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Being a Tiger & Bunny fan is suffering, as episode 24 did everything it possibly could to make us as depressed as possible. The sight of fried rice makes me want to slither into a corner and sob quietly. Until I remember that fried rice is also slang for sex. Does that make everyone feel a little less inclined to break down at the sight of fried rice now?
Defeating a super powered android isn’t easy. If there’s anything I’ve learned from this episode, it’s that. That and to not push shiny red buttons. Kotetsu and Barnaby can’t even activate their powers again, so they have to stall for time until the cooldown period is over. This makes them sitting ducks for a dual-wielding gun and sword toting android. The first part of the battle is a hopeless game of tag.
The heroes have every right to be worried. Even Lunatic, who was made out to be quite the powerful NEXT, was unable to subdue the android when he saved Kotetsu. It’s all up to Taigs and Buns, because no one is going to save them. Maverick has everyone convinced that the heroes are all fighting “terrorists” and just plans to tell the world they died nobly. Lunatic bristles with anger at Maverick’s presence, but otherwise does nothing else.
Once the cooldown period ends, the two of them activate their powers and get down to business. They try attacking separately, but every blow is dodged and countered accordingly. Even a combined GOOD LUCK MODE assault fails to even put a dent in his suit. It’s a really one-sided fight until Kotetsu has a brilliant idea. He holds the android still while Barnaby takes the laser and shoots him. Kotetsu is SUPPOSED to dodge at the last second but…well…let’s talk about that later.
As soon as the android is defeated, the heroes stop sulking and threatening to push the button. The button would just kill them all anyways, according to the man with the clown nose, so that is definitely good! Before he can just blow them up (because no matter what, you know he was going to do that), Kaede busts out some icy goodness and freezes him in his tracks. Apparently breaking a computer with ice is equivalent to giving a command to turn off the collars. Everyone is home free!
It’s a glorious moment for everyone to reunite and get ready to face Maverick. That is, until Barnaby finds Kotetsu amongst the dust and destruction. If by “dodge” he meant “take a direct hit” then he did a superb job. Kotetsu has no choice but to confess that his powers have been declining, as that was the reason he couldn’t dodge properly. He smiles and thanks Barnaby for being his partner, even commenting on his luscious lashes before dying. He will never ever get to taste Barnaby’s fried rice, see Kaede graduate school or look at a picture of Tomoe again.
…With a Side Order of Fried Rice:
Ben did not appreciate the finer points of Saito’s Caramell Dansen rendition
A new meaning to “smokin’ hot abs”
The super-powered butter knife can be used for anything! Making sandwiches, cutting fruit, or attacking robots!
Is a criminal breaking into your house? BUTTER KNIFE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM
End Thoughts: Sunrise! *shakes fist in what is assumed to be their general direction* How could you do this?! I had seen some stray theories about a “bad” ending where Kotetsu dies, but didn’t expect it to really happen. Kotetsu is the life and blood of this show; the overwhelming favourite, the lovable underdog, the man who helped bring everyone in this show where they are today. It’s one thing to off the main character in the last episode, but doing so in the second last episode. Well, let’s just say 25 is going to be an extremely bumpy ride if that’s the case. Even if the heroes put Maverick in prison and maybe even shut down Hero TV, it won’t be a happy ending. Not with a dead Kotetsu.
Part of me is convinced he’ll come back in a cheesy, Tiger & Bunny-like fashion. Perhaps they’ll take him to a hospital or reveal he has the power to heal (and then Kaede copies it). It’s just hard to imagine Tiger & Bunny without, you know, TIGER. I’ll be looking forward to see what you nice comment-leaving people think of the matter: is he coming back, or has he kicked the bucket completely? Characters tend to come back after even the most convincing of deaths, so it’s impossible to tell.
I can’t even remember the rest of the episode aside from the pain of Kotetsu dying and finally admitting everything to Barnaby. They were just starting to get really close again too. The actual fighting was great, and I’m glad they showed off more Good Luck Mode teamwork (even if it IS just an aesthetic boost). However, I really didn’t need to see the poorly-scripted struggles of the heroes stuck in their superfluously spiked rooms. We get it, THE MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP FIXES EVERYTHING. It was hard to take seriously, and seemed more like a method to stall for time.
The best parts that separated the fighting were Kaede’s big moment and Lunatic’s glaring. I knew Kaede would bust everyone out in a matter of time, but that didn’t make it any less triumphant of a moment. I hope Lunatic gets his time to shine too after all these shots of him giving dirty looks to Maverick. All that screentime better not be just to please the fans who like him while giving us the illusion that he is somehow doing something to help. At this point, Lunatic is still a villain who kills criminals. Shouldn’t he have, uh, reformed by now if the series is ending soon? I really wanted Kotetsu to imprint his morals on Lunatic so he could turn into a hero but that might not happen.
So with the robot beat, what’s left for episode 25? They have to take down Maverick somehow and get the Hero TV crew to regain their memories. The problem is, how do you face off against someone who can alter your memories just like that? He may not be able to drug them this time, but I don’t doubt the strength of his abilities. But is that wrinkly old mole going to be the final boss? Or will there be yet another Ouroboros member stepping in to provide yet another challenge? Now that the other heroes are free, maybe they’ll get a chance to shine. I’m looking at you, Origami Cyclone. You have a steel-cutting shuriken all this time and didn’t even use it, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Preview: The last episode is called Eternal Immortality, to make sure you know it’s the immortality of the eternal kind, not the one that expires after a few days. Wait, what.