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Sonar Pocket Performs Ushio & Tora TV Anime's Ending Song

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Band to release "Hero" CD single on August 19

This year's 28th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the band Sonar Pocket is contributing the ending theme "Hero" for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora). The band previously performed theme songs for Digimon Fusion, World Trigger, and Danchi Tomoo.

Tokuma Japan Communications will release "Hero" CD single on August 19 in three different packages. The limited first pressing will come with a DVD for 1,286 yen (around US$10). The regular edition will come in "A" and "B" versions. The "B" version's jacket will have an Ushio & Tora illustration on the jacket. Each will cost 1,000 yen (around US$8).

Rock band Kinniku Shōjo Tai will perform the anime's opening theme song "Mazeru na Kiken." Tokuma Japan Communications will release the song's CD single, which will come with a special illustration drawn by Fujita, on August 5.

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?

The anime's main voice cast includes:

Tasuku Hatanaka as Ushio

Rikiya Koyama as Tora

Keiji Fujiwara as Aotsuki

Yui Makino as Hanyū

The rest of the cast (without announced character roles) includes:

Fujita ran the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday two decades ago from 1990 to 1996, and the manga's 33 compiled book volumes have 25 million copies in circulation. (The smaller bunko edition of the manga and other publications raise the total to 30 million.) He has since drawn a two-chapter Ushio & Tora short in 2012 to raise funds for areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake. Shogakukan is reprinting the original manga series in a complete edition starting this spring.

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) and Fujita himself are in charge of the series scripts, and Tomoko Mori (guest character designer on Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Juden Chan) is designing the characters.

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