The Legend of Legendary Mr. Legend
My life tends to enjoy getting busy whenever amazing anime episodes start airing. Oh real life duties, how dare you intervene into my world of Japanese cartoons! To make my excuse all the more legitimate, allow me to elaborate. I’ve been going to driving school for the past few days. I chose the intensive version. I’m stuck with 10 hours of school everyday if you include my summer courses. In the end, all you need to know is I’m going to be a little slower for the next week.
This opening flashback is only one of the many jumps back in time you’ll see this episode, so brace yourself. This is NOT a happy episode. Case and point, it starts off with Yuri’s father beating his wife in the garage. For now, the man is blacked out, so it’s hard to tell who young Yuri is burning to death in order to defend his mother. But all in due time!
Back to current issues, Kotetsu and Barnaby are hot on the heels of a criminal on the run. Lunatic intervenes and tries to kill him, but Kotetsu distracts him for long enough that Barnaby can nab the criminal before then. With that capture, Barnaby beats Mr. Legend’s old record of getting the most points in a season quarter. Durinf this glorious moment, Kotetsu does his best to stay in the shadows and hide his quickly diminishing powers.
Mr. Maverick holds a little party to congratulate Barnaby on a job well done. Barnaby looks pleased with himself, although he seems to be a little confused at Kotetsu’s reclusive behaviour when the man is anything BUT a wallflower. Barnaby has a little chat with Kotetsu, but the conversation ends up being about himself instead of Kotetsu. The blond explains how Maverick took him in after his parents died and has acted like a father figure. After the suspicious flashback, they talk about their dreams. Which we all know is getting married to each other.
Why isn’t he..interested in MY sausage?
Kotetsu quietly slinks home to lament his powers slipping away. He cheers himself up with some Mr. Legend reruns, which becomes the topic of the next flashback. As it turns out, Yuri’s dad is Mr. Legend. Kotetsu’s “perfect Hero” actually beats his wife after getting drunk. He didn’t used to be like that, but he started getting depressed when his powers began to decline. Yuri still lives with his mom (or at least, he visists her), and she is delightfully delusional. She likes to pretend her husband is still alive, pretend she can still walk, and call her son a monster. Hey, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the drama.
A soap opera…but with fire!
Kotetsu has another conversation with Ben, who tells Kotetsu how Mr. Legend’s powers also declined over time. He advises Kotetsu to quit, but of course he refuses and leaves the bar in a huff. Conveniently enough, there’s a crime going on as soon as he leaves. A serial killer given the nickname Lady Killer has been finding girls and killing them…with a whip. Just as Kotetsu steps in, the guy jumps onto a train and tosses the girl off the roof to buy himself some time.
After saving the damsel in distress and ignoring a call from the Hero TV peeps to deal with a terrorist, Kotetsu chases after the Lady Killer. He’s doing fine dodging the whip and weakening the guy with a blow to the solar plexus. However, it’s all over once his powers are done. The guy simply tosses him aside with his whip and sends him plummeting into a dumpster. As Kotetsu lies there in pain, Barnaby triumphantly catches he terrorist. Without Kotetsu.
Of course, that’s not it for the Lady Killer. Although Lunatic is haunted by his father trying to teach him right from wrong (i.e. not killing every criminal in sight) he’s not ready to listen quite yet. Lunatic hunts down the Lady Killer and kills him in a club. He never stood a chance.
Barnaby’s alternate answer to “what’s your dream?” KISS HIM, KOTETSU, KISS HIM.
Internet disconnected…no meaning in living….
At least it matches his suit!
“Dad, will I ever have cool facial hair like you?” “No, Yuri, but you will have the lips of a girl with pneumonia”
End Thoughts: Episode 16 feels quite different from the other episodes thus far. It’s still the same Tiger & Bunny, but this time they really lay the drama on thick. There is no time for laughter, no time for triumph, and not even time for a ray of hope to shine through. It’s utterly depressing. We’re back in the serious swing of things again. Now part of this is a good thing and part of this garners a little bit of criticism.
First, the good. For the most part, this was a wonderful episode. I’m all for character development and digging up dirt about everyone’s past. The Mr. Legend twist certainly caught me off guard, and it only means Kotetsu will inevitably have to accept that Mr. Legend was a jerk. He doesn’t know what kind of man Mr. Legend was at home quite yet, but you can bet Lunatic will eventually spill the beans. That’s going to be yet another struggle for Kotetsu, who is already trying to get through losing his powers. As Renn mentioned in his post, this episode essentially sets up Kotetsu and Lunatic to be in perfect opposition. They had opposing morals before, but now they’re additionally connected by Mr. Legend. If there’s one thing Tiger & Bunny consistently nails, it’s character development. I can’t wait to see how those 2 interact and (hopefully) come to terms with their personal demons.
To be honest, I want this whole Kotetsu losing his powers business to end. It’s not a bad storyline, it just tears at my insides to see Kotetsu lose his powers. He’s noble and therefore deserves them more than anyone. It really got bad when he was kicked into the dumpster. It was even worse when Barnaby was smiling onscreen elsewhere…Ow, my heart…I’ll be a lot more consoled when Bunny finally gets over his awkwardness to ask Kotetsu about it. He seems to sense something is up, but doesn’t have the tact to ask Kotetsu before he dodges the question with a dumb joke. In that regard, Kotetsu is even better at Bunny at keeping his distance from people.
As for Barnaby’s past, you can bet his side of things aren’t even close to being over. He’s at a high in his life and has everything to lose…of course things wouldn’t be resolved so easily! They went out of the way to explain how Maverick adopted Barnaby after his parents died, so something surrounding him is cooking up. While Kotetsu will have to accept Mr. Legend wasn’t a perfect person, perhaps Barnaby will have to do the same for his so-called father. It’s a little iffy when someone is conveniently there before and after a murder. He seems to be orchestrating a whole bunch of events for his own interests, but it’s hard to say exactly what those are at the moment.
Now the bad. Well, not bad, but improvements that could be made. We learn about Mr. Legend, Lunatic, Kotetsu and Barnaby simultaneously in the same episode, and that’s going a bit overboard. The actual stories are great, interesting and unexpected. However, put them all in one episode and it just feels way too melodramatic. If an entire episode is full of shocking, twisted things then there is no contrast and it all blends together. If someone gets murdered in an episode, you will remember it vividly. If there’s a murder, a crazy lady, domestic abuse, alcoholism and more murder…well, things don’t really stand out now, do they?
Preview: Come on Bunny, this should be a major hint that Kotetsu is losing it. He actually takes time off work to visit his family, relax, and reminisce about his wife. That’s right, the flashbacks aren’t over yet.
Hmm, wonder if I can sneak that bunny plushie back home…