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Naoto Date has a secret identity as masked wrestler Tiger Mask, part of a crude school of fighting that is more violence than art. Overcome by guilt when an opponent's death puts his little son in an orphanage, the hard man devotes himself to the well-being of the orphans and works to improve their lives in the only way he knows how-by fighting. He also aims to raise the standards of the ring and ensure that fighting is recognized as an honorable art, not mere violence.
Based on a 1968 manga in Bokura magazine by Karate-Crazy Life's Ikki Kajiwara and Zero Sen Hayato-creator Naoki Tsuji, TM soon made it to theaters, as episodes were edited into seasonal "movies"-TM (1970, #9), TM: War Against the League of Masked Wrestlers (1970, #23, 25 and 26), and TM: The Black Demon (1971, #56).
A 1981 follow-up series is set after Naoto's death-he was killed saving the life of a child. A new opponent, Outer Space Mask, not endorsed by any of the national wrestling federations, bullies his way into the ring and injures a young wrestler. Tatsuo, a great fan of Tiger Mask who once lived in the orphanage he supported, intervenes wearing his hero's old mask and is accepted into the fraternity of masked wrestlers, where he becomes a major star. Champion of the op-pressed and weak, he hides his secret wrestling identity under the everyday clothes of a sports journalist, echoing that other champion of the weak, Superman. V