Zetman First Impressions



There are two forces in the world: the Zet, who are entrusted with the survival of humanity, and the Alphas, who have chosen an extreme form of justice. In a certain city, Jin lives under a bridge with an old man, struggling to pay off debts. He carries the destiny of humanity’s survival. Kouga lives on a hill and stands to inherit vast wealth. In his admiration for heroes, he seeks out the meaning of justice.

– AnimeLab

First Impressions:

Normally I don’t copy and paste overviews but this one I feel needed to be because from what I’ve seen in the first two episodes, it is pretty misleading. We might get to a point where we have Zet and Alphas as two forces but really what we have in episodes 1 and 2 are some kids going through trauma and then kids all grown up but life is still pretty traumatic.

That said, I’m not disliking this. I found it while scrolling through recently added stuff on AnimeLab and apparently this came out in 2013 (I’d never heard of it) and the write up was enough to get me to start it. We’ve got secret labs and experiments, shady dealings, a weird mark on some kid’s hand, an overly justice minded friend, and so far a lot of violence so two episodes in and while this isn’t amazingly compelling its definitely watchable so I intend to carry on.

The opening theme is ridiculously catchy. It isn’t good and as a song it is actually dreadful, but it really is catchy.

Right now I have a lot of questions about this show. Particularly around the whole Alphas thing mentioned in the overview because so far haven’t seen anything to do with that. It will be interesting to see where this story goes and whether we continue the pattern of everyone who meets Jin getting attacked because to be honest that could get old fast. Still, there’s enough potential here for a good story.

If you’ve seen Zetman I’d love to know your thoughts and I’ll do a full review after I’m done viewing.

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10 thoughts on “Zetman First Impressions

  1. Your first impressions and you flagging enthusiasm stated in the above comments sounds about right.
    I watched this a couple months ago on Hulu. It definitely is a weird show… there are potentially spoiling elements I am withholding, but the show was a disappointment to me overall. The negatives outweigh the positives by far and despite some of the “technical issues” I learned about after researching Zetman after the finale, it is still lacking in so many ways. I think the morals Zetman tries to explore are really poorly founded and the situations set up to push back against the protagonists worldviews are almost self-defeating. Is that right? I came at this looking for an interesting take on Kamen Rider and got… a weird spin on Guyver in a world where everyone is content with how bleak and wrong everything is.
    Sorry for being all over the place. I look forward to your review!

    1. I’m just kind of amazed to find someone else who has watched it. I really did not hear about it when it was released at all. If it hadn’t been added to a service I use, I would never have heard about this.

  2. The only reason I know of this show is because of the opening theme. Heard it in a youtube video and it stuck in my head for hours. The premise sounds pretty good and I’m looking forward to your full review.

    1. I’d never heard of it either. Must admit, the more I watch the less impressed I am, but at least it was something different to check out.

    1. Yeah, since drafting this I’ve gotten to around episode 8 and to be honest the story is kind of stagnating so while I intend to push through the last few episodes its just not really doing much for me.

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