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TIGER & BUNNY: The Next Big Anime Hit? -- THE VICE PIT

With their guest Alexei, Tom and Sam break down all the super-hero shenanigans and tributes of this show. Special appearance by Stan Lee!

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    Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

    Sam Weller is a writer and actor who's scribed for shows like FIRST EDITION, GEEK THERAPY, and most recently BATGIRL: SPOILED. He also really likes anime. To know what is going to happen next, follow@cravesam

    Nightwolfon July 30, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.

    I wan't another season.

    No_name_here staff on July 30, 2012 at 10:36 p.m.

    @Nightwolf said:

    I wen't another season.

    I think they've already been talking about a second season?

    Nightwolfon July 31, 2012 at 12:50 a.m.

    @Tom_Pinchuk said:

    @Nightwolf said:

    I wen't another season.

    I think they've already been talking about a second season?

    Hell yeah!

    Lurkeroon July 31, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.

    The concept of Tiger and Bunny is so good, yet the execution got so bad. Once the series changed focus halfway through the first season I started losing interest until it was gone.

    I would probably watch a spinoff series with Lunatic though.

    sotyfan16on July 31, 2012 at 5:33 a.m.

    This was the most of Tiger & Bunny that I have heard, and I still don't plan to watch it. Doesn't peak my interest.

    Metropolis was a strange movie.

    Still haven't seen Redline but I will at some point.

    I was hoping for more than a picture of Stan. Was bummed out about that.

    Good to see some consistent video content though Tom.

    Daniel_Newton moderator on July 31, 2012 at 7:40 a.m.

    Sam, that is one of the coolest t-shirts I've ever seen, I want one.

    As for Tiger & Bunny, I'm mildly interested, so I may check it out sometime. I have a great love for western superhero cartoons, especially all the "DC Animated Universe" cartoons I watched as I grew up. More recently I've really enjoyed Young Justice, which is like a cross between the DCAU cartoons and Teen Titans -- a lot of the (relative) seriousness of the DCAU cartoons, with some of the whimsy and teen-angst of Teen Titans.

    I think a dub of Tiger & Bunny would do pretty well on television, it would probably suit Toonami pretty well, or maybe even channels like Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon, depending on how kid-friendly the show is. I don't think it's the "Next Big Thing" though, but who knows.

    The use of CGI in anime doesn't bother me much, I think it worked fairly well in both Highschool of the Dead and Infinite Stratos, but when there's 2D and 3D working in tandem there will always be a visual difference between the two so, to an extent, the transition from one style to the other is always a little jarring. What I'd actually like to see is more shows rendered entirely in CGI, when it's done well it's gorgeous, but I understand how that can be pretty costly to do.

    samweller999 staff on July 31, 2012 at 8:49 a.m.

    @sotyfan16: Hopefully we'll get more Stan Lee in person in the show for you :) Though that man is everywhere now even HE needs a reason to come on an anime show...HEROMAN perhaps?

    @Daniel_Newton: It was available here for a period of time but since has sold out, there's still cool S to be had though: http://meatbun.us

    Daniel_Newton moderator on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:24 a.m.

    @samweller999 said:

    @Daniel_Newton: It was available here for a period of time but since has sold out, there's still cool S to be had though: http://meatbun.us

    Bookmarked, thanks!

    sotyfan16on Aug. 1, 2012 at 8:09 p.m.

    @samweller999:

    Heroman was alright. But as you can see, it hasn't been licensed. I'd more like for you guys to talk to him about Ultimo and if there could be a possible anime adaptation. A fun manga I suggest you guys check out.

    zaldaron Aug. 8, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.

    Tiger and Bunny didn't have enough dark and taking serious the implications of super heros mixing with capitalism and the problems that would create for me. It also had to much of the western superhero influence which was somewhat what I went to anime to get away from.

    Redline though...may have to check that one out.

    sickVisionz moderator on Aug. 9, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.

    I could see Tiger and Bunny being popular but I don't think it will be a huge hit like Cowboy Bebop. It lacks a lot of the cool factor factor that Bebop had. It's entertaining for sure, but I didn't see anything stand out about it.

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