The only time you will see babysitters with tasers. Hopefully.
I managed to make it through Anime North mostly unscathed. I bought Barnaby and Kotetsu charms to hook onto my cellphone. Everywhere I go, Barnaby will be poking out of my pocket with a terse glare on his face alongside Kotetsu. I couldn’t be more pleased. Anyways, now that I’m back, I have time to catch up on everything and (school included, but let’s not think about that) get my posting rhythm back~
This week focuses on Dragon Kid a.k.a. Paolin and how she transitions from a tomboy who doesn’t wear a hairclip to a tomboy who wears a hairclip. A stunning transformation, I know. Her family stayed home while Paolin went to Japan to be a Hero, and they gave her a beautiful flower pin to show their affection for her. As a rough and tumble martial artist who starts every sentence with ‘boku’ she refuses to wear the damned thing.
As for the boys, they’re called straight from their oxygen chamber session to take care of the Mayor’s baby. Or at least, Kotetsu is. He drops the bomb that he’s actually a dad and his wife died of an illness five year ago, which sends everyone but his old buddy Antonio into shock. Despite having more babysitting experience than the whole lot of them duct-taped together, he makes the poor kid cry the second it looks at him. Furniture starts to fly, and that’s when Agnes mentions the kid is a NEXT.
The heroes all take turns trying to calm down the baby, each attempt more amusing than the next. The only one who manages to soothe the kid is Paolin, who the baby accepts as a temporary mother. Seeing as she’s the only one capable of keeping it from acting like a vengeful poltergeist, Kotetsu forces Paolin to look after the baby with them. They set up camp at Barnaby’s place, much to his disdain.
Somehow they squeeze some backstory into the babysitting fiasco. Barnaby lets the baby play with a robot he got as a child (it’s one of the only things decorating his apartment) and then the two of them lecture Paolin about treasuring gifts from parents. Because if you don’t wear the socks your mama bought you, it means you hate her. After a long day of taking care of the brat, Paolin goes to bed while Kotetsu and Barnaby do adult things.
By ‘adult things’ I mean talk about Barnaby’s desperate attempts to find his parent’s murderer. Kotetsu just sits there topless (this is important) and manages to make Barnaby go all sparkly-eyed and reassured with a mere two sentences. Then they both get piss drunk and wake up to find Paolin and the baby kidnapped by NEXT triplet she-devils.
Agnes was unfortunate to be the one the triplets caught on the phone, so she’s acting as the decoy and bringing the ransom money for the baby. The two girls that come for the money can smell both money and lies, so they figure out the truth pretty quickly and go on the offensive. Barnaby saves Agnes while Kotetsu chases after them, only to be outwitted by their feminine wiles. (i.e. DEM LEGS)
“…they’d look better on Bunny.”
As Kotetsu and Barnaby continue to flail about, the skunk-haired sister who can smell danger gets some bad vibes from Paolin. Their plans are mostly foiled, so they plan to escape without Paolin. This just results in the baby bawling its eyes out and causing so much chaos that everyone is surrounded by fire. The baby is so strong it floats into the air for Paolin to save it and get in position for a punishing counterattack.
Kotetsu and Barnaby finally make their entrance, but there’s not much else left to do. As the story seems to be tapering off, Barnaby throws a sudden fit and leaps through the ceiling screaming. Seeing Kotetsu’s hot manly figure surrounded by flames was just too much for him….Okay, but seriously, he had a flashback of the killer and he looked a wee bit like Kotetsu. That still doesn’t change the fact that he plowed through the ceiling with his body.
It’s official. Barnaby’s parents were killed by a naked hobo.
…and my screencap trigger finger goes wild
“Please treasure this gift if we’re ever mysteriously murdered!” “What?” “Oh, nothing!”
NOOO TETSU-CHAN’S COOKING!!!!! ;_;
End Thoughts: I have to admit, the babysitting episode was quite a treat. It was a nice comedic break from the intensity of Lunatic, but definitely not a filler episode. There was also a lot of sappy aspects to the episode, mostly concerning Barnaby’s development. I don’t think he did one asshole thing the entire episode. He called Kotetsu a good dad, shared some of his past WILLINGLY with Kotetsu, tucked Paolin in, and even got dangerously drunk with the old man. Feel free to fill in the blanks about what happened that night, my fellow fujoshi. All I have to say is that Barnaby looked mightily touched by Kotetsu’s words about finding the killer.
After all that development in the positive direction, Barnaby looks like he might suspect Kotetsu as the murderer. I’m really hoping all his development doesn’t go down the drain, because it’s obviously NOT Kotetsu in the flashback. They both have facial hair – that is the only point of resemblance! The killer seems to be some creeper in prison who is slowly on his way to breaking out. Was he a member of Ouroboros? I managed to potentially spoil Ouroboros’ identity for myself, and if you want to as well, I found a neat speculation picture here. It’s not an official spoiler, but still..click at your own risk.
But enough about T&B, I talk about those two boys and their homosexual tendencies enough in these posts. How bout dat Pow-lin? Paolin didn’t really feel very..involved..in the episode. I understand they were trying to say she didn’t appreciate her parents enough, but showing it through a material item was a bad idea. Not liking a gift given to you by your parents doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t think they’re important and love them. They simplified it to the point where I can only imagine the director’s meeting as “OK GUYS, SHE’S A SELFISH PRICK UNTIL SHE WEARS THE FLOWER PIN. BUT WHEN SHE DOES, EVERYTHING IS BETTER.” It was a very superficial transition. Blue Rose at least went through a mini identity crisis and Ivan went through hell in his episode. In other words, she was just a cheap device to uncover some dirt on Kotetsu and Barnaby.
But come on, Kotetsu and Barnaby were both daddys together. Was that the best thing ever or the best thing ever?
Preview: Kotetsu’s doesn’t even ATTEMPT to speak english this time. Anyways, the next episode involves a paid vacation that is interrupted in order to deal with a car bomb. Is there a reason they’re going to vacation anyways? Is Barnaby having a breakdown? All this next time on T&B~