Two young wrestlers face each other in a recently revived underground wrestling organization, the Tiger's Lair, which destroyed the wrestling dojo they grew up in. One took over the training facilities of Naoto Date at the foot of Mount Fuji, as well as the mask he left behind. The other dared to enter the Tiger's Lair and won a fierce competition, receiving a jet-black tiger mask. One tiger walks the path of light, while the other walks the path of shadows. Neither one knows the other's face. On the ring, they are natural enemies, but they have the same purpose—destroy the Tiger's Lair!
Piff....Man 2016 is coming to an end, and for anime it's not a great year or a bad year; it's just, lackluster year. I'm not going to get the detail.
I've seen other sports anime this year in fall, and my chance to watch NJPW King of Pro Wrestling, and that I have really great experience,
so let's talk about what this show about Tiger Mask W.
Well...The Story of Two young wrestlers are receives a underground wrestling organization that evolves about wrestling and a famous wrestler who's loved by everyone, except on that destroyed and tries so hard to keep his identity secret. In these reboot not only it has best NJPW wrestlers we beloved, there a camino and special guest on popular stars in NJPW company.
That maybe not your thing, but here's a question from everybody POV (Point Of View).
What is NJPW and Tiger Mask?
Wrestling is fake?
I already watch WWE?
I don't understand Japanese?
Let's me explain you in short case answer.
1. NJPW is the 2nd largest legit pro-wrestling company in the world,
it a major Japanese puroresu professional wrestling promotion founded in January 1972 by Antonio Inoki.
2. It's a primordium, it's a performance, and it entertainment.
Pro wrestling can be a form of a story and conflict, blood, sweat, and tears. So you can't fake gravity.
3. They are confident, strong, and treat it like a legit sport (Not just entertainment), they forces on action and strong style, then less story.
4. You need to understand, good judgmental, and appreciate the wrestlers, they have skilled, and bring very background to the roster.
You get all that! Let's get to the score.
Story/Plot- 10/10 (Stunning, magnificent, and VERY inspiration)
Animation/Art- 6/10 (Some were good, some were bad, at least it not repetitive (some time). It's Toei Animation fault, for having bad habits in their animation community in this decade of 2010)
Music/Sound- 10/10 (That Op and End theme was absolutely outstanding. I BO-LIEVE IT!)
Characters/Development- 10/10 (They have perseverance, personality traits, and courage in-ring performance. The villains were really great, but some of them were forgettable at time)
Enjoyment-10/10 (Gimme a HELL YEAH! Yeah I super enjoyed this franchise)
Overall- 9/10 Yeah! What the heck?
(Honestly I can give this 10 out 10, If it wasn't for the animation's and characters design wasn't bad)
Also let say this small note if you're a fan of pro wrestling you better check out this anime, cuz I have one word and it was Awesomeness.
OK, it's my first review. I hope you find it helpful.
Tiger Mask W is about vendetta/vengeance. The main characters Naoto Azuma and Takuma Fuji want to become stronger to defeat the fighter Yellow Devil, who injured severely Daisuke Fuji. The plot is not innovator, but it's works very well for a wrestler anime. Besides that, the story talks about honor, loyalty, perseverance, friendship and hope, like the good manly shounen should be.
Character development: 6/10
Naoto and Takuma want revenge, but they do not choose the same path to reach the goal. While Naoto chooses become a symbol of the fight against the establishment, Takuma choose to use the establishment in his favor to become stronger and them conquest his goal. For Naoto and Takuma, it's all about revenge, but Naoto take it in a more human way. Villains have weak development yet, they are just bad guys that do bad things and some of them just want money and power.
Haruna Takaoka is used as comic relief and it is ok. It is not the worst, neither the best comic relief in anime.
It is without doubt weakest point in this series. Even the character design is not good in this. It's animation is not fluid, sometimes it is like some slideshow. I don't know what Toei Animation is trying to do with that quality. It is simply outdated and cheap. However, the OP is great and has a nostalgic feel.
Music in this anime is exciting. You can feel testosterone flowing in your veins. It makes you feel happiness, nostalgic feelings and resemble great Tokusatsu themes.
The OP and ED are fantastic.
So far, i am enjoying it a lot. For me, it is just like oldschool fighting animes, so manly and fantastic. It is worth to watch if you seek nowadays oldschool animes.