Tiger & Bunny
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HERO TV is actually organizing some of the disasters to insure ratings.The robbers in the first episode reeked of professionalism, and Agnes Joubert knew when there would be a gap long enough for a commercial during a high speed chase, with superheroes.
Hero TV will make a super-villain for the heroes to fight.Needless to say, it'll go horribly right.
Jake didn't kill Barnaby's parentsBut for Me, It Was Tuesday aside, why would Jake use a gun and not his NEXT powers to kill them? And why Barbaby seems to remember more and more from that that day after each session in regeneration chamber?
Jake is a mind readerNobody can land a hit, and during his fight with Tiger, he says "I can hear everything." Tiger gets his hit in because it was unintentional.
Somebody will interrupt Barnaby's fight with JakeIt will be either Kotetsu, making Big Damn Heroes moment to make up for his previous screw-up And possibly granting victory if WMG about Jake being mind-reader and not being able to read more than one mind is true or Lunatic, making Big Damn Villains entrance and killing Jake. It depends on the direction writers want to take the story - if it will be Lunatic, they may go with him trying to persuade Barnaby into joining him, which may be important subplot in second part of the series.
Jake isn't the real leader of Ouroboros
Ben Jackson will help KotetsuThink about it. Who is the only person that knows Kotetsu's secret and wasn't mind whiped by Maverick?.
Barnaby will be the last of the heroes to get his memory back.I have a suspicion that Kotetsu will start gaining his allies back by using his own memories to convince them that they're friends. Remember, the other heroes maintain secret identities, which the average Sternbild civilian wouldn't know... All except for one: Barnaby. His entire personal life is out in the open, so Kotetsu really doesn't have much to use on him that the general public doesn't already know. I'd imagine that until he can figure out some way to reach out, it'd be all of the heroes versus Barnaby.
Kotetsu will team up with Lunatic in order to clear his name.Unlike everyone else, Yuri wasn't mindwiped by Maverick to forget that Kotetsu is Wild Tiger — So when Kotetsu is implicated in Samantha's murder on the same day that Kotetsu's been unpersoned, he's probably thinking the whole thing smells fishy. Yuri might be a little too keen on punishing criminals, but he's not going to kill an innocent man if he knows he's been framed.
Kaede copied Maverick's powerIf you notice, in episode 21 Maverick patted Kaede on the head. And how does her powers work?
The "Black Suit Wild Tiger" in episode 21 is a combat android.Maverick used the Brooks' robotics he stole to create it in order to help his cover-up.
When Tiger was shot when he wasn't paying attention in Episode 1 it was ForeshadowingOnly next he will not have his suit or Hundred power active.
Ouroborous will not be defeated this season and will be saved for season 2 and/or be used as a Sequel HookMaverick said himself that he only teamed up with an organization presumed to be Ouroborous meaning his connections with them can't be all that deep. At the very least it isn't very likely that any actions he may take up to episode 25 will actually bring the entire organization out of hiding. They will instead be the main focus of season 2, where we will learn more about their overall goals(assuming the whole organization doesn't share Jake's mentality)and origins, since the director has stated that he would like to do a second season, and the show has done well above Sunrise's expectations making it pretty likely.
Kotetsu really is just sleeping.Have you seen all the crap he had to deal with that day? Anyone would pretty much fall into a coma-like state of sleep after all of that, even without taking that laser. Too bad everyone's too panicked to check for a heartbeat.
Lunatic will kill Maverick.Do you really expect that he's going to let him live after all the shit he's been pulling in the last few episodes?
Conversely, Kotetsu will lose his powers...... But still continue his work as a hero. This is a guy who'd spend his free time in high school delivering street justice — often without using his powers — and trying to come up with his future superhero name. Now combine this with Kotetsu himself motivating Ivan into heroism despite the perceived uselessness of his powers, and you've got someone who's very unlikely to accept retirement, willing or forced. Besides, it's not like we've never heard of unpowered heroes before...
Kotetsu isn't dead, as of ep. 24.
