Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tiger & Bunny: a review


Art by: Mizuki Sakakibara
Story by: Sunrise / Script by: Masafumi Nishida / 
Characters by: Masakazu Katsura
Info: VIZ Media LLC, copyright 2013, 168 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A reality show that turns heroes (and would-be heroes) into celebrities.

Superpowered humans known as NEXT appeared in the world 45 years ago. Some of them fight crime in the city of Stern Bild while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show “HERO TV.” The people love their superheroes, even if they don’t completely understand them, and not all of the NEXT use their powers for good.

Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but his ratings have been slipping. Under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie with an attitude. Overcoming their differences will be at least as difficult for this mismatched duo as taking down superpowered bad guys!

~Goodreads Description~

I must be in movie mode, because every book I read seems to remind me of cult classics.  Well...in this instance "classic" might be pushing it, but it's a classic in my household.

Tiger & Bunny depicts a world of superheroes...and reality TV.  A media company has purchased the rights to the superhero "franchise" of sorts.  When evil strikes the town, the heroes are dispatched and earn points for capturing the villain.  Tiger is just about the worst superhero ever, and his new partner Barnaby, a.k.a Bunny, thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread.

Have you ever seen Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger?  He's a criminal who is let out of prison and placed into a reality TV show where super villains earn points for killing off participants.  While, at first glance, Running Man and Tiger & Bunny seem opposites, they're also a bit the same.  Each hero has a quirk, something that makes them popular.  Viewers tune in at home and in public spaces to cheer on their favorite regulars.  And media is deplorably power hungry and care more about ratings than the common good.

Tiger, despite being a klutz, has his stuff together, and I can't wait to see where they take his character.  Bunny, on the other hand, seems a bit shifty, so this could get exciting.  Check out this fun and funny manga gem; you won't be disappointed (unless you are...and I'm sorry for that, but you could just pretend for my benefit :)

Happy Reading!

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read any manga, or even graphic novels. I keep thinking the pictures will get in my way, since normally I read very quickly and "see and hear" the book as a movie in my head. But I used to enjoy comic books, back in my college days -- X-men, primarily. They had long-running sagas that might as well have been graphic novels. So maybe I ought to give the medium a try...

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    1. Same here, the books I read play out as movies in my head. It has taken some time for me to adjust to the different formats of manga/graphic novels/comic books. I think what amazes me the most are certain authors and illustrators who can use so few words but create a riveting story. Not everyone can do it! Manga was a lot of trial and error for me, but I'm finally finding myself enjoying them a bit!

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