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The premiere Toei Animation’s new Tiger Mask W is scheduled for October 1st, which means we’re only just over two weeks away from a brand new wrestling anime, it has been revealed by the networks official website. That’s awesome news.
The anime series is based on Ikki Kajiwara’s Tiger Mask manga, which was first published in Kodansha’s Bokura Magazine from 1968 to 1971, and was later published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1970 to 1971. A previous Toei television adaptation was aired between 1969-1971, with a total of 105 episodes.
Toei also revealed a new stunning visual, featuring the anime likenesses of real-life New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) wrestlers Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Yuji Nagata, and Tōgi Makabe. Voice talent is set to be provided by Yuji and Tōgi and their announcement is set to be confirmed in the coming days.
The Tiger Mask persona is one of the most worldly renowned to come out of Japanese wrestling, and its manga/anime origins might come as a surprise to some. I was introduced to the character through my love of Puroresu, as were many wrestling fans. The character has been portrayed by a succession of Japanese wrestlers throughout the years, and its pop culture shelf life has no end in sight it would seem. Without a doubt one of the coolest characters ever devised, and long may he continue.