Tiger & Bunny episodes 1 & 2: Stereotypes done right
Tiger & Bunny’s premise is that in Sternbild City superheroes are sponsored as they fight against crime making it a competition and popularity contest. Hero TV, the leading television show run by the foxy Agnes Joubert, does its part in getting as close to the action as possible for the best shots to get the best possible ratings.
That’s the back story of the show, but that’s not the draw of Tiger & Bunny. The draw of Tiger & Bunny is all of its well written characters that no matter how stereotypical they may be they somehow manage to hit all of the right notes to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
That said the first two episodes tie up the introduction portion of the series. Our main Hero is the lovable Kotetsu Kaburagi, otherwise known as Wild Tiger who can increase his physical abilities 100 times for five minutes. He’s the underdog and least popular of the crowd who tends to be purposely swept under the rug whenever he attempts to look cool for the camera.
Career aside he’s a loving father who tries to make time to see his daughter’s ice skating recital. Kotetsu isn’t really up with the times, but he’s serious when it comes to helping his pals and keeping the peace. That and I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen such a moe 40 year old dude. That’s right he’s moe, watch the show, I’m serious.
On the other end of the spectrum is Barnaby Brooks Jr., otherwise nicknamed Bunny by Kotetsu and he’s got the same power as him. Barnaby is a new Hero and Kotetsu’s opposite. He’s young, the girls love him, he’s an instant hit wonder, he’s serious, and a really only doing it for the fame and business (and his own goals) aspect of things rather than the “help cause it’s helping” aspect of being a hero.
Kotetsu get’s partnered up with Barnaby after the company sponsoring Wild Tiger gets laid off and they give Kotetsu over to the company that sponsors Barnaby as his partner in attempt to gain popularity as the first ever superhero duo. But as can be assumed Tiger & Bunny don’t exactly see eye to eye on things. In their first act of heroism to stop a giant moving statue they continuously bicker, and when it’s time to take the culprit down they end up clashing with each other quite literally.
Lucky for them, they’re main characters so of course the giant statue stops right in the nick of time. Kotetsu gets reprimanded by his boss who tells him to remember his role as Barnaby’s foil, extra, second, assistant, etc. Suffice to say Kotetsu isn’t too happy about having to play second fiddle. Nor was he all that happy that he realized he was late for his daughter’s recital as he was being scolded at by the mechanic of his new suit.
But duty calls what, cue more bickering between Tiger & Bunny. One Blue Rose Pepsi commercial break later we get a peek at Kotetsu’s past to see just where he got such great morals. Kotetsu as a kid was saved by the superhero Mr. Legend from bank robbery, given a “you’re a hero too” speech and then they bro-fist in true cheesy fashion. Back in the present Tiger attempts to stop the culprit, a kid with superpowers himself, on his own after leaving Barnaby still in the grip of the statue.
On that note it’s revealed that the culprit was getting back at some bullies who just so happen to be at the ice skating recital. Kotetsu evacuates the people and Bunny out of nowhere comes out to save Kaede, Kotetsu’s daughter from harm earning him some gratitude from Kotetsu.
Now comes the most cliché part of the episode that’s designed to make you warm and fuzzy by the end. Kotetsu give the kid the same superhero speech he got when he was a kid, and persuades the kid to lend the heroes his power to save the day. Though in the end Kotetsu still loses out when his daughter proclaims that she became a fan of Barnaby. Keep on trying Kotetsu we’re rooting for ya!