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Cover art of the first volume of Zetman
|Genre||Adventure, science fiction, superhero|
|Written by||Masakazu Katsura|
|Magazine||Weekly Young Jump|
|Original run||October 31, 2002 – July 24, 2014|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Osamu Nabeshima|
|Produced by||Takashi Takano|
|Written by||Atsuhiro Tomioka|
|Music by||Gabriele Roberto|
|Original network||Yomiuri TV, Tokyo MX, BS11|
|Original run||April 2, 2012 – June 25, 2012|
Zetman (Japanese: ゼットマン Hepburn: Zettoman) is a manga series by Masakazu Katsura. The series started as a 49-page one-shot in the 1994 Autumn Special of Weekly Shōnen Jump. A more mature and full-fledged series started in Weekly Young Jump in 2002. Zetman has been adapted into an anime series that premiered on April 2, 2012.
The story starts off with a face-off between two rival superheroes, ZET and Alphas, and then traces their origins – Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as Alphas.
The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga's grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.
The manga was first a one-shot from a set of four published between 1989 and 1994 in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Other one-shots compiled were "Shin-no-Shin", "Woman in the Man" and "Shadow Lady". Zetman started serialization as a full-fledged series in the seinen magazine Weekly Young Jump in 2002. The series temporarily ceased its publication, as the last chapter of its "Act 1" was published on July 24, 2014. As of October 2014, the serial chapters were collected into twenty tankōbon, the first one released on November 19, 2003, and the 20th one on October 17, 2014. Outside Japan, the series is licensed by Editorial Ivrea in Argentina, by Grupo Editorial Vid in Mexico, by Star Comics in Italy, by Glénat in Spain, and in France by Tonkam.
Zetman was adapted into an anime television series that premiered on April 2, 2012. It is directed by Osamu Nabeshima, screenplay by Atsuhiro Tomioka, and character design by Hirotoshi Takaya. Gabriele Roberto supervised the music. The anime itself is only partially accurate to the manga as the animators removed and/or altered various portions of the original story. The anime is available to watch streaming on Hulu and Viz Media's streaming service.
"Mijukuna Kanjō" (未熟な感情)
|April 2, 2012|
|Jin Kanzaki is poor, but he lives a happy life with his grandfather. Together with his friends Kouga and Konoha, he helps out people for a fee. Meanwhile, the police are searching for a vicious serial killer.|
|2||"In the Fire"|
"Guren no Naka de" (紅蓮の中で)
|April 9, 2012|
|A few years have passed since Jin went missing. Kouga, still dreaming of becoming a real hero, is intent on catching a serial arsonist prowling the streets.|
|April 16, 2012|
|When Jin wakes up, he sees a monster holding the lifeless body of his foster mother, Akemi. An old man named Mitsugai is attempting to awaken ZET within Jin by using her. Mitsugai succeeds and ZET awakens…but he’s still incomplete.|
|April 23, 2012|
|Two years have passed. Players are wreaking havoc in society, but humans are still unaware of their existence. People live in fear, and Mitsugai is unable to produce another ZET.|
|April 30, 2012|
|Kouga tries to become a superhero by creating a real-life Alphas. A mysterious man approaches him with a test to see if he’s qualified to become one.|
|May 7, 2012|
|Konoha is taken hostage and Jin is unable to do anything. Unlike before, he cannot become ZET by hurting himself and doesn’t have his Activation Gum.|
|7||"The Ring Of Exposure"|
"Abaki no Wa" (暴きの輪)
|May 14, 2012|
|ZET finally turns red and displays powers unlike anything seen before. With overwhelming strength, ZET dominates the fight against a Player. Meanwhile, Kouga is having a tough time fending off a Player in his first battle as Alphas.|
|8||"A Normal Family"|
"Futsū no Kazoku" (普通の家族)
|May 21, 2012|
|Kouga learns that Jin has been fighting by himself as ZET. Thrilled over meeting a true hero, Kouga calls him “ZETMAN” and declares he will fight alongside him. Jin and Kouga head for the lab to find out why Red ZET turned white.|
|9||"Whereabouts of the Pendant"|
"Katami no Yukue" (形見の行方)
|May 28, 2012|
|The key to completing ZET is the pendant that Konoha has in her possession. Haitani and his men easily infiltrate the Amagi residence. Konoha wakes up and finds Jin standing in front of her. She hands him the pendant, not knowing he’s actually a clone.|
|June 4, 2012|
|Konoha goes missing. Kouga receives a phone call from the man who gave him the first test where he had to choose between the lives of his sister or three high school girls he didn’t know. Kouga chose Konoha and the girls were killed.|
"Ayatsuri Ningyō" (操り人形)
|June 11, 2012|
|Haitani hijacks a broadcast signal in Middletown to declare war against humanity. Under his leadership, regressed Players start wreaking havoc, but Jin appears as ZET to protect people and fights as a one-man army.|
|12||"The Red Stake"|
"Akai Kui" (赤い杭)
|June 18, 2012|
|Inside Amagi Tower, ZET is severely wounded by Haitani and can no longer retain his form. Does he have to become complete in order to defeat Haitani? Why does Haitani want ZET to be complete so desperately?|
|June 25, 2012|
|Jin walks down a bloody path in solitude as ZET… Alphas has fulfilled his dream of becoming a hero and fights according to his idea of justice… After so much bloodshed and tears, what is it that they wished to attain at the end?|
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In Japan, it has sold 3.5 million copies as of the 15th volume.
The Animeland reviewer noted that the author's previous tales were about "teens' trifles", in contrast to Zetman's "brutal adventures with a profound darkness", and that they preferred Zetman to the author's other works. Animeland noted that Zetman was serialised over a period of many years, which Animeland says gave "the advantage of time to refine the script". Mickaël Géreaume from Planet BD felt that the first volume was inspired by the author's great love of Batman, finding it surprising considering the author's other works were romantic comedies.
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