Manga Review: Tiger & Bunny Volume Three

Tiger & Bunny Volume Three 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 3
Written by: Mizuki Sakakibara
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 8, 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 Three sees Barnaby trying to get any leads he can on the peron who killed his parents when he was a child. He gets a clue when he learns that the meaning of the tattoo he saw on the killer’s hand represents that he was with Ouroboros. He then gets a call from someone claiming they have more information. On his way to the rendezvous point, he takes a taxi driven by Kotetsu’s former boss, Ben. Barnaby learns things about Kotetsu that he hadn’t known before.

When Barnaby gets to the rendezvous point, his informant is suddenly burned to death in front of him. Because it was a NEXT with fire ability, Fire Emblem is taken in as a suspect in the killing. Barnaby is then targeted by someone in a mecha. Kotetsu is able to come to the rescue, and after the fight’s finished, Kotetsu realizes the guy in the mecha was the one who planted the bomb in Volume Two. Later, the mecha attacks Fire Emblem and Agnes, and it’s up to Wild Tiger and Barnaby to save them.

Barnaby does some investigating on his own, and finds a warehouse where there’s more of the strange mecha. He convinces Agnes to have the heroes raid the warehouse for Hero TV, but they get a surprise when they go to get the mecha…

Volume Three is significant, because this is where we begin to see Kotetsu and Barnaby start to better understand one another and start working together a bit more as a team. While Barnaby learns a little bit about Kotetsu, Kotetsu also learns about the fact that Barnaby’s parents were killed when he was a child. This volume also hints at the fact that Karina (aka Blue Rose) may be developing feelings for Kotetsu.

Volume Three is a very action-oriented volume of the series, which helps to make it a quick read. Even though there’s a lot of action, there’s a bit of character development going on as well. The ending of Volume Three also introduces readers to a new villain known as Lunatic, who is also a NEXT.

I think that Sakakibara has done a great job capturing the characters and storyline from the Tiger & Bunny anime and presenting them in a manga format. Even though I already know the story from watching the anime series, I find myself still being drawn into the story as I read the manga.

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 Three that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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