TIGER & BUNNY S2 – The Social Aspect and the Netflix Treatment

It’s been a while since we’ve been blogging, and blogging again. And right now we’re not so sure about how much blogging we’ll do about season 2. It’s not just about how much our lives have changed since the first season (it’ll be 11 years when S2 airs – we’re no longer students, we have day jobs and commitments) but also the fact that it’ll be on Netflix and the first cour will be released in one go.

A large part of the experience for first season, probably for most of the people who got into TIGER & BUNNY while it was still airing, was waiting for the next episode to come out. Waiting, discussing, theorizing, talking about the plot and the characters. The wait for the final episode was both excruciating (and filled with carbs) and a lot of fun. We literally talked about TIGER & BUNNY every day for months. This social aspect is really important and I’m not sure if the series would have gathered the following it did if it had been released in one go for streaming. It might have been fast forgotten if it hadn’t been for the fans talking about it so much throughout the entire first season as it aired.

Times change, and binging a series can be fun – we’ve probably all been there with “just one more episode”. A binged series has to be great to make it memorable, it’s just too easy to zone out mentally when you’re on a full day marathon through the season. There’s no time to digest what you just watched when the next episode is already queued. Streaming platforms dedicated to anime (Crunchyroll, Wakanim, etc.) still do weekly releases, and Disney+ has been successful releasing an episode per week for their MCU series – although some of them actually work better when binged, and they feel like they were made for binging despite the weekly releases. Netflix is the outlier here and we sort of wish S2 would be streamed somewhere else.

The first season is currently available on Netflix in my country. They have removed all sponsor logos from the hero suits (which makes the opening sequences very awkward without nothing to zoom to) and the episodes lack the C-part. Not including the C-part (the stinger after the ending and before next episode preview) is like walking out of a Marvel movie the moment the credits start rolling. Many episodes had vital plot points in the C-part. So, if any of you have watched the first season only on Netflix, we urge you to find another version and check it out. This is the biggest problem with the Netflix release, parts of the episodes missing without good reason, and it raises a worry if S2 will have these mindless edits.

Lastly, there’s the QUALITY GYM. Parts of S1 production were rushed which shows in animation quality – something that is very common in anime as new episodes are produced while the show is already airing. Having half of the season released in one go means more even and higher quality… but the QUALITY of S1 had its own charm. If you haven’t seen the TV versions of the episodes, you might not realize how big the differences were.

Check some examples below, comparison of TV version and the corrections made for blu-ray release:

10th Anniversary Friend Rice Event Gallery

This_is_Sternbild_Gallery_banner_-_AKI_ver.1_4Thank you, and again thank you everyone for taking part in the 10th Anniversary Rice Event!

Some of you we recognized from the first event 10 years ago, so it was amazing to see you taking part once again, along with the new fans that have joined in for the 1st time. With season 2 slowly on the horizon, who knows what will come out from it, that maybe we’ll be able to celebrate it for the 20th anniversary…? Whatever happens, we can’t wait to see!

Without further ado, you can find all the pictures here in the gallery.

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Going to Anime Expo in LA? Then read this

As you probably already know, Barnaby’s seiyuu Morita Masakazu will be a guest of honor at Anime Expo in Los Angeles next week. TIGER & BUNNY -The Rising- will also be screened at AX.

Awesome, right? But one of our friends who is going to Anime Expo in Los Angeles next week contacted us about a programming conflict: Morita’s panel and The Rising screening are at the same time. You can’t attend both (unless you’re a time-altering NEXT). On the other hand, the guidebook .pdf has the screening later that evening.

You can contact Anime Expo and tell them about the conflicting scheduling information about TIGER & BUNNY -The Rising- screening. You can also ask that if the intended start time really is at the same time as Morita’s panel, would it be possible to move it to start at least an hour later. Be polite, ask them nicely and explain that you want to see both Morita who stars in TIGER & BUNNY -The Rising-, and the movie itself! You can find the contact information here. The best department to contact would seem to be Programming.

Updated to add more info on the conflicting schedule.