The medal shown in the first Ending SequenceIt has to be of some importance, given its prominence. Assuming the series takes place in 2011, the "1978" in the inscription is a time during Kotetsu's childhood. It could be a memento from Mr. Legend, or a medal awarded to him. Both Kotetsu and Barnaby are shown reaching for it, the former frantically, the other with a sense of wonder. It could have a symbolic meaning, representing the old, true heroic spirit Mr. Legend stood for, to which Kotetsu clings despite the current commercialisation and to which Barnaby will eventually aspire.
After being betrayed by their sponsors, the heroes will be saved by- Mr. Legend!He will return from apparent death (or wherever he's been) in time to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment; alternatively, he'll die to reinforce Wild Tiger's idealism and/or Barnaby's. Either way, by the end all the heroes will drop the whole corporate mascot thing and become true heroes.
Karina Lyle/Blue Rose's character arcShe'd rather make it as a singer, but she's only marketable when in her Blue Rose persona.
Lunatic wants to avenge death of his wife and kids, killed by criminalsThat would make a nice twist, putting him on Not So Different level with Barnaby. And he already seems to be strongly inspired by The Punisher anyway.
In episode 11 Ivan will put his shape shifting powers to good use and infiltrate Ouroboros as Jake, thereby saving the citizens from any immediate threat and allowing Barnaby to interrogate the real Jake about his parent's death and Ouroboros' intentions.This may or may not end well.
Despite having creepy vibes (YMMV of course), Maverick is actually an old comrade or rival of Mr. Legend's.Alternatively, those YMMV creepy vibes might serve their purpose in foreshadowing that their relationship was not a good one, or turned sour. But come on—Mr. Maverick? Mr. Legend? There's gotta be some sort of connection.
Maverick is actually Mr Legend.He retired and wanted to encourage NEXT to protect ordinary citizens.
Bunny's old maid, Samantha, is actually Maverick in disguiseThis (possible Brain Bleach required).
Ivan will not die.He'll be brainwashed into working for Ourobouros instead.
Lunatic will try to persuade Barnaby to join him in killing Jake / Ouroboros.The show is already setting up a contrast between Wild Tiger's old-fashioned idealism and deep committment to the value of human life versus Lunatic's Knight Templar vigilantism. Barnaby, with his personal vendetta against Ouroboros and emotional baggage regarding his parents' murder, is somewhere in the middle, and it'll be up to Kotetsu to talk him down from making the wrong decision.
Mr. Legend was Jake's father.
It isn't Jake who killed Barnaby's parents, but Kotetsu's supposed brother.
Mr. Maverick was the one who ordered the killer to kill Bunny's parents.C'mon, it'd be an interesting plot twist wouldn't it? Get the secrets of how Bunny really is an artificial human who had Kotetsu's powers transplanted onto him.
Barnaby's parents' real killer had shapeshifting powers.He could have transformed into Jake to conceal his real identity, but couldn't hide the Ouroboros tattoo for some reason. He might even be related to Ivan (possibly his father or mother). It also explains why Jake had a shotgun in Barnaby's memories.
After episode 20, Kotetsu will hide out at his family's place and tell Kaede everything.Kaede will then realize that Maverick was acting pretty suspiciously and, under the pretension of going to him to beg for help in clearing her father's name, will touch him to prove that his power is altering memories, then use it to cancel out the Heroes' false memories.
Kaede knows that Kotetsu is Wild TigerAfter episode 17 it's likely to assume she is aware that she copied Hundred Power from her dad. It's rare to have two NEXTs with the same power, not to mention three and he have the same power as Barnaby and Wild Tiger. She is smart enough to do the math. Right now she might be faking being mad to persuade him into telling her the truth.
Kaede, Karina, and Antonio are going to be the ones to unravel Mavericks plan.Besides the fact that this was a terrible planned, plan, Maverick has no idea's about Kaede's copy powers, making it a nice set up for her to be a spanner. Karina still has the towel, which might jog her memory (and crush) about Kotetsu, prompting her to help out. And Antonio has a lot of backstory with him, to the point of knowing about Kaede and not being surprised about Tomoe being dead.
Kotetsu knew that the coffee Maverick made him was drugged.He was just Trolling him. He figured it out somehow the first time he was about to drink it- him asking for cream was something he thought of at the last moment as an excuse.
Saito is the "Black Suit Wild Tiger"."Black Suit Wild Tiger" does not talk or at least is inaudible.
