I didn´t give Ushio to Tora a try because of its plot, style or characters, but because of the studio behind it – MAPPA, even though I didn´t understand or try to understand Punchline!, is without a doubt the studio to look out of season after season, and who simply don´t give a crap about generic rom-coms or harem animu. Enter Ushio to Tora, a series set to have 36 episodes and is an adaptation from thirty-something year old manga, and boy, it doesn´t get anymore 80s than this.
I liked the first episode of Ushio to Tora. It reminded me of the good ol´ days where I got home from school and watched Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh, and it´s not because Ushio to Tora is a kiddies anime, but because of its character designs and the feel of said characters – it´s a spicy action supernatural comedy show about a boy who is posessed by a youkai which has been living in his cellar for the past 500 years.
It really, really feels like something that would´ve come out fifteen years ago, and unlike Parasyte, MAPPA has made no effort to modernize it up a notch, in fact, they seems quite fond of the idea that it´s as oldschool as it is. It´s a blast from the past, if you will.
I don´t expect this to have a grandiose plot, but more like episodic adventures between Ushio and Tora, a duo that actually has a great dynamic and it´s been years since I´ve seen a character like Tora – Moreover, I don´t usually watch shows like this, so for me personally, it´s refreshing.
Another thing I found interesting is that strangely enough, Ushio to Tora felt a bit creepy at times – be it with the music, or the fact that I am terrified of bugs, but some scenes had me feeling a bit eerie, this is not a bad thing, but actually adds another layer to the show itself. I´ll follow this, it´s good.