Tiger & Bunny is a super heroes anime who make an appearance on television in order to accumulate points and audience. Despite being a 2011 anime, it had its recent debut on Netflix where I watched and liked it a lot. In this article we will talk about some curiosities, spoilers and new season of this Sunrise anime.
The Tiger & Bunny Story
As usual, the Sunrise anime is original and created by Keiichi Sato, the creator of The Big O and Karas. The Tiger & Bunny series takes place in a fictional New York version called Sternbild City, where "justice" and "heroism" are marketed goods.
45 years ago, certain individuals began to manifest superpowers called NEXT and several of them chose to become superheroes. Each is sponsored by big real-life companies, which are featured as advertisements on heroes' uniforms.
Their heroic activities are broadcast on the popular television program Hero TV, where they accumulate points for each heroic feat they accomplish and the season's highest-rated hero is crowned "King of Heroes".
The story focuses mainly on veteran hero Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, also known as Wild Tiger, a middle-aged man with a young daughter who is one of the least popular heroes in the city's ranking.
When his original sponsor is purchased, he receives a partner, a young man named Barnaby Brooks Jr., forming the first pair of heroes. However, Barnaby and Kotetsu have trouble working together, as their methods and visualizations are constantly clashing.
What did I think of Tiger & Bunny?
Being an Anime of 2011 that I almost never hear about, I was a little afraid, but I decided to give it a try. The synopsis seemed a little strange and made me think it would be more of a comedy anime with no main story.
When I started watching, I stuck from beginning to end like with other Sunrise anime. They are very good for making original anime, my only complaint is the use of CG in armor, but it was very good for the time of release.
The heroes are very charismatic and hardworking, the main characters and their limitations and differences create a unique and fun experience full of adventure. The anime has great villains and criminal organizations that it holds and causes a good suspense.
I haven't found good anime like this for years, it was a great surprise to have let this beautiful work pass since 2011. I liked it so much that I am even able to fit it in my TOP 10 anime.
I'm a hero because I want to help people. Is that not enough reason?
Tiger & Bunny New Season and Continuation
In addition to the 24-episode series, the anime won two films, the first passing in the middle of the anime timeline and the second (The Rising) taking place after the events of the anime's first season.
It was recently announced a second season for Tiger & Bunny in the year 2022. Perhaps it is the main reason for Netflix to debut this anime worldwide in 2021, in order to increase its popularity again and highlight the second season.
Because this is an original Sunrise anime, a new season will always be possible. We have already seen the impossible happen with the resurrection of Lelouch after decades. Not to mention several Code Geass Spin-Offs.
If you have any doubts about possible new seasons and continuations of Tiger & Bunny, rest assured, the anime took 10 years to win a new season that will arrive in 2022. Never lose hope! Anime is very good in all aspects.
In this world, there is no animal as hideous as the human being. Even wolves are not cannibals, but humans swallow themselves alive.
Curiosities of Tiger and Bunny
I don't know if you will see it, but the anime takes place between 1913 and 1978 despite the fact that technology has evolved differently, with exoskeletons, computers and androids already existing.
Most companies in the city of Sternbild are named after Greek mythology like the Poseidon Company, responsible for the city's urban transport. Other companies like Apollo, Titan and Helios are responsible for some heroes.
The city is based in New York and several other places in the world with some Greek statues that support the city. The city has suffered a flood disaster in the past, leading to the development of its current three-tier construction.
The three layers of the city are held in place by a series of support columns that are called Bronze Stage (lower layer), Silver Stage (middle layer) and Gold Stage (upper layer).
The higher the layer, the more opulent the lifestyle is. Accommodation is large and varied, from apartment complexes to traditional Japanese-style houses.
In the center of the city is the Tower of Justice, which serves as a headquarters for the city's heroes. The city's seven largest companies (Apollon Media, Helios Energy, Helperides Finance, Kronos Foods, Odysseus Communication, Poseidon Line and Titan Industry) are arranged in a wide circle around the Tower of Justice, each also represented by a large statue of a mythological creature.
Tiger & Bunny Characters and Heroes
Below we will see a little about each Hero of Hero TV:
Kotetsu T. Kaburagi [鏑 木 ・ T ・ 虎 徹] Both its Japanese name and the T refer to the Tiger. Kotetsu is one of the main protagonists of the series and a veteran hero whose lack of consideration for collateral damage in fighting crime earned him the nickname "Crusher for Justice" from the public.
He starts the series as one of the least popular heroes in Sternbild City. Kotetsu is more concerned with helping the people of the city than with earning rankings, points or fame; a characteristic that many of his colleagues disapprove of. Your power is to increase your skills for 5 minutes.
Barnaby Brooks Jr.
Barnaby Brooks Jr. is a fledgling hero who does not hide his secret identity and the newest addition to Hero TV. In partnership and having the same power as the Wind Tiger, it depends more on strategy than strength.
Karina Lyle is the Heroina called Blue Rose with the power to freeze things. She still attends school, lives with her parents and makes use of her heroic deeds to boost her career as a singer. She also works as a pianist and singer with her real name at Bar Number 06.
Antonio Lopez is Veteran Hero Kotetsu T. Kaburagi's best friend and companion. His bull-themed costume includes advertising for the Japanese steakhouse chain Gyu-Kaku.
Little is known about Antonio's past before the series, except that he grew up in a small town near the hometown of Kotetsu and that he was the leader of a small gang in high school for a time until one of his subordinates was kidnapped.
Keith Goodman, known as Sky High, is one of Sternbild's most popular heroes and has been the "King of Heroes" for at least two consecutive years. Currently, all that is known about his past is that his powers were manifested when he was 18 years old.
Fire Emblem is an extravagant hero with fire skills and is equipped with a highly maneuverable racing car. Sponsored by "Helios Energy", his suit contains advertising for Fujitsu's FMV.
Nathan grew up in what appeared to be a boarding school for boys only. During his youth, Nathan was bullied and shied away from showing interest in feminine things like rings and makeup. A representation LGBT... in Anime!
Pao-Lin Huang, also known as Dragon Kid, is a young kung fu fighter armed with a staff and capable of producing lightning. His Chinese-style uniform includes advertising for Japanese food company Calbee and Japanese website DMM.com.
Pao-Lin seems to live with his businesswoman Natasha, who also acts as his legal guardian, since his parents still live in China. She personally hates feminine things, but she still considers herself a girl.
Ivan Karelin also known as Origami Cyclone is a hero who wears a costume inspired by ninja and samurai with a kabuki theme. At first, Ivan appears mainly in the background of photos and broadcasts to please his sponsors.
As the show continues, Ivan decides to be a more active hero, although he feels that his powers were not made for combat. He assists in evacuations, ensures that citizens are safe and actively participates in the capture of criminals with their weapons and martial arts.