Ode to Tiger and Bunny: Fan Ramblings (Part 1?)

Note: I was incredibly excited after the last episode so I decided to write this “review” before rewatching the series. Majority of pictures used within this post are fanart images from Zerochan. No matter how much I wish T&B was mine and mine alone, I do not own the images nor the series. 

OVERALL

I give this series a 10/10, 5/5, two thumbs up, or whatever means of scale a person likes to use when judging these types of things. Whatever that scale may be, I give this series a perfect score. Not since Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann back in 2007 has a series completely captivated me from beginning to end, sparking a love that will probably last me for years. It takes quite a lot for a series to keep me wholly interested for what I consider a full season (25-27 episodes. T&B is 25 episodes) and Tiger & Bunny did just that. I enjoyed the plot lines, both subplots and the main plot, and I rarely found problems with the series with the exception of things that were justifiable.

The basic, spoiler free plot of the series as taken from ANN:

“Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. 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.” – http://www.animenewsnetwork.com

SPOILER WARNING FOR THE REST OF THIS POST! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED 🙂

“MAIN” CHARACTERS

I pretty much enjoyed all the characters, except the villains which means they did their job. It took me some time to warm up to some. Others I liked right off the back.

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger – One of the main protagonists, Kotetsu seems like a bumbling idiot when introduced with a complete disregard to public property

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Kotetsu was certainly a character I had to grow to love although it did not take me that long. Although he was “loveable” from the get-go, I just did not see how he could even be on the level of the superheros in (and out) of the series. Kotetsu became my favorite character when he started to show the wisdom that a mature character needs to have in a series. It probably started a little before the, albeit anticlimactic, defeat of the Ouroboros member Jake Martinez. Kotetsu guessing Jake’s second NEXT power and purposely telling Bunny the wrong thing showed that Kotetsu had what it took despite not having the glory.

In the second arc, Kotetsu having to deal with his declining powers, his headstrong daughter Kaede, and his commitment to being a superhero almost proved a bit too much for him at times. However, Kotetsu bested the odds even rising from the dead. Of course he wasn’t REALLY dead, merely knocked out from the pain supposedly, but from a company like Sunrise who doesnt give a damn who they kill off, it was great to see him still alive. Some fans claim this final episode was anticlimactic. I completely disagree. I thought he was dead. I thought the heroes were going to lose. But, the episode kept surprising me. I’m pretty satisfied.

Barnaby Brooks Jr –  the rookie Hero and other protagonist, “Bunny” (as he is called by Tiger), he probably took the longest for me to like. Even still, I’m not completely sold on Barnaby. Perhaps it was the fictional residents of Sternbild that just made me dislike the guy. Perhaps it was his arrogance. However I feel about the guy, his tragic story is what fueled the entire series, to my dismay. His parents were killed when he was younger and he became a Hero to avenge them. Of course all of this was a well orchestrated plot by his caretaker Albert Maverick which shocked the hell out of me at first.

OTHER HEROES

Karina/Blue Rose, Nathan/Fire Emblem, Keith/Sky High, Ivan/Origami Cyclone, Pao-Lin/Dragon Kid, Antonio/Rock Bison

At first, during the magnificent first arc of the series, these characters played “large” role. Although not integral to the main plot thread of the series, the majority of them had episodes devoted solely to them and the assisted Kotetsu closely. I enjoyed how the series tried to include them and thought they balanced their subplots well. However, after a while, they seemed to become an afterthought. Truly it would take a longer series to completely explore all these characters. Also, I am aware that every single character can not be a main character. This never is a problem with me in other series that have large casts, but with there was so much potential with each of these other heroes that I felt was pretty much dropped in the second half in lieu of the twisting plot. I was actually glad they returned towards the end and, once again, became involved in the main plot.

Yuri/Lunatic one of my favorite characters was Yuri. I don’t know what this necessarily says about me as a person, but I agreed with his brand of justice from the get go. Not only does he have the best costume and the most amazing power, he is like a silent threat waiting to strike. When they finally got around to showing his seriously dark past, my heart went out to him.

OPENING AND ENDINGS

yay, youtube copyright crackdown. That’s sarcasm by the way. The videos are mirrored/backwards.

The first opening. I absolutely loved it because I thought that the upbeat music and visuals captured the atmosphere of the first arc very well. It’s fun.

While I like this song, I did not think it fit the series as perfectly as the first one, especially with the awkward ending place in the song. I did love the visuals of Sternbild City in this opening.

There’s not much to say about this one except that I loved it. Thought it fit the series. The first opening and endings of They just fit better then the second ones. I remember when they changed, it was quite jarring at first. Obviously after watchign the series with the newer OP and ED that it grew on me.

This ending song is so haunting – very chilling.

What Do I Think About a Second Season

I would rather T&B have tied everything up in one neat little series, but, apparently, there will be another season thanks to all the open ended questions this one left – purposely. I do think they could have resolved matters, but were pushing for a second season. Tiger only having one minute of powers in the next season does not seem at all pleasing to watch. Guess we’ll see.

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