1st Tiger & Bunny Director Keiichi Satō Not Working on New Anime Series
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Keiichi Satō, the director of the original Tiger & Bunny television anime, reported on Twitter on Wednesday that he is not involved in the upcoming new anime series project in the Tiger & Bunny franchise.
Satō said that there was an offer to work on Tiger & Bunny two years ago, and he accepted it. He submitted an idea for a sequel, but it was turned down. He is unaware if his idea is being used, but he thinks it probably is not. Still, he thinks the franchise will expand in various forms from this point onward — a sentiment he already expressed at an event for the first series finale. He asked fans to "please love both the new work and the original."
Yoshitomo Yonetani, director of the Tiger & Bunny anime films, confirmed on Friday that he is not working on the new anime series project either. He said that he did not receive an offer to work on the project, and he will root for the staff and cast "as just an ordinary citizen."
The original television anime series centers around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television.
Satō (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) directed the first television anime, 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.
The 2011 anime series spawned two anime movies: Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning in 2012 and Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- in 2014. Viz Media released the television series, the films, and the tie-in manga in North America.