Background Info:

Tiger and Bunny was made by Sunrise which I didn’t mean to talk so much about there animes, but They have been around since the 70’s so they do have a lot. They have also done Dirty Pair and Giant Gorg. It was later licensed by Viz Media and dubbed by Studiopolis Inc. which has dubbed Blade the anime and Naruto as well.

Brief Summary:

Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” some use there Next powers to steal or kill and then there are the Super Heroes of Hero TV. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.


Tiger & Bunny might be the most american inspired anime I’ve seen to date. Now I dont mean location wise, I mean with it’s art style, characters and main plot.  Let’s start with The plot and the fact that it’s about super heroes that assemble and have the characteristics of DC Comic heroes, making the conflicts in the anime feel less like traditional super power anime and more like a storyline in a Bruce Timm cartoon.  The characters are developed nicely from the main two Kotetsu and Barnaby too even the usually tropes characters that are only used for cheap laugh or a foil for the main characters also get developed. Of course not as well Kotetsu or Barnaby but we still get to know some stuff about them.  I might just be me but doesn’t Wild Tigers hardships and how people see him remind you of Spiderman. He does his best to have a normal life and to be a superhero but most people still look down on him because of his personality.

The animation blends normal cell animation and CGI for the costume scenes.  I’m not usually a fan CGI in anime because it looks blocky to me and that’s double when a anime goes back and forth between cell/drawn animation and CGI because that usually looks like the animated version of when Power Rangers goes from the rangers too the zords battle that are obviously done in different locations. Just very fake looking to me. But Tiger and Bunny is one of those exceptions to me. Sunrise makes these two completely different looking animation styles  blend amazingly not perfect but a lot better then I’ve seen in the past. Now does the fact that Tiger and Bunny looks and acts for like a DC cartoon mean it’s bad? Of course not it actually makes it more believable because if they tried to force japan-ease culture or styles into a topic like costume wearing superheroes which is a completely American concept, it would feel off and probably laughable stupid.


Now with all that said I give Tiger and bunny 8/10 and a check it out score. now usually when I give a anime a 8 or higher it’s a must watch but I do understand that anime fans who aren’t into North American cartoons as much to be put of by good portion of the anime and that the CGI fights can be lame at times with the repetition and movements. But I still think that it deserves a 8/10 with it’s enjoyable characters and super hero story-line’s. If You want to check out another superhero anime try Blade which was also done by Sunrise and Heroman.


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