OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes(known simply as OK K.O.!) is an American action comedy animated series created by Ian Jones-Quartey for Cartoon Network. The show is based on the pilot Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was released as part of Cartoon Network's 2013 Summer Shorts project. The web series premiered on both Cartoon Network's YouTube channel and Cartoon Network Video on February 4, 2016. The television series premiered on Cartoon Network on August 1st, 2017. It got renewed for a second season on December 4, 2017 which premiered in 2018. The third and final season premiered on July 7, 2019 and the series finale aired on September 6, 2019.
Set in the futuristic year of 201X, K.O., and his efforts to become the world's greatest hero, while working at Gar's Bodega (run by the no-nonsense Mr. Gar), a hero supply shop in the Lakewood Plaza strip mall. Alongside him are his best friends and co-workers Radicles, an apathetic, narcissistic alien, and Enid, a levelheaded big sister-like employee, as well as other heroes who work and frequent the area.
Why It Rocks
- Amazing opening sequence done by Hiroyuki Imaishi, the co-founder of Studio Trigger.
- The animation is very well done and does a lot with a simple art style.
- It takes influences from anime like Dragon Ball Z and video games such as Street Fighter.
- Plenty of likable characters:
- K.O. is a nice, helpful albeit naive kid who wants to be a hero.
- Enid, the cashier, is sarcastic and acts like a big sister to K.O.
- Rad is narcissistic and selfish, but he’s still likable.
- Dendy, K.O’s friend, is adorable.
- Awesome and kinetic fight scenes.
- It's comedy is very good, especially its used of the Fourth-Wall jokes for most of all episodes. Unlike current shows in modern Cartoon Networks.
- The villains, such as Lord Boxman and Professor Venomous, are pretty cool.
- It has plenty of good lessons such as 'it's good to take breaks and have fun once in a while'.
- It even got its own video game called OK K.O. Let's Play Heroes, which was moderately successful.
- The chemistry between K.O and his mother, Carol is heartwarming and cute to watch.
- The using of video-game inspired setting is beneficial for both the show's characters and the comedy.
- Using various Cartoon Network characters as noble cameos (ex. Crossover Nexus) or part of their own episode's plot, without completely wasting them. For example, Monster Party had the monster girls from the 1980s TV film Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (even bringing back the surviving cast members such as Susan Blu and Russi Taylor), while The Power is Yours crossed over with Captain Planet and the Planeteers (which brought back Dave Coburn as Captain Planet and LeVar Burton as Kwame, with the rest of the team being absent; in-universe, it was because none of their lessons besides gang violence, AIDS, and nuclear power got through to people thanks to Corporate America wielding too much political power, as well as the fact they could never function coherently without resorting to Captain Planet and constantly argued, and they decided to get real jobs, while in truth, it was because their voice actors were too busy).
- They even made an episode –We've Got Fleas– about the Furry fandom in a positive light without being too blatant, and used it as to introduce a new recurring frenemy robot, Mikayla.
- The series finale, "Thank You For Watching The Show", was very heartwarming. K.O. became the hero he always wanted to be, Enid takes over the Fitness Dojo with Red Action (the two are in a stable, loving relationship), Rad becomes a decorated war hero and opens a cat cafe with an overly-long name, Dendy becomes the CEO of Pow Card! Industries (and may or may not be married to K.O.; their exact status is intentionally kept ambiguous), Boxman and Venomous get married, and everyone else gets a happy ending (except Mr. Cardsley and Billiam Milliam, who are explicitly shown burning in Hell for his racism towards kappas and being eaten alive respectively).
- The character designs can be inconsistent at times. In many scenes, the character designs are off-model.
- The tone is always at a non-stop fast pace, even in the calm moments, which can be annoying for some viewers.
- The episode, Let's Not Be Skeletons was not well received by fans.
- Mr. Cardsley is sent to Hell in the finale despite repenting for his racism against Kappa.
- Some unlikeable characters like Mr. Cardsley.
- It had a crossover with Sonic the Hedgehog that is well received by fans due being referenced the entire fandom.