that weird guy who “tests” him as a hero. I’m not completely sure what that test was for…it doesn’t seem to have had an effect on Kouga and the guy doesn’t seem to have reacted to the results in any way.

A couple of introductions this week. The girl from last week introduces herself as Tanaka, but refuses to give out her first name. Is she ashamed of it? We also get a name on that weird creepy dude that’s been sneaking around, Haitani. He calls himself an EVOL…but from the conversations in this episode, EVOL sounds more like an organization name than a species name. EVOLs must still be Players in some way…the Sweeper said that Jin was neither Player nor human…I find it strange that he didn’t either a) assume Jin was an EVOL or b) say that Jin wasn’t an EVOL either. Maybe I’m just over-analyzing. Questions aside, next week looks to be a continuation of the hostage crisis, but with the addition of Tanaka. Maybe Jin will finally become ZET…hopefully Kouga joins in the fight.

Zetman Episode 4

Back again with another episode and another time skip. This time, it’s two years past. After taking Amagi’s offer, Jin has to distance himself from everyone. Kind of a weird turn since normally the superheroes of western culture tend to voluntarily do so. Kouga also seems to have slacked off in these two years after what Konoha said to him. Anyways, we’re sorta introduced to another character (she’s in the opening, so I can only assume). Not sure what her name is, but it looks like she might be the trigger to get Jin to become ZET.

There’s also this deal with the Sweeper…thought he was Kouga, but I doubt that’s the case. Is the Sweeper a Player? It kinda sounds like it. And did you see Amagi’s expression this week? Totally looks evil. Next week looks to be the entrance of Kouga. With Konoha captured, Jin and Kouga may have to team up. Heck…maybe Jin will transform into the true ZET form. He hit 150% this week and still didn’t turn red. Although, I’m assuming it’s because he was forcefully transformed. Preview didn’t really give me much to go on…guess I’ll just have to see.

Zetman Episode 3

So this week’s episode was a tad bit confusing, but it made more sense by the end. Based on my interpretation, Jin’s “grandfather” Kanzaki was kept alive somehow and continues to give advice to Amagi Mitsugai. It looked like Amagi was trying to complete ZET, manifested in Jin, but Kanzaki tricked him and turned Jin back into a human. ZET still remained in Jin, though, so Amagi tried to reason with Jin and got him to join him. Not bad, I guess. We also find out a bit more about the Players. Amagi is the cause of the fights between Players from before and basically responsible for their release. Also, Jin was a countermeasure created in case they loose (which they did). Still need to figure out how that weird mystery bad guy fits into everything. Is he just a really strong Player? Or is he their creator? Leader? Spokesperson?

As for Kouga, the stuff Konoha was saying to him made sense. He seemed envious of Jin because of the power Jin had and he always seemed frustrated when he got rewards for Jin’s actions. So what he really wants is to deserve the praise himself, not so much to fight injustice. Let’s see if he can get past that. I re-examined the opening sequence and it doesn’t look like he transforms the way Jin does. The way he just disappears and reappears in the white suit…pretty sure he’s just Batman. Next week looks to introduce a new character…looks to be the last main character. Should be interesting. All in all…this show isn’t as bad as I was thinking it might become. I still think Amagi can become evil, though…even if it looks like he’s on Jin’s side. Some of the stuff he’s said and done just don’t sit right with me. Maybe I’m over-thinking things. Does anyone else agree?

Top Opening Songs of Spring Season 2012

Alright, so this is basically a list of what I feel are the top 5 songs from this season’s lineup. Purely my opinion…you don’t have to agree, just throwing it out there. Musical taste is a tricky thing. I’ve done the best I can to explain why I like the songs, but sometimes it’s just not that easy. Not sure how long these links will last…sure they’ll all eventually be taken down. I’m looking at these songs purely for music…there’s no influence from the actual video of the opening. Let me know if you want me to try more posts like this.

