OK, this show could stand have a little more blood in its teeth. Sure, Barnaby doesn’t have to kill Jake - - he doesn’t even have to beat the tar out of him - - but he’s seriously just going to keep his retribution to one mildly-powered cross? He’s got the man who’s ruined his entire life in his clutches and that’s all he’s going to do? And, maybe more importantly, that’s all the beating that this evil son of a bitch could take? We’re in the middle of a long-form serial, and there’s surely more to come (and a three-episode arc is fairly long, by comparison, I suppose) but Mr. Jake still went down a lot of faster than I was expecting him to. I was waiting for Lunatic to take this guy out because that was definitely a shoe that was dangling over all this business.
Jake has to be a lot lower on the Ouroboros totem pole than he appeared, because you lunatics all know it’s a sure bet that the ol’ “kill or don’t kill conundrum” is going to pop up around this evil organization later. If not, if they're done with already, then they’ve got to be the lamest evil organization ever. Three members? That’s not a cabal, that’s a dinner date with somebody’s cold fish brother tagging along. I mean, the Hero TV kids aren’t even supposed to be a real outfi and they’re pulling together better as some kind of cracker jack rec team.
Speaking along those lines, I guess Kotetsu might be the most realistic hero I’ve encountered in, well, any kind of adventure fiction because he’s actually got all the less-sexy inconsistency of a normal human being. Some days he’s on, and some days he’s off, and the oscillation doesn't happen in an especially charming way. The breakthrough of trust he comes to with Barnaby in this episode feels like something that only happened to be proven right because of circumstances. I’m not saying that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but it’s an interesting angle on superheroes spinning out of how this is a generally more easy-going take on the genre.
One other thing - - is Barnaby actually a NEXT or does the suit give him powers? If it’s so out-of-the-question for Jake to have two abilities, then how unusual is it for these two guys to have the same Hundred power? It hasn't been that clear.
Watch this episode "Confidence is a Plant of Slow Growth" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.