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Tiger & Bunny Episode 25 – Fighting to the End

September 17, 2011 2 comments

Well, I shouldn’t have been surprised that Tiger & Bunny pulled in the one loose plot thread from last episode and did something useful with it. After the heroes gather around the fallen Wild Tiger, Maverick and Rotwang show up and unleash a squad of H-01s on the heroes. The safety feature mentioned last episode, activiated at the last minute, is the only thing that saves the lives of the heroes.

Do I mind another obvious attempt at padding through an artificial threat resolved by an artificial solution? Not in the slightest, at least this time, as the animators blew what remained of their budget in a glorious hero on android brawl. Note to studios: If you’re going to stall for time, do it with enough style and we won’t mind.
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Tiger & Bunny Episode 24 – Courage under Fire

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

It seems that both bear and I have been frustrated by stalled narratives as of late. Tiger & Bunny isn’t stalled, per say, but it’s going a lot slower than it needs to be. The central fight of this episode could have been over in five minutes if the writers wanted it that way.

Instead, the show has Tiger and Barnaby start fighting before their time-delayed powers are ready again (and why did they charge in early in the first place, knowing they’d be comparatively helpless?) so the two play wack-a-mole with H-01 for a while. Wack-a-mole, for reference, isn’t nearly as much fun when you’re taken the part of the mole.
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Tiger & Bunny Episode 23 – Planned Obsolescence

Tiger & Bunny continues to give with one hand while it takes away with the other. Most glaringly, it doesn’t give us the action scene I craved between robo Tiger (actually called H-01) and the assorted heroes it confronted last episode. Instead, all six heroes are defeated off screen and wake up in a classic comic book death trap. Likewise, Wild Tiger breaking through to Barnaby doesn’t happen in the dramatic way I had hoped for; instead it feels like dumb luck.

That said, and while it does feel this episode dragged on a bit, just like the last one did, I’m still pleased by the overall direction of the story. Mostly, that’s because the elements of the show feel “classic” rather than cliched. But it also has to do with how, as I’ve noted several times before, Tiger & Bunny is careful only to introduce standard comic book elements after setting them up properly within the context of the story.
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Tiger & Bunny Episode 22 – Bound Together

I had several speculations about how this episode would unfold, which didn’t pan out exactly how I anticipated. Yes, Kaede had a major role in saving her father’s bacon, and yes, Barnaby remained unconvinced even after the other heroes came around. But the method by which that came about was decidedly different than the show was originally hinting would be the case.

Much of that revolves around the “Is Tiger a genius or an idiot” discussion that took up much of the last post. I stated last time that while Tiger was often slow on the uptake, he often pulled together clever deductions right when most needed by the plot. Last episode he announced he had a plan, and Tiger’s plans always seem to pan out.

This time it doesn’t, perhaps permanently resolving the genius/idiot question. Now I think it’s fair to say he’s an idiot.
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Tiger & Bunny Episode 21 – I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

Tiger & Bunny had its path for this episode laid out pretty clearly. Wild Tiger had to evade his pursuers, figure out how he was framed, and come up with a plan to get out of it. It’s a fairly straightforward setup that hinges on alliances Tiger makes with three separate figures.

The first was made obvious from the preview from last time. Yuri Petrov knows enough to know that Tiger’s been set up, and that offends his particular sense of honor. So, careful to keep his knowledge of Tiger’s real identity secret behind a veneer of insanity, he helps Tiger to escape when he’s cornered by the posse of heroes.
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Tiger & Bunny Episode 20 – Rewrite

Tiger & Bunny has never been one to trailblaze new paths so much as to revisit familiar grounds in original ways. At heart, despite the knowing winks and the cynical inclusion of marketing gimmicks both as a plot device and an external source of revenue, it’s a classic superhero show, with storylines that would be familiar to comic book readers everywhere.

One of the classic storylines is the hero falsely accused, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that just that fate befalls Wild Tiger this episode. I’m a little surprised, however, that it happened in the way it did, for reasons both internal to the story and because of its timing in the season. There are some strong indications that this is the final arc of the season, and I don’t see how it can get stretched out until the end of the show.
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Tiger & Bunny Episode 19 – Constant Betrayal

Barnaby has had a rough couple of days. With the peace he felt at having his parents’ murder both solved and avenged, his lifelong burden was lifted—and unlike many driven by revenge, he found a remarkably positive goal to replace it. Since last episode, all that has fallen apart.

I mentioned last time that Wild Tiger would face a choice whether to break a promise to his daughter to return immediately, or whether to abandon his partner in a time of great need. Either way, he would betray someone important to him. As I suspected (indeed, as plot logic would necessitate), he chooses to break his promise and stay with Barnaby. Kaede is, understandably, not happy.

But just because Tiger stays with Barnaby, that doesn’t mean he plays straight with his younger partner either. The oddest (and smartest) plot point in this episode isn’t that Tiger betrays Kaede to aid Barnaby. It’s that he manages to betray both at once.
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