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Cover of the 2001 re-release of the first manga volume.
|Genre||Sports (professional wrestling)|
|Written by||Ikki Kajiwara|
|Illustrated by||Naoki Tsuji|
|Original run||1968 – 1971|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Takeshi Tamiya|
|Written by|| Masaki Tsuji |
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Original network||Yomiuri TV|
|Original run||October 2, 1969 – September 30, 1971|
|Directed by||Takeshi Tamiya|
|Anime television series|
|Tiger Mask II|
|Directed by||Kozo Morishita|
|Written by||Haruya Yamazaki|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||April 20, 1981 – January 18, 1982|
|Directed by||Ken Ochiai|
|Produced by||Toshiaki Nakazawa |
|Written by||Hidehiro Ito |
Michael Welles Schock
|Music by||Koji Endo|
|Released||November 9, 2013|
|Anime television series|
|Part of a series on|
|Anime and manga|
Tiger Mask (Japanese: タイガーマスク, Hepburn: Taigā Masuku) is a Japanese manga series written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji. The series was first published in Kodansha's Bokura Magazine from 1968 to 1971 and was later published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1970 to 1971. It was later adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation which first aired on Yomiuri TV on October 2, 1969 and ended its run on September 30, 1971, airing 105 episodes. In real life, the name has been used by a succession of Japanese professional wrestling characters as a gimmick. The Tiger Mask persona is instantly recognizable by its trademark mask, designed to look like a tiger's head, as well as the combination of high flying attacks and martial arts in the ring.
Tiger Mask, whose real name was Naoto Date, was a feared heel wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. However, he became a face after returning to Japan when a young boy said that he wanted to be a villain like Tiger Mask when he grew up. The boy resided in an orphanage, the same one that Tiger Mask grew up in during his childhood. Feeling that he did not want the boy to idolize a villain, Tiger was inspired to be a heroic wrestler.
The main antagonist in the manga and anime was the Tiger's Den, a mysterious organization that trained young people to be villainous wrestlers on the condition that they gave half of their earnings to the organization. Tiger Mask was once a member of the Tiger's Den under the name "Yellow Devil", but no longer wanted anything to do with them, instead donating his money to the orphanage. This infuriated the leader of the organization and he sent numerous assassins, including other professional wrestlers, to punish him.
In Tiger Mask II (タイガーマスク二世), a new opponent called "Outer Space Mask" bullies his way into the ring without representing any wrestling federation. Tatsuo Aku, once an orphan child from the "house of the children", was a fan of Naoto (who has passed away). He would put on his old hero's mask to become the new Tiger Mask.
Mister X is the main antagonist of the series.
The Boss is the leader of the Tiger's Den. He makes his first appearance disguised as the unbelievably strong fighter Miracle 3, the only fighter with total supremacy in the three fundamental abilities: strength, speed and illegal moves. Miracle 3 wins every fight in a clear and correct way, studying Tiger Mask's style against some fighters chosen by him. When he finally fights with Tiger Mask, he reassumes his old name: Tiger the Great.
The third master of the Tiger's Den. He was considered the strongest fighter ever. He was forced to retire because nobody was capable to fight him on an even basis. Adding to his considerable technique, King Tiger is the absolute master of illegal moves. His fight with Tiger Mask rapidly escalates to a real bloodbath.
Ring announcer and narrator.
|Tatsuo Aku / Tiger Mask||Hideyuki Hori|
|Midori Ariyoshi||Chiyoko Kawashima|
|Antonio Inoki||Banjo Ginga|
|Arman Hassan||Chikao Otsuka|
|Junko Tachibana||Mami Koyama|
|Kazuya Tachibana||Satomi Majima|
|Hinode Sports Desk||Chikao Otsuka|
|Mina Saiga||Chisato Nakajima|
|Ichiro Furutachi||Kōji Yada|
The manga was originally created for the Bokura Magazine in 1968 by Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji. The manga would be reprinted by Kodansha comics, and made available in Hong Kong. Further versions include Sankei Comics and the Kodansha KC Special. The anime would be televised nationally in Japan, while two movies would be constructed from reusing footage of the series.Most of the environment and characters were fictional, but real-life pro wrestlers like Antonio Inoki, Giant Baba, Michiaki Yoshimura, Kintaro Ohki and Seiji Sakaguchi were included in the manga and anime as well.
On March 3, 2016, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the revival of the Tiger Mask anime series.The series, entitled Tiger Mask W , premiered on TV Asahi in October 2016. It is also currently streaming on Crunchyroll, marking it as the first Tiger Mask anime available to American viewers. This new series is the exclusive sequel of the anime version and completely ignores Tiger Mask II, which confirms the death of Naoto Date like in the manga. In fact, this death isn't confirmed.
The movies were titled as such in English when exported outside Japan. They are not actual translations.
|Japanese Name||English Name||Release Date||Type|
|タイガーマスク ふく面リーグ戦||Tiger Mask: War against the League of Masked Wrestlers||July 19, 1970||movie|
|タイガーマスク||Tiger Mask||November 9, 2013||movie|
While the Tiger Mask character has shown up in quite a number of wrestling video games such as Fire Pro Wrestling D , Toukon Retsuden 3 , Sunday vs Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen , and Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 , the video games are not directly based on the story of the manga or anime.
In the early 1980s, the bookers in the New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion licensed the character and created a real-life Tiger Mask, originally portrayed by Satoru Sayama, to help boost their junior heavyweight division.
In 2010 and 2011, several people in Japan donated to children's homes and other social welfare centers by using the name "Naoto Date" as an alias.
In 2012 an Israeli artist named Omer Rabinovitz recorded a fictional song over the series opening sequence renaming it 'Namer Hakesef' ("Money Tiger"), reaching over 400 thousand views on youtube and becoming a cult phenomenon in Israel. Fictional episodes created independently by the community , and a Minecraft skin was also created.
The Tekken video game series has a character named King who is an homage of Tiger Mask, except King wears a jaguar mask instead.
Street Fighter II , in its early concept design stages, had a very similar homage to Tiger Mask in its character roster.
In the Yo-Kai Watch game series, a yokai named Machonyan wears a tiger mask.
Pokémon Sun and Moon introduced Incineroar, the "Heel Pokémon," displaying elements of both a tiger and a wrestler. It is also a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate .
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