ADVOCATE FINAL REVIEW FOR ZETMAN
By Raiji Magiwind
Original Story/Plot - Katsura Masakazu | Being Serialized in Young Jump
| Genres: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Seinen
Overall Synopsis of Series
Quoted from MyAnimeList
The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and ALPHAS, and then traces their origins - Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as ALPHAS.
The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.
Two people whom's lives are intertwined by a sort of cruel twisted fate must come to terms with there senses of justice and whether it will also destroy there odd friendship...
Total Stars: 4.5 of 5
Overall the plot was interesting with a number of fighting and other crazy things going on, but I do think I would have enjoyed just a touch more of the background and details of the past to help give us a better feel of the reasons for each characters sense of purpose and there reasons for why they chose to walk the paths they walk.
The main protagonist. A mysterious young man bearing a circular lump on the back of his left hand, Jin was a result of the Z.E.T. Project by the Amagi Corporation to create the perfect being to fight and destroy the escaped Players. Jin is able to transform a creature known as "ZET", a mutant possessing superhuman abilities, but often mistaken for another Player. The transformation is slow, though it may be accelerated due to extreme rage and conditions.The source of his strength appears to be the mysterious lump on his hand.
Grandson of Mitsugai Amagi. Kouga has developed a strong sense of justice since young. Urged by his encounter with Jin during a fire accident (caused by a Player) to become a hero of justice. He had been depending on a trio of researchers since middle school for gadgets which could assist him in his escapades. After learning about the Players and his grandfather’s involvement in the project, he initiates the ALPHAS Project with the Trio, who created a high-performance combat body suit resembling Kouga’s childhood hero, complete with high-tech weaponry and gadgets, to combat his grandfather’s creations.
A girl who has known Jin since they were children and harbors feelings for him. As daughter to Amagi Corp's president (Kouga's sister), she is unaware of the fact that Jin is Zet. They originally met when she and her mother were secretly giving out food to the homeless. Since then, due to many complicated events, they are now relatively close friends.
A tomboyish teenage girl. She has had constant headaches since she was born, leading her to go to the nurse's office quite often as a result. Because of this, students thought she was just slacking off, and was bullied by them, leaving her traumatized and unwilling to go to high school. After this, her parents started becoming apathetic to her, forcing her to run away. She met Jin as he was living in the slum she ran away to.
Total Stars: 4.5 of 5
When Jin saved her from the homicidal Crab Player, she was offered to live with him and become a family with him. She then quickly developed romantic feelings for him. She was later nearly raped by the Cockroach Player, but was saved by the combination of a call from the Shrimp Player and a group of Sweepers. When she was asked by Jin if she wanted to live away from him, she broke down crying, but was comforted by Jin telling her that he will protect her if she decides to stay, which she does. Soon after, Jin seems to reciprocate her feelings for him when she has sex with him. However, Jin convinces her to go home the next day, at least until he can get them their own home. Before she leaves, she texts her full name to Jin, and he goes on to call her Hanako, even though she hates being called that. While on a Christmas Eve date with Jin, the Sweeper attacked Jin, causing him to transform in front of her, leaving her terrified. Because he blacked out, Jin believes that either the Sweeper killed her, or he did it himself. It is revealed that after the attack on Jin, she was kidnapped by Seiji and kept as a hostage in the attack on Amagi Corp.. During a conversation with Seiji, she reveals that she still loves Jin, even if he is ZET.
The characters here where good, though I feel they could have a little more fleshing out to them, especially Jin and Kouga. Still though, they developed the characters enough to at least give us a glimpse of what makes them who they are and such.
Total Stars: 5 of 5
The art was actually not to bad for this series. It had that rough and raw feel to it, kinda reminded me a little of the older Batman comics from back in the day, though not unpolished. More like the good old gritty feel that shows like this had back int eh day before they became a bit more to clean lined and smooth.
All in all even with the bits of odd here and there, the series itself was interesting. The manga its based off of is a lot more in depth though and is a lot more dark. It's defiantly a series worth watching, though I will recommend going on to read the manga after, just because of the depth and dark tones the series has. I think much more could have been played with in the series, but like many series', only so much will make it in, so it sometime good to read the manga too, just to get the greater picture...
Total Stars for Series Overall: 4.5 of 5
Likelyhood to Recommend: YES