This week’s fashion tip: Fur is murder.
I love saving Tiger & Bunny for a time when I can really settle down to enjoy it. Right after an exam, for instance, to console myself after failing miserably. This time the exam was actually pretty forgiving and I didn’t need any post-exam consolation, but of course I watched it anyways. After all, the longer I wait to watch it the higher my chances are of getting spoiled from stuff on Tumblr.
Quick recap: Barnaby has to win against Jake or else half of the city will be demolished by the exosuits. As a back-up, they’re setting up signal jammers to tamper with Kriem’s control of the stuffed animals inside the suits so they can hopefully take out all the mechs once they’re immobile. All in all, everything rides on Barnaby winning this fight. However, it’s hard to have hope when Jake is toying with Barnaby as easily as he toyed with the other heroes.
By now, the signal jammers are finally working, so Agnes sends out Fire Emblem, Blue Rose and Dragon Kid to take out the exosuits. Although the stuffed animals have stopped controlling the suits, a self-defense program has been activated in its place. The three of them are in for much more of a fight than they bargained for, and it’s hard to tell if they’ll be able to finish off the exosuits before Barnaby’s fight is over.
Hey, you wouldn’t hit a lady, would you?
Kotetsu is more than a little pissed that he couldn’t go with the trio of, erm, ladies, to help protect the city. In the mean time, he watches Barnaby’s fight and tries to figure out how Jake has been avoiding getting hit all this time. Jake even helps them guess by bragging about his second ability to the camera. He even let his guard down on purpose in a cloud of smoke so Barnaby would attack and then countered him without even turning his head. Is this really such a hard power to guess?
After a lot of pondering, Kotetsu finally realizes that Jake can read minds. Instead of calling Barnaby on his phone or getting someone less FATALLY INJURED to relay the news, he uses his Hundred Powers to heal himself to a certain extent. After picking up a special grenade from Saitou, he heads to the arena to deliver the news to Barnaby.
Meanwhile, Barnaby is slowly losing the battle. He’s been viciously attacking all this time without even activating his powers. Seeing as how he’s on his last legs, he finally unleashes his Hundred Powers…only to be kicked all the way to the roof. Feeling the weight of the situation and how utterly useless his life has been, he starts crying. Barnaby wavers, and then starts to fall. Before you can say “that is totally heterosexual,” Kotetsu appears behind Barnaby to catch him.
Kotetsu explains that Jake has super hearing and that he should attack after throwing this sound grenade to damage his ears. Before you think “KOTETSU, YOU FOOL!!!” realize that he can’t exactly tell Barnaby he reads minds because then Jake will realize their plan. As ridiculous as it sounds, Barnaby takes the blood-splattered grenade and jumps back down to use it. The high-pitched shriek it emits does nothing, but when Jake makes it explode, it reveals its true nature as a stun grenade. Barnaby uses the opportunity to hit Jake so hard he bounces onto the roof himself, out of commission from a broken rib.
Naturally, Barnaby follows suit to finish off the horrible murderer, clutching him by the neck. Kotetsu stands there idly and waits for Barnaby’s rage to dissipate. Sure enough, he eventually lets go of his vice grip and leaves Jake lying there to talk to Kotetsu. The gist of the conversation is that
Barnaby and Kotetsu have rebuilt their levels of trust to an all-time high.
But it’s not over! Kriem appears in a helicoptor to reclaim Jake and make their getaway, but with nothing left to hold hostage, she doesn’t really have any leverage. Cue the trio of ladies standing triumphantly over the wreckage of exosuits and cute, deactivated Mad Bears. On the edge of desperation, Jake leaps off the roof for Kriem to catch him. Kotetsu grabs him with his wire, Jake accidentally shoots down the helicoptor, and the bad guys die a fiery death. Or at least get their eyebrows singed off. The end!
The power of good always prevails over mullets and gaudy make-up!
Always the underdog, Kotetsu gets no appreciation for anything. Even the no good mayor gets more praise than Kotetsu, who limped his way to an arena to cheer his boyfriend on. But he does get one prize. Barnaby calling him “Kotetsu-san” and actually having the confidence to smile fondly at the old man as he did it.
What Happened This Episode From A Fujoshi’s Perspective:
Kotetsu went to quickly have his way with Barnaby on the roof in between the battle.
Power suits came off
Bandages came off
And it was so good, Kotetsu spent the rest of the day limping.
End Thoughts: Bromance reaching critical levels!!! I repeat, we have record-high homolust here!!! I’m well aware that to anyone who isn’t biased this qualifies as just buddy-buddy actions, but hey, you can’t talk sense into a fujoshi. I completely lost it when Barnaby actually called Kotetsu by name and didn’t even act tsun about it. I was also immensely pleased when Kotetsu showed up to Barnaby’s fight in person and caught him while he was crying. I’ll admit that was a bit cheesy, but hey, it worked. I’m glad their trust was patched up so quickly, although I can only wonder how much closer the two can get from here. There has to be some sort of ceiling for them, and with Barnaby finally trusting Kotetsu, I wonder if the two of them will still exhibit the same levels of character growth in the episodes to come.
As much as I liked this episode, the rushing from episode 12 is still present. It seems like a really abrupt end to the arc, and it’s kind of unsatisfying to see Jake die (or at least collapse) from his own stupid helicoptor. After putting up such a fight and taking out all the heroes in one shot, he crumbles from a punch. :/ It was a bit of an anticlimactic ending, and I sort of wish they’d shown more of the other Heroes fighting and cut back and forth between the two fights to add suspense. Too much of the episode was spent on “HMM, HE SAYS HE CAN HEAR EVERYTHING, WHAT COULD HIS POWER BE?!?!” I had already guessed his power from the last episode, so it was painful for them to be in the dark for so long >_< All in all, the Jake fight was kind of average. I liked Barnaby’s first big fight against Lunatic more than this.
Where this episode lacks in badass battles, it makes up for in character development and general lulz. Aside from the obvious death-inducing TigerxBunny shenanigans (I died.) the other characters have little glints of development here and there too. Yuri is actually pleased that the heroes defeated Jake, either because Jake doesn’t follow his code of justice or because he was encroaching on his title of Worst-Dressed Man in Sternbild. Blue Rose’s life also continues to revolve around Kotetsu a frightening amount, which has me worried about what sort of crazy puppy dog love antics I’ll be in store for in episode 14. Please don’t make this cannon in lieu of my gay romance, Sunrise, or you will shatter my black and withered heart.
Preview: The Ouroboros arc is over and that means it’s time for more ridiculous one-shot episodes that have nothing to do with anything! Kotetsu and Karina seem to be doing some sort of weird stretching together? Barnaby is nowhere to be seen, so Kotetsu is teamed up with Karina for whatever criminal is in their way. Wait, is this a love episode to make up for the ridiculous amounts of homolust from this episode? Nooo!!!