Kaede and Kotetsu are going to do a father-daughter team-up....In the form of Tiger beating the hell out of the heroes, and Kaede restoring their memories. Lunatic might help, too.
Barnaby's memories will be restored by being shown the video of Kaede's outburst on the roof.Saito's memories came back from watching it on television, so it makes sense.
The pins Kotetsu got are a Chekhov's Gun that will end up jogging Barnaby's memories.Judging by the fact that they appeared in the ending before they even appeared in the series they're going to at least play a pretty important role- more so than the one in episode 20- so it's very likely that this is where it will go. The ending itself implies something like this, too. It's possible that they're a Red Herring instead of course but not likely.
Jake is Black Suit Wild TigerBecause that would be a wonderfull irony.
Lunatic will be the one who saves the heroes.
One or more of the Superheroes will die.Origami Cyclone dies first, calling it.
By the end of the series, Kotetsu will be killed.Out of respect for his fallen comrade, Barnaby will take on the mantle of Wild Tiger in his stead.
Hero TV will publicly kill off one of its heroes.In relation to the WMG of them setting up disasters to increase ratings, they might find that people see this as the same old, same old. What the viewers wouldn't expect is a hero getting killed. Someone at Hero TV will pick up on this, and during one of the disasters, a hero with low ratings will either be killed or fatally injured. Kotetsu and Barnaby, despite Kotetsu's lower ratings, won't be on the chopping block due to their new status as a big superhero team. However, each of the other heroes are up for grabs...
Kotetsu will retire at the end of the series
Kotetsu will die powerless (but undoubtably a hero) at the end of the series.The final show will have Kotetsu, powerless, leaping into battle to save Barnaby, despite being a normal human. He will succeed at the cost of his own life... But he will go with a smile on his face, as he trusts in Barnaby to continue watching the city (and his daughter).
Albert Maverick is not connected to Orobouros.Because we've seen this setup before, Genre Savvy viewers are likely to assume right off the bat that Maverick is a Corrupt Corporate Executive Villain with Good Publicity. Therefore, a bigger twist would be that Maverick actually is a kindly paternal surrogate for Barnaby who uses his power and connections for the benefit of the city. Oh, so completely jossed.
Kotetsu will be eternally immortalized, in a way.In honor of his sacrifice, a monument will be built in his honor, as one of Stern Bild's greatest heroes.
Maverickwill set up Rotwang as a scapegoat. It bugged me why he even deals with this NEXT-hating psycho, before I realized that if their plan will fall, he can easily make Rotwang take all the blame and put out Karma Houdini on himself. Heroes doesn't have any hard evidence against him and even if they do, it might be not wise to tell people in Sternbild that all shit they went through for years was caused by one greedy NEXT, which sets up things for next seson - Maverick steps out of his position but avoids punishment and heroes try to undercover his shady dealings.
Ouroborous doesn't exist and Jake and Kriem were merely hired by Maverick as an outlet for Barnaby, at the same time ridding of the inferior NEXT heroes to pave the way for the new robotic sort.Theory inspired by (spoiler link) how many times Barnaby's memories seems to have been altered by Maverick (read: more than once; high likely even more than four times).
Maverickwill lose control over his powers whipping memories of the entire city. Forty years later Jake will return being brought back to life by Union as a cybrg, to fight another Batman-like protagonist, under the nickname Alan Gabriel.
"Barnaby Brooks Jr." is not his real name.At the press conference Albert Maverick mentions that Barnaby took his father's name when he decided to become a superhero in order to honor his late parents' memory, which suggests that it was not originally his name to begin with. Also, he is never actually referred to as Barnaby in any of his flashbacks, and the newspaper article reporting his father's death simply refers to his father as "Mr. Barnaby Brooks" without a "Sr." following.
"Barnaby" isn't actually Bunny's real name.Episode 11 has Maverick announcing to the public that Barnaby took his father's name. Bunny is never called Barnaby in any of the flashbacks. Without the subtitles, Samantha calls him "young master", and never by name. Maverick could have made him adopt the name to add more drama to his Hero persona.
Barnaby's real name also starts with a B.Because the whole Alliterative Name gag wouldn't be lost. Dibs on Brian, Bernard, Benjamin, Bradley... Or, you know, Bunny.
