TIGER & BUNNY
Type: TV Series (25 Episodes)
Genre: Action, Drama
The series takes place in "NC 1978" in a fictional, re-imagined version of New York City called Sternbild City, where 45 years before, superpowered individuals known as "NEXT" started appearing and some of them became superheroes. Each of the city's most famous superheroes work for a sponsor company and their uniforms also contain advertising for real-life companies. Their heroic activity is broadcast on the popular television show "Hero TV", where they accumulate points for each heroic feat accomplished (arresting criminals or saving civilians, for example) and the best ranked hero of the season is crowned "King of Heroes".
The story mainly focuses on veteran hero Kotetsu T. Kaburagi aka Wild Tiger who is assigned a new partner, a young man named Barnaby Brooks Jr. However, Barnaby and Kotetsu usually have trouble working together as they have conflicting opinions on how a superhero should act while at the same time trying to crack the mystery of the murder of Barnaby's parents. In addition, the appearance of a homicidal vigilante NEXT named "Lunatic" stirs up the public and makes them question the meaning of heroes.
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What appears to be a rather simple story turns out quite complex, with foreshadowing being used rather effectively. No complains here as this was a major strength of the series.
Each character was so unique an interesting that they all could have been mains. Most of the cast get episodes dedicated to them which don't feel forced like in other series, but contribute to the greatness of the series as a whole.
Characters designs were well done and clearly had a western comic book hero kind of influence. The CG was beautiful as you would expect sunrise but the regular animation left much to be desired, as at a lot of points the scenes were just the mouths moving, not to mention that the characters hardly blink.
The soundtrack was rather cliche for a western audience but that's not a bad thing as it adds to the style. The VAs performances were good as well and each really captured the emotion of their characters at the key moments.
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