Ushio and Tora TV

Alt title: Ushio to Tora TV

TV (26 eps)
3.871 out of 5 from 5,476 votes
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Ushio and Tora TV

Ushio thinks that his father's talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the creature prove to be worse than the curse?

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Dragonball has a new series, Sailor Moon has been revived and JoJo is no-longer an OAV, I think I smacked my head on a time machine and woke up in the 90s.  Here comes another very simple straight forward shonen from that era. Set up is easy; Tiger looking demon, kid who grows long hair and carries a long sacred spear. Each episode so far has our protagonist fighting a demon. We know what is going to happen you won't need Cliff’s Notes or Wikipedia to fill you in on subtle deep meanings. No, you will be able to follow the numbers like a paint by colors booklet. But there in-lies the charm of the title. It is why you buy a paint by numbers book, you are looking for mindless fun. It will have some action and comical moments. Some are brought to you by Ushio and his serious yet goofy nature. He is great at sports, but actually loves art. He is best friends with two if the cute girls at school, but mostly it is platonic. Also, he is constantly hit by one of the two girls who gets mad at Ushio, but in the same way a 8 year old boy pulls a girl he likes pig tails.  And there is an on-going comic bit between Ushio and Tora that devolves into verbal and physical sparing. (Which is kind of fun, especially the part where Tora mentions he wants to devour Ushio.) The action is almost all in the form of the supernatural, and will most likely require Tora and Ushio to work together at times. The plot is simple so far, murder a bunch of monsters that are drawn in by the evil aura that Tora has been building up over his incarceration. And Ushio is a school age kid with a cute blond and a brunet who seem to be his closest friends. I assume it will become more than just this for the future and I hope it stays true to the 80/90’s homage to the feel of the shonen love fest. Speaking of which. The animation is modern, yet borrows the look from the past. It has an old school feel, with things like the sketchy lines on our main protagonist, and simple easy to recognize designs for the rest of the cast. Movement is smooth and backgrounds are OK. The Sound was solid, and the opening rocks a bit. But the best part of the sound was the voice of our Tiger looking demon. He can turn on the evil rumbly crass voice then switch it over to the humble, meek and shocked voice when he wants. Watch the first banter with him and Ushio and you can tell the voice actor will bring some joy to the part. So, if you should want to see the Calvin and Hobbes version of a Anime/demon hunter/Shonen world, and might want another title to walk down memory lane with, you can’t go too wrong with giving this a try.

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