In Big Money City, players participate in "Hero Battles" using Bankfon Gs, which allows them to rent powerful hero suits and fight battles against other players, receiving power boosts from the system's public domain feature. Kaito Goushou, a young elementary school student who is always eager to help others, ends up hastily signing a contract to rent the powerful unlisted hero suit, "Enter the Gold," from a mysteriously seedy priest named Sennen; however, he soon learns that the suit comes with a debt of 10 billion yen, and Kaito must now clear his dues by winning Hero Battles.
For a show made by Sega that is about people in robotic fighting each other , its surprisingly good.
The show's first arc is about a first arc is about a fourth grade kid named Kaito Gosho. One day, Kaito gets into a "Hero Battle" (What the people use to battle with) with another boy and makes a contrat with a mysterious monk to give Kaito a "Hero Suit". After Kaito wins the battle, the monk tells him that part of the contract was that him and his freinds have to give him 10,000,000,000 yen for the suit. The next
day, Kaito sees an add on TV for the world's first "Hero Wars", a tournament of people fighting in their hero suits. And the prize is also conveniently 10 billion yen. And you guest it, he participates in the Hero Wars to get the money.
While it is cliched, the people behind the show try to make it unique. The Hero Wars arc is only the first of the show. The next ones are a bit more complex and stray away from the whole tournament setting. So if you were worrying about this being a complete tournament show, it's not. The Hero Wars arc takes up about a third of the show. Despite this show sounding like a very childish anime, it has a TON OF ADULT JOKES. There are lots of jokes about nudity, alcohol, the bathroom, and of course the show's main focus, money. There are also lots of references to other anime and Japanese culture. The story has a lot of twist and turns and makes you really care about the characters.
The overall art of the show is very appealing. The character designs are really good looking. The art style is very unique, and it looks unlike any anime I've ever seen. The hero suits all look very nice and I would totally wear one of them. This show blends traditional hand drawn animation with CGI. One thing that always bothered me was how they switched from traditional to CGI. Usually when their is a moment in the fight where the characters are standing still, they use traditional animation. But when a character dashes forward or uses one of their moves, they go to CGI. Sometimes the change looks jaring. But the show isn't just nothing but battles, so I'll let it slide.
The music in Hero Bank is pretty good. The first theme song is awesome and is great to rock out to. The first and second endings are some of my favorite from any anime I've watched. The voice casting is also pretty good. Kazuya Nakai (Zoro from One Piece) voices acts as one of the main characters. In this show he sound like Zoro with a high pitched voice, which is pretty funny. The sound effects are also funny and really make the comedy moments of the show shine
Characters is where Hero Bank fails. The main cast of characters are pretty cliched shonen stereotypes. The main character, Kaito (who already has one of the most common Japanese boy names), is a reckless, headstrong, determined, resilient, dumb, friendly, strong boy who trains a lot to get stronger. His three best friends are also more stereotypes. Mitsuo Zaizen is the smart one and is always thinking of ways they can earn money. Futuka Kanemaru is the big, dumb one. Nagare Amano is the shy, smart, skilled, introverted, fatherly, quiet reclouse of the group. Plantania is Futakuta's psychic pet mouse that wears a belt made of sushi and sends Futakuta visions of the future called "prophecies". At least they have one original character. The side characters are also pretty cliched.
There is one character who is a tsundare to Kaito, a dumb and hot news reporter, a guy who became a cyborg from a tragic accident, and a young samurai. Despite them all being tropes, the characters all have something very likable about them. You always laugh, cry, cheer, and want to see them succeed. Later on in the show, they add in a bunch of unnecessary characters to keep the show fresh. These characters aren't that bad, but there is one it particular that is my least favorite.
Hero Bank is a very enjoyable shows. The battles are cool to watch. They aren't complex, but this is good if you just want to turn of your brain and relax. The adult jokes are hilarious and make me laugh every time. The story is an action packed adventure and it is great to see Kaito get new better suits and watch his friends grow up.
Overall, Hero Bank is an entertaining show. But is flawed. If the characters were better, I could have given it a 9. But if you like collecting, mecha, or fighting anime with some good comedy, look no further than Hero Bank.
First off, this anime is a piece of art, and it should and will be reflected as such in this review.
Everytime the anime starts you get sucked right in with the wonderful opening, which easily rivals beethoven's classics. This builds suspense right from the start and sucks you right into the hero wars, where epic battles await you.
The battle scenes are just amazing, perfectly executed and build up a lot of suspense. You never know how the battles will end, and how Kaito Gosho will once again outsmart his opponent.
The animation quality is just gorgeous, by far the most beautifully crafted piece of art
this season. You can lose yourself easily in the fluid animation and the extraordinary attention to detail.
When you aren't graced with one of the fantastic battle scenes in this moment, you'll get to see the outstanding witty humour and character development which is quality-wise at the pinnacle of this century.
All in all my life got richer by watching this, after just 13 episodes I'm now closer to the true meaning of life.
10/10 would watch again and already have 10 times.
This anime is actually pretty good.
The story isn't too complex, the characters aren't very complex, and the battle system, a big part of the show, makes no sense.
But it'll put a smile on your face.
When you're looking for entertainment and not much more, that's when a show like Hero Bank shines.
It has easy jokes that you can't help but smile at, running gags that don't get old, general childlike silliness that never drops low enough to be outside of an adult's sense of humor, and the latter can be difficult to accomplish.
The best joke of all, and sort of what
makes the whole show work: The main character doesn't even seem to understand what money is.