During a trip to the movies, average dude Joe's girlfriend Silvia gets pulled through the screen and into a surreal movie world. To save her, Joe becomes a slick, time-bending superhero. Henshin a go go, baby!
Did You Know?
A parody of superheroes created by Shôtarô Ishinomori
- Kamen Rider (1971) (the show that started the posing, morphing superhero craze in Japan since the 70s), who also transforms by doing a pose and saying "Henshin!" (Japanese for "transform")
- Joe does the same exact "henshin" pose as the title hero in Kamen Rider V3 (1973), the very first sequel show to Kamen Rider (1971).
- The face section of Joe's helmet opens and closes just like that of the title hero, Kaiketsu Zubat (1977), which Joe more closely resembles.
After the fight with Alastor, Joe finds inspiration for his name from Alastor's comments on his fighting. Before the fight, however, Alastor shows Joe the script for the game with the Viewtiful Joe on the cover. See more
Hey... you're pretty strong... that hit... when you did that hit back there... Viewtiful! Tell me... what do they call you?
Viewtiful? Hmm... okay, that works... I'm Joe! Viewtiful Joe!
Viewtiful Joe... I'll fear that name...
[gets zapped by lightning and vanishes
Followed by Viewtiful Joe 2