It may come as a surprise to many, but My Hero Academia isn’t the only anime out there about American-style superheroes and evil villains butting heads Marvel & DC style. In fact, there’s an iconic superhero anime beloved by many that came out back when the Avengers movies were barely a whisper in the wind. I’m talking about Tiger & Bunny, the utterly charming anime series about a world where superheroism is commercialized and hyper-marketed to the point where our heroes have product placement slapped onto their crime-busting costumes. The anime originally aired back when the superhero culture bubble was only just forming and didn’t exactly make a huge impact on anime fans, it was ahead of its time. Today, though, superhero shows and movies are all over the place, and it’s hard to find someone who isn’t a fan of some kind of comic-book show or film. It seems like the perfect time for Tiger & Bunny to return, which makes the confirmation that a sequel series is airing in 2022 oh-so-sweet.
The second season of Tiger & Bunny was confirmed earlier this year after years of hints and maybes, but the official Twitter account for the Sunrise-produced superhero show just shared a first look at the updated visuals for the series. The illustration above shows off what our crew of energetic crime-fighters will look like in the second season of the show. Although some outfits remain identical to their season 1 appearances, other characters are sporting brand new looks. I’m looking at you, Antonio, with that wild cowboy hat.
Additionally, it was confirmed that the entire main voice acting cast from the original Tiger & Bunny series will be returning for this new season. The full cast of returning actors includes:
- Hiroaki Hirata as Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger
- Masakazu Morita as Barnaby Brooks Jr.
- Minako Kotobuki as Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- Taiten Kusunoki as Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison
- Mariya Ise as Pao-Lin Huang/Dragon Kid
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem
- Go Inoue as Keith Goodman/Sky High
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone
While it’s taken just about a decade for Tiger & Bunny to get a new season, the series still saw sequels in the form of two feature-length anime films. 2012 saw the release of Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning, which mostly served as a recap of the series. In 2014, though, Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- presented an entirely original story full of brand new action. The second season of the series, which airs in 2022, is set to take place after the events of that 2nd film.
If you need something to whet your appetite while you wait for the new season of Tiger & Bunny, you might want to check out Double Decker! Doug & Kirill. This flashy crime adventure series is set in the same universe as the iconic Sunrise superhero anime and features plenty of super-powered action that fans are sure to enjoy.
Only a few members of the staff working on this new entry in the series have been confirmed so far. Mitsuko Kase will be directing the anime at Bandai Namco Pictures. Kase previously worked on Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory. Additionally, Masafumi Nishida will be returning to handle series composition alongside returning character designer Masakazu Katsura.
Source: Anime News Network