• With COPPA coming into full effect, the comments section and notifications for our YouTube videos are disabled. Not to worry, though, you can keep up with the latest episodes for all our ongoing series and provide your comments in the Bulbasocial section here.
  • NMLewis heads into the Petalburg Woods. Watch here and sing along as he hums his way through the Hoenn region.

Pokémon The Series: XY Season 2 - Be a Hero English Dub Opening

New Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2013
Messages
61
Reaction score
6
What are your thoughts on the new English dub opening theme song "Be a Hero"

Personally, I overall didn't like the opening I did like the beginning lyrics but when he starts singing Be a Hero...meh the lyrics get too generic and the Mega Volt opening was edited to fit the song poorly.

Maybe the should've stuck with Pokémon theme (Version XY) after all its still The Series XY just season 2 of it.

Or maybe they should just do remixed versions of older Pokémon theme songs. Maybe a 30 second remixed version of I'm Unbeatable from Season 8 or somethin else.

Score: 6/10
 
Last edited:
Borderland Sword
Joined
Mar 19, 2013
Messages
3,450
Reaction score
1,490
I personally loved it. The opening itself looked awesome and I think the last few clips they chose fit in perfectly. For the song itself, it was less about generic happy friendship and more back along the lines of trying to be somebody, or, a hero in this instance. Took me back to "I Want to Be a Hero" from Advanced. More about the journey than just friendship, which I appreciate.
 
Formerly known as Tsu
Joined
May 23, 2010
Messages
4,757
Reaction score
2,066
Catchy song, awful choice of footage IMO.
 
Just call me EC!
Joined
Jun 15, 2013
Messages
726
Reaction score
223
Quite frankly, one of the worst English opening tunes ever.
 
Joined
Nov 17, 2009
Messages
630
Reaction score
1
I personally find these ah-so-heroic themes super lame and Be a Hero wasn't any different from that. It started out quite well and catchy, but the chorus just didn't work for me at all. Also the singers hoarse voice was a bit... I dunno, it just didn't sound very good. The footage was alright I think, much better than for example BW Rival Destinies one, where the footage and cuts didn't sync with the music at all D:<. Overall, I really preferred the previous theme, both music and the footage, but this is okay. Not awful, but I'd have really liked to see them doing remixes of old themes :D.
 
Angelic Champion
Joined
May 21, 2008
Messages
1,349
Reaction score
216
I'd like to agree with Tsutarja and I also think that the song is cool but the choice of footage is rather poor. Instead of using unique scenes from the Anime which have already become old by now, they should use more general footage that can always be watched, no matter how many episodes have already aired.
What I like though, is the last scene where you see Ash's hand held high into the sky and and the singer sings "The world is in your hands". That's quite impressive if you ask me
 
Uninteresting Individual
Joined
Mar 28, 2014
Messages
242
Reaction score
8
What I like though, is the last scene where you see Ash's hand held high into the sky and and the singer sings "The world is in your hands". That's quite impressive if you ask me
That's Serena's hand, actually, from the 3rd(?) variant of Mega Volt
 
Cute bunny baby
Joined
Mar 20, 2013
Messages
5,291
Reaction score
2,704
As I said in the other thread, I liked the song. I just wished they would have used more footage from the recent Japanese intro.
 
Back in Black
Joined
Dec 12, 2014
Messages
931
Reaction score
164
I appreciate that they created an original song instead of just remixing one of the old ones, so I can't criticize it that badly.

With that said, after hearing it several times, I find that the word mediocre best describes this opening.

The lyrics themselves were good, pretty much any string of uplifting cliques will suffice for the lyrics to a Pokémon opening, so I have no qualms with that. The footage worked. I personally would have preferred scenes more similar to the footage from the first XY opening or the scenes like those from Getta Banban, but what was used lines up fine. What gets me the most was the actual music itself. It starts off with that alternating syncopated time accompanied by that weird chromatic build, and just as soon as I start getting the feel of the introduction, it switches to the "Be a hero" chorus. Besides that, the vocals I wasn't too fond of either. The Sad Truth did a good job with their rendition of the Pokémon Theme, but their recording of this opening just seemed to be lacking a certain something for me; it just felt a little too rushed.

Overall, "Be a Hero" does not make my top ten of dub themes. It's a good song, don't get me wrong, but it's not "Unbeatable" or "Pokémon Johto" by any means. They did it least try something new though and maybe in time it will grow on me the way some of the other themes did. For now though, it falls just one notch below "We Will Carry On" on my list.
 
Statistical Anomaly
Joined
Jan 29, 2007
Messages
775
Reaction score
14
Personally, I thought the song was okay. There didn't seem to be enough space in 30 seconds for all the song wanted to do, however-perhaps a full version will have more room for progression.
 
New Member
Joined
May 31, 2012
Messages
21
Reaction score
0
As I said in the other thread, I liked the song. I just wished they would have used more footage from the recent Japanese intro.
WELL, given the fact that Froakie evolves next episode, and the fact that in a few episodes Serena will have shorter hair, the current opening would be outdated fairly quickly, so I honestly believe that after, say, XY061, they'll update the opening with Mad-Paced Getter scenes.

Anyways, I liked the song compared to the other dub songs. However, the other dub songs are mostly meh-tier, so it's not really saying much.
 
Unregistered User
Joined
Aug 25, 2013
Messages
2,017
Reaction score
573
I didn't like it until the hero part kicked in so eh
 
Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
2,476
Reaction score
704
After listening to it several times, I actually really like the song a lot. Certainly a refreshing change of pace from the usual songs about friendship. The footage is mostly just okay; nothing better or worse than usual when it comes to using random scenes for the edited English openings. Except of course for that last scene, which actually did match the lyrics at the right moment perfectly.
 
Just call me EC!
Joined
Jun 15, 2013
Messages
726
Reaction score
223
The more I listen to it on new episodes the more I warm up to it.
 

Vay

*grrr* "annoying bug pests!!"
Joined
Dec 12, 2012
Messages
20,453
Reaction score
7,120
Personally, I didn't liked the opening, sounded terrible, I had to turn down the volume on my TV, for me it was that bad. Hopefully the next opening won't be too bad.
1 out of 10.
 
Proud Pokeservative!
Joined
May 26, 2012
Messages
1,844
Reaction score
4
my thoughts summed up in 4 seconds

[video=youtube;Va5_rn3vG3A]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va5_rn3vG3A[/video]
 
Hear me roar!
Joined
Jul 16, 2010
Messages
6,070
Reaction score
5,327
Its not that bad really. Its no Pokemon Johto or Unbeatable, but its not god awful like the BW themes. It still irritates me how they have to limit the openings to 30 seconds only, compared to earlier themes that were a minute.
 
追放されたバカ
Joined
Oct 31, 2013
Messages
530
Reaction score
1
I like the song. I actually have an idea for a music video using it but I need to get an mp3 file of it.
 
Top