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Title
Tiger MaskTiger Mask(γ‚Ώγ‚€γ‚¬γƒΌγƒžγ‚Ήγ‚―)Tiger Mask
Released
105(Part 1), 33(Part 2)105(Part 1), 33(Part 2)
Dates
1969–1971(Part 1), 1981–1982(Part 2)
Company
Currently UnlicensedToei Animation
Creator
Ikki Kajiwara
Director
Takeshi Tamiya
Genre
Action, SportsAction, Sports
Characters
Antonio Inoki βŠ•Antonio Inoki βŠ•
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Big Tiger βŠ•Big Tiger βŠ•
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Black Tiger βŠ•Black Tiger βŠ•
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Boss/Tiger the Great βŠ•Boss/Tiger the Great βŠ•
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Daigo Daimon/Mr. Fudo βŠ•Daigo Daimon/Mr. Fudo βŠ•
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Kentarou Takaoka/Yellow Devil βŠ•Kentarou Takaoka/Yellow Devil βŠ•
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Characters: Tiger Mask

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Antonio Inoki βŠ• Antonio Inoki βŠ• Kentarou Takaoka/Yellow Devil βŠ• Kentarou Takaoka/Yellow Devil βŠ•
Big Tiger βŠ• Big Tiger βŠ• King Tiger βŠ• King Tiger βŠ•
Black Tiger βŠ• Black Tiger βŠ• Naoto Date/Tiger Mask βŠ• Naoto Date/Tiger Mask βŠ•
Boss/Tiger the Great βŠ• Boss/Tiger the Great βŠ• Tatsuo Aku/Tiger Mask II βŠ• Tatsuo Aku/Tiger Mask II βŠ•
Daigo Daimon/Mr. Fudo βŠ• Daigo Daimon/Mr. Fudo βŠ• The Great Zebra βŠ• The Great Zebra βŠ•

Description: Tiger Mask

Naoto Dante (AKA Tiger Mask) was a vicious heel wrestler in America. But after hearing a boy from the Chibikko House, a orphanage he grew up in, that he wanted to become a villain like Tiger Mask, he does a Heel Face Turn because he feared that he would idolize a villain. Naoto was once a member of the villainous Tiger's Cave as the Yellow Devil, a evil organization who trained young wrestlers to be heels in exchange for half of their earnings. Naoto left because he donated that money they wanted to the Chibikko House instead of them. This infuriated their leader Boss, a former wrestler who went by Tiger the Great, enough to send assassins, sometimes other wrestlers to kill Tiger Mask in each episode of the anime. The series had a look that felt like a DC or Marvel comic book.

In Tiger Mask II, Naoto dies while saving a child, a big fan of Tiger Mask who takes up the identity of Tiger Mask.

The series inspired King from the Tekken games as well as several real Japanese wrestlers who used the Tiger Mask gimmick starting in the 1980s.

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