Ushio & Tora Supernatural Battle Manga Gets TV Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
This year's 10th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that a television anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora has been green-lit for this summer. Satoshi Nishimura (Trigun, Hajime no Ippo) is directing the anime at Mappa (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) and a relatively new company, studio Voln. Toshiki Inoue (Chaos;HEAd, Death Note, Ranma ½) is in charge of the series scripts, and Tomoko Mori (guest character designer on Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Juden Chan) is designing the characters.
ADV Films released the earlier original video anime project, and it describes the story:
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?
Fujita ran the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday two decades ago from 1990 to 1996, and the manga's 33 compiled book volumes have 30 million copies in circulation. He has since drawn a two-chapter Ushio & Tora short in 2012 to raise funds for areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake. Shogakukan will begin reprinting the original manga series in a complete edition this spring. The manga will also be on exhibition at the Sunday Fes 2015 at Pacifico Yokohama on March 29.
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