With the lion’s share of attention in the world of anime superheroes being redirected to My Hero Academia as the season sets for its sixth season, Tiger & Bunny has managed to carve out a niche for itself.
The franchise has already started Tiger and Bunny Season 2 on Netflix, with the Sunrise anime series returning to explore the journey of our corporate superheroes. The show has indicated when fans can anticipate fresh episodes later in 2022.
Tiger and Bunny Season 2 Part 2 release date
After an eleven-year hiatus, “Tiger and Bunny, Season 2” has resurfaced with a new plot and a captivating storyline. For a bizarre premise, the first season was a surprise hit. Nonetheless, the Official Tiger & Bunny Twitter Account informed that fresh episodes of the anime series would be available on Netflix from October 7, 2022.
Tiger & Bunny is one of the few anime shows that began as a television series before being adapted into a manga, with the first episodes airing in 2011, a few months before the plot was published in print.
Sunrise Studio is the same animation company responsible for the likes of iconic anime franchises such as Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Gintama, to mention a few. Sunrise Studio has brought the second season to life, and it’s clear that the second season is set to continue taking our characters on some wild new adventures.
Tiger and Bunny Season 2 part 1: A review
Apart from a sequel film in early 2014 and the unrelated spinoff Double Decker! Doug and Kirill, it seemed improbable that we’d ever see a meaningful sequel to Studio Sunrise’s brilliant, humorous, and poignant superhero animation.
However, in 2020, Netflix announced the creation of a surprise second season with the same personnel and company, now known as Bandai Namco Pictures. Finally, thirteen episodes (of a planned twenty-five) were released simultaneously, in classic Netflix binge-worthy fashion.
Tiger & Bunny Season 2 begins in 1980, two years after the first season’s conclusion, in an alternate history in which people have obtained extraordinary “Next” genetic powers. Some of these “Nexts” have superheroic abilities and are sponsored by private firms in exchange for being walking ads on the top-rated Hero TV network in the multi-level Stern Bild city. Firms fund their pricey exosuits, corporate insurance covers collateral damage (to a point), and each hero’s suit is usually branded with the logos of many real-world companies.
The first half of this batch of episodes is mostly stand-alone, with each episode focusing on newly formed superhero buddy pairs, examining their flaws and weaknesses, with Kotetsu and Barnaby mainly relegated to the backdrops. At the same time, the peripheral characters and their new professional relationship status quos are adequately established.
Tiger & Bunny 2 does an excellent job of elaborating on the themes of the first season by widening its concepts to accommodate many types of relationships and challenges that would have been difficult to address if the program had remained focused on the lead couple. Essentially, it’s animated couples’ counseling with a dash of light superheroics.
This season’s major adversaries are a pair of creepy Nexts who appear to have walked from the set of Platinum End. They are first teased in short after-credits sequences.
Still, they only become known to the heroes much later, after all the episodic relationship drama has been examined and the show returns to its heavily serialized roots. Their backstory hints at unresolved plot threads from the first season, so it’s encouraging to see some progress in that regard.
Although the initial threat appears to be resolved by the end of episode thirteen, a powerful hook is left for the following twelve episodes to build on and twist what came before.
Season 2 feels like a natural evolution and a different beast from season 1, thanks to the increased cast and broader focus. While it does an excellent job of exploring its topics (maybe a touch too bluntly and plainly), it does marginalize both Kotetsu and Barnaby.
Thankfully, the other characters, including the slightly obnoxious new emo adolescent heroes, are also amusing. Every character has an opportunity to shine and do something new with their skill set, and the climactic battle is the series’ most drawn-out, vicious, and violent confrontation yet.
While the second season isn’t without flaws, such as a plot that takes a long time to get going and the repetitive repetition of some undeniable relationship lessons, it’s a terrific return for anime’s top superhero couple. As much as I like My Hero Academia, my heart belongs to the more sophisticated world of Tiger & Bunny, with its flawed but realistic adult characters.
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