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「普通の家族」 (Futsuu no Kazoku)
“Ordinary Family”

First world problems, Hanako. First world problems. I think I’ve beaten the dead horse more than enough ways to make my point, so my beef with the characterization/development of Hanako will be laid to rest. I’m still hoping the producers will prove me wrong, but at this point in the game I think it’s something I’m just going to have to accept.

That aside, everything is finally laid out in the open and looking strictly at plot, things can only go up from here – even though I can’t quite tell where each thread is headed, the direction is interesting enough to keep me hooked. Seiji still continues to be an enigmatic figure, not only because he’s a creepy liar, but he’s a loose cannon… and one can never be too wary of loose cannons. I would really love to see Evol brought into the thick of things since they present a more complex world involving Players than what the audience has been shown through Mitsugai’s perspective. To him, the Players are simply genetic experiments gone awry that must be exterminated – it’s a classic case of Frankenstein and his monster. In this case, the Players have split into two factions: ones that side with Evol and hence want to live in peace amongst the humans, and the renegade ones that Jin and the Cleaner must take care of. I’m not sure whether or not Mitsugai distinguishes between the two “factions”, but at the very least he merely views them as failed research, not as misplaced creatures that could possibly coexist peacefully with humans.

There’s also thirty different kinds of wrong about keeping Grandpa “alive” like that, although one could argue that Mitsugai was acting for the “greater good”. He’s violated just about every ethical rules there is to violate though and while I find the whole notion frightening, it paints Mitsugai in such a grey light that I’m always vacillating between looking at his character as a protagonist or an antagonist. Clearly, his objectives themselves are just. Get rid of the monsters that wreak havoc on innocents; it’s the classic motto for any self-respecting hero. But that’s never the issue in ZETMAN – the issue has always been how that motto is achieved. Purely by definition and by removing any personality, Kouga is the one character that embodies it – the hero of justice swathed in his white ideals. ZETMAN has managed to twist the stereotypical archetype so that he’s no longer the primary character the audience roots for. It shoves a grey-shaded hero to the front, a broody guy whose raw charisma and exacting nature is anything but stereotypical.

They do the same thing with Mitsugai, showcasing a character layered with complexities that commits almost hypocritical actions (He fights for justice? Yay! He also keeps around a dead guy’s head to coerce information out of it for his cause! Oh, okay?!). What he does results in palpable pain for Jin and it was truly heartbreaking to watch him realize what his beloved Grandpa has been reduced to. It’s bound to create some kind of rift between him and Mitsugai, which I’m waiting for with eager anticipation… not because I’m a sadist or anything, but because it’ll bring about a conflict rife with tension and drama only ZETMAN is capable of bringing.

Show me how many shades of justice there really are, ZETMAN!

Full-length images: 7, 14, 19, 23, 25, 29, 35.



May 23, 2012 at 11:26 am
  • May 23, 2012 at 12:00 pmWhydoyouask

    I really wish that something good happens to Konoha. She seems to be treated like an emotional punching bag. Although her character is pretty flat, i just hate when honestly nice people just have bad thing after bad thing happen to them.

    • May 23, 2012 at 1:02 pmFantomOmega

      Yup, that’s about it. she too passive and look how long she had Jin’s freaking pendant which she hesitates or outright REFUSE to return because… because of what? he’s not showing enough attention?! the guy have more than enough issues at the moment to waste time coddling the “pampered presses” about her self esteem issues

      If she had been around Jin most of his childhood she SHOULD know that the Direct Approach is the only way he’ll notice since ‘tact’ is a unknown word to Jin cause he’s (brutally) honest at times, Hanako seems to know that (even if by luck or out of desperation of going home)

      Kouga does SEEM like a good friend, if he can stop talking about the ‘hero’ (names at that) crap when there’s no “crime fighting/player killing” to be taken care of. Is that the only facet of his personality? doesn’t he have any other interests beyond that!? Jin I can justify, him on the other hand not so much

      Now that he have his “hero suit” I guess he’s ‘hero’ 24/7 now….

    • May 23, 2012 at 1:47 pmScruffy

      You should probably stop watching Zetman then. Mostly the female characters are there to be raped, killed or beaten up.

      • May 23, 2012 at 7:31 pmFantomOmega

        Just started reading the manga a while ago, and yes being a female in Zetman = Rape Bait

        No wonder a lot of the graphic content got omitted from the anime though, did the deeper characterization had to be omitted along with that too?

        Kouga from the magna scares me

    • May 23, 2012 at 1:51 pmCrook

      Watch the ending again. Hanako isn’t really getting a big role in the ending and opening. I’m pretty sure she was used to make the later relationship more interesting with Konoha. That’s what I expect to happen after giving Konoha more emotional attachment and history with Jin anyway.

  • May 23, 2012 at 2:14 pmlorenzo

    What kind of surveillance camera footage is that, recounting last episode’s fight? Come ooooon!

  • May 23, 2012 at 5:52 pmJenanime4eva

    So Zet basically got his name all because the N from “NET” decided to get lazy and have a lie down? :P

  • May 23, 2012 at 8:31 pmBlackStealth1989

    They start “dating” before they even know each others names?.. #Imdone

  • May 23, 2012 at 8:59 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    many i9mportant details and scenes left out of this, BUT i dont really give a shit “mostly”. i like the pace this going at. 13eps right??? if we’re lucky it might end ahead of the manga….”yeah right..heheheh” but still. nice fast plot pacing..LETS GET TO IT!!!

  • May 23, 2012 at 10:13 pmYanDaMan

    Thats a pretty suggestive preview image there. I dont think that happened in the manga.

    • May 24, 2012 at 10:35 amMinase

      Actually it does happen. Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 24, 2012 at 10:32 amMinase

    It’s not the producers fault, Hanako is a bad character who thinks her life is the most shitty because her parents don’t give her the attention she deservessss….

    Anyway, I’ve always been a Konoha fag so I may be a little biased to say that she has more reason than whiny-Hanako to complain about her family, since they’re practically all fucked up. Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 26, 2012 at 1:44 amMoshi2wei2

    Any one knows which chapter this is in the manga??