Tiger and Bunny Season 2: Tiger & Bunny first aired in 2011, before the superhero industry had completely taken over Hollywood. There were only three films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Andrew Garfield was yet to take on the role of Spider-Man. Season 1 of the anime, it’s safe to say, had a lot less competition than it has now.
The long-awaited second season of Tiger & Bunny, on the other hand, is up against a slew of superhero films due out this year. Fortunately, Tiger & Bunny Season 2 distinguishes itself by providing a character-driven environment that prioritizes intimacy above action sequences.
Tiger & Bunny is a superhero anime set in Sternbild, a fictional city modelled like New York. Superheroism is a paid profession in this universe. Employed superheroes compete on a show called Hero TV, in which they perform heroic actions such as saving lives and apprehending criminals.
If your numbers aren’t up to snuff, you might be fired from superheroism, just like any other employment. The cast is under constant pressure to perform well or face being fired, resulting in a constant conflict between commercialization and unselfish heroism.
Tiger and Bunny Season 2 Plot
The show revolves around Kotetsu and Barnaby, a superhero duo who share the same abilities. Kotetsu is a more traditional superhero who places a higher value on saving lives than reaching quotas. Barnaby, on the other hand, is a younger man who is more concerned with accumulating points.
Throughout the first season, their values collide. By the second season, the dynamic had calmed down a bit. As a couple, the two are more tightly coded. Kotetsu and Barnaby have progressed from their basic buddy-cop relationship to a stage where they are an elderly married couple.
Although they bicker frequently, there is an obvious amount of trust between them. They can now undertake tasks like setting up and executing joint attacks without saying anything. Tiger & Bunny excel at developing characters. Barnaby, for example, spent the first season devotedly searching for the person who murdered his parents.
Barnaby’s flat was devoid of any furniture except a solitary chair to symbolize his focus. Barnaby has started filling his apartment with plants after catching the killer at the end of Tiger & Bunny Season 1. It wonderfully represents how dumb he is when it comes to really designing his home, while also demonstrating how far he has come since the first season.
Characters on the periphery get just as much attention. Sternbuild’s superheroes have a “Buddy System” in Season 2, which requires that each figure be arranged in a pair. This results in some unexpected partnerships, such as Fire Emblem and Sky High, allowing for certain self-reflective interactions that weren’t possible in the first season.
Surprisingly, several of these duos, including Kotetsu and Barnaby, seem to be categorized as couples. It’s unclear whether every partnership is viewed as primarily a romantic one. This could be an attempt to profit off the plethora of fan-made items inspired by the Tiger & Bunny first season. Whatever the reason, it gives some episodes curiously sexual energy that contrasts with past developments.
Tiger and Bunny Season 2 Cast
From left to right, the three new Tiger & Bunny characters are:
- Nobunaga Shimazaki (Thomas Taurus, “He Is Thomas”)
- Shoya Chiba, Subaru Sengoku (“Mr. Black”)
- Tomori Kusunoki plays Lara Tchaikoskaya (“Magical Cat”).
All three are dressed in civilian clothes. Shimazaki is well recognized for his performance in Genshin Impact as Kazuha. In Fate/Grand Order, he also plays Dantes, Ritsuka (Male), and Arjuna. Kou Minamoto from Toilet-Bound Hanako-un and Kazuki Aoyama from Tribe Nine are among Chiba’s roles.
Finally, Kusunoki has previously appeared in Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens as Romain Kirishima and Wonder Egg Priority as Neiru Aonuma.
Tiger and Bunny Season 2 Episodes
1. It’s Enough to Say a Few Words to the Wise.
Tiger and Barnaby are expected to lead by example while exciting new heroes achieve popularity and stardom.
2. No one is aware of the magnitude of another’s burden.
Subaru, now an official superhero, is anxious to make a name for himself, and in his desperation, he begins to get ahead of himself.
3. Suspicion Is Likely To Raise Bogies.
Karina chooses to meet with a lonely and unwell Blue Rose fan, and she invites Tiger to accompany her.
4. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do right now.
Fire Emblem and Sky High appear to be the ideal buddy pair as top-ranking superheroes; nevertheless, Nathan has one gripe.
5. Live and let live is a good motto to live by.
Antonio is concerned that the Rock Bison and Origami Cyclone alliance may not continue after an altercation with Ivan.
6. Young people must be treated with respect.
Lara and Pao-Lin appear to be an ideal pair, but Lara’s demanding mother persuades her to see Pao-Lin as a rival rather than a partner.
7. Gems are frequently found in the mouths of babes.
When Tiger’s daughter, Kaede, visits him in the city with a friend, he is overjoyed and shocked.
8. You Shouldn’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.
When Subaru’s colleague, Thomas, is chastised for being too harsh when apprehending a robber, he becomes concerned.
9. Don’t make thy cloak when it starts to rain.
Tiger breaks the rules in order to get Vincent Carl, a violent NEXT who harmed Barnaby while eluding capture.
10. Pride Leads to Despair
A pair of NEXT suspects have waged war on the city’s superheroes, and Fire Emblem and Sky High have been found frozen.
Tiger and Bunny Season 2 Release Date
Three new characters and cast members will join Tiger & Bunny in season 2 according to the show’s Twitter account. The show will be resurrected on Netflix on April 8, 2022, with the original cast reprising their roles. It’s unclear if these three are the only new additions, or if there will be more as the release date approaches.
Tiger & Bunny Season 2 is a refreshing break from the MCU, despite its limitations. It’s great to see these characters develop after such a long time. On April 8, 2022, Bandai Namco Pictures published Tiger & Bunny Season 2 as an original net animation on Netflix.
The show is still a masterclass in character relationships and design, despite the fact that the season is bloated by new characters that steal more screentime than familiar favourites and the action scenes are weak. Tiger & Bunny may not have a lot of action, but it has some of the most well-developed characters of any anime.