Sorry for the delay, but I recently moved to my uncle’s house in a new, country town. It’s really hard to get used to moving all of a sudden, making friends, crawling into TV sets and fighting Shadows…The usual. Oh wait, that’s not real life, that’s just me playing Persona 4 for hours on end. WOOPS, NO EXCUSE THEN. Alright, time to turn off my Persona obsession and turn on the T&B obsession. Here we go~
Wanted: Kotetsu T. Kaburagi for the murder of Samantha. He didn’t do it, but no one else even remembers who he is. Refusing to believe this, Kotetsu tries to call Agnes to ask if this is some sort of stunt. She calls the cops (and heroes) on him instead. Poor Kotetsu has to websling to safety, narrowly escaping Sky High’s wind attacks. He falls onto one of the lower levels of the city, and makes a getaway as soon as he can.
Honey, hold the line, I got to take care of this little hurricane
Origami Cyclone and Dragon Kid ambush him in an alley, and give him nothing more than a puzzled look when he tries to explain that he’s Wild Tiger. Apparently, Kotetsu Kaburagi does NOT equal Wild Tiger to them. Rock Bison joins the fight and pins Kotetsu to a wall. When he realizes that even his best friend doesn’t recognize him, he decides he has no choice but to activate his NEXT powers and escape.
It’s not over until every Hero has tried to kill Kotetsu at least once. Blue Rose is the next one to hunt him down, chasing him through a sewer and finally to a dead end above ground. Kotetsu almost manages to make her believe that he’s Wild Tiger by telling her things only he should know (the towel, the dancing, the way she drools over him like you would a Christmas ham). This would have worked had a Wild Tiger fake in a new dark powersuit not shown up at that very moment.
The “new” Wild Tiger proceeds to try and try and destroy Kotetsu. He handles himself pretty well for an old man not using his NEXT abilities, but he’s ultimately taken down in the end. Fire Emblem appears to throw salt in his wounds and flirt with the new Wild Tiger too. Of course, this can’t be the end for Kotetsu…someone has to intervene. That someone is Lunatic of all people. After trying to find information on Kotetsu, only to find all the database files suspiciously erased, he decides to help him escape. WE BELIEVE IN LUNATIC.
Kotetsu has Lunatic and his family on his side. They know Kotetsu better than anyone, and they know he would never kill anyone. Even Kaede realizes that. Her grandmother decides now is a good of a time as any to tell her that Kotetsu is Wild Tiger and has been a Hero all this time. All I can say is, YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD HER SOONER. Once she finds out, she takes all her money and leaves for Sternbild to find her dad. Well, Barnaby. She figures Barnaby could help, but she just runs into Mr. Maverick who pats her head. Sir, you may have just been royally screwed over by laying your dirty paws on this power-absorbing NEXT kid right there. I hope it hurts to lose to a brat.
BLESS THIS CHILD
So all the Heroes may be against Kotetsu, but at least he has Lunatic, his family aaaaand Ben! As soon as he spots Kotetsu, he gives him a ride in his cab, feeds him, and provides him with his old Wild Tiger suit. Kotetsu explains everything to Ben about how Maverick must be the one doing this. Or at least some sort of memory-altering NEXT under Maverick’s powers. But we all know it’s mole-face. Kotetsu concocts a plan to have all the Heroes meet him on the roof so he can prove he’s the real Wild Tiger. With the dark-suited Barnaby on the way to add to this already outnumbered match-up..this does not bode well.
Bonus Ransom Money:
Don’t mind me, I’m just shapeshifting as THE ENTIRE WALL OF A BUILDING
Excuse me, sir, please buy a taco from me! I give you good price!
Spider Kotetsu, Spider Kotetsu, does whatever a spider Kotetsu can
End Thoughts: Yet another episode of me clawing at the arms of my chair the entire time. I love this storyline and where things are going, but I’m afraid seeing Kotetsu treated as the criminal will forever give me panic attacks until everything is resolved. I’m usually titled as the “heartless” one here at Metanorn when it comes to my reactions to watching anime, but when I get involved…Oh, baby. We’re in the final stretch where things need to wrap up soon, so it’s good to see some help rolling in. As expected, Lunatic stepped in to help Kotetsu, allowing a massive slew of fangirls to sudden awaken to the beauty that is YurixKotetsu. Not only that, KAEDE IS THERE! Last episode, I off-handedly said it would be AWESOME if Kaede suddenly busted into Sternbild to help her dad and IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. She has Maverick’s ability copied and seems to end up meeting Kotetsu somehow in the next episode, so she could restore everyone’s memories as long as no one else touches her. Save the day, girl!
Tiger & Bunny still strays off into derpy animation every now and then, but it was mixed with some genuinely great action this time around. Tiger swung around like Spiderman and fought against the fake Wild Tiger in his powersuit without even activating his powers. He’s been screwing around so much, I didn’t even realize he knew martial arts. I’m impressed! It makes me wonder who is in that dark Wild Tiger powersuit. They seem to be pretty skilled at fighting as well, so it’s not just some random dude off the street. They haven’t used any NEXT powers yet though, they just seem to really know how to move that powersuit with precision. Hmm…
The only weird thing about this episode is the distinction between Wild Tiger and Kotetsu. Apparently, a tiny mask is enough for everyone to think that it is Wild Tiger in disguise. Without the mask, he is just the murderer. Seriously, what’s up with that? >_< I hope Kotetsu has a good plan up his sleeves, otherwise all those heroes are going to pummel him. At the very least, I’m glad he figured out that Maverick was behind all this. Now all he needs to do is get back everyone’s memory…especially Bunny. I long for the sweet, sweet moment where Bunny remembers everything and breaks down crying in Kotetsu’s arms. I might be hoping for too much there, but a girl can dream, right?
Preview: Kotetsu faces off against the other heroes and tries to get them to remember who he is once again. Kotetsu meets up with Kaede one way or another, which could be really good or really, really bad.
Remember me? The one you have a million posters of that you kiss every night before bed?