Sunrise have announced that the two and only Tiger & Bunny will return for a “new anime series project” in the not too distant future. First up on the slate of plans is a brand new “Buddy Series”, but various other plans are still to be revealed.
Meanwhile, one other thing is already certain, namely that long-awaited return to the Tiger & Bunny anime proper. This looks set to be a sequel to the 2011 series, but do note this is yet to be confirmed. More details will be revealed on the anime’s official website and Twitter in due time.
It has recently come to light nonetheless that the original anime’s director, Keiichi Satou, will not be working on the new project. He stated on Twitter that there had been an offer for Tiger & Bunny two years previously, which he accepted. His submitted idea for a sequel was ultimately turned down, and though he’s unaware whether his idea is now being used, he doubts this is the case. Still, there doesn’t seem to be any sour grapes from Satou, who asked fans to “please love both the new work and the original”.
Yoshitomo Yonetani, director of the two Tiger & Bunny anime movies, also confirmed that he has no connection to the new project. He said he was never even contacted with an offer, but will support the staff and cast “as just an ordinary citizen”.
The original anime followed our heroes for hire as their corporate sponsored derring-do was broadcast to an adoring public. Satou’s series then gave way to the two movies directed by Yonetani, Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning in 2012, and Tiger & Bunny the Movie -The Rising- in 2014.
The show is also the inspiration for an upcoming Hollywood live-action film, produced by The Da Vinci Code’s Ron Howard beside Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment. Though I’m sure we all hold a healthy amount of trepidation for this particular project, at least we know the anime’s here to save us, whatever happens.