I never expected ZETMAN to actually have a pretty decent concluding episode. It had been a rollercoaster ride as I watch this series and that ending was pretty good. Episodes 11 and 12 had done a really great job in making way for this conclusion. Now I guess I can say that I’m glad that I decided to watch this anime 😀
Like what I have always been saying, the final battle between Haitani and ZET is something I’ve been looking forward to. I wanted to see how strong Haitani Seiji (Yusa Kouji) is and look what I got? A quick battle with Haitani and a never ending battle of justice with Amagi Kouga (Miyano Mamoru). Anyway, the battle scenes throughout this episode were really great. I really like how nothing actually gets censored, darkened or pixelated. First off, the battle between Haitani and Kanzaki Jin (Namikawa Daisuke) turned out a lot faster than I expected. It’s more like Haitani gave up and just played with Jin’s mind so that his plans can continue even without him. Although what he did still failed. Jin had a pretty strong heart and that’s what made him keep Kouga alive despite killing Tanaka Hanako (Ise Mariya) in her Player form.
This final episode practically made Jin’s and Kouga’s brand of justice clear. First off, Jin had his emotions all over the place when things get rough. He never had to do the test Kouga went through so he base his decisions on his emotions. As Amagi Mitsugai (Iizuka Shozo) – Kouga’s grandfather – said, Jin’s imperfection is the human emotions that Kanzaki Gorou (Senda Mitsuo) has taught him. Now for Kouga, seeing him act all the way on his own in this episode just gave me a quick impression of Yagami Light from Death Note which was also voiced by the same V.A.. That 3yrs look after the incident just made it look that Kouga is all for the praise. He’d do anything to keep the civilians safe.
Finally, the 3yrs later part didn’t really became that interesting at all. Although adding it was pretty good. Seeing Hashimoto Mayu (Fujimura Ayumi) become Kouga’s partner wasn’t anything surprising at all because ever since she saw Kouga act all heroic as he talk about justice when they were in middle school, she has already like him. With how this series ended, I believe that this could be the best they can do. With Kouga playing his role as ALPHAS and has finally taken over the Amagi Corporation while Jin saves everyone behind the backs of the media and practically unknown to the public. Although his presence is still very well known by the Players themselves. As Kouga has questioned at the end, “Are the Players staying low because they’re afraid of ALPHAS? Or is it because of ZET?”
In an overall look at this episode, TMS Entertainment had done a pretty decent job in closing this series. Although seeing a shadowed guy before this episode ends is pretty intriguing but I’m pretty sure that this is the end of the series despite the ongoing manga.
Fitting an ongoing manga with almost 200 chapters in a 13-episode anime is a real pain and TMS Entertainment has taken the challenge of doing so. How tough can that be? BUT despite the difficulty it takes, I believe that TMS Entertainment had done a pretty good job on working on it and probably coming up with their own conclusion for the series.
As I have mentioned over and over, I have never read the manga and don’t have plans on doing so. BUT judging at how many people commented at the beginning of the series, there had been a number of changes and pacing issues. I guess it’s all just part of the difficulty of fitting the entire series in 13 episodes. As someone who have never read the manga, I personally didn’t had so much problems with the pacing. The first episode, did go a little quick but I personally like its pacing. Although I have to admit that the 2nd and 3rd episodes came in a little quick and some things had been left out.
Going over to the characters, I believe that some characters had been left underdeveloped. The number one thing I noticed here was how the female characters of the series were practically left in the shadows and has turned out underappreciated. As for the main characters, Jin and Kouga, I believe that they were well developed with utter focus on them right from the very beginning until the very end. Although Kouga was only getting more development right at the second half of the series.
As for the music, definitely not a candidate for this season’s best soundtrack. I’d say that it’s pretty decent. That’s all. Now the voice acting is definitely good. I like Namikawa Daisuke as Jin. My favorite role of Namikawa is Kazehaya Shouta from Kimi ni Todoke and the huge character difference just proves how good he really is. Of course, I’d also like to commend Paku Romi for voicing little Jin. She has done a really good job in adding drama to that first episode which I really moved me. Now for Kouga, there’s no doubt that I’m as stunned as ever in Miyano Mamoru‘s voice. Should I compared his voice in his other characters he has voiced, it has got to be Yagami Light which I have mentioned earlier without the mind trolling laugh.
One of ZETMAN’s strength has got to be its art and animation. The character design definitely gives off the superhero type of feel to it. As I have said in my first impression post of the series, the character designs work very well with its genre – action and supernatural. The background art is pretty decent and goes very well with the atmosphere of the series. AND the animation is pretty much flawless (in my opinion). The battle scenes were really great right from the very first episode until the final episode. I have to admit that I liked all of them. AND on a final note, as I have mentioned earlier, it was pretty good that ZETMAN never censors, darkened or pixelated gore stuffs which is a pretty good plus. (if there were scenes that has done this, I practically have forgotten them. LOL.).
In an overall look on this series, I’d say that it’s a pretty good battle, action and supernatural anime. Although the romance part was a real pain. This series could be one of those anime that couldn’t please the manga readers very well but for those who don’t read manga and like some real time action, I’d recommend this series(: