Ah man… you mean I’m going to have to stay after the credits from here on out?
Watching these shows on streaming gets you used to X-ing out of the window once the outro starts. Unless it’s a catchy song, there’s not much reason to stick around. Sometimes, though, these shows gets a little cute and sprinkle in some slight differences like CODE GEASS would. Other times, they throw in something substantial that you’ll feel stupid for missing out on later.
Case in point - - we learn the (admittedly easy-to-deduce) secret identity of Lunatic at the end of this one. What that really means is that Hulu found a way to get me to sit through another ad for Gerber baby food, effectively reestablishing advertising’s dominion over the viewing experience. I’ll salute them for their cleverness, and also wonder how many spoiled 14-year-olds are going to pitch a fit about it the way they do for other free video-services like Vevo.
While we’re discussing the aforementioned identity reveal, I have to say I was terribly amused by how current-yet-retro that epilogue was. This episode’s all about the public turning on the heroes and sympathizing with this bloodthirsty upstart in the same way they’ve done with Azarael, the Eradicator, Gog and any of number of excessive vigilantes. It’s a superhero standard that’s been around since the 70s, yet we get the 2010’s twist of the characters looking eachother up on Wikipedia after their fight.
Digressions aside, this was another good’n that makes the familiar fresh with some honest characterizations. I’d comment about how amusing it is that these heroes are so careless about their secret identities, or how Hero TV’s getting its own NEW MUTANTS-style class of reject recruits, or how the Origami sub-plot’s essentially the Chameleon vs. Sandman… but that distracts from how appealing Kotetsu's firm-but-mellow handling is. He's become something like the Crocodile Dundee of superheroes.
Watch this episode "There is Always a Next Time" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.