Preview: Tiger & BunnyPosted: April 6, 2011
Sorry that these are coming out late. As I mentioned in my sidebar, Spring Break is over, so I don’t have the most amount of time in the world to type these up. When I do, they most likely won’t be very long (not that I intend for previews to be long, anyways).
Also, there won’t be a preview tomorrow, but instead a review of Yumekui Merry, since the last episode airs tomorrow.
Tiger & Bunny is a show about a town with quite a few superheroes in it. Unlike most superhero shows where bad stuff happens, and then the hero swoops along and saves the day, Tiger & Bunny throws a nice twist into its story.
You see, this show isn’t simply for entertainment, but the careers of the heroes very well hinges on this show. Why? Because each hero has a sponsor, and those sponsors pay them for the more points they earn through the show.
By having heroes fight for monetary gain rather than the livelihood of the citizens, it makes for a nice contrast to the usual morally-saturated heroes people are used to.
Now, not all of the heroes fight just for the money. In fact, most of them still care about people’s well-being, but you can’t deny the desire for money is still there.
Wild Tiger (Kotetsu) is instantly likeable due to still caring about actually being a hero, and the scene where you see his emotional attachment to his daughter. It’s also pretty natural to sympathize with characters down on their luck.
The company sponsoring him goes down under in the middle of the first episode, so he gets transferred to a new one. That company wants to make the first superhero duo team, so they give him a new suit and team him up with who you could consider to be his polar opposite psychologically, Barnaby (though they ironically have the same super power).
That’s pretty much where the first episode ends.
My original intention for watching Tiger & Bunny was basically along the longs of, “Aww yeah, Sunrise mecha(ish) anime!” After watching the first episode, I still pretty much have that line of thought, but the show is also better than I originally expected. The implementation of the TV show with a scoring system definitely makes it more interesting.
It’s probably because his suit reminds me of Isaac Clark’s from Dead Space. ‘Dat helmet. Plus I’ve always been a sucker for trench coat-like capes.
I definitely recommend giving the show a watch. Looks like it’s gonna be pretty good.
Also, if Barnaby ends up being the main villain at the end, I win a million dollars.
P.S. Am I the only one who wonders why, in a city filled with superheroes that get paid the more crimes they stop, there are still criminals? Doesn’t sound like the most intelligent move on their part. Watch there be a twist at the end where it turns out the companies actually pay people to pull crimes so they can have the TV show make millions.
P.P.S. And where is my Coke hero at?!