If I could make one note for the translation team on the inevitable dub, I’d say that they really ought to throw in some quick line to clarify that Jake will blow up the city if the heroes don’t take him on in the order he dictates. If the heroes underestimate him, then it would make sense for them to go along with this one-on-one nonsense because they’re expecting Sky High to kick his ass without any trouble. But after the big hoss gets trounced so easily, the pendulum swings into Saturday Morning if the heroes seriously aren't entertaining the notion of ganging up on Jake. Fairplay shouldn’t be a concern when civilians’ lives are at stake.
That is, unless Jake’s specifying so in his fiendish plot. It’s something I inferred after the fact, but it’s still something that would’ve been better said aloud.
If we’re talking about pendulums, then whatever one assigns blame is surely pointing at Kotetsu, right now. Loose cannon or no, second-guessing Barnaby like that actually does reflect worse on him. I’ve commented on how I’ve appreciated Tiger for being such an underdog, but I do wonder if his decision-making’s so random (or instinctual, if you prefer) that he’s only ever proven right by the luck of the draw. His stand against Jake was halfway admirable, but I doubt he planned that surprise kick so much as it just slipped out of him accidentally.
Guess I wasn’t actually that far off in comparing Jake to “Mr. J” earlier. Dude may dress like a TEKKEN fighter and brawl like a SNK boss, but this whole dog and pony show with the open-invitational is just like something the Joker would do. And Kriem’s acting more and more like Harley with each episode, so the comparison's just double.
Watch this episode "Take Heed of the Snake in the Grass" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.