Tiger & Bunny #01 — DRINK PEPSI

April 2nd, 2011


Yes, my corporate masters.

If you’re in the states, you can watch this on Hulu here.


This turned out basically 100% as expected. Heavy on the CG yet not actually doing anything particularly interesting or impressive with it. It’s just good enough to be used as a shortcut to keep the costs down. It didn’t look as bad as the trailers made it out to be, I’ll give it that much, but I still don’t like it. At least throw in some decent choreography if you’re going to make me suffer through plastic looking things bouncing off of each other. The episode was also boringly identical to what they’ve already put out in the promos. The first half was just little vignettes of each hero showing up, doing something, and then posing and the second half was 10 minutes of "Hey, Tiger, you’re old and lame. Time to get a partner and new job!"

It also doesn’t help that the entire setup really makes no sense.Okay, they have the heroes who they film while doing hero things and assign points with Tiger ending up on the chopping block. But most of the ‘hero’ show was focused on him twisting monorail tracks, getting shot, etc. Meanwhile, you have other heroes so inept that they show up late and try to hide, get their oversized minotaur horns stuck in cars, or flee when a criminal begins to wildly fire into the air. There are only half a dozen heroes and you’ve shown about half to be comically incompetent while the rest simply vanish as soon as they save one person and get their points. And you’re trying to sell the guy taking bullets that was the focus of the show within a show as the one on the chopping block?

So… meh. I like light hearted superhero shows and all, but this didn’t have much of a hook to it. Sinceit barely touched on Bunny Barny at all this week, so far it’s just another aging sports star story of which there have been thousands before. Not too many in anime, sure, but even Major League riffed that cliche over two decades ago. The plot didn’t cover anything beyond the two sentence blurb that’s been out for months, the writing at its core makes even less sense than Dog Days, and the action was uninspired at best. I may give it another look next week just to see if they’re going to actually do anything interesting with the giant monster that showed up at the end, but I wouldn’t count on anything more than that.


Wasn’t there a giant terrorizing the city?

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9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Ravage says:

    Man, this show has some blatant advertising. Not that you’d expect otherwise from a Sunrise show, but still…


  • Chen says:

    Sounds like the Japanese Tick, except with crappy CG and none of the spooning. Call me when Die Fledermaus appears.

  • yuuji says:

    product placement overkill!

  • Anonymous says:

    C’mon Aroduc, you won’t watch it because of Sky High? I know I do!!! XD

  • v1cious says:

    Wow, is there anything you DON’T hate?

    To the people complaining about the ads: The product placement IS the joke. They’re showing exactly what would happen if superheroes. Just like athletes, they would tv shows, endorsements, etc. The fact that the companies are real makes the show even better.

  • Burnout says:

    I don’t know, I actually kind of liked this show. The whole point is that the heroes aren’t actually very heroic- Some of them are blatantly point-whoring, and others, like Blue Rose, have earth-shaking powers, but flee from a man with a gun. Of course, it seems a little odd for a single guy to get *that* far while running from six superpowered individuals.

    • Rednal says:

      They seem to be constrained by a need to avoid property damage (mostly…), and it’s possible that the show might not allow them to have excessively long chase scenes. They have to have at least the *appearance* of fairness, after all, and that means giving other Heroes a chance.