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Manga Review: Tiger & Bunny Volume 7

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Tiger & Bunny Volume 7 continues the story of Jake Martinez’s attempt to take over Stern Bild and turn it into a nation of NEXT.

Tiger & Bunny Volume 7

Tiger & Bunny Volume 7

Written by: Mizuki Sakakibara
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 14, 2015

Volume 7 seems to have a focus on the heroes having to make difficult choices. The best example of this takes place in Wild Tiger, Barnaby, and Rock Bison’s battle against Jake Martinez. Rock Bison, who is generally known for being more of an oaf in comparison to the other heroes, decides to take on Jake himself after both Wild Tiger and Barnaby’s powers have been depleted. On a tactical level, this was to give Wild Tiger and Barnaby a chance to escape. However, this was also an important choice for Rock Bison because of what it meant for character development. I was pleased to see Rock Bison do this, but at the end of the volume, I’m left wondering what exactly his fate is.

This volume also sees Origami Cyclone making the choice of believing in his old friend, Edward, who had been working under Jake Martinez. It was a big risk, but it showed that Origami Cyclone was actually willing to take a chance. Earlier in the series, he was the hero always trying not to do anything except get his face in front of the camera enough to get his sponsor some advertising. This storyline forced Origami Cyclone to act as a hero, which made for another great character development moment.

And speaking of character development, there was a great scene between Blue Rose and Dragon Kid in Volume 7 that really helped to show a dynamic between the two female members of the Hero TV heroes. This was something that really wasn’t touched on much in the original Tiger & Bunny anime series, so I give the author credit for touching on this aspect. Even Kriem, Martinez’s female assistant, was provided some brief backstory near the end of the volume as well.

While Tiger & Bunny Volume 7 seemed to focus on character development, it was woven into the action of the story in such a way where it didn’t simply come across as exposition and bog down the reader. It also helped that some of the character development, such as what was seen for Rock Bison and Origami Cyclone, aren’t blatantly stated. For those two characters, the reader realizes that this character development is there when they think back to how these characters had been portrayed in previous volumes of the series.

At this point in the series, the Tiger & Bunny manga has retained the characters and some of the situations from the anime, but it has really become its own story. But that’s not a bad thing, though. This “alternate universe” storytelling has kept the original concept and soul of the anime intact, but has found a way to tell its own story without making it come across as unrecognizable to readers who have already watched the anime series.

Readers who have read and enjoyed the previous volumes of the series should appreciate what they see in Tiger & Bunny Volume 7. And fans of American superhero comics might find something to appreciate in the superheroes and storytelling that appears in the Tiger & Bunny manga series.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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