Back in April 2020, I reported on the J-List blog that one of the best superhero series of the previous decade, Tiger and Bunny, would get a sequel in 2022. Well, progress on the series is still moving forward, and it’s now time to figure out who the heroes of Stern Bild City are going to be sponsored by in the new season.
In a tweet put out by the official Tiger and Bunny Twitter account, they announced that applications are now being accepted from Japanese corporations who want their logos to appear on the costumes worn by the heroes in the new series. This was a major plot point of the first season and a constant source of discussion and stress for the heroes. Some companies featured as sponsors in the first season included Bandai, Softbank, Pepsi, and many others.
So, for those of you reading this who have a large stake in a major Japanese corporation, you’ll want to hurry over to the special application page before October 7th, at which point applications will no longer be accepted.
With animation produced by Sunrise and directed by Keiichi Satou, this series took the world by storm upon its initial 2011 premiere. The series eventually spawned multiple manga spinoffs, two additional anime movies, and a spinoff anime series set in the same universe titled Double Decker! Doug & Kirill.
The original series is licensed by Viz Media, who describes the story as:
Stern Bild City is a thriving metropolis where superheroes called “NEXTs” protect the streets, sponsors pull the strings, and a hugely popular show called Hero TV captures all of it.
Veteran hero Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (AKA Wild Tiger) and hotheaded new hero Barnaby Brooks, Jr. (nicknamed Bunny by Kotetsu) are forced to team up not only to protect Stern Bild City, but to earn as many points on Hero TV as possible.
Joined by a diverse cast of heroes, all with different powers and answering to their own corporate sponsors, Tiger and Bunny must find a way to work together, uncover the secret of the “Ouroboros,” and earn enough points to become this year’s “King of Heroes.”