Seasonal Anime Attempt: Ushio to Tora First Impressions

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WOW! I did not expect this old manga to be made into an anime, let’s dive into an oldy but a goody, Ushio to Tora’s first episode.

Ushio is a young boy whose father is the head priest of a temple. When his father goes away on a trip Ushio is asked to clean the book storage. There he finds a cellar door that he has never seen before. When he opens it he finds a large tiger-like demon sealed to the wall by a weapon known as the Beast Spear. When his friends lives become endangered by the attracted demons he releases the sealed demon and gains the powers of the Beast Spear. Defeating the demons he decides it is too dangerous to leave the demon alone, forcing it to stay by his side, naming it Tora.

A Fateful Meeting

A Fateful Meeting

I have read the manga for this series a couple of times, so when I heard it was being made into an anime I was excited and the first episode did not let me down. The first episode introduced all the important characters, and their relationships well. It also did a good job recreating the dynamic between Ushio and Tora from the manga.

The gangs all here!

The gangs all here!

The fight scene with Ushio and Tora fighting the large demon was fast and interesting. I enjoyed how they didn’t keep all of the characters serious all the time we saw comical appearances of the characters when they were doing something silly or out of character.

This was just an awesome screencap I had to include.

This was just an awesome screencap I had to include.

This episode was good start and sets up more interesting stories for the future. Not really, but I know it will get more interesting in the future. I am really looking forward to continuing to watch this series.


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3 Responses to Seasonal Anime Attempt: Ushio to Tora First Impressions

  1. miharusshi says:

    Only seen good things about this show; some saying the fighting animation kind of reminded them of HunterxHunter (perhaps by the same key animators?). Why did it get an anime adaptation this late, by the way? Is it its anniversary special or something?

    • dandylion13 says:

      I think it got such a late release because of the popularity of Parasyte. Which was another manga that was released and finished long before the anime adaptation.
      You called it though the Chief Animation Director was the same for both this show and HunterxHunter 2011.

      • miharusshi says:

        Iirc, Parasyte anime was green-lit as a 10th year anniversary celebration for the manga. Right. That could be it, but perhaps there are other reasons as well.

        Oh, I see. That makes sense. 🙂

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