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Watch & Learn: TIGER & BUNNY #11

We've officially entered the "in too deep" zone.

This guy's already got a tall record for crimes of fashion.
This guy's already got a tall record for crimes of fashion.

Jake Martinez may have one of the blandest super-villain names ever, but he’s very quickly established himself as one fiendishly-fascinating heel. He’s got the look of a burnt-out rock star who’s terrifyingly in touch with his own instincts; a man who has no inhibitions between what he wants and what he does. I mean, that whole scene where he plays cruel head games with Origami was just so on, it was chilling. After getting lulled into lowered expectations with all the campy, harmless super-crooks we’ve seen in the series so far, it feels so good to be sucker-punched by this dude’s genuine menace.

The people behind this show know exactly what they’re doing. This is one of those titles that goes down look a smoothly produced pop single. They know exactly what levels to turn up at certain times for max. effect. The delayed surprise of Origami’s switcheroo, Tiger’s whole bogus cover story to check in about what’s bugging Barnaby, Barnaby’s subsequent public admission of his tragic life story, the aforementioned button scene with Jake’s understated confrontation with Origami… every point has a payoff, but you can’t see it working its way to the surface until after the fact. It’s like a tightly-engineered engine.

You know, I didn’t want to bring up THE DARK KNIGHT’s Joker, since he’s the lowest of low-hanging fruits in current comparative dialogs about this genre. However, it’s undeniable that that the seeds for this particular arc were probably planted while somebody was watching that flick back in ’08. Outside the Joker-like animalism of Martinez and the way he’s being reacted to by the city as a whole, this specific episode seems like it was intended to show what happens if the good guys ever get foolish enough to actually acquiesce to terrorists’ demands.

Watch this episode "The Die Is Cast” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

EganTheVile1on Aug. 29, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
I am going to sit down and watch a marathon block of this show, sounds entertaining from what I have read on W&L and the user posts, was reluctant to get into this one prior, but it sounds oddly appealing
Roldanon Aug. 29, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.
Speaking of Joker, my fantasy dub for Tiger & Bunny actually had Mark Hamill as Jake Martinez. I know it might be a bit to obvious and anime isn't really a gig that racks as much bucks as a say, a Joker gig but still. I really hope Viz at least can get someone similar.
EganTheVile1on Aug. 29, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
@Roldan said:
Speaking of Joker, my fantasy dub for Tiger & Bunny actually had Mark Hamill as Jake Martinez. I know it might be a bit to obvious and anime isn't really a gig that racks as much bucks as a say, a Joker gig but still. I really hope Viz at least can get someone similar.
Mark Hamill does awesome voice work especially as villains, not sure why the SW Clone Wars casting director has not called him in...
Lurkeroon Aug. 29, 2011 at 5:47 p.m.
Jake can definitely be compared to Joker. He even has a quirky female sidekick
Marshal Victoryon Aug. 30, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.

An best part is. it gets even better! The high an lows of the cutesy episodes sets up when the darker serious ones pay off biger imho.The world of tiger & bunny ( sigh still hate shows name) has a weird vibe to it. Like its not a parody of ameircan super heroes but more of a combination of anime an super heroe story. 
 
Also note we have gone  11 episodes with no beach episode!No high/midle school harem fest.Tho i could see that in this universe.Hopeing the creators stay in this series for years .An grow with the show.The show parodies well ,Does comic relife well an does darker toned stories well. 
 
When the seasons over ill rewatch all them . When the dvd/bluray comes out ill buy it.Im up to episode 22 now an uless they can blow it in 2 episodes this is a must buy for me.Not just as a comic fan ,not just as a anime fan,But as a fan of well crafted stories.

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