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Tiger Mask W Episode 1 Review – Pro wrestlers are Vigilantes of wrestling

Tiger Mask W Episode 1 – I have been waiting for Tiger Mask W Anime for almost 7 months. Anime series like Ultimate Muscle : The Kinnikuman legacy and Hajime No Ippo got me into sports genre in anime of Boxing and Pro wrestling after that i started watching many other sports anime series.

I used to watch WCW and WWE Smack down and RAW before that, and that’s why this year when i heard that legendary Anime Tiger Mask is returning as sequel called Tiger Mask W, i was excited for real. And the good thing about this Anime series there are characters in series who are based on real life wrestlers.


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!

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Tiger Mask W Episode 1 Review

The first episode basically introduced the two protagonist, One is pure hero and his name is Azuma Naoto and other is anti-hero his name is Fuji Takuma. Their pro wrestling dojo was challenged by “Tiger’s Lair” and Takuma’s father Fuji Daisuke fought to protect it but lost miserably with grave and fatal injuries. The two protagonist Naoto and Takuma who witnessed this decided to take revenge on Tiger’s Lair.

Tiger mask W Episode 1 - Tiger Mask Naoto
Tiger mask W Episode 1 – Tiger Mask Naoto

Naoto took the identity of Tiger Mask, the legendary pro-wrestling hero and champion of the people who once destroyed the Tiger’s lair and left his legacy (the tiger’s mask) behind. Takaoka Kentarou and his niece Haruna help Naoto with his training because they knew the real tiger mask. While the other thought of destroying the Tiger’s lair from the inside and he entered Tiger’s lair. Completed their severe and fatal training regime with flying colors and gained the jet black tiger mask and the ring named called “Tiger of the dark.”

Naoto’s abilities are put to test when he gets the news that Tiger’s lair is finally making their movie at a pro wrestling match. Takuma’s debut match as a member of Tiger’s lair was also on the same day. After the Takuma’s debut match, it was time for the main event where one of the Tiger’s lair regular member Odin was going to fight. Originally he was going to fight Mikasa Kaioh but Naoto took his place as Tiger Mask. Tiger’s lair receive a great shock since Tiger’s mask was the one to destroy the Tiger’s lair in the past and now someone has taken his name then that person must be extremely good, is what they thought as a result they got extra cautious.

Tiger mask W Episode 1 - Tiger Mask W
Tiger mask W Episode 1 – Tiger Mask W

Tiger Mask (Naoto) defeated Odin, and Tiger the dark (Takuma)  also witnessed the defeat of Odin. After that Tiger Mask disappeared but before going both Tiger mask and Tiger of the dark saw each other however they did not know each other’s identity. Now they have to fight against each other in the ring in next episode and that’s where the episode ends.

Animation and Art

Toei animation is in charge of animating Tiger Mask W Anime, and one of the best thing about the art and animation that its handmade and has that old rough and rugged feeling, similar to that of Mob Psycho 100 Anime, which is suitable for a pro wrestling anime. The fights are well executed, which are enough to give you goosebumps.

Overall Plot

The overall plot of the anime series is extremely mainstream, which often results in long running anime series like Ultimate Muscle : The Kinnikuman legacy and Hajime No Ippo, Dragon ball Z, Naruto, One Piece and Bleach. And this anime too gives you a feeling that it will run for a long period, despite of having 39 episodes of run time.

Tiger mask w wrestling anime
Tiger mask w wrestling anime

One of the best thing they did is – They didn’t waste anytime featuring the fight between Naoto and Takuma (Tiger Mask and Tiger of the dark) which is about to take place in the next episode. The episode was well placed and Odin was pretty annoying and they took him out right away without wasting anytime.

Wrapping up

Personally i feel that the first episode itself had quite an impact. I feel excited and i really can’t wait for next week’s episode. So what are your views regarding the first episode? and did you liked it?

Rating the episode

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