I don’t know what it is about anime and May/December romances, but uncomfortable, borderline-inappropriate sexual tension feels like more the rule than the exception. We’ve yet to see how it’ll spin out, of course. It could just be like a school girl’s crush on her teacher. But it’ll be icky if this show features a single dad hooking up with a high school girl (especially because it initially looked like she was crushing on the more-suitable Barnaby.)
Potentially-creepy relationships aside, the tonal beat’s definitely hitting the Saturday Morning note with this episode. It was, of course, goof-on and goof-out amusing to watch these big heroes learning how to breakdance when they weren’t taking on a cross-dressing, panty-sniffing (you know he’s doing that off-screen) pervert who turns invisible whenever he holds his breath. However, it’s undeniably... incongruous that they’ve put this goofy B-team together while the specter of a murderous vigilante's still looming. It’s dumb to expect a show to be something it isn’t trying to be, but that last arc certainly made it seem like this was rolling on a slope toward progressively darker and more serious material.
Or maybe it did, but that all just happened during those ten months we skipped?
Anyway, part of the fun of the series is seeing an outside perspective and an unusual angle on this genre I’ve been so thick with for so many years. I saw them harping on the similarities superheroics holds with pro wrestling earlier, but this episode plays up the parallels with big league sports hard with the MVP and ranking business. That is something I think traditional superhero comics rarely ever key on: if these capes keep at it for as many years as they have, they’re eventually going to have a measure of routine, professional detachment. I think Barnaby’s less intense approach to avenging his parents’ murder (much lesser than others', certainly) speaks to that.
Watch this episode "Love is Blind" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.