Tiger and Bunny 6 – ouroboros
May 11, 2011
Episode 6 seems to be kicking off the first major arc for Tiger and Bunny. Up to now, we have mostly seen episodic stories that gave us a sense of the world the terrific twosome inhabit, fleshed out the characters of some of the other heroes, and gave Tiger a chance to ruffle Bunny’s feathers, err, fur. While previously the sad past of Barnaby ‘Bunny’ Brooks was hinted at, episode 6 gives us more info, including Bunny-chan’s first real clue about his parents’ murderer in a long time.
The episode opens with a problem for Fire Emblem; several criminals have been murdered by intense flame, and he is suspected of the crime. Agnes, recognizing a threat to ratings when she sees one, is intent upon using Wild Tiger to clear Fire Emblem, one way or another. When another murder with the same M.O. occurs, clearing Fire Emblem, Tiger is distraught by his inability to save the life of the victim (even though the victim was a prisoner, and thus, presumably a bad guy). The murders provide a way to further expand upon Tiger’s traditional superhero values, as well as to trigger another conflict between him and Bunny, who doesn’t share Tiger’s sentimental notions.
Tiger ends up walking alone at night and is attacked by a battle robot. The fight here was pretty good. The robot was mostly believable, and, since he didn’t have his armor, Tiger was only able to damage it by teaming up with Fire Emblem. The storyline was also well handled, because there were a couple of red herrings, as well as references back to earlier episodes that gave the feeling of a more significant storyline. As it turned out, there was also a tie in to Barnaby’s search for information about the murder of his parents, in the form of a tattoo of Ouroboros, the snake that swallows itself. When he sees this he snaps.
The murderer turns out to be an (as yet) un-named Next (pictured above) who can shoot green flames. Is this new character a villain, or merely a vigilante who would rather kill than capture criminals? Is he associated with Ouroboros, or even the murderer of Barnaby’s parents? This certainly seems to be a set-up for a major arc, that will have a big impact on Bunny’s character. Overcooled has written that she thinks Barnaby’s back story is stereotypical of a superhero, and that is hard to deny, but I think they are doing a pretty good job with just about everything in this show, so I am excited to see them tackle a longer, more important story.