DVD Review: Tiger & Bunny Part 2 (2011)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Sunday, July 7, 2013 0 comments

Tiger & Bunny Part 2 (AKA Volume 2) is the final volume of this series about a division of superheroes that are not only fighting with each other but are also fighting against each other in a televised sports show where catching crooks gets you points and fame.  In this thrilling volume we see Barnaby confront his parents killer and fights life and limb to take him down so he can avenge his parents death.  Unfortunately no matter how hard he fights he can't seem to take the guy down as he knows every move that Barnaby will make making him very frustrated.  Meanwhile in the hospital we see the other heroes recovering and Tiger figures out how to defeat the horrid villain from thinking back to his battle with him and runs of to help Barnaby.  Barnaby has finally avenged the death of his parents and has finally set his mind at peace... or has he?  This could only be just the beginning of his problems.  Meanwhile Tiger is having problems of his own when he can't seem to take control of his powers as well as he used to and fears that his powers might be vanishing away due to old age (much like how our muscles get weaker as we get older).  What's a hero to do in this situation?  Plan retirement that is and spend the rest of his life with his family. Unfortunately for his family Tiger wants to help Barnaby with his problems first before he hangs up his cape (metaphorically speaking as he wears a robot suit) for good. (Click "Read More" to read the rest of the review).

If you are expecting this to be a very stereotypical superhero show... you'd be right on the money although it does takes all the good stereotypes from all those comic books, graphic novels, and manga you all love.  While this show is fun and all there are some scenes in the show where the writing is incredibly sloppy like when somebody announces something like for example "I AM MR.X" the characters the guy/gal announces it too are all like "I already knew that" but when they say the same thing to the same person in the next episode they are like "HOLY SHIT BATMAN!  I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!".  Other than that the show is full of great characters that are very charming and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  This show also reminds me of characters out of the Flaming Carrot comic-book universe books with it's wackiness and the use of real life product placements on the characters suits remind me of "Captain Amazing" from the film "Mystery Men (1999)" (also part of the Flaming Carrot universe).

Artwork of the show is a mixture of classic Japanese anime like "Yatterman" and "Battle of the Planets" with some American influences like that from "Marvel" and "DC Comics, the artwork even goes as far to take influences from British masterpieces like "A Clockwork Orange" and even have designs based on real life sports stars like "Dennis Rodman" so there is a ton of charm that will swoon in comic book fans and us grown men that grew up watching cartoons every Saturday morning.  While I have no problem with the 2D artwork I do have some problems with the CGI models as they look very mediocre and way out of place.  The mediocrity really stands out when they blend them in with the 2D artwork making you wonder why they just didn't use all 2D artwork or vice-versa for those scenes as it would've made them look less rough.  The animation itself is pretty decent for both the 2D and 3D so I can skip over that one.  English dub suits the superhero theme really well with a good mixture of seriousness and cheese making it seem like a very bizarre edible yin and yang metaphor (now I want some serious cheese).  The musical score has a very powerful feel to it like you would hear in superhero movies although it's fairly forgettable but still pretty good.

The special features in this volume includes a twenty-five minute documentary detailing the making of the show.  This set also comes with a nice collection of  physical items that can be found inside the nice fold-out DVD cover.  You get five trading cards that include the characters Dragon Kid, Rock Bison, Sky High, Fire Emblem, and Lunatic.  You also get an issue of "Monthly Hero" which was in the show as a monthly magazine and while this won't be exactly like it was in the show you can't help but love the charm it creates.  What you get in this mini-magazine is character bios, and some nice faux-news articles about what's going on in their world and again it is a very charming little item and I give kudos to the people who though up of that idea.

Overall this was a very fun show to watch with a ton of charm and pays a great homage to the comic book heroes we grew up reading or watched on Saturday morning TV.  However there can be some dumb moments but there is far too much good stuff to distract you from the fun.  Great viewing and I definitely recommend watching this.

Title: Tiger & Bunny Part 2
Animation Studio: Sunrise
Genre: Animation/Anime, Action, Drama, Comedy
Running Time: 312 Minutes (13 Episodes)
Distributor: Siren Visual (http://www.sirenvisual.com.au/)
Rating: M15+ (Animated violence, Coarse language)
Price: $49.95
Recommended: Yes


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