Tiger and Bunny 7 – code of justice
May 15, 2011
Episode 7 of Tiger and Bunny gives us our formal introduction of Lunatic, a little comedy, and Action, Action, Action.
We start off with Bunny-chan enraged that his chance to get information on Ouroboros was lost. While he takes it out on Wild Tiger, he lets slip that Ouroboros killed his parents. Fire Emblem tracks down an old newspaper account of the tragic event. Bunny uncharacteristically calls in sick, and Tiger is set up with Blue Rose for a charity show, in which she takes every opportunity to steal the spotlight.
Finally, a raid on a crime syndicate’s headquarters goes horribly wrong, when the mysterious Next reappears. Psgels makes an excellent point:
This episode toyed with what [Lunatic’s] intentions might be. If his intentions are to pull a Light and to indiscriminately kill all bad guys, then his murders in the prisons don’t make any sense: they’re way too selective. While at the same time if he meant to silence people, then his actions seem way too random.
Whatever his deal is, Lunatic is being built up in a most excellent fashion. Not only does he have some sort of ambiguous connection to Bunny’s tragic past, his vigilante justice directly contradicts Tiger’s sense of morality, he seems to be very powerful, and he also comes across as a freak (an excellent quality in a villain).
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this episode has some quality action scenes. Bunny’s chase and fight with Lunatic were very exciting. There was a lot of irregular motion and unusual camera angles that helped convey the sense of speed and chaos. Meanwhile the majority of the heroes were struggling to save a group of uncooperative criminals from Lunatic’s torching of their hideout. This was a solid episode, if mostly traditional in it’s interpretation of the superhero genre.