Oh no! Not Kotetsu!
See, this is what I like about finite shows. There are no guarantees! Tiger might be one OF the titular characters -- he might crucial to the very identity of this whole thing - - but since there are only two episodes left, I really can’t be sure about how this death scene’s going to play out. This could really be it! Will his 100 Power return to revive him at the last minute? Will this be the spark to finally stoke the flame of Barnaby’s vengeance into a towering blaze that will consume Maverick for all the terrible things he’s done? Or will Lunatic be the one to give that son of a bitch what’s coming to him? Once again, I’m going to have to rush into watching the next episode immediately, and that’s a desire borne from a pure viewing experience that I rarely get to have in these trailer and spoiler-saturated times. I love it.
In spite of all my questions without current answers, one thing is for certain. If the previous episodes haven’t inspired a throng of yaoi fan art, then this episode’s going to break the dams of fangirls’ imaginations open and let the prurient waters of creativity flow forth like so many tears out of Barnaby and Tiger’s eyes. I already see a few of such… interpretations of their relationship when I leave the content filter off during a search for images to promo these write-ups, and I’m sure they’re going to significantly increase in frequency from here on out.
On another funny note, I was just terribly amused by how every member of HERO TV got screen time for their particular style of “anime gasp” as they reacted to Dr. Rotwang's progressively-more-dastardly revelations. There was even one moment where they all gasped, individually, in a sequence that almost sounded musical. It was like a xylophone of human surprise. Hell, whoever makes those Vocaloids ought to sample those gasps and assign them to the keys of a synthesizer. It'd make one killer beat for MikuMiku's next single.
Watch these episodes "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.