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A review by Luxx
Added on Feb 15, 2016

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Ushio Aotsuki is a stubborn middle school student and son of an eccentric temple priest who goes about life without care for his father's claims regarding otherworldly monsters known as youkai. However, as he is tending to the temple while his father is away on work, his chores lead him to a shocking discovery: in the basement he ...

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The story of Ushio to Tora is generic, it's nothing new and nothing special.


The story is centered around Ushio, a teenager who is constantly hearing an ancient story from his father of how an ancestor of his pierced a demon. Like most protagonists, he refuses to believe it and thinks his father is full of it. However, when Ushio wonders to the basement, he encounters the demon his father has been talking about and releases a bunch of evil spirts that have been building up for some hundred years now. The demon tries to get Ushio to remove the spear that he has been pierced by, but Ushio ain't falling for it and refuses. This angers the demon, promoting him to attack Ushio, however he can't reach him because he is stuck to the wall because of the spear. The demon says he will eat Ushio one day, but Ushio sees nothing more but an animal traped to the wall and then leaves. As Ushio goes outside, he sees his friends being attacked by these evil spirits he released, Ushio seems to have no choice but to go back to the basement and ask the demon for help. The demon tells Ushio that the only way is to remove the spear from him if he wishes to save his friends. Ushio, with not much time removes the spear thus releasing the demon with it. I won't reveal what happens next as I'll leave that up to you to find out if you decide to watch. Just let it be known this starts the story of Ushio and Tora.

It started of episodic, and I had nothing really wrong with this... at first. The main problem was it took half the show (13 episodes) for it to really kick of into a bigger plot.

It is also worth mentioning that the comedy can be really repetitive at times and be really unfunny.

Honestly, if you're not a fan of waiting and repetitiveness don't bother with this show. It'll only feel like a waste of time.

Now, if you put up with the first 13 episodes, congratulations, you've made it to the bigger story.

A lot of people didn't enjoy the second half of Ushio to Tora, but for me it was pretty much average. Without spoiling anything, the second half starts of as how I'd describe "meh". It was nothing special.

Now as we headed into the second half more, how the Beast Spear was created, I found myself really drawn into it way more and it was probably the peak of my interest for the anime. These episodes carried a lot of emotion and depth to them that it made me fall in love with the show. I feel like the writing on these episodes was really well done and it was executed really well. It connected really well with me.

Now for the final part of Ushio to Tora... it was a let down. After finishing seeing the history of the Beast Spear and returning back to modern times, I felt really refreshed and thought "Well... it wasn't as bad as I thought. Maybe I'll give it another chance and see how it goes" ... oh boy was I wrong.

The final part of Ushio to Tora felt really weak and honestly just like a bunch of filler. The story was bad, it was all over the place. A mess quite frankly. Unfortunately, it ended on a low note for me. It was a big let down to me as I was honestly expecting more for the conclusion of the anime until the next season in Spring 2016.

Now this was one of the more better parts of Ushio to Tora for me. It has that nice late 80s/90s feel to it and can be really detailed at times, especially with facial expressions and the demons. It's very consistent and really nice to look at.

I'll be honest, I really liked the opening song to this. It felt like it fitted the anime well. For OSTs, nothing really noticeable and kinda average if I must say so myself.

I started of liking Ushio at first, but I'll admit as the show went on, he can sometimes ultimately be the let down of the show. By this, I mean Ushio hasn't changed one bit since the beginning of the show. He's always recklessly rushing into the fight and Tora his saving him every time. No literally every time. You'd think after being killed nearly a million times you'd start to change and try think of other strategy's and plan's. Well not Ushio.

It is to note Tora was one of my favourite characters of the show and still is. I find it really funny to have a demon with a tsundere personality. Definitely the best character.

I can't speak much about the main villain because I'd be walking into spoilers. The villain is nothing but pure evil. Yep, nothing but pure evil. And because of this it makes it really boring because we have no clear picture of why he does what he does. Very boring.

The side characters weren't really anything special. It is to note that at some scenes it felt like they had really forced appearances just for heck of showing them. Specifically one scene in general that I can't speak of because of spoilers.

All in all, this show needs major character development.

Overall Ushio to Tora had it's good moments and bad. Mainly more bads over goods, unfortunately. I did personally enjoy the show to some degree, specifically near the end as I mentioned. This was mainly what made me score it a 7, otherwise I'd most likely give this show a 5 for average.

Now if you should watch or not is totally up to you. Just keep my points in mind, that's all.

I will continue and watch the second season as it could be heading somewhere new, but I honestly doubt it.

Thanks for reading.

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