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NEWS: Heroes' Masi Oka Acknowledges Anime, Manga Influences


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GATSU



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:53 am Reply with quote
He wouldn't be a bad Gohan, if the DBZ movie ever gets off the ground...Actually, he's a dead ringer for Keitaro from Love Hina.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:25 am Reply with quote
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Oka, a professed Naoki Urasawa and Shonen Jump "geek,"


Well it's official Hiro is now the best character on that show! Actually his storyline has been one of best and most consist ones, that and Peter's.

Gatsu wrote:
He wouldn't be a bad Gohan, if the DBZ movie ever gets off the ground...Actually, he's a dead ringer for Keitaro from Love Hina.


He's more of a Yajirobe if ya some big hair to him and remove his glasses.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:11 am Reply with quote
If memory serves me correctly, wasn't there a Keroro Gunso figure on Hiro's desk in the first episode?

He was awesome since Day 1!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:51 am Reply with quote
Yeah, there were a lot of giant robot references and props in the first few episodes too.

Should have known it wasn't just a coincidence that his character was so similar to Trunks, sword and all.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:55 am Reply with quote
GATSU wrote:
...Actually, he's a dead ringer for Keitaro from Love Hina.


Oh man, you have no idea how much I would love to see that.

Deltakiral wrote:
Well it's official Hiro is now the best character on that show! Actually his storyline has been one of best and most consist ones, that and Peter's.


Yes, I completely agree. Hiro's been my favorite character ever since he was introduced. He's by far the most fun character and he's got perhaps the coolest powers. Like you said, he's had one of the better storylines too. I liked how he had to get the sword to regain his powers. It's fun listening to him and Ando speak in Japanese because recognize a lot of the words thanks of anime.

The cool thing about Masi is he normally speaks in perfect English. He does that accent so well, I honestly thought that was how he really speaks. I was very surprised when I heard him speak normally for the first time during an interview.

Ranma824 wrote:
If memory serves me correctly, wasn't there a Keroro Gunso figure on Hiro's desk in the first episode?


Yes, there was indeed such a figure on his desk in episode 1.

EDIT: http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u182/carluverdrm2004/keroro.jpg


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:04 am Reply with quote
Jedi General wrote:

The cool thing about Masi is he normally speaks in perfect English. He does that accent so well, I honestly thought that was how he really speaks. I was very surprised when I heard him speak normally for the first time during an interview.

I wouldn't have guessed that, I haven't heard him outside the show. I do like his story-line as well, however with such a big cast, it's hard to see any of them for too long at a time.
I can't wait to see what happens next.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:24 am Reply with quote
Hiro has been awesome since the first episode. :3
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v1cious



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:16 am Reply with quote
Deltakiral wrote:
Well it's official Hiro is now the best character on that show!


now? he's always been the best character, especially future Hiro.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:17 pm Reply with quote
Aww, no mention of all the Jojo's Bizarre Adventures nods? Hiro's already said that it's his favorite manga, and recently, the entries in his blog (http://blog.nbc.com/hiro_blog/) have all been signed "Jotaro Kujo," the main character from the third part of the manga Anime hyper
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:54 pm Reply with quote
Hopefully he'll get people in high places to notice anime... We'll see Monster on NBC at 8, yes!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:59 pm Reply with quote
Masi Oka likes Urasawa? Wow. I think I'll watch the show just because of that.

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Hopefully he'll get people in high places to notice anime... We'll see Monster on NBC at 8, yes!

That would be AMAZIIIIING. DO IT OKA.
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Does Heroes get broadcast in Japan?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:24 pm Reply with quote
minakichan wrote:
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Hopefully he'll get people in high places to notice anime... We'll see Monster on NBC at 8, yes!

That would be AMAZIIIIING. DO IT OKA.


That would be "AMAZIIIIING" indeed. What a way to get Monster licensed.

*cheering* Oka! Oka! He's our man ....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:34 pm Reply with quote
Yatta!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:03 pm Reply with quote
Jedi General wrote:
minakichan wrote:
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Hopefully he'll get people in high places to notice anime... We'll see Monster on NBC at 8, yes!

That would be AMAZIIIIING. DO IT OKA.


That would be "AMAZIIIIING" indeed. What a way to get Monster licensed.

*cheering* Oka! Oka! He's our man ....


Hey, you know I'm all for it!!!! Maybe he can get Death Note on there while he's at it!!!

Anyways, I now officially have to start watching this show! When I first heard about it when this TV season started, I thought it sounded interesting, then I watched a few episodes, loved them, but never got around to watching the rest of them. But now I know that it is anime, especially Shonen Jump inspired? Yeah, definitely need to watch it from the beginning and start getting into it for sure!


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