Kotetsu uses a stencil for his beard.Not my theory, but after a fanfic suggested it, it's very plausible. It would also explain why Kaede hates it so much.
Kotetsu and Barnaby are relatedLong-lost brothers, cousins, clones, whatever- having the exact same power seems too much of a coincidence to me. Plus, it fits well with the "strangers who can't stand each other but must" theme.
Ouroboros (or whatever the bad guys are called) are behind the 'corporization' of superheroes.If you can't beat them, join them- and then corrupt them! It would explain how the old-style heroes were replaced by a less-caring generation; the villains bought all the big companies and then lured the younger heroes with offers of fame and fortune. As their 'sponsors' they can keep track of them and keep them busy and off their true affairs (the robbers are mooks paid to take a dive.) Of course this will be discovered by the end of the series, a big battle ensues and then all will be well. Note that each company that owns a hero has a name out of Greek Mythology; the Uroboros symbol is *also* of classical origins. This leads to my next WMG:
Fire Emblem is evil!Who'd expect the Camp Gay hero to be the Big Bad? Think: he owns his own company and sort of looks like the evil silhouette in the opening credits. Having a villain as part of the main cast all along would be a neat twist on their part!
Barnaby Jr.'s powers aren't natural — they're the result of project to engineer superpowersLet's take a look at the facts: Barnaby 1) has the exact superpowers as Wild Tiger, 2) wants justice/revenge for the murder of his parents, and 3) has some sort of deal with important folk that has something to do with fact #2. Plausible conclusion: Barnaby was talked into participating in some experiment to give him superpowers so that he can bring in his parents' killers himself. Why did they give him Wild Tiger's powers? Who knows? His were the easiest to replicate; whoever was in charge of the superpower engineering project had motivations of replacing Wild Tiger with Barnaby; the project was actually headed by Kotetsu's no-longer-present wife; the company Tiger and Barnaby work for was planning this whole Superhero Duo thing for a long time; Barnaby is a closet Wild Tiger fanboy and specifically requested his powers...
The sponsors are intentionally giving their heroes sub-par equipmentThe sponsors have the technology to make their heroes much more powerful, but instead of providing the heroes with these upgrades, they are intentionally holding them back with Awesome, but Impractical additions to their suits. The reason is that Hero TV wouldn't be exciting anymore when the heroes would be invincible. Nobody would watch it anymore and nobody would see the sponsors logos.
Sternbild is a micronation within the borders of the United StatesThis would explain how Sternbild has its own Almost-But-Not-Quite-US currency, for starters.
Fire Emblem's secretary is actually a man.It seems likely that Fire Emblem would employ only fabulous, fierce people, but it may be possible that his secretary is a very convincing cross-dresser rather than a woman.
Fire Emblem is Bisexual.Why else would he has such a hot secretary?
Agnes has a thing for Barnaby.When Barnaby saved her in episode 9, she was looking into his eyes for a pretty good while...
Agnes will become Barnaby's love interestEpisode 9 had a moment of romantic tension between the two.
Blue Rose's dad is a retired superhero.That's why in episode 4 he subtly seemed even more anxious than other parents seen reacting to such situations, knowing of the inherent dangers of being a superhero, how it could affect his daughter, and what could come out of not taking it seriously. Of course Karina herself might not be aware of it even now, as even retired superheroes would have their reasons to keep their identities secret from their family and friends.
Scarf-tan is a NEXT with Weirdness/Danger magnetism as her power.How else she would always appear in danger or close of the Heroes of Sternbild?
Lunatic will try to test the limits of Wild Tiger's idealism.After episode 8, Lunatic seems to have taken a personal interest in Wild Tiger, probably as a result of the dramatic contrast between their ideas about what constitutes "justice." At some point he's going to try to test Tiger and prove him wrong by trying to make him act against his ideals: Sadistic Choice, anyone?
Kotetsu's wife died of pancreatic cancer.In episode 9, he reveals that she died of illness five years previously. His purple bead bracelet looks strikingly like a pancreatic cancer awareness bracelet, potentially indicating the nature of her illness.
The T. in Kotetsu's middle name stands for......Tokusentai.
Jake isn't dead
Lunatic will inspire bunch of NEXT's to join his crusadeThey will either become his army or will act like bunch of Nineties Anti Heroes, leading to Lunatic having Even Evil Has Standards, when he will kill them.
