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Tiger & Bunny: The Movie – The Rising Review
Whenever I think of super heroes, I usually think of either comic books or the latest marvel movie. What I don’t think about is anime, yet super heroes in anime seems to be a thing now thanks to Tiger & Bunny (if you exclude Gohan’s bout of insanity near the end of Dragon Ball Z). Before Tiger & Bunny The Movie The Rising, I knew very little about this series other than the fact that it had something to do with super heroes. What I didn’t know was that this movie would be all about the fight against crime turned into a reality TV show with a ridiculous amount of product placement. I didn’t expect it, but Tiger & Bunny The Movie The Rising was a great movie that told an intriguing story in a unique setting.
Tiger & Bunny The Movie The Rising takes place sometime after the anime came to an end. The identities of both super heroes Tiger and Bunny has been revealed and they are now the stars of Super Hero TV. But unfortunately times are tough, and the duo gets bought out by a corporate business man that appears to be a caricature of a CEO from just about any soul sucking mega corporation that comes to mind. Said business man, known as Mark Schneider, then proceeds to gut the duo team and replace Tiger with another super hero known as Golden Ryan. Tiger, also known as Kotetsu, is left to his own devices in a world that has no use for him until evil rears its ugly head and terrorizes the city on the day of a major festival known as Justice Day. While the movie comes to a satisfying close, there is unfortunately no closure for any of the villains. It would have been nice to have at least scene a brief scene during the credits that showed what happened to those guys after the day was saved.
Fortunately, this is one of those movies where you don’t need to have watched the series in order to have some idea what is going on. Everything you need to know is well explained during the movie in a way that doesn’t seem forced in or cliché. That said, this feels like a continuation of the story for fans, so it is likely that those who watched the anime will get more out of this move than those who didn’t. However, there are a few terms that are used in the movie that are not explained at all for people new to the series. For example, the characters refer to people known as NEXTs, but to me it was unclear what that meant other than someone that has some kind of special ability. It was also difficult to believe that Kotetsu couldn’t find work in other cities since he is an apparently well known hero. So the fact that he had to become a cab driver for a bit seems somewhat unrealistic in the story setting.
The art design for the movie is great. Each super hero is completely unique and has a visual style to call their own, including what kinds of advertisements appear on their armor. This makes it easy to tell who is who and follow along during some of the more intense action sequences of the movie. The city itself has a great amount of detail in its unique architecture and design. When it comes to dubbed anime movies, I usually brace myself for terrible voices that just don’t fit at all. Fortunately, Tiger & Bunny has a great cast of voice actors that fit the characters pretty well.
Even with a few minor story issues getting in the way, Tiger & Bunny The Movie The Rising is a great film that can be enjoyed by both fans of the anime and newcomers alike. It doesn’t throw a bunch of exposition down your throat, nor does it expect you to know everything that is going on. It presents an intriguing concept for a bunch of super heroes that fight crime while concerning themselves with sponsorship and viewer ratings. For me, this film was a pleasant surprise, and I recommend it for anyone interested in seeing some anime style super hero action.