 

5. “dots and lines” by You Hitoto feat. Mummy-D from Zetman

First off, we have the Zetman opening. If you look at it, the song seems very off for the type of show Zetman is. You’d expect something more heavy. But as for the song itself, I liked it a lot. The tune is very catchy and none of the voices sound bad. It’s very consistent and it does a good job of moving itself forward.

 

4. “Feel So Moon” by Unicorn from Uchuu Kyoudai/Space Brothers

Another song where I kinda have to ignore what’s going on in the animation…random rainbows are random. But the song itself sounds really cool. It has a really good rhythm despite how light it is. If I had to point out a problem, though, I’d have to say that the ending sounded a bit weird to me. It sounds like the song is ascending towards some sort of big finish, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. But the intro to the song is amazing…

 

3. “Tsurezure Monochrome” by Fujifabric from Tsuritama

I don’t know what instrument is playing that tune in the background, but I love it. The guitar and the drums add to it very nicely too. The singer also doesn’t try to push himself too far, even though the song sounds like there are parts where he could. I’m not completely sure if this is the official opening theme for the show because they showed scenes from the episode in the background, but I’d be happy if it was.

 

2. “Chase the world” by May’n from Accel World

Probably one of the closest songs you’ll get to Jrock in this season. No matter what I think of the show, this song still sounds great (wait…I feel like I’ve said this before with a Sunrise show). It’s very fast-paced, and May’n does the vocals well. The song brings the music strong from the very beginning and keeps it up. The whole song feels like it blazes by in an instant, but it’s a normal-length song.

 

1. “To the Beginning” by Kalafina from Fate/Zero

Was it ever even a question? Kalafina, drawing the talents of the wonderful composer Yuki Kajiura, never fails to impress me. The whole song seems to…flow. Not sure how to put it. The intro sounds great and the song builds up so nicely. The violin is definitely a nice touch too. I dunno why people think that oath sign was so much better…I’d have a hard time choosing.

 

Honorable Mention:

“Borderland” by Mami Kawada from Jormungand

“CHOIR JAIL” by Konomi Suzuki from Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

“Now or Never” by Nano from Phi Brain Season 2

 

Next up, we have some openings that didn’t quite make it on the list, but were pretty close. They deserve to be singled out from the ones I didn’t like:

Sakamichi no Apollon

Sankarea

 

Finally, we have the songs that just didn’t make the list. These are here for the simple reason that I want you to know which songs I was listening to when I made these decisions (no particular order):

Natsuiro Kiseki

Acchi Kocchi

Shining Hearts

Upotte

Hiiro no Kakera

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka of the Dead

Saki Achiga-Hen

Medaka Box

Zetman Episode 2

Time skip engage. Quite a few years have passed since the first episode and Jin and Kouga look to be in their late teens. They still both have their sense of justice, though. It looks to me so far that Kouga seems to have taken the role of Batman, in that he is a normal human who uses his wealth to fight crime. Jin, on the other hand, is the standard super hero with the innate powers and the transformation sequence. Kouga looks to have a suit too…I wonder if he’ll become like Jin or if he’ll just stay as he is, but start wearing the suit.

The show brought up an interesting moral issue this week. Jin and Kouga try to save a family from a burning building and run into a disagreement. Jin tries to save the whole family at the risk of losing all of them, while Kouga tries to sacrifice the mother to ensure the safety of the other three. It begs the question: which of them is right? Should you gamble to save more lives or try to ensure as many saved lives as possible? Moral dilemmas aside, there are still a lot of questions. Why is Jin special? Is he some sort of Player/human hybrid? Why did he go into cardiac arrest after his fight? Jin seemed almost like Alucard this week, letting himself get hit before unleashing his true power. Also, the ending theme is played for the first time this week. It’s an okay song, but it seems a bit too weak. Next week, it looks like Jin has to get himself out of quite the predicament. Maybe we’ll learn more about him and the grandfather’s motives.