Tiger Mask W Review — C

Two men become wrestlers to avenge their mentor.

I never thought I would like a show about wrestling, much less watch it for 38 episodes. Yet here we are.

It’s a very solid show. They know how to tell a story. Even if it isn’t the most exciting thing, it makes you want to tune in every week and it doesn’t make it feel like a chore. Even if you care nothing about sports or wrestling.

I think part of the appeal is how cheesy it is. The whole concept is ridiculous. They do things like fight bears to train, or have ridiculous life or death wrestling fights in public. And all this is interspersed with silly episodes about these beefy, muscular half naked men fighting over candy or flirting with girls. Yet it’s well told enough that you have no trouble taking it seriously at the same time.

I especially enjoyed how they did most of the villains. You know that they do most of the things they do, such as being a dick, because it’s their job. Yet they act it out enough that they come to believe it themselves. There was one arc in particular I thought was interesting, where Tiger Mask (the main character) betrayed his wrestling company and joined the other ones. Everyone knew he did it so he could get revenge, and it was completely predictable, yet they were all enraged and got into fights with him in real life about it too. Including his family. Just kind of ridiculous but in a very entertaining way.

  • Storytelling – C – Slow but steady.
  • Voice – B – The wrestling leads to a unique type of story.
  • Characters – C – Simple, but they work.
  • Attention Grab – B – I finished it. And it was long.
  • Production – C – Looks ok. Some noticeable jumps in quality for some of the fights.
  • Overall – C

RecommendationsSekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! (lol just kidding don’t watch that trash)

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