Looks like you’re about to be *puts on glasses* deMOLEished. YEAAAAHHHH
This is the last show of the Fall I’m blogging, so I’ll be twiddling my thumbs for a while in wait of the new series. By twiddling my thumbs, I mean doing homework and training at the dojo and actual non-anime things. But this is just the beginning of the post, why am I thinking of the end already? It’s totally not because I write the introduction last and the end thoughts first or anything. <_<
The danger is far from over. Kotetsu and Barnaby took out the android last episode after a long struggle, but Maverick has a whole army of them ready to fight. The heroes do their best to fend off the superpowered androids, but if they couldn’t take down one, it’s quite obvious they won’t be able to take down a whole slew of them. Before long, they’re all herded to one spot and held at gunpoint. Everyone just waits for their imminent death with gritted teeth and their eyes squeezed shut.
As if the entire cast of the show would be blown to bits at the beginning of the finale. Just moments before the guns start firing, Saito successfully activates the safety mode. Pissed off, Maverick manages to outrun the heroes and get to the control room so he can reboot the power system and get his precious androids back online. Along the way, his robot-making assistant gets pushed so that he’s dangling from Maverick’s leg out of the building. Naturally, Maverick throws him off and continues on his merry way to the control room.
Moral of the story: racists get kicked out of buildings
The heroes corner him and tell him to just give up. Maverick is still convinced he has the upper hand though, as the higher-ups will see his death and immediately blame the heroes for being murderous rebels. Luckily, Agnes has been filming the whole thing as a live broadcast, so Maverick’s only trump card has been burned. Agnes actually DID have her memories return when Kaede initially flashed her little blue ball of revelations, she just decided to play it cool in case Maverick found out. Thank goodness for Hero TV!
Maverick’s second ability must be to disappear, because he suddenly vanishes without a trace and then re-appears with Kaede at gunpoint. Things look bad until we remember that Kaede would never be killed. While we’re at it, Kotetsu would never be killed in a show like Tiger & Bunny, so let’s bring him back too and have him save Kaede! Hugs all around for Kotetsu as everyone (including myself) breathes a sigh of relief. With nowhere to run, Maverick erases all of his memories and is reduced to a drooling, catatonic mess.
With the main criminal finally behind bars, the heroes can breathe easy. Now is a good a time as any for Kotetsu to properly announce his retirement to everyone. Surprisingly, Barnaby also announces his retirement. He wouldn’t want to continue being a hero without Kotetsu, so he spends the next year raising Kaede with Kotetsu….Hey, it’s not like they actually told us what he did in that year, IT COULD BE ANYTHING.
“Kotetsu, I refuse to look at you until you put a shirt on…”
One year later and all the heroes are still doing their job, apprehending criminals and whatnot. Even Lunatic is still killing criminals, Maverick in particular. Before Maverick is transported to jail, Lunatic kills him with his own hands as punishment for what he did. Took you long enough. Barnaby visits his parent’s grave with flowers, and realizes that the password for safety mode is the date he was born. He cries in the snow, and then the episode moves on.
Kotetsu becomes a hero again. He’s in the B league with the derpy heroes though, and is called Wild Tiger 1 minute since he can only activate his powers for 60 seconds. He accidentally falls through a glass roof, and is caught by Barnaby in his power suit. How he knew Kotetsu was going back to being a hero immediately is beyond me, but all that matters at this point is the sweet, sweet princess carrying. Oh, and Ouroboros is still out there, but WHATEVER.
Yes! Getting super fat and becoming a sumo wrestler is gonna make me SUPER popular with the ladies! Logic!
1 second to awesome.
Oh no, we’re losing male viewers! Do something! Ah, much better.
End Thoughts: All 3 series I’ve been blogging this season finished off with a happy ending. That’s…a first. Usually I have to write about wtf endings (Panty and Stocking) or cliffhanger endings (Highschool of the Dead). Now I can complain about forcing fluffy endings on the viewer as well! Let’s be honest, the show suddenly dropped any serious momentum it had when Kotetsu revived. Sunrise decided that instead of pulling off risky moves such as killing Kotetsu or having the two heroes retire, they would go back on their word and make things continue as per usual.
Reviving Kotetsu, okay, I’m not too mad because I love the guy and having him come back to life is nice. But the retiring and then UN-retiring was a stupid move. Why bother retiring them in the first place? Doesn’t anyone else see an issue with Kotetsu stubbornly continuing his job instead of raising his daughter and helping her control her powers? Or how badass it would have been if Barnaby retired, went to get a degree in robotics, and started developing power suits with Saito? Barnaby and Kotetsu have arguably already fully developed as characters and partners, and these sorts of endings would open the doors for a NEW duo to step in if they did season 2. Kotetsu and Barnaby could still make appearances, but I don’t see what else they could possibly do with Kotetsu and Barnaby any more as the main characters. It just wouldn’t be the same now that they’re practically a married couple now.
I’m talking as if there is a second season despite it not being official, because you can tell it’s what Sunrise wants. Tiger & Bunny has made them a lot of money (through the ads and DVD sales) so of course they’d want to keep it going. The ending feels like it was specifically set up so that we can have another 25 episodes of Kotetsu and Barnaby being all buddy-buddy. It feels like a cop-out that we’re getting this sort of anti-climactic ending, and I feel like if they weren’t trying to gear for a second season, we’d have gotten a better finale. If this wasn’t for a second season and is just Sunrise’s idea of a cool ending then….Well, I don’t know what to think. The ending was so cheesy it hurt.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m not a fan of the finale. The only thing I can praise is the wicked fight between the heroes and all the androids. That was pure badass. I also liked the mini epilogue of the other heroes as they spent their Christmas one year later doing various things that showed their slight growth as characters. Ivan visited his friend in jail, while Karina browsed books on how to win over a single dad (I admit it…I loled). It was sweet and fluffy, but at least it made sense. Kotetsu coming back as a 1 minute hero was…come on, he’s going to be useless. It’s going to be Barnaby dragging him around like a rag doll. =.=
I was never meant to blog Tiger & Bunny. It wasn’t even on my list of anime I was asking to blog. Instead, I had picked Toriko of all things. I quickly found a way out of my dilemma (because blogging Toriko is like a life crisis waiting to happen) when I heard that no one else wanted T&B either. I had watched episode 1, liked it, and made the switch. Who would have thought that corny superheroes with ads plastered everywhere would turn into GOOD corny commercialism with ads plastered everyone? It’s one of those shows with an unmistakable charm that just reels you in, surprising you every now and then with a glimpse of something deeper than just a one shot episode. The over-dramatic scenes are just something you get used to, and even begin to like. Tiger & Bunny is like the bumblebee of anime: by no means should it be able to fly, and yet it simply can. This ranks up there as one of my favourite shows to blog about (and fangirl over) so every week has been a sheer joy to rant about. Thanks for reading my posts (or post, in the event that you skipped every single one of my posts and read ONLY THIS ONE) and commenting (unless you didn’t, which means one less ‘thank you’ for you).
Tiger & Bunny, over and out!