Netflix Unveils Tiger & Bunny 2 Anime's Visual, April 2022 Worldwide Debut (Updated)
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Netflix revealed a new visual and the April 2022 worldwide debut date for the Tiger & Bunny 2 sequel during the company's Netflix Festival Japan 2021 livestream on Tuesday. Netflix also stated the show's first season is coming to the service.
The new anime will tell a new story set after the events of the Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime film.
A full list of returning cast members so far includes:
- Hiroaki Hirata as Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger
- Masakazu Morita as Barnaby Brooks Jr.
- Minako Kotobuki as Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- Taiten Kusunoki as Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison
- Mariya Ise as Pao-Lin Huang/Dragon Kid
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem
- Go Inoue as Keith Goodman/Sky High
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone
Mitsuko Kase (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory) is directing the new anime at Bandai Namco Pictures. Masafumi Nishida is returning to handle series composition, and Masakazu Katsura is returning to design the characters.
Keiichi Satou (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) directed the 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 released the television series, the films, and the tie-in manga in North America.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment had planned a live-action Hollywood film adaptation of the anime. Former All Nippon Entertainment Works CEO Sandy Climan and Bandai Namco Pictures' Masayuki Ozaki were also on board to produce the film project. Imagine Entertainment President Erica Huggins would have overseen the project. The producers had hired Ellen Shanman as a scriptwriter. The film's studio Global Road Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware in September 2018. The filing affected the company's film division, but its sales and television divisions will continue to operate.
Update: A representative for AMMO Entertainment (which is affiliated with Sandy Climan) confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that the live-action adaptation project previously planned for Tiger & Bunny "has not been in a state of active development for several years" after All Nippon Entertainment Works had a corporate reorganization in 2017 and after the bankruptcy of Global Road Entertainment in 2018.
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