Tiger and Bunny Review

tiger_bunny_posterStory:
Tiger is getting a bit old and outdated for a superhero. Unlike the younger heroes on Hero TV, he doesn’t seem to pull in crowds. But everything turns around when his company goes under and he’s taken in to be a new hot shot hero’s “partner.” Convincing his new partner to accept him is only half the battle…

Violence:
This is an action show so there’s blood and bones breaking. It could have been much worse, but it’s not tame either. Very much around the level of Black Cat and other typical Jump titles.

Language:
Typical TV14 stuff: expect d-mns, sh-ts and a few b-words. Especially around large battle arcs.

Nudity:
We have one female character (who is only in high school) who poses sexually and has a skimpy hero outfit. She also crushes hard on Tiger who is significantly older than her, which is creepy. Other than that, it’s pretty clear.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from seeing temples around and a few abstract mentions of God, nothing to put here. As is usually the case, religion is left out of this title.

Personal impression:
This was amazingly good. Seriously. I had missed out on this one back when it was first streaming and I regret not getting into it sooner. The characters are just fresh enough to make the show feel different, clearly mimicking American superhero models. But there’s still enough typical anime fair mixed in to give the show a very unique feeling. Some of the scenes are actually pretty hilarious. And while I wish they hadn’t indulged in a few American standards story-wise (the whole “I have to avenge my parents’ murder” thing is very old hat and very boring stuff), overall I really enjoyed the blend.
The music is sadly forgettable overall and the art is lacking here and there, but those things thankfully didn’t distract me too much from the characters themselves, specifically Tiger, who is an oddly likable lead. Usually the bumbling leads aren’t my thing, but Tiger is strangely enjoyable to watch. Likely this is due to his strong ethics on human life, including his insistence on protecting life no matter who it belongs to, including criminals. His arc with his daughter was actually very well handled as well, an aspect I had originally feared would be forgotten by the show.
In the end, this show is a very high recommend from me. Especially as Yahoo View has both sub AND dub available for free right now. I’ve watched bits of both and they are equally well done. In fact, the English cast was really well thought out, as was the dialog.
If you like action of any kind, I think you’ll really enjoy this title. Especially if the usual anime cliches are getting on your nerves.

Personal rating: young adult

Episodes: 25
Languages: sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Action, fantasy, superhero
Production: Production I. G.
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: Yahoo View

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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

2 thoughts on “Tiger and Bunny Review

  1. I really enjoyed this series as well – some very cool concepts that were used both partly as social/entertainment satire I think but also played out pretty well for genuine emotional impact. I don’t know that it’s one of my favourite titles, especially since I liked it a lot more the first time around that I did during a later re-watch, but it’s a joy whenever anime like this one are released.

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