“Movie Land” is a world where movie characters were real. There was en evil syndicate, Jado, they altered the movie contents at their own will, and they tried to rule the people in the real world by showing the modified movie to them.
One day, Joe went to the theater with his lover Silvia to watch a hero movie, “Captain Blue”. However, the movie ended with a tragedy no one expected. “Captain Blue” was helplessly beaten by the evil syndicate Jado. Then, the leader of Jado declared that they would conquer the real world, and they took Silvia into the screen.
To take her back, Joe turns into a super hero to battle against them. In the world of “Movie Land”, now begins the beautiful battle of Viewtiful Joe.
The anime as a whole is more or less true to the game it was based off, most people regard it as an anime/children's cartoon and this is true in some regards, I liked the anime out of sentimental reasons and because the morals were just out there having to deal with life and being a hero, you get to the point where you root for Joe and get a laugh or two but also realize that he's just a dude trying to rescue his girl with his own twist.
Henshin a go go baby! Transformation is a staple in many genres of anime, from fighting to magical girl. The sacred rule of transformation is that no other character is allowed is interrupt while you power up to your next form, so of course you want to make things spiffy with a henshin sequence.