In Stern Bild City, those with special abilities are called “NEXT,” and can use their powers for good or bad. A unique organized group of NEXT appear regularly on Hero TV, where they chase down evildoers to bring limelight to their sponsors and earn Hero Points in the hopes of becoming the next “King of Heroes.” Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, known as “Wild Tiger,” is a veteran hero whose performance has been dwindling as of late, partially due to his inability to cooperate with other heroes. After a disappointing season in which most of the other heroes far outperformed Tiger, he is paired up with a brand new hero who identifies himself by his real name—Barnaby Brooks Jr. Barnaby, nicknamed “Bunny” by his frivolous new partner, quickly makes it clear that the two could not be more different. Though they mix as well as oil and water, Tiger and Bunny must learn to work together, both for the sake of their careers and to face the looming threats within Stern Bild. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
My Shiny Toy Robots
Tiger & Bunny is not just a fantastic series that stands apart from other anime due to its subject matter, but it also would make a fantastic transitional anime for those who are fans of Western comic books but are yet to try anime. While superheroes is a predominantly Western affair, with Tiger & Bunny Sunrise have gone and shown that the genre not only can work as an anime, but can also grow from it. A refreshing and much needed take on both anime AND the superhero genre.
Geek Out South West
Tiger & Bunny is phenomenal. I mean let me go through this with no spoilers for you all. A western styled superhero story in anime form. Surely, this is the best of both worlds. This anime truly is.
Together With Japan
Incidentally, what finally sold me on this show – and I was a late arrival to it – was that it makes comfortable viewing for young adults. It’s not a “kiddie” show at all. It’s mature in a good way, treats itself and its viewers with a lot of respect, and feels like a high quality effort.
The Geek Clinic
Tiger and Bunny is an example of a novel concept executed well. It’s easy to get caught up in the show’s pace due to its excellent cast and entertaining story. Odd choices regarding certain characters and a lack of time in the spotlight for others are relatively minor complaints in the face of what is really just a great anime.
I almost regret not having watched this show sooner.
Despite these small flaws, Tiger and Bunny is a show worth watching. You won’t find a moar original, gripping story anywhere else. The dynamic between Tiger and Barnaby is some of the best character development in any show I’ve seen. There are plenty of twists and turn, and a lot of emotional moments. Sunrise clearly went all-in in terms of production values; the CGI art blends beautifully with the 2D settings, and the animation is terrific. This is evident in the extravagant action scenes. The idea to advertise in the show via the heroes’ sponsors was also ingenious. So do yourself a favor and go watch it now! You won’t be disappointed.
I so regret not watching this anime when it was first released. The title got me fooled. It’s the most refreshing anime I’ve seen for a while now. By refreshing I mean great action, right amount of comedy and drama, and most importantly it was based on good morals and doing the right thing. The anime is about a superhero show, thus it’s absolutely interesting. I liked how all the anime talks about all the heroes not just Tiger and Barnaby. Also the anime had a crazy ending, totally unexpected. There wasn’t anything that I disliked but, it left me wanting more. Even though the ending was good. I highly recommend it you won’t be disappointed.
Anime News Network
While the series may be aimed at slightly older male audience, its fan service quotient is pretty much limited to Blue Rose’s sexy costume and it offers a bevy of studly male characters for its female audiences to ogle, too. (This is more Western-style studliness than Japanese-style pretty boys, though.) Although people do occasionally get killed, the graphic content on the whole is also relatively mild and the content has enough flash, humor, and action to keep the attention of those who care little for the characterizations, subtle jabs at real-world institutions, and mechanics of the settings. Thus the series has a broader-than-normal appeal for an anime title, and its first half has the production and writing merits necessary to draw and keep attention.
The ending was a let-down, as the creators were absorbed in advertising the sequel, but otherwise Tiger and Bunny was one of the most solid series of the season.
For me, the major flaw of this series was really that the finales went fairly straight-forward, and just not as interesting as the rest of the series. The cliches that were brilliantly used in the majority of the series in order to achieve some very creative effects suddenly became just… cliches. And that stood out a bit. The journey to the destination however was more than worth it.
Tiger & Bunny offers a brilliant twist on the classic superhero genre while remaining faithful to the charm of its conventions. Still, T&B doesn’t quite escape the pitfalls of predictability or the bland, uninspiring villains throughout the show. Although it’s by no means perfect, T&B is consistently engaging with bucket-loads of energy, a refreshing premise, and genuinely likable characters. In essence, Tiger & Bunny simply feels like good ol’ fashioned, “back to basics” entertainment at its prime.
My Anime List
I say give this show a shot for the first episode, and see if you feel like a kid waiting for next week’s 7:00 Saturday morning cartoons.
I always do enjoy these types of anime, short and sweet, but it keeps getting a little bit more complex and they always leave a bit of mystery which is very good. Humans start developing Powers which they call NEXT and each power is different from the other, and the best of them become Heros protecting the city and each Hero is backed by a Sponsor which is a very capitalistic idea. The action is there right away and you hit the ground running meeting all the characters, and this anime revolves around two of them, Tiger & Barnaby or Bunny as they call him. Then the story starts digging deeper and you get connected with all the characters and how things develop with the story line. The best part is reaching the end but then whats great is that just enough is left for another season and more of the story to dig deeper and darker into what was waiting in the background. Basically an anime worth watching and very entertaining.
Angry Anime Bitches Blog
Recommendation: ABSOLUTELY. YOU’RE MISSING OUT IF YOU DON’T WATCH THIS!
For me I think the show was good and I count this as my favourite anime’s of all time too! Well in my opinion. So should you watch this show? Yeah go ahead! You won’t be disappointed in the characters and chemistry between the main ones.
The Outer Haven
The plot is pretty straight-forward and predictable, but it does an amazing job mixing great action with even better character development.
The Nihon Review
To be frank, whenever an anime tries to take on Western superheroes as its theme, my inner biases tells me that it’s not a good idea and shows like Blade and Wolverine are only enforcing my opinion. However, Tiger & Bunny is a good step towards such an initiative because of its well-written plot and charismatic characters. If I may offer my two-cents to those who don’t have a good impression of this show because of its theme, it would be to give it a chance and silence their inner Western comic fandom. It is a decent tribute to the classic generation of superheroes after all, and it’s quite novel to see this from an anime’s point of view. Perhaps the only two things that the series asks from viewers are patience for it to shine, and tolerance towards the sheer amount of company sponsors that cover the Heroes’ costumes.