Posted by psgels on 28 August 2011 with categories: Tiger & Bunny



Um yeah. That’s possible too. I really kept wondering on how the creators would end up solving the memory alterations of Maverick. The previous episode built up an epic plan to do that, and it really looked like Tiger was going to have to try his best to both convince everyone, while not being too cheesy at the same time. Or just wait for Kaede to show up and zap everyone back.

It’s a bit weird at first, but as the episode went on I really appreciated what a great anti-climax this was. After all, this episode did avoid exactly what I was afraid of: cheesy monologues for every single one of the side characters. Instead, Tiger’s attempts were shown to have some subtle influences, but they just weren’t enough for the team mentality of the heroes who worked together. In the meantime, Sky High’s brilliant action of touching Kaede on the shoulder still leaves the perfect opportunity for Kotetsu to really scrape the barrel in trying to get the memories of his friend back: for a lot of different characters, this indeed would have been rather weird.

Added to that was that the characters were just incredibly enjoyable throughout the entire episode. Just about everyone shined and was fun to watch. The cast of Tiger & Bunny really has what I’d like to call the X-Factor for me: it’s hard to describe, but beyond well developed and acted, they put in this extra bit to make them even more interesting, and make them consistently enjoyable, even when they’re not doing anything. For me, this is one of the greatest heights a cast can reach. This series has had episodes that hinted to that very much in the past, but this episode sealed the deal.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

6 Responses

  1. Kou says:

    The biggest hint that Kaede was about to do something was when they slowly revealed Maverick as the person who patted her on the head. I can see another why they would’ve done such a long lingering shot. Kaede might still have another part to play in this yet with this fight against fake Tiger. I can easy imagine some sort of multiple ability absorption ultimate attack type thing happening.

  2. Kallen says:

    I’m kind of left wondering what would happen if all the heroes were to touch Kaede at once, would she get all their powers at once, if so she’d probably be able to blow robo-tiger away (something inside wants me to think the person driving the suit is that weedly little guy who dressed up as bunny and blue rose earlier in the series, but he’s probably in jail right now, so it wouldn’t be, if so it would take from the who Cis episode)… now to convince barnaby… kotetsu must be buying time to power up again, but will that phone photo have any play?…is it next saturday yet?

  3. Belle says:

    In the last scene of this episode, my husband and I burst out laughing at how dramatic the “jump over the bridge at sunset with a boat coming” scene was. xD

  4. Blade says:

    I still thought Kaede being there is a huge Deus Ex Machina

  5. LilyGinnyBlack says:

    I really love how they built up the tension, mood, and atmosphere in this episode, I also like how they handled the situation. I was worried at first that the whole “Kaede fixes everyone’s memories” situation might feel too deux ex machina, especially since some fans were speculating that she was going to fix *all* of the heroes, even Barnaby.

    But the way they went about it, having Kotetsu try his Power of Friendship way first, and having at least on success with Karina, and a bit of success with the others, was nicely done.

    There were many small things that I liked about this episode, and they all basically had to do with the characters and their personalities and all those little quirky things about them that make them such great characters. For instance, all the little secrets that Kotetsu knew about them was highly amusing (especially Nathan’s and Keith’s), and the scene with Saito was great too.

    Really, this series isn’t so much about the plot, but about wonderfully crafted characters and how they bounce off of each other. It is their reactions to the situations that are occurring in the plot that makes it so good and interesting, even when the majority of the concepts have been done to death. It all comes down to the execution.

    Outside of adoring Karina and Keith (even with his stupid blunder) this episode, both Kaede and Kotetsu were awesome here too~! I can’t wait for next Saturday!

  6. m says:

    It was obvious that Kaede would fix the memory erasure, but the way they went about it was not particularly creative. The use of flashbacks was also a little irritating.

    The cliffhanger was pretty funny, though, because of how cheesy it was. This show can switch between funny and serious instantaneously, or be both at the same time.

    Wriggles here and there aside, this is the best original Sunrise work in terms of entertainment value in a ages. I’d have to check release dates to even ascertain the number of years it’s been since I’ve liked something about a Sunrise work besides the animation. It’s funny that in this case the story is entertaining enough that I don’t even care about the animation, and haven’t since the first episode. Off-centered eyes? Meh CG compositing? Whatever, this show is awesome.

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  • k-off
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 10:15 AM)
    Hell, my favorite game of all time is far superior to Dark Souls in every possible way, yet the only thing that keeps me playing is the atmosphere and charm the game has in its combat.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 10:10 AM)
    @Bam I’ll argue that the gameplay in Dark Souls was the best. Dark Souls II was the worst in terms of gameplay (within the series, so still better than most in its genre) which ended up pissing me off. As for story and writing, who the hell plays this series for the story??
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:31 AM)
    That I don’t like FMPs humour probably explains alot why I couldn’t laugh at amagi, same author.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:30 AM)
    Moreso that the episodic stories were more miss than hit and the pacing needed alot of work.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:29 AM)
    it wasn’t well balanced out with the main storyline and aside from Yin I can’t remember the characters having much to them. The ideas behind the contractors was creative and it was well produced, second season had that off the wall awful ending and also focused too much on that teenage girland “character death for Hei”.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:28 AM)
    @Realist: Dark comedy would be more my thing so school rumble and FMP didn’t cut it and I particularly went against FMP for focusing too much of the school over action stuff. Darker than black felt like a waste of potential, wasted as an episodic thing,
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:12 AM)
    @Emma I could never get into Darker Than Black either. School Rumble had some moments but mostly just bored me to tears. I did like Full Metal Panic though but it’s super generic. I could see that being one of those shows that I like less after rewatching it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:07 AM)
    @Realist: And theres things I’ve watched a few times and could never get into such as school rumble, full metal panic, darker than black.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Emma Rewatching is the real acid test for anime. Shows that I loved the first time around seemed terrible on the second and third viewings. On the other hand, there are some shows I didn’t appreciate fully until I watched them multiple times.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:59 AM)
    I think I am in a re-reading/re-watch phase perhaps now, which is good because all that old stuff will feel new again in my head when I go back, can live it all over again.

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