Posted by psgels on 25 April 2011 with categories: Tiger & Bunny



Yesterday I was asked about reconstructions by Deedee. Back then I couldn’t really think of a good example that I really liked of one, but as I watched this episode of Tiger & Bunny I realized that it’s actually a pretty good example of a deconstruction. It accepts the flaws of the superhero genre, and then proceeds to create a highly creative setting around this flawed concept that both celebrates it and criticizes it. Of course it makes no sense for the heroes to be able to always be at the right place at the right time, but this series happily plays with that idea and has fun with it.

Also, apparently Tiger & Bunny will be 24 to 26 episodes long. I’ve yet to find official confirmation of this, but if this is true then it’d be awesome. This would really allow the creators to flesh out this setting of theirs, and this episode showed that they have every intention to do so. We finally get to see some background on one of the other heroes: the ice girl. My guess is that the other side characters will also get their own episodes. I also like that finally the most stereotypical character also became a bit more than a walking tramp. It’s a nice addition to see him own his own company, making him constrained by a whole number of different rules.

In the meantime, the action scenes still are fun to watch. They’re varied, and I like how they always involve multiple and different combinations of superheroes to make them fresh. The banter between the characters in-between the scenes especially is fun, and what the characters say are more than just cheesy one-liners.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

13 Responses

  1. Rintaro says:

    Yes, this series is 25 episodes. There are 9 volumes planned for release, each containing 2-3 episodes.

  2. DmonHiro says:

    This show is getting better and better. My guess is that the next hero to get his own episode will be Sky High, then Dragon Kid. Also… why do I have the feeling that Dragon Kid will also get the Bunny treatement?

  3. Jérémy says:

    I loved this episode! Although I felt like the animation was a bit off towards the middle, the story was great and turned Blue Rose into an awesome character. DmonHiro, what do you mean by the Bunny treatement?

  4. aegd says:

    I don’t get the praise for this episode. Its been done a dozen times before, the only difference being that the characters were super heroes.

    For me it was disappointing. I wish there was a main story or something more happening in the background. Right now its just random episodes and that gets boring pretty fast.

  5. Roldan says:

    I’m still waiting for some villains. How can you have superheroes but no kick ass villains.

  6. tanukichan says:

    Awesome. So out of my top 5 favourite series this season (AnE, AnoHana, HanaIro, TigerBunny, SteinsGate), 4 is going to be 2-cour? Can this season get any better than it already is? :)

  7. Kiarae says:

    “What will Wild Tiger destroy today?!”

    I love this series and how it makes fun of itself. Plus I’m really liking the main character. He too dorky to be extremely cool, but he’s experienced enough to have those moments of guidance, even if he can’t really follow through on them. I kind of wonder if Blue Rose is setting him up for when his own daughter reaches that age?

  8. m says:

    I like that the heroes are essentially cooperative, but also indulge in competitive play for status and pay. It’s basically how humans in successful nation states operate, and it works as a source of humor and to keep the heroes sympathetic. If they were too powerful that they didn’t have to work together, it’d be hard to accept them as working stiffs rather than as overlords; if they weren’t too powerful, but were too competitive we wouldn’t like them, because they’d be disagreeable and self-defeating; if they worked together, but there wasn’t any friction between them it wouldn’t be funny.

    I suspect that the heroes will be developed with threads of the main plot being left about, so when it comes time to deal with the major conflict we are able to understand the heroes’ individual motives and actions. Some of the seemingly unimportant things will turn out to lead back to the actors behind the major plot, and figuring out who is behind it will probably be part of the story. You guys need a little patience. There’s a lot of fun things every week to enjoy while the plot unfolds. How do you make it through novels? “I’m through three chapters, and I don’t even know who the villain is! Worst writer ever!”

  9. ojisan says:

    Hmmm – why am I still watching this, and how long till the thread breaks?

    I soill find the characterization & banter strained and pretty shallow. I’m waiting for more friction from the corporate-sponsored superhero setup, not just more complaining stage-managers.

  10. Kevin Caldwell says:

    I’m with aegd on this episode. It was so formulaic that I didn’t need any subtitles from minute 5 onwards to understand what was going on.

    It would have been interesting if they had had the balls to drop somebody from the hero cast, but that inner-turmoil-thing? The show itself has already handled this better in episode #2 when they turned that little brat around.

    It still has one of the most intriguing premises this season, but I’m not yet convinced that 24 – 26 episodes is the way to go. This one was too much of a filler for that.

  11. Keith says:

    Why is it that when an episode doesn’t directly correllate to an ongoing plot that people cry ‘filler’? What happened to character development? What Tiger and Bunny is doing is strengthening the relationships between characters and having fun with its premise.

    It’s the beginning of a 20-something episode series. It can take its time, folks.

  12. Jameson says:

    So i just finished watching all 25 episodes and i would let to see more, the way the series ended left to many questions. Whats Lunitic story? Why does Maverick fry his brain to protect his crime organization? I mean really to mainly loose ends not to continue.

  13. Jameson says:

    Like* not let

    Many* not Mainly

    haha only a few typos

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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