Manga Review: Tiger & Bunny Volume Two

Tiger & Bunny Volume Two is a manga by Mizuki Sakakibara that is based on the anime series produced by Sunrise. This volume was published in North America by Viz Media in 2013. The series is rated “T” for teens; from seeing the television anime series I would agree with this rating.

Tiger & Bunny Volume 2
Written by: Mizuki Sakibara
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 9, 2013

45 years prior to the start of the series, superpowered individuals known as “NEXT” started appearing through a mysterious mutation. Some of them have become superheroes who protect Stern Bild, and each of the city’s famous superheroes work for a sponsor company. Their heroic activities are broadcast on the popular television show Hero TV, where they accumulate points for each heroic feat they accomplish. The best ranked hero of the season is crowned “King of Heroes.”

The series focuses on Kotetsu Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks, Jr., who have become the first hero duo after Apollon Media buys out Kotetsu’s sponsor. Kotetsu (aka Wild Tiger) and Baranby may have the same superhero power, but they seem to be a mismatched hero duo.

Volume Two starts to give the reader a glimpse of Barnaby’s backstory, which starts to give the reader an understanding of why Barnaby acts the way he does. We learn that he’s out for justice to avenge the murder of his parents that happened when he was younger.

Most of the volume, however, focuses on Kotetsu and Barnaby’s issues with becoming a team. Things are only made wprse when Hero TV insists on doing a documentary on Barnaby and makes Kotetsu participate. Just as the tension between them reaches a boiling point, there’s a bomb threat at the restaurant they’re at. Kotetsu and Barnaby must work together in order to deactivate the bomb. It’s a tense situation, but they manage to work together to save the day.

Later, Kotetsu finds out that Barnaby’s birthday is coming up, and he decides he wants to do something. Kotetsu sets up a “crime” with the other heroes and forces Barnaby to come with him. Unfortunately, they find themselves in the middle of a real robbery in progress, and it’s up to the heroes to save the day. This story culminates with Kotetsu and Barnaby truly working together as a team for the first time.

Since reading the first volume of the Tiger & Bunny manga, I have gone on to watch all of the episodes of the anime series, as well as the first Tiger & Bunny anime film. While I already know what to expect and what’s coming up in the story from seeing the anime series, I’m still enjoying getting to see the story again in a different medium.

Volume Two also allows the readers to see a little more of the other heroes than the first volume did, especially during a scene where most of the heroes are in the gym. It’s revealed that Fire Emblem owns the company that sponsors him, and that Blue Rose wants to be a singer more than a superhero and is only allowed to pursue her singing career as her superhero alter ego.

Some wonderful characters were created for the anime series, and the manga does a great job of representing these characters. Their character designs also translated well for the manga format, and there are times where I almost think I’m looking at a black and white version of the anime.

I’ve really been enjoying the manga telling of the Tiger & Bunny series, and I’m looking forward to reading future volumes in order to see how the anime continues to be adapted for the manga medium.

If you’ve seen the Tiger & Bunny anime series and enjoyed it, then I would highly recommend checking out the manga adaptation of the series.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Tiger & Bunny Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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