The original 2011 Tiger & Bunny show was the kind of project that I always wished had the energy and momentum of My Hero Academia as it played to some similar concepts with anime superheroes. The project had some good things since it originally got underway but it’s been dormant for quite some time. We learned at the start of April 2020 that a second season is in the works with plans for a 2022 debut as Tiger & Bunny 2, which will take place after the events of the theatrical film.
The first part of the new season made its debut with thirteen episodes on April 8th, 2022 and Netflix has a really relaxing hourlong lofi piece where you can just Chill with Barnaby and his plants.
The season is available in Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and German languages along with a Japanese audio description track. On the subtitles side, we get English, Spanish, French, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese while also getting English closed-captions.
The Japanese cast 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
The original series was directed by Keiichi Satou based on the series composition by Masafumi Nishida and was animated by Sunrise.
The main English cast from prior works includes Wally Wingert as Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger, Yuri Lowenthal as Barnaby Brooks Jr., Beau Billingslea as Ben Jackson, Daran Norris as Alexander Lloyds, Dave Wittenberg as Doc Saito, Eden Riegel as Kaede Kaburagi, Jamieson K Price as Albert Maverick, John Eric Bentley as Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem, Kari Wahlgren as Karina Lyle/Blue Rose, Laura Bailey as Pao-Lin Huang/Dragon Kid, Liam O’Brien as Yuri Petrov/Lunatic, Michael Sinterniklaas as Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone, Patrick Seitz as Keith Goodman/Sky High, Stephanie Sheh as Kriem, Steven Jay Blum as Jake Martinez, Tara Platt as Agnes Joubert and Travis Willingham as Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison.
Plot concept: Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.