Review: Tiger & BunnyPosted: September 19, 2011
Anime: Tiger & Bunny
Animation Studio: Sunrise
Number of Episodes: 25
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
Bah, this review is coming out later than I wanted, too. Well, at least I got Bunny Drop out quickly, right? Plus, I’m staying up all night, so I may be able to squeeze in a review of Sacred Seven to pop up an hour or two after this one. Though I do also have a paper to write… but then again it’s an easy one… well, whatever. We’ll see what happens.
The first episode of Tiger & Bunny was pretty cool. It did a good job of showing the setting and how everything for the rest of the series was going to work. The second episode wasn’t as interesting, though. It was kind of a cliché episode that you’d expect from any old American superhero cartoon. A lot of people say the third one wasn’t incredible (not bad, just not impressive), too, but I actually liked it quite a bit because it had nice intensity to it that was definitely helped by an awesome piece from the soundtrack.
As I was watching it, I wasn’t sure how to describe Tiger & Bunny. Nowadays I go through shows thinking about what I’ll say about them in my reviews, but I couldn’t think of a good way to describe it. Now that I’ve gone through all of the episodes for the show, I finally know how to describe this show.
It’s like your classic Saturday morning cartoon, but a thousand times more awesome.
You guys remember waking up Saturday morning to watch all of those awesome cartoons on TV? Waking up early was totally worth it to watch some characters kick ass. Tiger & Bunny captures that feeling extremely well, but adds it’s own modern flair to it for this day and age.
Tiger & Bunny at first seems to copy the style of those cartoons by having “villain of the week” episodes, but then soon enough it’s revealed that it’s actually been setting up for a plot arc the entire time. Then when it seems like the arc was just for the first half, it winds up just a part of the arc, and the entire show is actually one gigantic arc. The way the plot unfolds is definitely one of Tiger & Bunny’s strongest points.
The characters are also all very enjoyable, each having their own unique quirks to them (except Rock Bison still never got his own episode, which is more hilarious than sad because of the way the show went about with his character) that make them interesting. Having the varied character personalities also keeps the character interactions really enjoyable.
And just like I said before, Sky High is still my favorite character.
If there’s anything negative to say about the show, it’d probably be the quirky CGI used for all of the heroes. Though it’s not much of a complaint, because it gives the show a unique look and feel, and you’re used to it by the end. The only other thing to say would be that the finale certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was still very enjoyable. The teaser at the very end was also pretty clever.
Wrapping this up, now that I’ve reviewed all of them, I can safely say that Steins;Gate, Tiger & Bunny, and Bunny Drop were my favorite shows that ended this season. Though, funnily enough, for pretty different reasons. Steins;Gate was the sci-fi thriller that you couldn’t stop watching to see where the plot and Okarin’s character went next; Tiger & Bunny was the pulse-pounding superhero show that left you wanting more and to see how it would all play out; and Bunny Drop was the feel good show on the importance of family and how having a kid/taking care of a kid can change you as a person, and also change your lifestyle.
The three powerhouses of the season, I salute you.
RATING: 10 out of 10.