A round up of all the TIGER & BUNNY 2 related news that was released today! First, the most important news, we have a new trailer for cour 2! A reminder that the final set of episodes (14-25), will be releasing on October 7th (yes just 1 week away!) @ 4pm JST - worldwide over on Netflix.
If you haven't seen the trailer already, check it out here:
Next, the cast watch parties, hosted by the troublesome buddy duo - series' seiyuu Hiroaki Hirata (Kotetsu) and Masakazu Morita (Barnaby), will be making its return, with hopefully more cast/staff guests!
The first watch party will be streamed live on the 7th October at 21:00 JST over on the BNPictures Youtube (note - this is most likely to be region locked again). This will then follow with weekly Saturday streams for episodes 15 - 24 at the regular time of 21:00 JST, from the 15th October onward. The final watch party for episode 25 will be hosted on Christmas Eve (also known in the fandom as BUDDY REUNION DAY) on the 24th December!
We hope that Anime Netflix will continue to translate these episodes for us and release them a week after they air, like the 1st batch of episodes.
Want to catch up on the past watch party shenanigans? Check out this handily put together playlist which contains all the episodes so far!
Moving on, the 2nd Blu-Ray cover art and slip case box art has been released, featuring Rock Bison and Origami Cyclone! The art on the left was drawn by series' main character designer, Masakazu Katsura, whilst the art on the right is by one of the series' main key animators, Mika Yamamoto!
This will have 3 episodes, along with many special features:
>Cast watch party episodes 4 (special guest Inoue Gou - Keith Goodman/Sky High), episode 5 (special guest director Mitsuko (Atsuko) Kase) and episode 6 (special guest Mariya Ise - Pao-lin Huang/Dragon Kid).
>TIGER & BUNNY 2 -Precious EVE- night performance recording
>Making of T&B2 Part 3 : Behind the scenes of 'Style 3' hero suit production! (Long ver.)
>Making of T&B2 Part 4 : Infiltrate behind the scenes of "Taibani 2" recording! (Long ver.)
>Special booklet (16 pages)
and a special audio drama CD! Drama #2 "From a Former Hero Academy Student" - summary of the story:
"Ivan is asked to be the MC for a radio show featuring only heroes from the Hero Academy, and he goes to see Edward to prepare a story for the show. On the day of the recording, however, things take a turn that Ivan never expected."
And finally, there will be a Greeting Event held in Japan, to celebrate Barnaby's birthday on the 30th October! The special Barnaby Birthday Party live stream over on Twitcasting will also be delivered on the same day!
Plenty of exciting things to look forward to over the upcoming months. Not long to go until the 7th October, get emotionally prepared!
So like, while “My return to this world is inevitable” is a banger line to end the trailer on, my brain was thinking about the quote in context. The opening quote of “Seeing you now, I can’t believe it’s been two years” is clearly from Claudia upon reviving Viren in 4x01, and none of the previous TDP teasers / trailers have ever had a quote that didn’t wind up being in the season somehow, even if sometimes they would be spliced up like “even when the odds seem impossible,” the full statement itself would be included somewhere.
Which is to say:
Who the fuck is Aaravos saying that line to?
So let’s run down the most likely and less likely options, shall we?
Despite being with Claudia for most of the season presumably by proxy, the only context I can think of for a line like this is him trying to ‘reassure’ her at the finish line, to coax her into continuing the spell / ritual to get him out of his mirror. We know from the S4 synopsis he’s leaving her clues and likely wants to leave her in a bit of a limbo so that she meets his time limit without any issues, so I don’t think he’d say it to her any time earlier.
The other possibility is Viren, especially if Viren, like I’ve already predicted / theorized, begins to regret this actions in S4 and thinks that perhaps Aaravos being freed would be worse for the greater good, and thus Viren shouldn’t try to save his own life (a perspective we’ve seen him come to before, even if he didn’t stick with it). Viren may be trying to stop him or dissuade with Claudia in an earlier scene, with Aaravos delivering this line to smugly point out how his attempts are futile.
The last two options to me are Callum and Rayla, respectively. Callum has stayed in Katolis from a narrative standpoint, likely, to eventually converse with Aaravos through the mirror. I don’t know if Aaravos will reveal his own goals to him, though, since a play for sympathy could fall apart quickly and easily be deemed suspicious. I think it’s more likely Aaravos will ‘prioritize’ Callum’s goals (whatever they may be) > asking Callum directly for help so again, this line doesn’t quite make sense unless it’s in a closer-to-end-of-season context where Aaravos has revealed his true colours and Callum is utterly screwed.
Last but not least is Rayla, who I think in some ways is almost the likeliest candidate. Not only has Viren said similar shit to her before like, “You haven’t saved him, you’ve done nothing but create a brief inconvenience for me” and “It’s too late. I’ve already won” but Rayla is the only character who will probably be an adversary to Aaravos the entire season, since she’ll know right away upon seeing him that he’s working with Viren (and again, maybe knows a little about whatever Runaan had heard of the mirror). She already wanted to stop Viren but will now know there’s much more at stake. I could see her easily, angrily spitting out that Aaravos will be stopped, that it won’t work, only for him to gloat that “My return to this world is inevitable... because I have the perfect bait,” and a cut of the horrified realization dawning on her face.
A new 2022 Urusei Yatsura PV with previews of the new opening & ending themes has been released! Artist MAISONdes will be performing both, with guest artists on each. The opening, titled "AIUE" (A-B-C-D) “, will feature Minami and SAKURAmoti. The ending theme, “Tokyo Shandy Rendezvous", features virtual singer Kaf as well as the band Tsumiki. The anime premieres in Japan on October 13th, 2022!