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 finds a menacing youkai impaled by the fabled Beast Spear. The beast in question is Tora, infamous for his destructive power, who tries to coerce Ushio into releasing him from his five hundred year seal. Ushio puts no trust in his words and refuses to set him free. But when a sudden youkai outbreak puts his friends and home in danger, he is left with no choice but to rely on Tora, his only insurance being the ancient spear if he gets out of hand. Ushio and Tora’s meeting is only the beginning of the unlikely duo’s journey into the depths of the spiritual realm. With the legendary Beast Spear in his hands, Ushio will find out just how real and threatening the world of the supernatural can be. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
This is a fantastic retelling of an even more amazing manga. It’s intense, funny, heart-warming, interesting and insane. Watch it if you like awesome things. If this quality stays consistent and they stick to canon material, this should be a really fun anime.
If you have seen the first three quarters, enjoyed it and are even a bit interested in the actual ending then seeing this is a must.
A bit dated, but otherwise a bona fide shonen action classic
My Anime List
Ushio to Tora really is a supernatural battle shounen to take home at heart. The manga has over 300+ chapters and this adaptation covers two parts (2 cour of 26 episodes with an additional 13 episodes to air in Spring 2016). With that being said, there’s a good amount of faith to trust despite some early pacing issues. What we have here is more than just about a boy and a beast co-existing in the same world. It’s more about how they adapt and learn from one another. Through it storytelling with convincing technical features and clever ideas, Ushio to Tora is a unique gem for a revival. Ushio’s adventures takes him to places that he’ll never forget and hopefully, this show will be a part of your memories as well.
The best part of the show was easily Tora. A pretty simple character, but solid development and consistent throughout the show’s run. Ushio on the other hand was more or less your typical shounen protagonist. Except with lots of crying. Manly tears, I guess? Whatever.
Ushio and Tora is a fun shonen/supernatural series that’s a great option if you’re looking for a show to kill some time between your higher priority series this season. Or, if you appreciate/enjoy the 90s style animation, you’ll be enamored by the execution.
Violent, dramatic, and silly by turns, the plot is sometimes shaky but overall it’s a lot of fun.
The Sushi Times
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.