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Characters That Made My Year – Kotetsu T. Kaburagi AKA Wild Tiger (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Four)

December 17, 2011

Moving right on to Day Four, we’re ticking along rightly!  Today is a character that quickly moved into my all time favourites, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi AKA Wild Tiger from Tiger & Bunny.

Tiger & Bunny was fun show and one of the things I liked most about it, was the fact it had a cast of mostly adults.  It was such a refreshing change to have a protagonist that is not only out of high school, but widowed with a daughter approaching the dreaded teenage years.  Kotetsu is an inherently likeable character, he may often be used as comic relief, but he’s compassionate, sociable and sticks firmly to his personal beliefs, even if does act like a complete idiot on occasion.  Kotetsu is a veteran hero who never really made it big by himself due to his tendency to get carried away & cause mass property damage.  When Kotetsu is suddenly paired with Barnaby (mainly as a foil to make Barnaby look better) he tries pretty hard to stick to his idea of what a hero should be, as well as trying to get Barnaby to lose the stick rammed up his backside.  Throughout the series Kotetsu never gives in to corporate pressure and does his own thing to the end, even if it often lands him in trouble.  Kotetsu is just a genuinely nice guy and for a change I found myself actually liking the main protagonist most in the show, which is highly unusual for me since I tend to end up liking snarky side characters or outright antagonists!

The moment I picked for Kotetsu is in episode 17, which is the episode that gives us most information on Kotetsu’s past and a real insight into his personality.  He’s feeling depressed due to his declining powers and heads home for some self-reflection time.  It’s clear that Kotetsu is completely out of his element at home and doesn’t seem to have any real place in the day-to-day family life – he watches as his mother works in her garden, gets lectured by his brother about being flaky and chewed out by his daughter for treating her like a baby and not respecting her personal space.  It’s probably one of the lowest points for Kotetsu and it takes a convenient thunderstorm and crisis involving Kaede to snap him out of it.  I really liked the scene where Kotetsu & Kaede are reunited, it’s a wonderful moment of parent/child bonding as Kaede realises that her dad isn’t a useless idiot and Kotetsu finally realises just how important his family is to him and decides to retire from the hero business before his powers disappear completely.  Even though things don’t turn out as planned, the scene is still a heartwarming one and one of the most memorable for me in the show.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2011 4:24 pm

    I actually drop Tiger and Bunny when it aired because I wasn’t used with the idea of grown-up superheroes, and I hated that idea. Then I decided to watch it out of boredom.
    I marathoned all 24 episodes in one day. My eyes were red, but it was really worth it. All the characters are likeable (except that mean Maverick), and Kotatsu is (also) my favorite. He’s just one of those really nice guys who spend most of their times thinking about others (and sometimes get fooled too), but that’s why I like him. His character has a little development, but I’m fine with that. He’s one of those few characters who should stay they way they are at first. Kotetsu is just that likeable

    • December 18, 2011 2:26 pm

      I was really interested in the idea of adult characters, so was more than willing to overlook the dodgy CGI and stick with T&B.

      Marathoning the show must have been a trial of endurance – go you, but yes, so worth watching. T&B was one of my favourites of the year & I just loved the characters.

  2. December 17, 2011 7:44 pm

    one of the things I liked most about it, was the fact it had a cast of mostly adults.

    Yesss. There needs to be more anime that’s not just focussed on high schools and pantsu. And I agree that Kotetsu is <3.

  3. December 17, 2011 8:08 pm

    I share the same feelings that Anaaga felt, at first I dropped Tiger and Bunny but after seeing so many people over twitter talk about how fun and great the series was I decided to look past the CGI and focus on the different characters. Right off Tiger becomes this amazing character, he is funny and always tries his best even around Bunny who really really hates him! Well maybe not hate but finds him super annoying..

    I think the moment Tiger visits his daughter and saves her was one of the best moments for him, but also the big reveal that he might loose his powers forever makes you feel for the guy. In the end Tiger is such a fantastic character I just got addicted to watching him every week and laughing at some of the random stuff he does to make everyone happy.

    Great choice Cara!

    • December 18, 2011 2:28 pm

      Tiger is a great character because he’s flawed and interesting to watch. He has some truly idiotic moments, and some very inspirational awesome moments, but he’s mostly just fun to watch interact with the other characters. Characters that bring fun to the screen and keep you watching are priceless.

  4. December 28, 2011 6:19 pm

    Shows like Tiger & Bunny is definitely what two-cour anime are for; developing the characters through more than just twelve episodes of show-time. The characters are what really made the show; as for the plot, well, let’s just say that that’s not one of long anime’s strong points…

    • December 28, 2011 7:52 pm

      If there’s one thing 2 cour shows are a lot better at than 1 cour shows (generally speaking) it’s character development – there’s just more time to flesh the characters out. Unfortunately the main thing 2+ cour shows seem to suck at is evenly spacing out their plot so there aren’t terrible ‘padding’ episodes that need to die in a fire.

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