I didn’t actually realize that Mutta’s voiced by the same guy who played Kotetsu in TIGER & BUNNY until one of you lunatics pointed the fact out to me. As you’ve all might have noticed, I’m not much of purist when it comes to dubs and subs, so I don’t usually have my ear so finely tuned as to recognize a voice actor speaking in a different language. Well, except in extreme cases, at least. I actually did have an inkling about the link here before it was spelled out for me, and that says a lot about how much personality Hirata San brings to the recording booth.
It also speaks to the man getting typecast a little, because there are certainly more than few similarities between this aspiring space cadet and the Wild Tiger. Both are neurotic guys suffering some confidence-dimming setbacks due to their age; both are ostensibly partnered with over-achieving golden boys. I’m sure the connection came up more than a few times during the production process.
Regarding another “behind-the-frames” topic, I’m starting to feel like the 50 or so episode length of this series isn’t helping it for me. Wasn’t there some weird production schedule where the live-action feature version of the manga was released at the same time that the anime started? I saw the trailer for that. Seems like the “transmedia” equivalent of shooting one’s self in the foot, because I’m now starting to wonder if I’d prefer this story in that form. I feel like it might distill everything I like about this show into a leaner package that cut out “filler” like this episode.