Netflix’s Tiger & Bunny 2 English Dub Changes Dialogue To Make Golden Ryan Criticize ‘Outdated Gender Norms’ And Declare Himself A ‘Feminist’

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Netflix’s English dub of superhero anime Tiger & Bunny 2 changed an instance of dialogue from the original Japanese script to have a male character, Golden Ryan, both criticize ‘outdated gender norms’ and declare themselves a “feminist”.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 (2022), Netflix

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Created in 2011 under the direction of Keiichi Sato, co-creator of The Big O and Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack, key animator and produced by former studio Sunrise, Tiger & Bunny depicts a world in which superhumans – called NEXT in universe (rated Extraordinarily Talented Entities) – not only do they exist, but those who choose to serve as heroes receive corporate sponsorship and a starring role on Hero TV, a reality television show that broadcasts their exploits live and allows users to vote on who should be crowned ‘King’ of the Season of Heroes’.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 1 Episode 1 “All’s Well That Ends Well.” (2011), Sunrise

Unfortunately for Kotestsu T. Kaburagi, an older hero who goes by the name of Wild Tiger and possesses the ability to boost his physical abilities for a short time, recent years have seen his more classic superhero ways rendered obsolete by a new generation. . NEXT ones that offer more random views of stopping baddies as well as better gear.

As such, his sponsors pair him with an up-and-coming hero, Barnaby Brooks, Jr., who shares the same power as Kotetsu.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 1 Episode 2 “A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending.” (2011), Sunrise

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Although their perspectives and methods clash at first, the two respect each other, eventually finding their footing as partners and teaming up to solve the murder of Barnaby’s parents.

After the anime’s first season and a sequel film, Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, the popular series quietly receded into the annals of anime history until 2019, when Bandai Namco Pictures – the newly formed entity that Sunrise was integrated into – announced that a new series featuring Kotetsu and Barnaby was in production.

Source: Tiger & Bunny: The Rising (2014), Sunrise

Released on April 8, 2022, Tiger & Bunny 2 picks up on the sequel to The Rising and finds two villains, Fugan and Mugan, slaughtering heroes across the world as they make their way to the series’ main setting, Sternbild City.

This second season also introduces the “Buddy System” to Hero TV contestants, an aptly named concept that requires all heroes to be paired up, with their partner either chosen by themselves or coerced by their sponsors.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 1 “A word to the wise is enough.” (2022), Sunrise

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Thanks to this new requirement, the series’ veteran hero Blue Rose finds himself partnered with the aforementioned Golden Ryan, the gravity-manipulating hero who made his series debut as Barnaby’s sole partner in The Rising.

However, Blue Rose soon finds herself annoyed by Golden Ryan’s overt chivalry which, despite being executed with the best of intentions, often leads her to dismiss her own abilities as a hero or treat her opinions with condescension.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 1 “A word to the wise is enough.” (2022), Sunrise

This friction finally culminates in the season’s tenth episode, Pride comes before a downfall, after a number of secret superhero identities – including that of Golden Ryan – are acquired by the enemy through a hack.

Fearing for his partner’s safety, Golden Ryan tries to fight the enemy on his own, telling Blue Rose, “I show my face without wearing a helmet, they could attack me any minute.” You didn’t reveal your real name or your face. They won’t come after you. So if you stay with me, you’ll be in danger.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 10 “Pride Comes Before the Fall.” (2022), Pictures Bandai Namco

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“Don’t call me stupid!” Blue Rose fights back. “Why are you worried about me?” You’re the one in trouble! Do you think I’m so scared of them that I’d abandon you?

Following this argument, Golden Ryan and Blue Rose are seen together in the next episode, Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, where in an effort to cheer up his partner in light of the data breach forcing his family to move to a refuge, the former takes the heroine to a musical performance organized by her childhood friends at a local park.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 11 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Sunrise

Then the two return to the car and begin to drive back to base, at which point Blue Rose opens up, “We’ve been friends since high school. I had to cancel several times because of my work [as a superhero], but they are still my friends. Before, I hated not being able to do what I wanted with my free time, but I chose this life.

“Whether it’s my superhero job, my friends, school, my singing, I have to live my life with no regrets,” she claims, which in turn prompts an apology for their Golden Ryan argument. .

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 10 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Pictures Bandai Namco

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This is where Netflix’s English dub changes make an appearance, as brought to general attention by /u/TokenSockPuppet on the /r/KotakuInAction subreddit.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 10 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Pictures Bandai Namco

In the original Japanese, Golden Ryan goes on to admit, “Sorry about yesterday. You know when I said everyone already knows my face, so you can’t protect me.

“Oh that?” Blue Rose replies. “I was pissed. But that doesn’t matter anymore.”

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 10 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Pictures Bandai Namco

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“No, that’s not enough! Golden Ryan exclaims back. “I always felt like I had to be the one to protect you because my partner is a girl. But a partner is a partner. It doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a girl.”

He further explains, “For some reason, I thought it was me protecting you. But as a partner, I should have known that you are stronger and more dedicated than anyone else. You are the best superhero out there.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 10 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Pictures Bandai Namco

“Instead of protecting each other, let’s help each other,” Golden Ryan continues. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, older or younger. Does that sound better, princess? [Author’s note: Princess is being used in this instance as a sincere and affectionate nickname, rather than a sarcastic pejorative]

“I guess I should stop calling you that,” he finally asks, to which his partner replies, “You don’t have to stop. I don’t hate when you call me that.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 10 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Pictures Bandai Namco

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While Golden Ryan’s original dialogue depicts an acknowledgment that Blue Rose’s sex has caused him to be overprotective, in English this feeling is taken to the extreme of self-flagellation.

“Hey,” begins the hero. “I was wrong. I’m sorry. Back at the training center, saying you wouldn’t be able to protect me…”

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 11 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Sunrise

“It was nothing,” Blue Rose told him back. “I was pissed, I hadn’t thought about it since.”

“It was nothing!” Golden Ryan then exclaims. “It’s an outdated gender norm. I always feel like I have to protect you. I was brought up better. I think I could be a feminist.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 11 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Sunrise

He then tells the veteran hero, “Listen, a partner is a partner – a boy or a girl, it doesn’t matter. And I’m really disappointed in myself. I should know my partner better than that. You are stronger and more dedicated than anyone. God knows you would kick my ass! You are the best superhero I know.

“I won’t try to protect you anymore,” he declares. “Unless someone has a gun or something?” It’s feminist, isn’t it Princess?

Pausing, Golden Ryan finally observes, “Oops. Guess I should probably stop calling you that, huh? » before Blue Rose assures him : « You don’t have to stop if you don’t want to. It doesn’t bother me that much. I like it.

Source: Tiger & Bunny Season 2 Episode 11 “Every cloud has a silver lining.” (2022), Sunrise

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