Tiger & Bunny - Ryodo Review

Again, this title still doesn't really scream “Superhero” at me, to be honest.

For those of you who are thinking "OMG! WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH IT, LIKE SERIOUSLY" at my first review of the OST, no worries. I've given myself some time to watch the anime and even though I only watched the first episode, I can feel myself wanting to watch on.

As I have mentioned in my previous reviews, I emphasize a lot on first impressions, so for this review, I will take a look at the pilot episode of Tiger & Bunny, the episode that started it all. Depending on how you look at it, this review may contain some spoilers, so if you do not want to know what's going on in the anime before you watch it, I suggest you turn away now. Like, literally. Leave your computer for a while and do something else like play video games, eat, cook, etc.

Wild Tiger doesn't seem too impressed with my failed attempt to make a joke.

Okay that was a bad joke, I sincerely apologise.

The episode starts off with a typical criminal chase scene on the highway. Instead of running away from the police, the robbers are running away from super heroes, Fire Emblem, in particular. One by one, the episode introduces all the heroes, doing what I would believe are their special abilities (for example, Rock Bison picking up the runaway car with his enhanced strength).

ROCK BISON! DON'T THROW THAT CAR AT ME! I'VE BEEN A GOOD BOY! Oh wait, Christmas is over already.

What really boggled my mind, though, was the fact that these super heroes are part of "Hero TV", a TV reality series where their heroic acts are filmed at really awkward angles. Think about it, some of the shots require you to be in an angle that will put you in immediate danger. Logically, as a producer or even the camera crew manager, would you put your men's lives on the line for the sake of entertainment, ruining your reputation and even your life in the long run? Maybe Jackie Chan would, but he's not in this movie - I mean anime!

Now THIS is what a true superhero would be thinking in his mind.

Another thing that caught me off guard was the fact that Wild Tiger (aka Kaburagi Kotetsu) was already a veteran superhero who looks like a rag compared to the other superheroes at first. His special ability enhances his strength by a hundred times and it only lasts for 5 minutes, something that was quickly copied over to newbie superhero Barnaby Brooks Jr. His lack of care for the environment when fighting against crime caused his company (TopMag) to be taken over due to the high costs caused by his collateral damage.

Hero TV is a family show; even the kids love it.

I shall leave it to you to explore the rest of the plot, but for now let's talk about the good and the bad.

Needless to say, the voice acting here is superb. Kotetsu is voiced by Hirata Hiroaki (the same guy behind Sha Gojyo from the Saiyuki series as well as Sanji from One Piece). Wild Tiger is an old superhero with lots of deep moments, so it's perfect to have Hirata-san to bring his character to life. The animation is really good too; I like how some of the heroes' CG animation are blended with traditional 2D animation really well. The only complaint that I have is that the action scenes feel a little too calm when it should be fast-paced and intense.

Aww don't be sad Kotetsu, I'll buy your trading cards... if only you have a not-so-goofy costume.

Poor Kotetsu... being rejected in the face by a kid is truly humiliating.

Wild Tiger has this aura around him that draws you in the very first time you see him. His immediate back-story is shown in the first episode and it gives you a sense of belonging and makes you feel sympathetic towards him.

Fire Emblem… sounds familiar... well, problem Nintendo?

Sky High... I know it's a commonly used term, but again, problem Disney?

Overall, the first episode of Tiger & Bunny is well executed and there are some moments which I enjoyed. If you have not watched it yet, I suggest that you do so! It's a good show for anime lovers and superhero lovers alike. I would continue on watching when I have the time, but for now, thanks for reading my review and may you Get Inspired Now!

All's well that ends well. Not in Kotetsu's case, though.

- Ryodo

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