Heroman (lost English dub of anime series; 2012)


Heroman
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Status Lost

Heroman is an anime series produced by American comic book legend Stan Lee, Japanese illustrator Tamon Ohta and animation studio Bones. The series is about an American boy named Joey who accidentally becomes Earth's only defense from an alien invasion. The series ran for 26 episodes between April and September 2010 on TV Tokyo.

Sam Pinansky, who officially translated the series for Crunchyroll, claims that prior to Japanese broadcast, animation giant Disney signed on to broadcast the show internationally, but that they pulled out last minute. An English language pilot was produced by Wowmax Media for this attempt in Los Angeles, USA. The pilot was screened at Anime Expo 2010, but has never been seen since.[1][2][3][4][5] As Disney invested in the production of the show, it's unlikely any other entity could license it out. Due to Heroman's failure in Japan and the time since its debut, it's also unlikely Disney will ever have a change of heart about its western potential.[6]

However, an English-language version of the show began broadcast on Asian Disney XD channels in 2012.[7] The Malaysian affiliate previously hosted four clips of the dub on their Youtube channel, but made all of their videos private after switching to an all-encompassing Disney XD Asia profile.[8][9][10][11] A local posted on the AnimeIndia forums saying he heard Muriel Hoffman in the dub, indicating it was recorded in Hong Kong and had no relation to the earlier pilot.[12] To date, there have been no English home video releases and no clips have since surfaced online.

References

  1. Holding Out for a Heroman Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  2. Robbie Daymond Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  3. The Mike Toole Show - Holding Out for a Heroman Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  4. Anime Expo 2010 Report: Part 3 - Thursday (Day One) Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  5. ABOUT US - WOWMAX NEXT Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  6. What happened with Heroman? Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  7. ’Heroman’ - A new hero rises on Disney XD every Monday to Friday Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  8. Heroman Sneak Peek - Disney XD Malaysia Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  9. http://web.archive.org/web/20150506080849/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay9ri7YJA-4
  10. Heroman - Disney XD Malaysia Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAx5E2GNS4M
  12. Complete list of animax dubs Retrieved August 22, 2017.

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