When most anime fans flock to the New York Comic Con, they might be expecting distributors of anime and manga to reveal which titles they plan on localising for English-speaking markets, but this year, fans were met with the surprise announcement of an adapted release they might not have expected.
Tiger and Bunny cleverly combined the worlds of reality television with comic book heroes when Sunrise’s television anime series was first broadcast in 2011 and following two theatrically-released animated instalments, Apollon Media’s Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. will now be trying to be crowned King Of Heroes at the global box office, where they will no doubt face stiff competition from the likes of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man and Warner Bros.’ Batman.
The feature film will be produced by Imagine Entertainment and All Nippon Works, with Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code), Brian Grazer producing alongside Sandy Climan and Annmarie Bailly from ANEW, as well as Masayuki Ozaki from Bandai Namco Pictures.
Kazé Entertainment describes the series as follows:
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.
Manga Entertainment released the original television anime in the United Kingdom on behalf of Kazé Entertainment, while the two theatrical features Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising are available courtesy of Anime Limited.