I mustn’t run away! I mustn’t run away! I mustn’t run away!
Wow, this episode is incredible heterosexual. I think we’ve reached a high in terms of how manly and straight this anime can get. It’s just reeking of testosterone and men lusting after hot woman. I mean, not even a fujoshi could turn this kind of thing into yaoi, it’s just….Yeah, okay, the bromance is getting kind of ridiculous. Guys watching this, feel free to let me know if this is just my crazy imagination.
People are starting to really get into Lunatic, calling his criminal-slaughtering ways superior to those of the heroes. All the sponsors have a meeting to discuss what to do about this, and settle on regaining the trust of the city by having the heroes do a whole lot of community service. Pick up trash, visit old people’s homes and in the case of our leading males – visit a Hero Academy and give the aspiring young heroes some advice.
Kotetsu, Barnaby and Origami Cyclone (Ivan from hereon in, because he’s not even in his costume) aren’t exactly thrilled at spending their entire day giving a false sense of confidence to noobs. Ivan is practically melting in depression over having to be there and teach even though he’s the lowest-ranking hero. The prinicpal comes in and greets all his ex-students (although Kotetsu never went to the academy, interestingly enough) and then sends them out to give lessons.
Ivan doesn’t even need to shapeshift to copy Barnaby
As you can imagine, everyone has their own teaching style. Ivan’s is getting bullied for not knowing anything about being a hero at all. He sulks off after his failed lesson and sees the prospective heroes wooing over Kotetsu, who smiles awkwardly at their borderline useless super powers. Sweating buckets? Shedding hair? This SHOULD make Ivan feel better about himself and his MUCH better power, but instead he recalls his days at the academy where he was always at the bottom of the class while his friend excelled.
Ivan shows his shapeshifting ability to Kotetsu, who praises him at first…except how the hell can you use that to save people, except in very specific circumstances? Ivan mopes again (SOBS, even) and eventually just leaves. Kotetsu asks the principal what his deal is, and he explains that Ivan’s friend Edward was a student with a huge amount of potential. Ivan feels inferior to Edward for being so strong…and to make matters worse, Ivan didn’t help his friend when he tried to save someone, which ended up in Edward shooting the hostage and going to prison.
The fun part to the story is EDWARD RECENTLY ESCAPED FROM PRISON! Cue scream from Ivan as he’s attacked by his revenge-seeking ex-friend. He’s only barely saved from having his lungs filled with sand by Kotetsu and Barnaby’s fast reactions. They pull him out of the sand and give weeaboo emo boy a pep talk that convinces him to try and set things right with his friend.
Playing in the sandbox gone wrong
Ivan does a splendid job of falling into Edward’s sandpit again and going back to square one. You really start to see his good luck in action when Lunatic arrives and starts shooting at his friend. Couldn’t get any better. Ivan tries to protect his friend by shapeshifting into him, but Lunatic knows that no criminal would willingly give themself up to repent for what they’ve done. Ivan ends up taking the old-fashioned route and stands in front of his friend as a human shield.
The arrow of fire misses them by a hair thanks to Kotetsu’s high speed tackle. Tiger and Bunny can take care of things from here. The two of them fight on a roof, questioning whether Lunatic is a part of Ouroboros. He just kind of chuckles and provokes Barnaby into charging blindly to attack him. In one breathtaking moment, Kotetsu sails through the air and takes the hit instead of Barnaby.
I’D BETTER GET SEX FOR DOING THIS
Like the gorgeous goddamned beast he is, Kotetsu springs into the air and punches Lunatic in the face at the very same moment he receives A SCORCHING PUNCH TO THE JAW. Feeling this was too awesome and too manly, they followed this up with Barnaby putting his hand on Kotetsu’s shoulder and then having him hold it and basically say “shh, baby, it’s gonna be okay.” Fangirls everywhere fainted, fanfics were written instantaneously, and somewhere within a 10 mile radius, someone turned gay.
Uh, right, back to the fight. Lunatic leaves since he doesn’t want to fight with heroes and because his mask is cracking off. T&B can’t follow given their weakened state and inability to re activate their powers until a few hours have passed. They give up, and Kotetsu leaves in an ambulance while Edward leaves in a police car. He does thank Ivan in the end, so I guess they sort of made up.
Lunatic is Yuri Petrov. *GASP* REALLY? How shocking. Lack of shock factor aside, dude seems to be doing some serious research on Kotetsu and “Burnaby.” Please spell your own character’s name right, you guys. Meanwhile, Barnaby is confused. Why did Kotetsu save him after he was such a jerk? Why did he take home the scorched sash that fell off Kotetsu when he was hit? Why are they not married yet?
Hero Academy Yearbook:
I just switched to a new deodorant and my armpits no longer smell like onions! Smell them!
Barnaby was slightly crushed that Kotetsu never heard about his school life or being Prom Queen
The perfect arena for the perfect battle…RUNWAY MODEL WALK TO THE DEATH!
And with each episode, Cool finds it harder and harder to contain her fujoshi outbursts
End Thoughts: I was looking forward to this episode for Origami Cyclone, but ended up loving it for almost everything BUT emo mcwhiner. I absolutely loved this episode. There wasn’t a lot of humour, but it still worked as a great self-contained little story about Ivan. The best part would have to be the sudden spark in development between Kotetsu and Barnaby. There’s nothing I love more than slowly building, well-thought out development between two characters. (Also, yaoi possibilities.) It might not be evident right away, but these two are getting a lot closer. Don’t expect Barnaby to be any less of a dick, of course. Just expect him to start actually trusting Kotetsu. If someone jumps in front of a column of flames for you, I’d say they’re pretty reliable. It’ll take a while for him to rewire his brain to let someone in, but who else does he have to help him catch Lunatic?
The whole “I will jump in the way to save you!” is so overdone, and yet Tiger & Bunny still manages to get me excited over it. It’s probably because I’m more emotionally invested in the characters, especially Kotetsu. There was a lot of cliche for Ivan’s story too. Having someone as ridiculous as Ivan be the token emo character really didn’t work for me…I’m not sure I even LIKE the little runt any more given his negative attitude. I wasn’t really touched by his plight at all given how he was sad over EVERY LITTLE THING, but I did quite enjoy seeing Edward get convicted of murder. That little backstory was a lot more original than, say, having your parents get murdered *cough* Barnaby *cough*.
As much as I fricken LOVED this episode and the glorious fight at the end mixed with enough fujoshi bait to make me want to cry, I have my complaints. I already bitched about Ivan, but I need to bitch about Lunatic now. He’s a bad villain. Let’s face it. He’s hideous, his identity could be figured out by a 5 year old, and the reaction of the public to him is weird. I understand they’re going for a Light Yagami sort of thing where some people agree with his methods and others don’t, but this guy is just bonkers. He’s not in some moral grey area, he’s just one crazy guy making criminals combust in a pillar of flames as he sees fit. Not only is he crazy, but it’s not like the heroes aren’t doing an amazing job catching criminals. I’m not going to lose faith in someone who can turn an entire river into ice to capture someone who tries to mug me just because some other guy can kill said criminal. :/
Preview: HOLY CRAP THERE IS A BABY IN THIS EPISODE AND THE HEROES HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF IT, OH MY GAH. Excitement for obvious reasons aside, you have Dragon Kid, some new villain (probably a NEXT) hi-jinx, and maybe even the baby possessing some NEXT powers. Prepare yourselves!