Well, didja? ‘Cause there’s totally going to be a sequel and in case you didn’t realize it, allow…
…hammer it in!
Oh, Sunrise. The ending’s execution could have been so much more elegant. No, I didn’t want Kotetsu to die; I’m not such an ogre. Actually, I never believed for a second he would stay dead. What he should have stayed, however, was retired. C’mon, this would have been such perfect finish to Kotetsu’s character arc! In the end, I guess Sunrise didn’t think they could ever come up with a better duo than Kotetsu and Barnaby. As a result, why not just keep them around in case the duo is needed for the second season!
Honestly, I suspect that Sunrise is right in this respect. Tiger & Bunny has been, after all, a bit of a surprise hit and this is mostly due to Kotetsu’s charm. What are the chances Sunrise strikes gold again? Even so, nothing ventured, nothing gained. What do I mean by this? Kotetsu un-retiring totally cheapens the idea that everyone, even heroes, will eventually have to own up to their mortality. All those hand-wringing from earlier episodes? Totally pointless now.
But since we’ve spent the last twenty-four episodes discussing the show’s themes and ideas, I’m just going to try and react to this finale as a fan. So how best to describe the last episode of the series? It is full of “Oh c’mon!” moments. First, when did Rotwang unfreeze himself?
This is unfortunately just the start of the “C’mon!” moments. I actually think the following heroes (minus Kotetsu) versus the
Cell Jrs. H-01 army bit is pretty entertaining for a fight scene. I’ll give the show that much. But using the love of Barnaby’s deceased parents to disable the H-01 army?
Groan. Okay, okay, I guess we can have at least one or two schlocky moments in a show that has always been full of cheese. It’s just that Sunrise has tried so hard all season to make Barnaby into this tragic Batman-like character, but the results have always been awkward and not in a ha-ha sort of way.
Moving on, Agnes making her sudden appearance in the finale doesn’t bug me. After all, she does play a big role in shaping how the public perceives the heroes so I don’t mind that she basically saved the day with regards to Maverick.
It just really puzzles me was how the heroes could then allow a fat, old man to dash off into the darkness only to emerge with Kaede as his hostage? C’mon! No, really, c’mon!
Then out of nowhere, Kotetsu revives, saves his daughter, retires then un-retires all within a span of ten minutes. We’ve already been over this, but it deserves a second “C’mon!” We made this big deal out of Kotetsu breaking his daughter’s promise — his own daughter growing distant from her father because he’s never around! — and it all. doesn’t. matter. All that matters is that Kotetsu looks cool! And what’s cool? Heroes!
A father who devotes his life to his daughter is still a hero though. For example, see Daikichi of Usagi Drop. So what’s the big deal, Sunrise?
What about the rest of the heroes? Fire Emblem groping Rock Bison’s ass at a bar is such a low hanging fruit. Of course! — why didn’t I realize it! All homosexual men have nothing better to do than hit on straight guys. Way to consistently make a caricature out of the gay character.
As for Dragon Kid? Her contribution to the ending is that she’s even girlier than ever. C’mon!
Worst of all, Blue Rose, a teenager, is seen reading up on how to woo a single dad. This deserves the biggest “C’mon!” of all.
No… just no.
As you can tell, this is a very deep and insightful textual analysis of Tiger & Bunny. In any case, the only scene in the ending montage that doesn’t make me roll my eyes is Sky High chasing after a dog. It’s just so fitting for him: a boring, dorky hero who screws up all the time gets to do nothing but chase a dog.
Shame on you, Sunrise. This has been such a fun series, but once again, the ending to a Spring 2011 anime disappoints. You can toss Tiger & Bunny‘s finale onto the heap along with Ano Hana, Steins;Gate, [C], etc. And I suspect Hanasaku Iroha will be joining them soon. Does Tiger & Bunny‘s mediocre finish ruin the series as a whole? Of course not. I’d still recommend this anime above any of the other Spring anime. I’ll still watch the sequel whenever it comes out. I certainly don’t mind Kotetsu reviving out of nowhere (Sunrise being Sunrise!). I just…
…I just expected better.