TIGER & BUNNY is a Japanese anime series created in 2011. The series features crime-fighting superheroes on a game show called Hero TV. The anime series has been renewed for a second season, which is set to appear in April 2022. In this article, we are going to bring you everything you need to know about the upcoming season of TIGER & BUNNY.
The second season of TIGER & BUNNY was announced on April 2, 2020; the title was confirmed to be TIGER AND BUNNY 2. Hiroaki Hirata and Masakazu Morita are returning to voice their respective characters. The anime is set to have 25 episodes, like the first season, with the first 13-episode batch being released by Netflix on April 8, 2022.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming season two of TIGER & BUNNY. You’re going to find out about its release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, the basic cast information, and much more about this intriguing anime series.
TIGER & BUNNY Season 2 release date
The first season of TIGER & BUNNY aired from April 3, 2011 to September 18, 2011 in Japan. The series had a total of 25 episodes, and was later picked up internationally and broadcast around the world. For the first thirteen episodes, the opening theme is “Orion wo Nazoru” (オリオンをなぞる, “Trace of Orion”) by Unison Square Garden, while the ending theme is “Hoshi no Sumika” (星のすみか, “A Star’s Dwelling”) by Aobouzu. For episodes fourteen onwards, the opening theme is “Missing Link” by Novels, while the ending theme is “Mind Game” by Tamaki.
In the meantime, a loosely-adapted spin-off anime series, Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, was released on September 30, 2018. Two anime films, Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, were released on September 22, 2012 and February 8, 2014 respectively. On March 30, 2019, it was officially announced that a sequel to the original TIGER & BUNNY series was currently in production.
The title of the sequel series – which is TIGER & BUNNY 2 – was officially confirmed on April 2, 2020, along with a key visual for season two:
Additional information surfaced a year later, when revealed that the season would officially premiere on April 8, 2022 on Netflix, but with a twist. Namely, it was confirmed that the season would have 25 episodes, like the first one, but that it would also be split into two parts, with the first one premiering in April 2022; the first part would contain 13 episodes. No release info about the second part was given.
TIGER & BUNNY Season 2 trailer
Now that you know that the first part of TIGER & BUNNY Season 2 is coming out soon, you’ve probably deduced that we have at least a couple of trailers for you. And you’re right. Netflix released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming TIGER & BUNNY Season 2 on December 21, 2021, and you can check it out here:
A full trailer was ultimately released on March 12, 2022, giving us some interesting insights into the upcoming season and its content. You can check that trailer out as well:
This is every known piece of information related to the trailers. Now, we can head on to the plot.
TIGER & BUNNY Season 2 plot
As you might have guessed, TIGER & BUNNY is an original anime series, which means that it is not based on any preexisting work. It has been adapted into a manga, but the manga is, in this case, based on the anime, and not the other way around. This means that we don’t actually know much about the plot of Season 2 of TIGER & BUNNY, save for what has been revealed in the trailers. The protagonists are going to face new threats of various origins, but that’s pretty much it as far as we know.
In order to prepare you, though, here is a recap of the first season’s plot of TIGER & BUNNY.
The anime takes place in the fictional Sternbild, a city where there are individuals called “NEXT” (an acronym for Noted Entities with eXtraordinary Talents), people who have special abilities. Some of them use their powers to protect the population, but, because of the volume of superpowered beings in this world, being a hero has become a job supported by several companies that seek to promote their brands.
They now fight crime and save lives so they can use the sponsors’ logo, get more points, and have their heroic activities broadcast on the popular entertainment show, Hero TV, which chooses through a ranking who will be known as the “King of Heroes”.
In the story, we follow the protagonists Kaburagi T. Kotetsu and Barnaby Brooks Jr., two characters who live in the city of Sternbild and work as superheroes for completely different reasons. Kotetsu has always thought about helping other people, just like he did when he was rescued by Mr. Legend from a bank robbery.
After his wife died of a terrible illness, Kaburagi almost gave up on continuing to work as a hero, however, Tomoe made him promise that even after his death, he would still work saving people, as that was the big reason for his life. become the Wild Tiger. Barnaby seeks revenge for the death of his parents in a Christmas Eve fire caused by a mysterious criminal group called Ouroboros.
However, Brooks Jr. couldn’t see the killer’s face though, he noticed the culprit had a strange tattoo of a snake eating its own tail. Since then, Barnaby has been training hard to increase his strength and get the revenge he craves, to fulfill that desire, he became a hero.
By an act of fate, these two were forced to work together, even though they have divergent goals, as Wild Tiger thinks about saving people, while Barnaby wants to be the number one hero to get the attention of the Brooks family’s group of assassins.
TIGER & BUNNY Season 2 cast
The same announcement which confirmed the second season for its April 2022 release date, also revealed that the cast from season one would be returning for the second season as well. Alongside that, we learned that director Mitsuko Kase would be replacing director Keiichi Satou. The opening theme is “kaleido proud fiesta” by Unison Square Garden, while the ending theme is “Aida” by ano. As for the cast, these are the names:
- Hiroaki Hirata as Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger
- Masakazu Morita as Barnaby Brooks Jr.
- Go Inoue as Keith Goodman/Sky High
- Hiroshi Iwasaki as Saito
- Katsuhisa Houki as Ben Jackson
- Keiji Fujiwara as Jake Martinez
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem
- Koji Yusa as Yuri Petrov/Lunatic
- Mariya Ise as Pao-Lin Huang/Dragon Kid
- Michiko Neya as Kriem
- Minako Kotobuki as Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- Nobuaki Fukuda as Albert Maverick
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone
- Rina Hidaka as Kaede Kaburagi
- Taiten Kusunoki as Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison
- Wataru Yokojima as Alexander Lloyds
- Yuko Kaida as Agnes Joubert
Will there be a TIGER & BUNNY Season 3?
The future of TIGER & BUNNY is, as of this moment, unknown. We know that the series will return once more after April 8, 2022, with the second 12-episode batch of Season 2, but whether we’ll be seeing the third season is still unknown. If the show does well, we’re certain that TIGER & BUNNY will be returning once more in a couple of years.