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Tiger & Bunny: The Rising

2014 / 108m - Japan
Action, Sci-fi - Animation
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More Tiger & Bunny fun. Truth be told, I watched this film because of its ease of access (i.e. Netflix has it), otherwise I probably wouldn't have bothered. I wasn't too impressed with Beginning and this film doesn't really improve on it. That said, it's also not the worst anime I've seen. Just simple and easy filler I wish was a bit better animated.

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When the TV company hosting the superhero show gets a new CEO, things are about to change. Kotetsu is fired and Barnaby is promoted back to the primary league. Barnaby is paired with the cocky Golden Ryan, a mix that doesn't immediately pay off. When they discover a hidden plot that will wreak havoc on the city, they have no choice but to learn to work together.

The mech designs are the only thing that jumped out positively. The art style is pretty basic, the animation isn't all that impressive and the plot is rather generic. There are some solid action scenes, but nothing you haven't seen before. There's nothing particularly terrible about these films, but it's pretty hard to find something that sets them apart from their peers.

Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning

Gekijouban Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning
2012 / 88m - Japan
Action, Sci-fi - Animation
Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning poster

I'm not familiar with the Tiger & Bunny franchise, but I figured it would be easy enough to get a grip on the setting. And sure enough, you don't need to have seen the series to enjoy this film. It's pretty standard anime fare, with a few fun twists, but nothing too special or out of the ordinary.

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Wild Tiger is part of a televised superhero team. He's the oldest of the bunch and the TV ratings are quickly dropping. The TV station introduces a new superhero and makes him a companion of Wild Tiger. The two are off to a very bumpy start, but when they join forces to catch a particularly crafty thief, they are forced to work together.

The animation quality is mediocre and the art style a bit basic. The idea of the televised superheroes is pretty fun, and it helps that there isn't too much drama that gets in the way of the action. At just under 90 minutes the film doesn't outstay its welcome either, even though the plot is pretty slim. Decent.