Tiger & Bunny: The Rising – A hero’s true strength isn’t in his powers

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Tiger & Bunny: The Rising is the second movie in the Tiger & Bunny series. The first movie, Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning, was a re-telling of the anime series while The Rising is a brand-new adventure taking place after the events of the anime series.

Hero TV is still a huge success with all of Sternbild City watching their favorite heroes in action. Things have changed since the “Maverick Incident”, as two heroes are missing from the line up, Barnaby Brooks Jr. aka Bunny and Kotetsu T. Kaburagi aka Wild Tiger. They both have been demoted to the Second League.

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The company that sponsors the duo is in trouble and seeks out a new investor to turn the company around. The new boss sees great promise in Barnaby Brooks Jr. and teams him up with a new hero, Golden Ryan, a man who loves the spotlight and can control gravity. The duo are placed on Hero TV’s midseason, while Kotestu gets fired.

Since the series, Kotetsu has been struggling with his powers due to his old age. The only things that matter to him now are his daughter and being able to protect the innocent. The movie delves deeper into that, as his declining powers and impulsive behavior have affected even his partner, Bunny.

Suddenly random events are starting to happen, similar to an old story Barnaby remembers hearing as a child. The heroes are called into action as someone, or something, is causing the chaos.

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Tiger & Bunny has always taken a more Western approach with its characters and character developments. It translates quite well with both Japanese and Western audiences. The movie has quite a few American hero references including Kotetsu swinging around Sternbild City and the mutant-like powers of the NEXT’s (Noted Entities with eXtraordinary Talents).

Visually the animation is beautiful. It mixes Japanese animation with CGI to embellish techniques and powers like Kotetsu and Barnaby’s combination move, “Over and Out”. If you enjoyed the anime series, Tiger & Bunny: The Rising delivers on bringing the characters back as well as focusing on each character’s ability to grow and improve as a hero. They’re like a family, no matter how much they pretend they’re not.

Tiger & Bunny: The Rising was released in theaters via Eleven Arts, a company that has been releasing more anime theatrical releases. For more information and to see where Tiger & Bunny: The Rising is playing near you, head to the Eleven Art website for more info. 

Grade: A+

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.