Hundred power is Cast from Hit PointsJust imagine the strain any body have to go through in order to do what Tiger does. Might result in rapid aging as well.
The "oxygen" chambers are responsible for Kotetsu's powers going on the fritz.What, you think Apollon Media would pay for those just for the benefit of Kotetsu and Barnaby? They're using them to administer a drug that they hope will enhance their NEXT abilities over time. Barnaby's either the control (because they don't see him as expendable as they do Kotetsu), or the effects simply haven't manifested yet.
The Moons orbit was somehow changed by the NEXT before the story begainIn episode 6 there are two well timed lunar eclipses two nights in a row this is completely impossible in our world so something or someone must have changed the orbit of the moon itself.
Kotetsu will lose his powers by the end of the show
The Ouroboros attack on the city was just a way to regain the popularity the heroes had lost to Lunatic, the killer vigilante
Sky High will find out he killed his love.This will cause him to lash out at the other heroes for not letting him know-while they will try to argue back that they didn't know, which is true. Sky High won't have any of that, though, in his grief and rage, and turn on his former friends (possibly joining with Lunatic, perhaps?). This WOULD be somewhat against his character, but he seemed to really care for Cis, so it's highly possible this will be the straw to break the nice, friendly camel's back. With the information revealed in Episode 15 regarding the fact that the Brooks' company was working with androids in particular, it is entirely possible that Barnaby was actually a secret experiment to combine NEXT powers with android technology that they kept to themselves or only amongst a select group of people. Whoever is actually in charge of Ouroboros (possibly a former employee) knew of the experiment and attempted to claim Barnaby for themselves, which would explain why Barnaby himself was spared when Jake killed his parents: it was Barnaby he was supposed to be after the whole time.
NEXT powers can be artificially reduced.Which explains why it's so rare that the only other case Ben found was Mr. Legend and that took some digging. Might even be used to remove "troublesome" (read: too noble and/or free thinking for their own good) heroes without arousing suspicion.
NEXT powers are passed down from parent to child.This would explain how both Yuri and Kaede gain their powers, and how Legend and Tiger lose theirs.
Muramasa Kaburagi is a NEXTAfter displaying Hundred Power like her dad, Kaede then displays magnetic powers. Later when talking to her dad on the phone, she says her uncle concluded her power was to copy the power of the last NEXT she touched. So... where did the magnetism come from and how did he come to this conclusion?
Kotetsu isn't losing his powers. They're evolving.The reason his powers are wigging out isn't because they're fading, it's because they're changing to something he doesn't have control over yet.
Series will end with Where Are They NowFeaturing adult Kaede becoming new hero, possibly under the nickname Wild Bunny, because why not?
There is somebody or something controlling evolution of NEXT powers with every generationAs opposed to normal evolution, which works fine without any control from above, there is being or organization that grants people NEXT powers and is controlling what powers they get, trying to create most powerfull NEXT in existence. Barnaby and Lunatic are from first generation after that being/organization stopped experimenting and started granting people stronger varieties of NEXT powers already proved to be usefull. Kid from episode 2 and kaede are from generation in which he\they started granting even more powerfull or extreme abilities or upgraded varieties of powers that proved to be useless. When you think about it, those two might be the strongest NEXT in the entire show. Jake is result of an experiment to give one person two powers.
Kotetsu is gonna get secondary powersKaede copied flying and magnetic powers from somebody, it might be she copied it from Kotetsu. Maybye he is gonan get Magneto's powerset?
Lunatic's fire causes NEXT powers to fade awayWho do we know who's lost and is losing their powers? And who do we know out of the named cast who have been hit with Lunatic's fire?
Lunatic's memory has been tampered with by Maverick.I got this from a theory on /a/-namely, that Maverick killed Legend, and altered both Lunatic's memory and his mother's in order to make it seem like Legend was abusing his wife. Now, that wouldn't explain the whole palmface thing. But, this may-Legend wasn't assaulting his wife, but Maverick, who may have revealed to him his plan with the intent to wipe his memory, if Legend had caught on. Lunatic saw this, assumed Maverick was being unjustly hurt by his dad, and jumped in to save him with his powers. Legend put his hand on Lunatic's face in order to move him out of the way while he took care of Maverick, but was killed by the fire. Seeing this as an opportunity, Maverick may have altered the memories of those who witnessed/were involved in this, which is why Lunatic sees the hallucination of Legend in front of him-it's trying to get him to remember.
