Ushio & Tora

The cast

Rating: 3 Rampages

Once, long ago, a small village was terrorized by demon, a horrible monster who gobbled up peasants like rice cakes. (This was, obviously, not a good time to be a peasant.) Then, one day, a mysterious stranger appeared and, with a magic spear, pinned the creature's shoulder to a boulder, trapping it forever! In the village there was much rejoicing (yay) and all was at peace with the world. That is, until 500 years later, when the stranger's descendent, Ushio Aotsuki, discovers a very alive and extremely irritated demon still pinned in the family basement! This is the story of how the Beast Spear carrier and a demon find the value in each other; overcome their differences to work together and fight other demons that threatened mankind.

At first it seems another run-of-the-mill 'boy and his pet monster' story, but it manages to become a great deal more over its rather short run. Pretty strong characters, decent animation, great action and a healthy sense of humour make this one a lot of fun. Be sure to catch the special SD Omake at the end of the series!

Availability: Available from ADV Films.