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