Tiger's power loss is caused by consuming bananasIn episode 14 what do we see Tiger do several times before his power went berserk? And its a well known fact that they contain the chemical K.
Samantha isn't dead.I'm sure what Maverick's goons did to her wasn't shown for this very reason.
The Scarf Girl has something to do with Ouroboros.She is everywhere in the series◊, and her design is rather pretty and slightly unusual, considering the two moles (or dotted make-up?) underneath her eyes. She might be important in some way by the end of the series, even if she isn't a part of Ouroboros.
Mr. Legend is not dead. He is hidingLegend has found out truth about Maverick's shady business and ran away, before he could get his memory erased. Because of that Marverick has changed Yuri's and his mother's memories into what we seen in episode 16.
Scarf-tan is something like an Observer.She's an alien who was responsible for seeding NEXT powers into the human genome, and is now watching to see how humans deal with gaining incredible power. This will determine whether or not they consider us responsible enough to handle the technological leaps that would come from making contact with them, and is why she's always nearby when the heroes are around.
Kaede will become a Hero in the future.They're considering a second season, right? If they wrap up enough plot elements by the end of this one, moving on to the next generation (please pardon the awful pun) would make sense from a storytelling perspective. If Kotetsu does indeed lose all his powers, then he could serve as her mentor figure.
Barnaby will not be allowed or instructed to kill Kotetsu.Regardless of how things are being set up for this kind of confrontation, it's all and always been about the ratings. Murder by one of the Heroes will hurt the ratings and possibly stir up more prejudice against the NEXT, so the most any Hero can do to Kotetsu is catch him. Of course, letting him stay alive will probably cause problems down the road. Maverick will arrange for Kotetsu to be arrested by Barnaby for drama, but is expecting Lunatic, who's in the habit of killing criminals, to swoop down and do the actual dirty work. This way, good ratings AND a potential wrench in the plans are both taken care of.
The plan all along was to replace Heroes with cyborgs.Heroes are a pain who don't always deliver good ratings, and there's always the danger they'll find out you've been supplying their enemies. So why not replace them all? Hence why Maverick chose the option he did in episode 20 instead of something less...complicated. He was going to do this in the future anyway, Kotetsu just moved the schedule up.
Maverick is responsible for Kotetsu's power loss.Let's go back to the first 13 episodes for a bit and pretend that you're Maverick: hiring Kotetsu to be Barnaby's partner/sidekick isn't too bad of an idea. Thanks to his Big Brother Mentor tendencies and messianic urge to help everyone, he's pretty quick to give your star employee the emotional support he needs to overcome his past emotional trauma — you know, that pesky thing that keeps mulling over when he should be going to all those events and photoshoots you have him signed up for. Basically, he's doing two jobs (hero and therapist) for the price of one for you. And you know what? It worked. Barnaby's not so preoccupied with revenge anymore. He's not at risk of brutalizing suspects who have links to Ouroboros. Now he wants to be the hero you've prepared him to be. Kotetsu basically took the kinks out of your tykebomb free of charge. There's only one problem now: You don't need Kotetsu anymore. In fact, he's a bit of a liability now, since not only is he prone to wracking up damage costs and intolerant to the more commercialized and glitzy aspects of superherodom, but your top hero's getting a little too attached to him for your liking. You were thinking that maybe you could fire him at the end of the season on the basis of low rankings, but now he's also inconveniently jumped up to fourth place. Firing him now would be a bad business move, not to mention suspicious. So, what do you do? The answer: get him to retire on his own. And you're going to do that by slipping something into the oxygen of those relaxation chambers to trigger the decline of his powers. For bonus points, you did the same thing to Mr. Legend when he started catching on to what was going on behind the scenes.
Kaede will take up her father's mantle and become Wild Tiger eventually.If Kotetsu were to lose his powers permanently or die, it will be Kaede who steps up as Barnaby's new partner. She would still be able to have the Hundred Power by copying him.
