TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2015 Edition: Ushio & TORA

Um….did I travel back in time to the 1990s? Or did even anime starts to reminisce about the good ‘ol days of the ‘90s?

Wait, no, I’m thinking of the look of the show.

And from its hard-rock opening theme………

OK, I’m sold. This is Ushio & Tora.

Director: Satoshi Nishimura

Series Composition: Kazuhiro Fujita Toshiki Inoue

Music: Eishi Segawa

Original creator: Kazuhiro Fujita

Character Design: Tomoko Mori

Art Director: Tomoyuki Shimizu

Chief Animation Director: Tomoko Mori

Sound Director: Masafumi Mima

Director of Photography: Yuuya Kumazawa

Animation Production: MAPPA Studio VOLN

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks

Plot Summary: While cleaning out his family’s Shinto temple, middle-school student Ushio Aotsuki stumbles upon a hidden cellar which houses a dangerous yokai. The yokai, pinned by a legendary weapon called the Beast Spear for 500 years, attracts many other supernatural creatures to the premises. Ushio is forced to free the creature – whom he names “Tora” – in return for his help in defeating them. Tora, who wishes to eat Ushio but is stalled by the Beast Spear, begins to haunt the boy in the hopes that an opportunity will present itself. However, Ushio’s possession of the Spear seems to result in trouble after trouble, and Tora finds himself an unwilling ally to Ushio in his battles against various supernatural foes. Meanwhile, a greater danger lurks in the form of Hakumen no Mono, an incredibly powerful yokai with a thirst for destruction who is about to awaken from an extended slumber.

First Thoughts: Apparently this is a remake since there was an OVA series based on the 1990-1996 manga series and man from first glimpse of this new series…..you can tell this was intended for the ‘90s from the artwork to the character designs, the tropes and the situation dealt in there with Tora needing the help of somebody he’s trying to eat and surprisingly, it was decent. I knew I was getting into once I heard the word ‘shonen’ and lately, that word has been a pain in my ass with shows like Seraph at the End and World Trigger (I don’t care to go back to it.) and while this feels like a throwback, it’s actually feels like it’s going to be a fun show and has a plot growing unlike RIN-NE and hopefully, it doesn’t stray its light-hearted side that much once getting into the heavy stuff. You know, keeping a good balance between it.

Yeah, I would watch this WEEKLY but on a LOW-TO-MEDIUM PRIORITY.

I recommend it; I just put it below some shows.


Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing the 90s to your anime!


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