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Following Wednesday's announcement that the first volume of Tiger & Bunny (a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack) would be released in October, Manga has tweeted a message confirming the date as October 29. The same tweet also confirms that the forthcoming first Tiger & Bunny feature film, Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning-, will receive a U.K. premiere on September 22. No further details were given.
The first Tiger & Bunny film will also open in Japan in September, directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani (Betterman, GaoGaiGar: King of Braves, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera). According to the April issue of Animage magazine, it will have story elements similar in outline to those in the television series. However, producers Kazuhiko Tamura and Chika Matsui said that the film project as a whole will also have new characters, and the second Tiger & Bunny film - which they hope will be released in 2013 - will be an entirely new story.
Tiger & Bunny centres around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television. Keiichi Satou (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) directed the project, and Masafumi Nishida (live-action Kaibutsu-kun) wrote and oversaw the scripts. Manga artist Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai, DNA², I''s, Zetman), a well-known fan of Batman and other superhero comics, created the original character designs.
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