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:

Season 2 Updates!

Hello guys, it’s time that we bring you up to speed with the current Taibani shenanigans in our world of 2021 (which is also the 10th anniversary of the series), as so much has happened, it’s absolutely surreal.

First and most importantly, TIGER & BUNNY 2, the sequel series to the original show, will be airing in April 2022! This will be a 25 episodes production, exclusively distributing on Netflix worldwide, split into 2 parts. Episodes 1-13 will be available immediately, whilst the latter part will be aired at a later date!/

Season 2 key visual.

TIGER & BUNNY 2 will follow the events after The Rising and will have the returning cast that we all know and love to voice our now senior Heroes! To be produced by Bandai Namco Pictures this time around and will be helmed by new director to the series, Mitsuko Kase. There is a small description of the series over on the main TIGER & BUNNY site:

“Stern Bild City is a place where various races, ethnic groups, and people with special abilities called NEXT coexist, and where there are heroes who use their NEXT abilities to protect the peace. The heroes, carrying the logos of their sponsors, are busy solving crimes and saving lives in order to improve the image of their companies and earn hero points. Their activities are broadcast on the popular TV program “Hero TV”, where they compete in the annual ranking to become the King of Heroes. Today as well, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr. continue their hero activities for the sake of peace, and to improve the image of their company, Apollon Media. The Hero System that originated in Stern Bild has now been introduced in various parts of the world, the number of heroes is on the rise, and new heroes have entered Stern Bild too. Kotetsu and Barnaby are expected to play an active role as senior heroes, but will they?!”

And if that wasn’t enough for you, there’s more! Before April’s release, a public event will be held on Saturday 12th March 2022 at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Japan, titled “TIGER & BUNNY 2 Precious EVE”. Hirata Hiroaki (Kotetsu) & Morita Masakazu (Barnaby) will be appearing, along with more guest appearances (to be announced) to celebrate the upcoming release.

This event will be split into 2 sessions, a day time & evening session. The daytime session will focus on T&B2 info, which includes the reveal of new characters & new company sponsors for the suits. The evening session will include a stage reading by the cast and a look back on the history of the series & the future. There will be live streaming & pay-per-view options to watch the event. Not currently confirmed if it is region blocked or not, but more details will follow!

So plenty of Taibani content to look forward to in 2022! It’s so crazy to see something that we were obsessed over on a week to week basis all the way back in 2011, is returning in such a powerful stride, 11 years later. Excitement doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling, I don’t think any words really can! But what we can confidently say is that we’ll be watching in April and we hope that you will be too.

Stay up to date on all TIGER & BUNNY related news over on our Twitter or come chat with us on Discord!

text by jazzy, editing by derpchan

For Fun: A Wild (Tiger) Birthday!

wild-birthday

Even though we don’t know when Kotetsu’s birthday officially is, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate, right? The Japanese side of the fandom has decided on a date to celebrate his birthday, with the following reason: Kotetsu is wearing amethysts (associated with February in general), and Tiger’s eye (the color of his eyes) is the birthstone of February 17.

So February 17th it is!

If you’ve taken part in the previous events, you know how this goes. Make some birthday goodies and take photos of them, then send the photos to us. This time you can send in digital fan art, pictures of traditional art or handicrafts, and as always in T&B style, pictures of food. Fried rice is always acceptable, and birthday cakes are a given. Include Kotetsu in the picture in some way to show the presents (or the party if you decide throw one) is for him!

Please send your pictures to mail[at]thisissternbild.com by February 18th.

(If you happen to be coming to Desucon Frostbite on the birthday weekend, you can meet T&B fans there and enjoy some cake. Just let us know if you’re coming so we can bring enough cake for everyone!)

This is Sternbild watches the dub (and other things)

Aki and I have been watching the English dub of Tiger & Bunny. Neither of us expected to get this into it, but here we are. Dying for episode 9 dubbed.

The start with the dub was pretty bumpy – which I think was a combination of the voices sounding unfamiliar after seeing the original so many times (read: we lost count how many times), and the voice actors themselves still settling into the roles. By episode three that had evened out. The translation has some minor issues and a couple of derps a fan will notice, but we can forgive those. As a whole it works, and the important character chemistry is still there.

The dub cast is also really good. Wally Wingert may not sound anything like Hirata, but he’s gotten the feel of the character down. Yuri Lowenthal is excellent as Barnaby. What really blew us away was Liam O’Brien as Lunatic. Yusa Kouji was awesome in the original, but the dub version is better in our opinion. Yuri Petrov and Lunatic actually sound different in the dub, and the choice of voice and style of speech for Lunatic make him more menacing. Or as Aki put it…

Aki_the_geek: NO LUNATIC YOU SHOULDN’T SOUND LIKE YOU WANT TO BANG EVERYONE

Yeah. I was going to add some snippets of our dub watching chats here but since they mostly consist of capslock keysmashing because of FEELS, I’ll just leave it at that. The dub has gone from being an excuse to rewatch the series to something we’re looking forward to every week.

Live-Action Buddy Cops

Earlier this month, ANN posted some news about T&B’s character designer Katsura Masakazu appearing in a TV series written by Nishida Masafumi. So far we’ve seen two episodes of Jikken Keiji Totori. Nishida seems to like the age gap theme, this time the rookie is the older of the duo. For a Japanese drama, Jikken Keiji Totori doesn’t really have that j-drama feel, it’s more Western. That’s not very surprising, though, Tiger & Bunny wasn’t the first Western style thing Nishida wrote. He’s also written and directed one of the few Japanese sitcoms filmed in front of live studio audience. The acting in Jikken Keiji Totori is pretty good, too. We’re really enjoying watching it, and if you like Nishida’s writing it’s definitely worth checking out.

(I tried to keep this short and sweet, because I’ve been down with a flu for the past week and that doesn’t really enhance my ability to stay coherent.)