(HY)Lights #46 – OK K.O – Let’s Be HEROES (First Impressions)


Cartoon Network has gotten themselves another show in their hands from someone with a lot of creative ambition. Have you heard of Ian Jones-Quartey? Like anybody that worked on a Cartoon Network (or Adult Swim) show, he has done work in shows like Adventure Time, The Venture Bros., Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and of course his previous outing in Steven Universe.

OK K.O. first started out as a pilot short called Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was a part of CN’s 2013 Summer Shorts project. It eventually premiered on their YouTube page and this year, the show has been green-lit.


So….what is OK K.O.?


OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is set in the futuristic year of 201X, where the world is populated by video game, anime and manga-esque characters.

The series follows the titular character, 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.

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So for the first 4 episodes I’ve seen, this is pretty solid. It’s definitely got an unique visual style in its presentation as the animation is crazily vivid and as the synopsis said, it does have that anime-esque style to it. Mainly because companies like Science SARU aka the studio from Masaaki Yuasa were involved in the making of the shorts and also the opening sequence was storyboarded by none other than Hiroyuki Imaishi…..yes, the co-founder of Studio TRIGGER and most of you already know my glee when it comes to anything involved with them.

Characters themselves are pretty charming and the title character K.O. is that kid that has a lot of charisma and ambition to becoming a hero and does want to help people. Yes, he is naive and can cause some shit for people as well but the kid does mean well as he does want to learn to become a proper hero and all. Luckily he got his mom Carol to learn some wisdom about it and he got some friends along the way. There’s Enid and Radicles, whom both works at the bodega plaza and both serve well as being like a sister and brother to K.O. with Enid is the more level-headed one and Radicles is the older brother that messes with you sometime but he does care for him.

They work for Mr. Gar, the owner of the plaza and overseer of the bodega and at the highest hero level at 11, he’s one of the few heroes that nothing to fuck with……oh, and did I mention he got feelings for Carol? That does happen occasionally in here.

But with heroes, you got to have villains in here and he got the big antagonist of the show in the form of Lord Boxman, who owns Boxmore and create robots and uses them to attack the plaza…..because he finds friendship ‘weak’.
I don’t know why but that sounds like something I would see on either Nick Jr. or Playhouse Disney when I was younger but hey, that’s nothing to frown upon. Its lightheartedness does give it a lot of appeal and it feels right that it comes to Cartoon Network eventually.

I will say by the voice work, you might get confused at the voice of K.O. since two people played him across some episodes and shorts. It’s either Stephanie Nadolny or Courtenay Taylor as the lead character and maybe because I’m not good at detecting voices as much but I was fine with both ladies as him. I did like Ashly Burch as Enid and I certainly dig the hell out of Ian-Jones Quartey as Radicles.


I don’t have a final verdict for this as of yet but still this is still a good start to a promising new series. It’s definitely a lot of fun to watch and I say I hope Cartoon Network treats this right and they should……but then again, as I’m writing this, their schedule as of this week is currently flooded with Teen Titans GO!! mainly because they’re doing a 4-night special of one of their only good things about the show aka The Night Begins to Shine…and that’s all I’m saying for that show because I don’t want to talk about it.

As for OK KO…… yes, go watch this. Please go watch this.

I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and I’m going to watch that opening again. HOT DAMN, IT’S AMAZING!!




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