But he won’t. He won’t die because this show isn’t committed to heartbreak. It’s committed to good-natured fun. But he must die, because it would make for incredible awesomeness. I heard rumors that there’s a second season that’s green-lit. That’s actually okay, if Tiger returns, to spend half the next season in rehab, while also training Kaede to become a hero. It’s going to have a lot of laughs and great moments.
But if Kotetsu dies now, this show becomes a lot more awesome. Kaede grows up even more bitter and angsty than Barnaby and it’s up to him to rein her in, but he’s finding that difficult because there’s a growing romance between them. Also, Blue Rose suffers a mind-breaking meltdown. Too delicious!
This plunges the show into a dark, dark first act in the next season, which is slowly but surely dragged back to a sunny, happy, bright, Silver Age place. Will this be easy to do? No way. But it’ll be awesome. I want it, but I probably won’t get it. But that’s okay. I’ve tempered my expectations for this show a great deal.
The battle between Isamu, Guld, and the X-9 Ghost was a whole lot better than Isamu vs. Guld from the previous episode. This is very satisfying. There was no deus ex machina, no deus ex nakama, not even deus ex daughter. The victory over the silly robot was completely due to the resources available to the two heroes. I am very okay with this.
Now if Kotetsu would only die for real (and please, no Neo Roanoake, Orange-kun, Lockon Stratos bullshit for the love of God Gundam)!