Zetman, released in Australasia in June, is the anime adaptation of a long-running manga of the same name by Masakazu Katsura. The manga, inspired by the author’s great love for the iconic Batman and Devilman, centers around two rival heroes: Jin Kanzaki (ZET) and Kouga Amagi (Alphasz).
Jin has the ability to transform into a superhuman being, ZET, and Kouga uses technology (available due to his family’s wealth) to fight as Alphasz. They fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, created -ironically- by the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.
Sounds like an interesting watch, right? It sure did start out that way, the beginnings of interesting protagonists and intriguing backstories, but by episode four or five you’re basically rage-watching. Jin turns out to be rather boring and every word that came out of Kouga’s mouth made me want to scratch the inside of my skull. Not to mention the fact that the female characters felt weak and the villains were a bit two-dimensional, if not one. The rest of the character list followed suit.
You can’t fault the animation, however, the Players were creepy as hell and the fight scenes were brilliant, however that’s all the anime had going for it, really. The animators removed and/or altered various portions of the original story in an attempt to fit it into 13 episodes, so while the premise was interesting the anime fell short of captivating.
See and judge for yourself, grab the DVD from Madman Entertainment here.
– Released 08/05/14
– Two Discs containing 13 episodes
– English dub or orginal Japanese with English subtitles