Not sure if someone’s translated this before, but we decided to do it anyway. This little gem of a video is packed full of things hidden in the first 12 episodes. Translations by Aki_the_geek.
Starting from the highest level:
There are statues in the Gold Stage, like a Pegasus and a Dragon, representing different heroes. And by the way, Kotetsu’s home is in the Silver Stage, Barnaby’s in the Golden Stage. This picture was drawn in 2009, so we know that the creation of Tiger & Bunny took two years. [TL note: Kotetsu lives in the Bronze Stage according to official books.]
The company Blue Rose is affiliated with – Titan Industries – has a an employee who’s in charge of the hero department. He looks very similar to a character from the Iron Man movie (his name is also Robert).
(Smaller picture: Robert Downey Jr.)
Besides him, there is a teacher in the school Karina goes to who looks like this movie director.
(Smaller picture: Steven Spielberg)
There are also theories that the prison is similar to the one in Watchmen and that the character in the prison grounds resembles the actor who played Rorschach.
There is a theory that the scene with the battle machine with its lid taken off was inspired by the Ghost in the Shell.
There are small things in the anime that are similar to the ones that exist in the real world.
Drinks brought by Kotetsu
Perrier Mineral Water.
People drink it in restaurants all over the world, one of the most popular brands of mineral water.
The beer Antonio is drinking
Bavaria – product from a beer company based in Holland, created in 1719.
Red Monkey (the director’s favourite)
If you look closely at the car plates, a lot of them have “KS1218” written on them.
KS stands for Satou Keiichi (the director) and 1218 is December (12) 18th, his birthday.
There are other variations of that plate, like KS2118 (2 and 1 changed places).
Then we have KT0929, which stands for Tamura Kazuhiko.
On the Sternbild One Dollar bill, you can see the Ourobouros’ mark.
(TL note: This was changed in the BD/DVD release and the Ouroboros was removed.)
Year 1932 – Appearance of NEXT.
Year unknown – Legend, started as the first hero.
Year unknown – Kotetsu was saved by Legend in a bank robbery.
Year 1957 – Barnaby’s (4) parents were murdered. It probably happened during Christmas.
Year 1962 – Jake was arrested by Legend.
Year 1963 – Barnaby (10) started gathering information on the streets.
Year 1967 – Wild Tiger debuted.
Year 1968 – Kaede was born.
Year 1972 – Kotetsu’s wife died of illness.
Year 1976 – Agnes Joubert took up the position as HERO TV’s producer.
Year 1977 September – Season Ends (MVP: Sky High).
Year 1977 October – Tiger & Bunny formed.
Year 1977 December – World Figure Skating Championship was supposed to be opened.
Year 1978 – Ending’s Emblem