OK, those that know me know that Music is very very important to me, especially when it comes to anime. The opening theme (and animation) is mostly what 'sells' a show to me. In the old days people would cut together tapes of nothing BUT OP and ED credits because for the most part, they were always awesome for one reason or another, and in some cases better than the actual show.
(You might not remember much about the American cartoons 'Thundercats' or Silverhawks' but I'll bet a fresh donut you have vivid memories of those OP credits!)
It was the stirring music of Hiroshi Miyagawa that helped sink the hook in me for Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato, and his son Akira is doing an unbelievable job carrying on the legacy in Yamato 2199/2202. I don't think I even dare to ponder how much money I've sunk into LPs, '45s and CDs for that show. So, yeah, music matters.
Which brings me to Tiger Mask W and the outrageous, painful lack of a soundtrack CD. I have no idea what's going on, usually these things are whipped out so they're on-sale the week the show premiers on TV (in Japan that is). So I put 'Tiger Mask W' into the Amazon Japan search engine and keep looking and looking and looking.
See, Tiger Mask W is a very old school anime. It's almost retro. There is only the barest hint of MOE` (Naoto's teenage girl manager, Niece of his trainer) which seems completely inescapable in this day and age and in recent episodes we have the addition of some 'young love' comedy (oh, not with the teenage manager but with a nurse who has been taking care of his almost fatally wounded wrestler/trainer who was like a father to him) but it's not out of control, and actually kind of fits the high power world of Professional Wrestling.
The music is very good, the modernized version of the '70s Tiger Mask theme kicks butt (as is right and proper) and the ED theme (and animation), 'King of the Wild', just might be the new 'Get Wild', the super epic original ED theme to the show City Hunter. King of the Wild is the kind of theme you put on your anime theme playlist for exercising or going out and driving to do something with MEANING and FEELING. Road music.
There are several CDs available for 'King of the Wild' and in my opinion, the one you want is THIS: https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B01M32XOYN/ref=ya_st_dp_summary
It's two CD singles, the first is King of the Wild c/w a 'B' side that eh, it's there, some will like it I have no interest.
The SECOND single is the beaut, it's an original drama CD (which of course is meaningless if you don't UNDERSTAND Japanese) but! BUT!! It opens with a TV size version of the Tiger Mask W version of the Tiger Mask Theme as its own track!
(and if you go to the Amazon Japan page they have samples you can listen to and feel the awesome)
So, yeah, about 2,000 Yen just for the two songs is pretty crazy. Given that we may not GET a BGM CD for the show (DUMB FAILURE IN MARKETING, GUYS!!!) This seems to me to be the best solution for now.
Come on, be honest, you need a new song that makes you pump your fist in the air and scream, don't you? Huh? Sure you do.
Every sale of this CD does not one damn thing to make me money. :)