Continuation of the Ushio and Tora TV series.
The Wind Blows
I Won't Lose Anyone Else
The Night of the Crescent Moon
The Journey of No Return
To the Sea of Chaos
The Beast Spear Destroyed
To the Promised Night
The Ultimate Insult
mpressive how the title saved itself so well. After the first season completely failed in the middle section and ultimately won with the dissolution, I had my doubts about the potential of the sequel. Sure, the background story about the spear and Hakumen's actions in season one has been very impressive. But because of that, the entire potential should have already been lost.Fortunately, I was wrong. The second season managed to keep the tension going until the end. To deliver a grandiose finale on a full metal alchemist scale and to give the characters even more depth with more background stories. In particular, there were a few new developments, admissions and unfortunately tragedies. The final fight was a long one (it included episode 33-39), but it had everything a fight needed. Hardly any plot armor, no ass pulls and a very appealing and understandable process. And also the consequence and the price of the victory. Unfortunately, it doesn't always result in a total happy ending, which is why I liked this ending even more. This makes it look much more realistic. I would certainly have preferred it if some of the main characters had more screen time. This would have made her story, her struggle and her degree much more emotional. Since you only knew some of them for only 10-20 minutes, it worked well, but you couldn't build a feeling for it. story The plot reached its climax here and revealed new parts of the background story about the characters and Hakumen. This started the plot and the meaning of many episodes from season 1, to understand more clearly. Likewise, some of Tora's actions got a completely different meaning after you finally understood the character. Since the tension of the narrative could be maintained really well here, I can hardly take anything negative here. In the area of storytelling, this work did an excellent job for a shounen. Animation / pictures The animations have gotten a little better. Mostly still images. But the presentation has improved significantly. In addition, a little more effort was put into drawing characters. Characters Basically, there was little change in most of the characters. some have simply grown up and matured. Only Torah and Hakumen have finally seen the full picture of their backgrounds. Likewise the reasons for Tora's actions, his past and you learned to understand his personality more. I find the explanation of his usual "I'll eat you" particularly interesting - I would not have expected that these words actually had a deeper meaning. The origin of Hakumen was also very interesting and explained its character much more. Among other things, I have to say that it reminds me a little of Pennywise / Es.The conclusion of Hakumen's story was also written and implemented quite interestingly. An excellent antagonist. Conclusion This rating is for season 2 only and not for the overall work. The first season is much worse and would lower the general rating. However, season 2 consisted of only 13 episodes, which relied a lot on plot and explanation. The anime also has a finale that hardly any shounen has ever achieved. If the first season had the same quality as this one, the anime would undoubtedly be one of the best titles.
I really liked this series, one that pulled me in like Hunter X Hunter did. First season is kinda slow, but builds up the characters and then the second season thrusts you into the actual conflict at hand. Through the entire second season you meet new characters and either like or hate each one, but know that they are going to serve a bigger purpose for one side or the other. Story telling in this season is very action packed with the exception of one or two episodes. Animation and sound are great! Animation quality for this season is just as good, if not better, as the first season. Music through out this one makes you feel the situation everyone is in or about to get in and is very in depth. Opening and closing title have great music to jam out to on each episode. Overall this was a great series to watch and loved each moment of it.
First some items I need to adress. I'm Dutch to expect some spelling errors, if they are to annoying just message me and I'll fix it. My opinion may vary from others and this is fine. People are different so there is a good chance that I will not like what you love. Deal with it. I'm not telling you that you should hate it too, I'm telling you why I didn't like it. I'll try to keep swearing to a minimum but fail utterly on occasion. In general it is the more the anime pisses me off the more I swear so watch out for the low scored ones. Art: It's fine. It's so very hard these days to screw this part up with the use of CGI in sp many shows. Not outstanding but certainly not bad either. It does what it needs to do. Sound: I very rarely pay any attention to the music. It should be there but not overshadow what is on screen and in that regard it succeeded. Voice acting is fine. Characters: The main character is Ushio. He is a very kind-hearted and values all life. He will go through great lengths to keep his friends save. Wielding the beast spear he is a match for the powerful monsters plagueing the land but the is a price to pay for wielding its powers. Tora. He is a very powerful Yokai who was imprisoned at Ushio's shrine for 500 years. Upon release he is very curious about the world today and vows to one day eat Ushio. His hatred for Hakumen no Mono holds him back as its destruction comes first. Hakumen no Mono is an extremely powerful Yokai that almsot destroyed Japan centuries before. Only the combined effort of the other Yokai fighting with the humans drove it back. Since then it has been hibernating, biding its time, but now it is once again stirring. Story. For 500 years Ushio and his ancesters have watched over the shrine that they life in. One day he discovers a sealed room that houses a massive monster. After freeing it he learns that this monster is named Tora and that Ushios' ancester defeated him here 500 years ago. Now that he is free he plans to go out for a little rampage. Fortunately Ushio proves to be possessing his ancesters spirit as he proceeds to beat Tora into submission. Now, somewhat docile, Tora starts to help out Ushio in fighting the monsters. He claims it is so that no other monster will feast on Ushio's flesh before him but a strange partnership starts to develop between them. Then they learn that Hakumen no Mono is once again stirring and they must find a way to stop this monster once and for all or it will destroy all they hold dear. Rant. I really liked the start of this anime. It takes it time with setting up the characters with simple monsters of the week stories that are only there to set up the rules of the world and the characters while in the background the main arc of Hakumen no Mono slowly becomes more and more visible. Tora starts out as a simple monster but slowly eveolves into a well rounded character and upon learning his origin you really start to understand him. Which is why I absolutely hated what they did with him near the end of the series. This is where you learn one truth that completely, utterly destroys his entire character arc with one sentence. If you would take this out then I would easily give this anime a 8/10 as this anime really ticks some of my boxes. The story is character driven so you know why things happen as they do and why people do as they do...with the exception of Tora. This is what I like about stories. The best stories is where you create some characters, flesh them out and put them into situations where you can essentially sit back and watch as there is nothing for you to do as a writer. The characters have been set up properly so they'll react as you expect them to and do what they'll need to do and not be forced through some hoops because the writer put himself into a corner.
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