Tiger and Bunny 12 – I can hear everything
June 21, 2011
Tiger & Bunny episode 12: With the city as hostage, Jake Martinez indulges in a series of showdowns against our heroes.
As the episode opens, the heroes attempt to rescue Origami, who had been captured by Jake in the closing moments of the last episode. Unfortunately Wild Tiger screws up, and everyone is mad at him, especially his supposed partner, Bunny-chan. This fighting within the team was one half of the drama of the episode, and was emphasized by Jake’s ploy of having each of the heroes fight him individually on Hero TV. Bunny stresses this point, by stating, “this is perfect because no one will get in my way”. But are any of the heroes individually strong enough to take Jake down?
We never got a special episode to develop Keith Goodman, AKA Sky High. In fact, part of his charm is that he is a bit one-dimensional. He is a stereo-typical superhero: tall, blonde, he flies (with the help of a rocket pack), he seems like a nice guy, and he is very good at what he does (having the most points, thus earning him the title of “King of Heroes”), but he is more earnest than clever. I enjoyed seeing him in an extended fight, even though it ended with him defeated and hanging from a sculpture, up above the city’s skyline*.
The individual matches continue, and Rock Bison’s brute strength does him no good. Kotetsu takes his turn and is damaged so severely that he is rushed into ICU as the episode ends, but he may have discovered something important about Jake’s abilities. Tiger is the only hero to have landed a blow on Jake, and seemingly it was precisely because he tripped and attacked without consciously planning the attack. This post at Days Past Our Megaten Lives lays out the theory. Bunny is next to fight Jake, and his super power is exactly the same as Tiger’s, so unless they find a way to exploit this chink in Jake’s armor, things aren’t looking too good.
*How a sculpture can be above a city’s skyline is anyone’s guess. Quite frankly Tiger & Bunny tends to do things that look dramatic, or are useful to the plot, without worrying whether it makes a lot of sense. Given the super hero genre, I usually don’t mind, but I doubt I would be as forgiving in just about any other show.