First broadcast in 2011, tiger and rabbit made waves in the anime sphere for having characters who actively advertised actual businesses. These companies would pay Sunrise, the production company, for the chance to have their brands represented by superheroes within the series. Pepsi, SoftBank, Domino’s Pizza, and Bandai are just a few of those whose logos are affixed to character costumes. While these logos would later be removed for streaming on Netflix and in the manga adaptation, the idea of superheroes acting as walking billboards for businesses was well received by critics. With the recent release of Season 2, here’s how newcomers can get started on the show.
Directed by Keichi Sato, tiger and rabbit first aired on Tokyo MX on April 3, 2011. The original concept for the series was dreamed up by producer Masayuki Ozaki. The screenplay was written by Masafumi Nishida, who will then work on To stay in 2021, and the characters were designed by Masakazu Katsura, a mangaka who has worked on titles like Ai girl video, Zetman and the video game 2019 Astral chain. The series would be picked up by Viz Media for simulcast on Hulu and Anime News Network before Netflix begins airing it.
The plot of Tiger & Bunny
Set in an alternate version of New York called Stern Bild City, tiger and rabbit follows Kotetsu T. Kaburaki, a superhero who goes by the name of Wild Tiger, and his new partner Barnaby Brooks Jr., aka Bunny. The two often butt heads due to their differing personalities and views on how a superhero should conduct themselves, especially when their actions are aired publicly via a TV show.
As the two slowly learn to get along and take out the bad guys, they also try to unravel the murder of Barnaby’s parents. Kotetsu is initially willing to help her solve the mystery, but begins to feel conflicted as he wants to take care of his own daughter Kaede. As if that weren’t enough, a conspiracy against the superhero industry begins to take hold.
Where to read the Tiger & Bunny manga
Physical copies of tiger and rabbit manga can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Bookshop.org. They can also be picked up at Walmart or local comic stores with a selection of manga. The average price for a single volume is around $9.99, but BookDepository offers them for a slightly cheaper price of $7.88 on average.
There is also a spin-off series called Tiger and rabbit: the beginning with two volumes, In front of and B-side, also for $9.99. The original series has nine volumes, but anthologies — two volumes combined into one — are also available for $12.99. At the time of writing, there is no digital format available for spin-off books.
Where to Watch Tiger & Bunny Anime
The series is currently available on Netflix and Vudu for streaming. Blu-ray discs are available for purchase on Amazon or at Target, Walmart or Best Buy for around $27.99, while DVDs are around $17.99. tiger and rabbit is also available for digital purchase, with each episode costing around $1.99 for standard definition or $2.99 for HD. The entire first season costs $17.99 and $28.99 respectively. iTunes and Google Play also have it available for $28.99.
The franchise has also seen two movies released so far. Tiger and rabbit: the beginning can be purchased on Amazon for around $19.99 for the Blu-ray/DVD combo set, or for $24.98 from Target, Walmart, and Best Buy. The DVD costs around $19.98 on average. Prime Video is offering it in HD for $3.99 to rent and $12.99 to buy. Renting costs the same for the standard definition version, but buying is slightly cheaper at $9.99.
The second movie, Tiger and Rabbit: The Rise, costs around $29.99 for Blu-ray, $19.98 for DVD, and $12.99 for digital download or $4.99 for rental on iTunes and Google Play. Amazon has the combo available for $19.99 and the DVD for around $14.98. The film is only available to purchase in SD on Prime Video for $9.99 or in HD for $12.99.
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