Kyu has always been interested in solving mysteries. After assisting in a murder case, he earns the opportunity to take the entrance exam for the Dan Detective School (DDS), a famous detective school established by the equally famous detective, Dan Morihiko! DDS is trusted implicitly by the police and receives their absolute cooperation in all matters, and its students are often able to crack even the most difficult cases. Can Kyu, along with fellow classmates Megumi, Kintarou, Kazuma and Ryu, meet the demands of the school and the crimes that cross their paths?
In Sternbuild City, corporate logos not only cover billboards, but also the costumes of the super-powered heroes that act as its protectors. Veteran and newcomer warriors of justice alike compete in a reality TV show that offers points for apprehending criminals while giving champions' sponsors a chance to promote their brand. When the low-ranking Wild Tiger loses his backing after a string of outrageous, botched rescues, he finds himself paired with an up-and-coming spotlight-seeker called Barnaby. But with their wildly different personalities, will the pair be able to save their beloved Sternbuild City and win the game show, or will their constant tension be the undoing of the world's first hero team?
These series may not seem similar at first glance, due to one being a detective mystery and the other about superheroes. However, there are similarities that go outside the genre. The genres in themselves are not that different from each other after giving it some thought, both featuring gifted individuals dealing with criminals and bringing about justice. They both have fairly large ensemble casts, and while the episodes focus on two main characters, there are episodes that deal with each member of that main ensemble. Detective Academy Q isn't exactly a competition in the way that Tiger & Bunny is, but there is a spirit of competition with the main characters, not to mention the rival class from Detective Academy Q that tries to 'outsolve' the protagonists. While most episodes of both series deal with different crimes that are wrapped up in a matter of episodes, they both have a larger mystery that is ever present throughout the series.