“Who is the hero?”
This is quite a complex question.Most of us, however, can come up with a few answers.Some may say that the hero is a fireman, someone who is ready to expose himself to danger to help others.Others may say that a doctor or nurse, someone who devotes his life to the care of the sick and the wounded and taking care of public health.Still others can say that a teacher, a person who devotes so much time and resources to enrich the minds of the next generation, and even a sanitary worker who keeps cities clean, removing garbage and leading sanitary facilities.You may notice a common motive between all these people: they are perceived as selfless, not expecting gratitude in exchange for all the work they do to keep society and act.In everyday life they put others in front of them.
As already mentioned, this is still a complex question that the tiger and bunny spend a lot of time trying to answer.In the whole series we meet many heroes, each of whom has their own motivations, uncertainty and problems.Like the heroes we could think about in our daily lives, the heroes of the Tiger and Rabbit also have something in common: they are performers.
Tiger & Bunny is a fascinating study of what the world would look like with superheroes.Instead of focusing only on the heroic cast, he focuses on the way the characters are animators.All their exploits were intercepted by Hero TV.They score points for being the first on stage, grabbing criminals and saving civilians.Their suits are covered with the brand logo.They are not asked for a direct collision with danger;They often have to wait for the most dramatic moment or for the best angle.People excitedly watch their favorite heroes work, as if they were watching a regular television program instead of real -time crisis.The heroes in this world are a product of capitalism, belonging to media companies and used as walking billboards instead of defenders of justice and peace.In this sense, the series raises an interesting question about the idea of heroism.
“Without money and fame for you, can you really save someone?
This is of course a cynical question. Throughout the first season it is a source of a serious conflict between Kotetsu and Barna. Barnaby understands the need to maintain sponsors happy. He knows that without their funds and influence he is not a hero at all. The attention they receive and the sponsors they gain make them heroes, and if this means that they have to play in front of the cameras, let it be so. But Kotetsu is an idealist. He believes that the hero’s task is not to receive praise or put up a good performance, but to save people calling for help. However, we can see that even for Kotetsu fame is not necessarily unwanted. We see how he begs the children to take his collector’s cards and we know that he was once the king of the heroes. However, unlike Barnaby, Kotetsu does not perceive fame as a way to increase sponsorship or achieve his own goals. He does not see points as a way to get to the top of the ranking. For him, these things are aimed at spreading his ideal altruistic heroism. If he is someone’s favorite hero, it means that his beliefs do not end with him.
Is the motivation behind heroism really important?Or maybe the presence of heroes is important?
This is another question that the tiger and bunny asks.In the first season we meet eight heroes, each of whom has their own reasons to be heroes.Some of these reasons, such as Blue Rose, may seem incredibly selfish.He just wants to be a singer and as long as he performs the work of the hero, he can do it.Of course, we see how her ideals change when she is approaching Kotetsu, but her initial goals are not what people usually think about when they think about the hero.In the second season, we meet four heroes and meet characters with personalities that the majority would consider to be inappropriate for heroes, such as Ryan with his pompous arrogance and Thomas with his incredibly cold and lonely behavior.However, everyone is still doing the hero’s work.
To answer this question, the series uses the perfect main character: Kotetsu. While Kotetsu is constantly depicted as a charming and beloved idiot with a golden heart, who tries to do what is right, also presents him as a direct protest towards the capitalist entertainment heroism, which creates the world of the tiger and rabbit. He doesn’t want to stand aside just because it would be a better performance. It shows little interest in brand offers and photo sessions. Kotetsu is a man who values others and tries to be a hero for the people around him, both in and without him. He doesn’t do it for money or fame; He does it because it is right and isn’t it a reason enough to do it? By doing so, he begins to influence other heroes and helps them shape their own ideas of heroism outside their own motivations. He gains so much love from the inhabitants of Sternbild, because he is always there when they need it, even when it comes to catching the escaping balloon. The series presents him as a one -man revolution in his way of thinking, and this revolution spreads through the first and second season in a permanent and exciting way, while determining it exactly as the world of heroes needs.
World Tiger & Bunny is surprisingly realistic.He presents a script in which the heroes are the property of corporations (in particular media companies) and are asked to compete with themselves for fame and sponsorship.He treats heroism as a spectacle, not a good deed and asks the audience if it really matters that the motivation to have heroes is greed because the heroes still save people.It presents a number of points of view, motivation and types of heroism, and ultimately asks the audience who the hero is, especially in societies powered by capitalist success and promise of fame.The exploration of these topics is ultimately what distinguishes Tiger and Bunny from most superhero media.It is amazing how well they managed to combine the ideas of heroism, fame and capitalism to create a love letter to a genre that can also criticize its importance in a world not so different from ours.