Cis was sentient the whole time, but was still getting used to it until her damaged programming made her go nuts.Also, Rotwang uploaded Cis' memory from what remained of her into a new body, and now that Cis is out somewhere in Stern Bild, just waiting to be found by Keith. Because I want Keith to be happy dammit.
Barnaby will become more aware of his memory alterationSo long as Barnaby did what Maverick wanted, and the man was around to tweak his memories where necessary then everything fell into place where Maverick wanted and Barnaby knew no different. Now Maverick is gone and Barnaby is on his own without that 'guidance' (he has Kotetsu, naturally!) he will do things which wouldn't fit in with Maverick's ideas on how Barnaby should act and what his goals should be. We saw that Barnaby didn't know how to handle having the one goal in his life supposedly 'solved', but perhaps it goes further than that. That the more Barnaby acts without Maverick's influence and re-enforcement, the more he will become aware of the contradictions in his memory. Such as him apparently growing up in an orphanage?
Ouroboros was responsible for the NEXT existing.Why did the NEXT suddenly appear forty five years ago? Because they were originally crafted by Ouroboros to create a superior human race, but many escaped forty five years ago and had children, and the mutation spread by passing down powers that way. Possibly, Kotetsu's father might have had something to do with Ouroboros.
Barnaby will have a fried rice cooking scene in the anime.
Yuri is a woman
Season 2 (if there is one) will have one of the NEXTs with weird/lame powers save the day
Kaede will work for Hero tv...But because her power is kind of unstable she won't work in the field; instead she will test the suits.
The Black Rings Are For Suit SyncingMuch like Tony Stark's Iron Man Bracelet, the black rings the titular duo are seen wearing are so that their suits are put on correctly by the automated system.
Sky High's powers are a metaphor for his Clueless VirginityNot the flying bit - but when the powers activated. This might be closer to Fridge Logic here, but bear with me. We know that both Kotetsu and Yuri activated their powers when they were rather young. Kotetsu looks like he's about eight in the scene with Mr. Legend and Yuri appears to be a young teen. Pao-Lin is still only about twelve. Barnaby, Ivan, and Antonio have all had their powers at least since high-school. (Both Barnaby and Ivan attended the Hero Academy, meaning they were most likely in middle school or junior high when their powers activated. Antonio is shown to already be invulnerable during a fight with Kotetsu in high school in a Drama CD). Karina is only sixteen, and she's already an established Hero when the series starts, so there's no way of telling how long she's had them for - but still, sixteen. Kaede is the only NEXT whose powers we actually see activate for the first time and she's only ten. So the average age for powers to activate seems to be somewhere between, say, eight and fourteen. Sky High mentions in episode 15 that his powers didn't activate until he was eighteen. So in terms of powers...he's a late bloomer.
Grand Unifying WMG and Meta Theories
Tiger&Bunny is set in the same universe as Mystery Men.The only difference been that the shows are set in different cities (Stern Bild and Champion City respectively) and while the cast of T&B found a marketable way of doing heroics jobs via Reality Show advertising, the only one cool enough to catch the sponsors eyes in Champion City was Captain Amazing.
Tiger and Bunny is Sunrise's response to Studio BONES' Darker Than Black.Both involve super powered people that glow blue. Both are arguably deconstructions of the Superhero genre, or at least the reactions to people with super powers, whether its corporatism or just cold blooded espionage. However, Tiger and Bunny might be poking fun at how the latter is Darker and Edgier, and how it has mind boggling conclusions, by simply being fun. In other words, "You can still have a show that's comedic, idealistic, and still deconstructs/reconstructs a genre without needing a gut-wrenchingly huge body count and an increasingly incomprehensible plot."
Godot is Kotetsu's father/brother/etc.C'mon, two guys that look that much alike can't just be Identical Strangers. They even wear the same goddamn clothes.
Antonio has second secret idientity - he is the Slender ManHe stalks Alex to get 20 dollars he owes Kotetsu. Wiffin in da club is just an excuse.
Tiger&Bunny is in the same universe as Empowered.Possibly in the future, maybe the past.... or just on the other side of the country.
In-Universe, the sponsor idea came from Booster Gold.Because when I see superheroes sponsored by companies, that just screams Booster Gold...plus they had to get the idea somehow.
The NEXT are Mutants.Do I even have to explain this?