If you’ve followed the fandom on both the Japanese and the Western side, you’ve probably noticed that we’re thinking on the same lines about how Tiger & Bunny should end. Most of us want everyone to be happy when the final credits roll – especially Kotetsu and Barnaby. And well, if being together makes them happy then that’s how it should be. I’m talking about the so-called “Two Daddies Ending”. This can mean a variety of things, depending on your own standpoint and how you see the characters. For simplicity, I’m going to say that it means that Kotetsu and Barnaby will continue to be a part of each other’s lives in a meaningful way.
The Tiger & Bunny fandom is one of the most mature and open-minded ones, if not the most open-minded one I’ve ever been a part of. Browsing through imageboards I’ve seen numerous comments from people who point out that they “don’t like the gay” but they still would like to see Kotetsu and Barnaby end up together. (And while Tiger & Bunny does have a pretty big yaoi fangirl following, that has very little to do with this since those fangirls can be found in just about any given fandom.) The way I see it is that many Tiger & Bunny fans have found the acceptance that love and happiness can come in many forms regardless of gender – and those forms don’t have to include sex.
Director Satou obviously has a plan, and to me it seems that part of it has been blurring out gender as much as possible. The choice of not giving detailed character profiles could also play into this, since it allows us to experience the characters based on how they act and what they say, without being defined by their attributes. Take a look at Nathan for example. Most of us probably had prejudices about the character at first, but now everyone loves him. Nathan also shows that there’s very little prejudice in the world of Tiger & Bunny. The way the other heroes act around him makes it seem like he doesn’t stand out from the norm, and we haven’t heard any negative comments from other characters in the series. As the owner of Helios Energy he’s also a very influential person. You could of course argue that we just aren’t shown it, but for now I’ll argue that you can’t show something that just isn’t there. (I’ve written an opinion on Nathan before, you can read it here.)
With the choices he’s made and how the characters have developed, Satou has created a world where he could pull off that Two Daddies Ending if he wanted to. It would still be a pretty bold move if he did it, but a large part of the fandom seems ready to accept it. This alone is a huge achievement, along with how unified both the Japanese and the Western fandom are in wanting happiness for the characters.
Ultimately, I think most of us are ready to accept any ending that will make the characters we’ve grown to love so much to be happy.
(Btw, here‘s the Pixiv tag for arts with Kotetsu, Barnaby and Kaede.)
Let’s not forget that Sunrise have this habit of killing our favorite characters off. I fear the ending.
Although that is true, I don’t really consider this your usual Sunrise situation. Looking at the stuff Nishida has previously written, I have more faith in a better outcome.
I totally agree, because it’s not just “Sunrise” that dictates how a series will play out, but the people behind the series.
I agree with your post! One of the greatest things about this fandom is how fanboys and girls – including yaoi fans – are, for once, in the same boat, just wishing for a happy ending for Kotetsu and Barnaby. It makes my heart melt. I root for a happy ending too, (any kind, it doesn’t really matter to me).
I think the series may have some little flaws plot-wise, but as for characters, characterization, it’s brilliant. I put my trust in Satou, and I hope he has an awesome plan (TM).
I don’t have much of an opinion on Two Daddies End, anything get that gets everyone out alive and happy is great in my book. But. That tag. It’s giving me diabetes. How can so much adorable be concentrated in one place, my gosh.
While I’m probably one of the few fans that DON’T ship Kotetsu/Barnaby, I do wish for an ending where they continue to stay in each other’s lives. I’d rather Kotetsu not quit being a Hero entirely, and instead stick around the company in some way, like a mentor in business for a real-life example. I JUST WANT HIM HAPPY. Lol. But, I don’t want to leave Kaede out either, so I feel he should just tell her who her papa is and raise her to be a Hero too, or something like that.
I would love to see Bunny following Tiger back to his hometown and live together with Kaede and Muramasa and their Mother… i think that will be pretty sweet. They could leave the hero jobs to the new generation of heroes. ^^ That is my ideal ending~
Although some ppl wouldnt want Kotetsu to quit being a Hero, I for one, actually thinks that he deserves it. He can be a hero to Kaede and Bunny. 😀 😀
Here is to hoping the ending will be a Happy one! (Then they can make a movie that requires them to return to being a hero~ or sth. 😉 lol.)