Kenta is an unemployed loser who lives on his own until one day when his nephew comes to live with him when his sister dies of mysterious circumstances, and must look out for his nephew’s well-being. When he discovers a candy/sugar drop which belongs to his nephew and eats it he becomes the most unlikely (irresponsible at times) hero, with the help of his friend Shunji (a local cop), and Natsuki (a store clerk whose aspiration is to become a progressional artist). Also interested in the super hero inducing candies is a pharmaceutical conglomerate that will stop at nothing to get the candies back for a military experiment.
This show definitely kicks ass!
I loved the whole unlikely hero scenario premise of this show. Especially how the main character Kenta learns to be more responsible and reliable while trying to live up to being a super hero. The show definitely has a good balance comedy and drama. Albeit, the show doesn’t have the slickest production on the planet but for some reason it really works to its advantage. The best comparison I have for this show would be if you were to take that fast motion that the Munsters had, but with todays technology.
One aspect that I thought was really cool about this show was depending on what color sugar drop Kenta ate determined which of his senses would be enhanced on top of gaining super strength and super speed. One example was when he took the one that enhanced his sense of taste and he ate something spicy, making it ten times as hot. I also like when he turns into his alter-ego “Goggle Zed #2″, complete body and hand movements, even though he tends to act like an ass in and outside of his super hero guise. Although I think it is great every time Daichi busts his balls whenever he is acting like an ass.
I definitely thought all three of the supporting characters had a lot of depth to them, even if the show is a bit cartoony in spots. I liked that the relationship between Kenta and Natsuki started out with a lot of reluctance rather than rush right away into or take it to the point where it ends up becoming the focal point of the plot. Especially with her falling in love with Kenta’s alter ego Goggle Zed #2.
I really liked how they kept the death of Kenta’s sister a secret towards the end. I liked that they didn’t give it away at any time during the run of the show, but hinted at it.
It is hard for me to pick a favorite episode, because I actually enjoyed the entire show from start to finish. I really loved every moment from the episode where Kenta meets Daichi for the first time to when he has to rescue Natsuki to the final two episodes. The cliffhanger for the twelfth episode really had us wanting to know what was going to happen next, but we had to wait till Crunchyroll made the episode available but it was so worth the wait.
One thing that is nice is the show itself runs about thirteen episodes, not to say longer running shows are bad (depending on the show). I think in a way the shorter mini-series format kind of works really well and gives a bit of the comic book feel that the show kind of has in a way.
I cannot take any credit for finding this show, my dad actually discovered this through the Crunchyroll channel on our Roku box. If you are interested in watching this show you can either do so through the same channel if you have a streaming box or through Crunchyroll’s website.
There! A bit rusty, but hopefully not all that bad.