Oh no he’s unconscious! What will I do, this is…this is….the perfect opportunity!
Can you believe we’re already at episode 19? At this rate, this series will be over before I even realize it. It’s sad, but at least they announced a manga and even a duet CD between Kotetsu and Barnaby. There’s always pixiv’s endless stream of high quality fanart once it ends too. I also have some lovely little mementos from Sabine and Elyon respectively in response to my photoshopping challenge last episode. But let’s not think about ends when we have the beginning of episode 19 to cover.
It’s Kotetsu to the rescue! Barnaby is still in shambles thanks to his re-arranging memory, so Kotetsu forcefully barges into his apartment and cooks him fried rice. The poor blonde is too depressed to take a bite of his masterpiece, so Kotetsu tries a different approach. He offers to retrace all the steps Barnaby took the day his parents were killed to try and help him remember. Barnaby agrees, and they head to the skating rink.
21 years ago, Maverick took a much younger Barnaby out to go skating, buy him a hat, and take a photo with him in front of a tree. Barnaby can recall it all perfectly, but still can’t picture his killer’s face. It’s hard to tell if Kotetsu’s helping or just being the dweeb that he naturally is, but he tries to reinact all the events. He even buys a set of matching pins for the two of them, although Barnaby is too tsun to say he’ll wear it.
Despite all of Kotetsu’s coaxing and attempts to cheer him up, Barnaby breaks down crying. He’s convinced the past will always haunt him and that he’ll never figure out the truth. Then and there, Kotetsu promises to stay by his side until the issue is resolved. He calms down a bit, gratefully uttering “Kotetsu-san” before he suddenly passing out. It’s now Kotetsu’s turn to carry Barnaby so that he can rest in the hospital. I know they didn’t show any carrying but shhh, it’s better if you imagine it that way.
Date rape…only you can prevent it.
It’s not long before Barnaby wakes up from his nightmares of the past, the only change being that the tattoo melts off the culprit in his dream. When he comes to, Kotetsu isn’t there, so he ventures out to find him (aww). Barnaby stumbles upon Kotetsu telling her daughter that he STILL hasn’t quit because he has something he has to do here. When Kaede is done chewing out her father, Barnaby confronts Kotetsu about the issue.
Bad timing. Barnaby has it.
Kotetsu lies and says he’s just getting old, which Barnaby miraculously sees right through. However, he’s so sensitive because of his situation that he twists Kotetsu’s words into meaning that Kotetsu is being purely selfish. Here’s where things get dramatic. Barnaby gets bitch slapped for saying how he wanted Kotetsu to leave all along. Before Kotetsu ca apologize, he activates his powers and flies away. Almost all of this takes place while Kotetsu is riding a tiger robot FOR NO APPARENT REASON.
Barnaby flies to Maverick’s place to tell him everything. In the middle of their talk, Samantha calls Barnaby and shows him a picture of him the day of his parent’s death. The person who went out with him to skate, buy hats and take photos was Samantha…Not Maverick. Barnaby asks Maverick what the hell is going on, and he explains it without much resistance. Hero TV started off with bad ratings, so he made a deal with Ouroboros to orchestrate flashy crimes to boost the viewership. In return, Ouroboros would get the power suits developed by Barnaby’s parents. Of course, the Brooks couple was devastated when they found out, so Maverick silenced them to make sure they never let out his secret.
It seems stupid for Maverick to tell all this to Barnaby, until he reveals that he is actually a NEXT who can rewrite memories. He drugged Barnaby’s tea for good measure, so he’s helpless against the older man’s power. He rewrites Barnaby’s memory into something else as Barnaby bawls his eyes out and breaks my heart into a thousand pieces. Meanwhile, Kotetsu is trying his best to apologize to Barnaby, but he can’t find him. You’d want to apologize too after seeing him praise you as his MOST ADMIRED PERSON on a television show.
An endless stream of mantears
Kotetsu, not now! We’re in public!
Barnaby: now in uke flavour.
Dammmnnnn boyyyy, yo need to clam yo ass down.
I have faith in Barnaby’s original memory and the existence of that MAMMOTH-SIZED MOLE
End Thoughts: I’ll admit it, I was totally tearing up this episode. The first time was when Kotetsu bought him a pin and tried to put it on. Whenever something is just too homolusty for me, I cry tears of joy. IT CANNOT BE HELPED. The other time was at the end where Barnaby’s memories were erased my Maverick. It was horrible to see Barnaby come to a conclusion and then lose all those memories immediately afterwards. Just when he took a step forward, he was pushed two steps back. If Maverick makes him suspect Kotetsu, I will not be able to contain myself. I’m sure the power of LOVE will reveal the true killer once again, but whenever Barnaby doubts Kotetsu, a part of me dies inside.
I know Kotetsu should have trusted Barnaby, but it was beyond childish of Barnaby to get so worked up over it. Kotetsu already worked his ass off to regain his trust during the Jake battle, and now he has to do it all over again because he had one minor slip-up. That’s not fair. Barnaby of all people should know Kotetsu genuinely cares about others more than himself and just didn’t want to hurt anyone with news of his retirement. I know he’s in a dark place right now and isn’t thinking straight, but what happened to that character development? It’s frustrating.
Then again, Kotetsu isn’t exactly in the safe zone either. Did he learn nothing from his brother? If Barnaby overheard his conversation, it would actually be nicer to tell him the truth about his powers. He’d probably worry less about Kotetsu’s intentions that way. In the end, they both know very little about what it means to truly let someone in to their hearts and trust them. They want trust, but they don’t know what it is. They’d better figure it out soon before Ouroboros rears its ugly head again. Or even worse, Maverick.
As much as Barnaby doing a U-turn in terms of personality pissed me off, I still love this episode. It’s the perfect amount of cheesy Taigs and Buns drama mixed with the perfect amount of “character development” (better known as BL). Those of you who thought Maverick was the culprit, pat yourselves on the back, because you’re right. Now what a revelation THAT was. I didn’t expect Tiger & Bunny to make the media become so corrupt. Does this make Maverick the final boss? Will the series end with the downfall of Hero TV? Lunatic might just be on Kotetsu and Barnaby’s side for this one, because I doubt he’s in on this with those strict morals of his. Just wait until he finds out.
Preview: It’s gonna be a looong week waiting to see what memory Maverick implanted in Barnaby and how he finds out the truth. But I have faith in Kotetsu and his ability to snap his partner out of it. Also, the power of matching pins.
NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO BECOME A COFFEE PERSON