Tiger & Bunny 2 Episodes 1-13 – Review

After the disaster it was Double decker bus! Doug and KirilI was overly nervous about the second season of tiger and rabbit. Really, could anyone blame me? Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- added little to the narrative of the series, the director was kicked out of the project and netflix offered little promotional material to allay my anxieties. For several weeks, I was pretty much convinced that everything would be done in rigid 3DCG by then netflix he seems particularly invested in these. I was worried that there would be a third iteration of Kotetsu’s elimination, but then he would be back. I had fallen in love with the characters and themes of the original tiger and rabbitand even though I didn’t think a sequel was needed, I wanted something that suited them.

Well now that the first half of tiger and rabbit 2 was released in its entirety, I’m happy to say my fears were in vain. Hey guys? They really are back in town. The focus is on the back, as the new series has little interest in catching up with new fans, or even old fans who have skipped watching the sequel film. Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising-. Who’s that asshole in the gold armor? Well, it was none other than Ryan “Golden Ryan” Goldsmith, who took over the role of Barnaby’s partner when Kotetsu was forced to retire. Apparently he has decided to stay instead of going to work abroad. The response from fans to his presence was: “Oh, is he still there?”

The reason tiger and rabbit 2 it’s so unfriendly to starters, it’s because she spends very little time reestablishing the sizable cast and their relationships beyond a quick phone call at the start of the first episode. This is probably for the best, as Hero TV’s main cast has grown from eight to 12 with the addition of Ryan and three new heroes: Mr. Black, He’s Thomas, and Magic Cat. Dwell on the details of already established characters for reaching new fans would have been a waste of precious time. In fact, the appeal doesn’t even work to reintroduce the cast. Rather, it echoes the first premiere to highlight what has changed in the four years in the universe since the first episode.

It’s a wonderfully clever move that sets the pace for both the characters and the story structure, filling the episode with callbacks without getting bogged down in nostalgia. The way the heroes have been paired is just as clever: each duo receives a tuning episode where the two encounter some sort of problem, and Kotetsu and Barnaby end up helping them solve it and / or get involved, developing the new one. characters as he draws new sides for returning cast members. To be fair, the unique villains pale in comparison and are largely immemorial compared to the characters’ personal conflicts – yes, yes, there’s an arsonist on the loose, but learning that Sky High sometimes eats pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner. a much bigger gain! And if you are part of it fujoshi contingent of fans – don’t worry, you’re friends here – you might leave with a new ship or two.

This is extremely important because tiger and rabbitThe strength of has always been in the writing of the character, especially in the struggles of Kotetsu and Barnaby and in the way they keep themselves afloat despite arguing like the married couple they are. The two have come a long way and the personal demons that once haunted them have mostly subsided. Mr. Black and He Is Thomas echo what they once were: an unwitting collaboration between a cheeky, justice-obsessed hothead and a quiet, brooding young man driven by personal trauma. So far, neither is particularly convincing, but the way they reflect on themselves about Kotetsu and Barnaby sheds light on who they are now and what they haven’t figured out yet. Barnaby served him his revenge, so why is he still fighting? How can he get out of the rage that once defined him and that still roars inside him? Kotetsu has adapted to work within the limits and expectations of Hero TV; Has he lost the sense of principles? Can he allow his daughter to follow his own dangerous path? tiger and rabbit 2 asks these questions, but has not yet fully answered.

There’s also a lot going on outside of the character lines when it comes to the larger storyline, with some of it bearing fruit at the end of this arc, and other things left over for the second half to come. The season’s mid-leaders are Mugan and Hugan, a pair of albino twins who traveled to small towns and defeated their local superhero squads before setting their sights on Sternbild. They are fine as characters outside the game of cruel stereotypes about albinism, but there is little originality in their story or motivation, and they don’t do much to advance the narrative further, other than playing by the pattern of duality and partnerships. . The culmination of their story arc was actually some kind of delusion, hampered by an unimaginative use of their powers and a truly rigid 3DCG.

The stiff 3DCG was particularly disappointing given the production limitation in its use until then. While I noticed an increased addiction to them during action scenes, especially with the heroines, he was rarely overbearing. The production of the anime was solid overall, and janky or off-model animation is one of them at times tiger and rabbithistorical charm. My worries about a change of director were out of place – if anything, veteran director Mitsuko KaseThe leadership strengthened the overall visual presentation while reducing the distracting fan service. My biggest complaint, aside from the stiff animation in the climax battle, is in its depiction of violence: the characters are injured enough to be hospitalized, but it’s also bloodless to the point that there are no visible injuries. I don’t need guts or blood, but it has sucked up much of the tension from some important moments where there is no visual difference between a simple broken suit and a life-threatening injury.

If you’re still reading this review, you probably already have a preference for your favorite item and I’m happy to say you can stick with the one you like. The English version has a few redesigns, including Dragon Kid and Rock Bison, but Cassandra Morris is a more than adequate substitute for Laura BaileyAnd Aaron La Plante sounds decently like Travis Willingham. The new cast is also strong, chock full of established names like Robbie Daymond And Johnny Yong Bosch. The new Japanese cast also has its share of superstars, including Mamoru Miyano And Kensho Ono.

More than a decade has passed since then tiger and rabbit premiered, and while the landscape around reality TV and superhero media has changed dramatically since then, it almost feels like time hasn’t passed. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store and how Kotetsu and Barnaby’s romance continues … I mean, Sternbild’s battle for the future against Oroborus.

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