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Anime Fridays – Tiger & Bunny

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What’s up, y’all? Hope you’re ready for an anime review!

Today, I’ll be reviewing an original anime series, Tiger & Bunny, for Anime Fridays. The anime is produced by Studio Sunrise. I am still currently watching this anime (~13 episodes in so far out of 25) so I’ll be giving my first impressions. This anime also has two movies, Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, which I have yet to see but thought I’d let y’all know about.

UPDATE: I have finished the season and both movies. My impressions and review stay the same as before 😉

I have to also mention that I am watching this anime dubbed in English (I am a Japanese Dub with English Subtitles person — just throwing that out there for you dub vs. sub people) so there may or may not be some things lost in translation. The dub is pretty good, though.

Disclaimer: All the views presented here are my own opinions. None of the material written here is to offend anyone in anyway. Feel free to agree or disagree respectfully if you wish.

Here is a rundown summary of the overall show:

In Stern Bild City, those with special abilities are called “NEXT,” and can use their powers for good or bad. A unique organized group of NEXT appear regularly on Hero TV, where they chase down evildoers to bring limelight to their sponsors and earn Hero Points in the hopes of becoming the next “King of Heroes.”

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, known as “Wild Tiger,” is a veteran hero whose performance has been dwindling as of late, partially due to his inability to cooperate with other heroes. After a disappointing season in which most of the other heroes far outperformed Tiger, he is paired up with a brand new hero who identifies himself by his real name—Barnaby Brooks Jr.

Barnaby, nicknamed “Bunny” by his frivolous new partner, quickly makes it clear that the two could not be more different. Though they mix as well as oil and water, Tiger and Bunny must learn to work together, both for the sake of their careers and to face the looming threats within Stern Bild.

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I have to say, this show had me hooked from the first few minutes of the first episode.

Art and Animation:

The art style is pleasant and lovely. It has an air of hyper-realism-meets-surrealism with some retro anime vibes. The CG animation, when used, is well integrated and isn’t distracting. The animation is clean and this high quality is kept throughout the episodes.

Characters:

The character cast is quite diverse (spoiler: one of them is a drag-queen) and their interactions with one another are genuine.

I absolutely love the characterization chosen for Tiger and Bunny. Tiger is your office worker who has toiled with a job for a while now and at this point is like “Oh, heck it all. Let’s do this and get it over with.” Bunny on the other hand is the new kid who is dedicated to doing his job while being really good at it and showing off. So, basically, it’s your tired office worker and youthful intern duo.

At the end of the day though, you can tell that Tiger and Bunny do really care for each other, no matter what. (In essence, they are a mess, but they are a cute mess!)

Storyline:

The story line tends to highlights this mess of a team of Tiger and Bunny while advancing the overall plot without compromise. Practically every single superhero case gets thrown to these two to figure out all while they try to solve the differences between them at the same time.

Is the storyline more character focused, then? In most ways, yes.

Plot:

The plot is very progressive for the most part, and it does a great job in keeping the audience engaged and wanting to know more.

Without revealing too much, the primary conflict and the villain were introduced at the right time. There are some plot twists before hand though as to keep you guessing who the villain might be, and these twists were executed just right.

Content:

When it comes to content, it’s the comedy that takes the spotlight.

The comedy is so spot on and golden, it had me laughing at the right times. Being a fan of quality comedy, I can say I totally approve of the comedic execution here! Most of the humor comes from Tiger and his interaction with the people around him, especially his partner, Bunny. These two honestly remind me of an old couple or just the best of friends when they start bickering with one another!

For those worried (or not) about “fan service” there is really none as far as I can tell (aside from some characters’ hero costumes, but that’s kind of stretching it), so that’s a huge plus for me and anyone who would like some clean anime to watch with their parents or grandparents.

Final Thoughts:

I am just about done with the first major story arc and I have to say, it was pretty good and wholesome. Good plot, character-centric storyline, and clean art and animation. Also, you do get character arcs for the rest of the cast with details about their past and personalities in depth, all while keeping these minor arcs relevant to the overall storyline. This is something I liked since you get diverse character viewpoints on the same conflict they are all facing.

TL;DR:

If you like superhero action and quality, character-created golden comedy, you are bound to love Tiger & Bunny.

That’s all I have for this show and if you get a chance to see it, I hope you like it as much as I am right now!

Peace ^.^