The day that fabulousness lost to mullets
We’re at the halfway mark! (For both my summer courses and for this show!) Taigs & Buns has been proudly flaunting homolust and crazy hero shenanigans for 12 episodes now! By episode 24, Barnaby and Kotetsu will have already had their honeymoon at this rate. For now, the Ouroboros arc is still going on strong.
Everyone was panicking over the cliffhanger from episode 11, some pre-emptively boasting over their claims that weeaboo boy would be the first hero to die. What actually happens is that Jake toys with him a bit and uses him as a hostage. Although he’s been captured, his wristlet still sends a signal to locate Jake’s location. With this info, the heroes surround the hideout and wait until the blonde reports how to stop the exosuits. No point charging into his hideout if he just destroys the city as soon as they step one foot into the room, right?
Instead of busting in, they propose sending a scout in to test the waters. Barnaby volunteers, asking Kotetsu to trust him to not go berserk. Kotetsu being Kotetsu, follows Barnaby like a worried father and jumps in as soon as Barnaby enters the warehouse and activates his powers. Kotetsu grabs what he assumes to be Jake, but turns out to be Origami Cyclone acting as a decoy. Scouting mission, failed.
Kotetsu kind of ruins everything by letting Jake and Kriem escape to an unknown location. The only good thing that happened was they reclaimed Origami and have him still alive in the hospital now. When the pair get back to where the heroes are waiting for their next orders, Barnaby yells at Kotetsu for not trusting him. Just as he was starting to
fall for Kotetsu trust him, that trust has been broken.
It’s not long after Jake’s escape that he appears in plain sight again. He kills Chuckman and waltzes right up to the meeting room with the Mayor. They really need better security, this is the second time this week! Jake demands that they air a certain…proposal. He wants to host a show where he challenges each and every one of the Hero TV heroes to a fight. As someone in the position of destroying the city with one command, they generously oblige.
Hair so repulsive that the air itself turns red from disgust
The rules for his little show are simple: if he defeats all of the heroes, he will destroy the city. If the opposite occurs, he’ll surrender. First up to fight is Sky High, the most promising hero of all. Even the King of Heroes loses consciousness in only a few hits. What Kotetsu originally thought were laser attacks are actually barriers that Jake uses for both offense and defense. For losing, Jake chains his opponents to high buildings and lets them dangle there.
Jake’s next opponent is Rock Bison who..well..let’s say his battle doesn’t go so hot either. Now that two heroes are down for the count, Jake fatefully draws the two partners Kotetsu and Barnaby. Reverting back to total dickwad mode, Barnaby lets Kotetsu go in first to hopefully tire out Jake or expose some weak points. Kotetsu naturally races to the scene and starts (unsuccessfully) wailing at Jake.
Jake dodges every single hit from Kotetsu and lands every single attack of his own. Even Kotetsu Good Luck Mode punch fails to even graze the crazy flamingo. Things go from bad to worse as his powers run out and he pitifully lurches forward to continue fighting. Without his Hundred Powers on, even the suit isn’t enough protection against Jake’s attacks. Kotetsu takes a multitude of hits and ends up tripping to accidentally hit Jake on the head. All hell breaks loose.
Not even flashy, fabulous moves are working! How will the city ever regain its fabulous glory!?
Just getting hit once sends Jake into a state of fury, so he pounds the life out of Kotetsu. He only stops when Agnes comes on the air and suggests waiting until the morning for the next match up since viewership isn’t as high during the night. He agrees, which gives the government time to set up signal jamming devices to hopefully stop the exosuits from moving. Kudos to Origami for recording Kriem explaining how she controls the suits with her teddy bears!
Barnaby is pretty “meh” about his buddy getting beat up so badly he has to be sent straight to the emergency room. He’s more interested in gathering data to beat this guy. If Kotetsu’s powers weren’t enough and Barnaby has the EXACT SAME POWERS, he needs more than a little luck. As the next day arrives, Barnaby prepares for the fight. This time, if he loses Jake will destroy half of the city. No pressure or anything, Barnaby.
All-night Ouroboros Bonus Footage:
*opens eyes* Am I kawaii now? Uguuu~
And he was henceforth known as “Wild Tiger, the doofus who keeps getting fined”
The true Misteltein kick.
Simultaneously picking his nose and scratching his eye, and Nathan is STILL fabulous.
End Thoughts: I’m really loving this arc. I did not expect to be so engaged for something like Tiger & Bunny, but I’m going to have to just shatter that old view now. It’s become a show that’s actually gripping and has me leaning forward in my seat waiting for the next event to happen. That end scene of Kotetsu in the ICU operating room has really stuck in my mind. We’ve never seen the heroes this overpowered before, or seen them get this beat up. Thank God Origami Cyclone didn’t die.
Now, as much as I feel like Taigs & Buns is good at keeping me in suspense, it’s also not very patient. You can’t have a fight spanning 5 seconds and tell me they’re not rushing. I would have appreciated making a big event out of each hero’s fight with Jake, but each hero was dealt with in an instant. They weren’t fights to show action, but fights to stall for time and show us how strong Jake was. The only fight that was a real “fight” was Kotetsu’s. Imagine if all the fights had that level of intensity? It’s really no fun if the main villain is THAT overpowered. I’m guessing he might have two powers 1. the barriers and 2. mind-reading. He hinted that he could “see everything” and only couldn’t dodge an attack Kotetsu did accidentally without conscious thought. All Barnaby has to do is believe in the heart of the cards and blindly fight so Pegasus can’t read his thoughts with his Millenium…uh…wait…wrong anime.
Other than the fights, the tension, and overall action-oriented part of the show, we still have some great bromance..er..character development. By now we’ve seen Barnaby gradually warm up to Kotetsu, but this episode he admits it himself that he was starting to trust him. It’s an entirely different story for him to actually acknowledge it since he’s not even denying their partnership anymore. And of course this is the episode where Kotetsu makes him doubt that trust again. >_< Nooo, Barnaby, why?! I could barely stand it as he left Kotetsu to fight a hopeless battle while he “gathered info.” Barnaby, you’d better have something good prepared for the next episode! Your husbando is going to be very disappointed in you!
Preview: Barnaby has his match with Jake, but he doesn’t seem to be faring any better than Kotetsu. As he makes his move, the rest of heroes seem to be on the move…perhaps trying to stop the exosuits or get to Kriem. Is Kotetsu still down for the count? Can Barnaby win? Will Lunatic EVER join the fight? MY BODY IS NOT READY FOR THE NEXT EPISODE.
My garish coat repels all of your bishie sparkles! WHO’S YOUR GOD NOW?!