Tiger & Bunny is set in the year NC 1978 and takes place in Sternbild City (which is a fictional re-imagined version of New York City). 45 years prior to the start of the series, superpowered individuals known as "NEXT" started appearing through a mysterious mutation. Some of them became superheroes, and each of the city's famous superheroes work for a sponsor company; their uniforms contain advertising for their sponsor company. Their heroic activities are broadcast on the popular television show Hero TV, where they accumulate points for each heroic feat they accomplish. The best ranked hero of the season is crowned "King of Heroes."
The main focus of the series is on Kotetsu Kaburagi, who is the real identity for the hero Wild Tiger. He's a veteran superhero past his prime and has a total disregard for private property when he's trying to nab the villains. His daughter, Kaede, lives with his mother and is unaware of her father's secret identity.
During the first episode, his sponsor company is taken over, thanks in large part to the high cost of the damage that Wild Tiger creates. His new sponsor, Apollon Media, makes him partner with a new and younger hero.
Barnaby Brooks Jr. becomes Kotetsu's new partner, and Kotetsu gives him the nickname "Bunny." Barnaby is given this nickname because of his armor's earpieces and his use of long jumps and kicks. Even though Barnaby has the same powers as Wild Tiger, Barnaby relies more on strategy than brute force. When Barnaby becomes a part of Hero TV, he makes no attempts to conceal his appearance or identity.
The other superheroes who participate in Hero TV are Blue Rose, Sky High, Fire Emblem, Dragon Kid, Rock Bison, and Origami Cyclone. Together, they try keep the peace in Sternbild City.
After watching the first episode of Tiger & Bunny, I was instantly hooked on the series. The concept of superheroes is unique for anime, and the producers of the series added some twists to the superhero genre that makes the series even more unique. I especially like the idea of the superhero that's past his prime who's trying to balance his family life with his career. I honestly believe this series could appeal to viewers who enjoy superhero stories who may not already watch anime.
The animation in Tiger & Bunny is also top notch. Not only are the characters well-designed, but the CG utilized in this series is some of the best melding of CG and cel animation that I have personally seen.
Content-wise, I didn't see anything terribly objectionable in the visuals of the first episode. Viz Media has given Tiger & Bunny a rating of TV-14, so I would recommend this series to anime viewers who are 14 years of age and older.
|Tiger & Bunny||25||2011||Keiichi Sato||Sunrise||Viz Media|
|Gekijo-ban Tiger & Bunny – The Beginning||N/A||2012||Yoshitomo Yonetani||Sunrise||N/A|