I don’t like superhero crossover comics, especially when the characters are two badasses who won’t get along, or even worse, are actually enemies. Why? What almost always happens is that there’s going to be some other supervillain involved and instead of settling the only question that matters, they have to join forces and fight Mojo Jojo or some other lame-ass villain who has to resort to hostages or something, and probably traps, and bombs, etc.
So instead of finding out whether whose healing factor works faster, or whether super strength can break adamantium, etc. we have to watch our super powered heroes solve puzzles and shit. THIS IS LAME. Tiger & Bunny could’ve avoided this because Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks went at it in a pretty awesome way, Good Luck modes, cross counters and all. But still, it sucked. Why?
Execution. I’m all for the power of friendship, BROS OF BRONESS can’t be beat, etc. But how Kotetsu basically had no real plan of making Barnaby remember except go all Son Goku and take punishment until Bunny-chan remembers is pretty lame. There was nothing epic in the beating he took, partly because of the limitations of CGI animation. There was no way his face couldn’t be broken eating all those punches and kicks. Without making me feel the epic beating he took, instead of being a moving spectacle, it was soulless and empty.
And annoying too.
Even more annoying is that super final Gunbuster-esque kick that Bunny-chan launched from something like 15 meters in the air. Not only that they didn’t animate how it missed. Off-cam he stopped himself in mid flight and went straight into an annoyed “don’t call me Bunny” mode.
YOU CAN’T GO FROM MURDEROUS TO MILDLY ANNOYED LIKE THAT.
If feel cheated because that was an awesome kick and should’ve had consequences, even if only on the pavement. I got robbed of animation and they replaced it with some lame aspect of amnesia-recovery that doesn’t even make sense from what immediately came before it.
So now of course they get to combine forces, and recover their lost teamwork while Bunny shakes off the cobwebs and they don’t even have their Hundred-Power abilities recharged. Now they fight the evil robot made by the evil racist. Ugh, the X-Men-esque “OH MY GOD MY SON IS BORN WITH AN AWESOME POWER THAT I WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO BE ASHAMED OF INSTEAD OF USE TO INCREASE THE FORTUNES OF MY FAMILY BECAUSE THE PLOT NEEDS RACISTS” never really went well with me.
If my daughter grows up and has super strength, agility, and speed… WE’RE GOING TO WIMBLEDON and completely destroy Roger Federer’s twin daughters when the time comes. Why would I ever, for the life of me, feel horror when the day comes that I find out that my daughter IS MORE AWESOME THAN ANYONE ELSE is beyond me. But Tiger and Bunny needs batshit crazy racist villains.
ROBOT BATTLE. Suddenly, it’s Macross Plus, without the extensive collateral damage and a love triangle). Okay so this show remembers love for something truly awesome. I guess I can forgive it.