Ushio & Tora TV Anime's Promo Video Previews Theme Songs
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) began streaming the anime's latest promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme "Mazeru na Kiken" by Kinniku Shōjo Tai, as well as the ending theme "Hero" by Sonar Pocket.
Text: Winner of the 37th Shogakukan Manga Award (1991)
Text: Selected for "Japan Media Arts Top 100" Manga Category
Text: Hit comic with over 30 million copies in circulation
Text: Original creator: Kazuhiro Fujita (Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday)
Text: The long-awaited TV anime!
Text: It consumes people's souls...
Text: ...and lays waste to yōkai.
Text: The Beast Spear
Text: A fated boy chosen by the Beast Spear.
Text: Ushio Aotsuki
Text: A great yōkai, once sealed away by the Beast Spear.
Ushio: That's right. It's your fault. It's your fault those things...
Tora: So you understand? If it's me, it can be done.
Ushio: Finish them off.
Tora: I'll keep my promise.
Text: When the two souls meet...
Text: ...the story of destiny...
Text: ...begins to unfold!
Logo: Ushio & Tora
The video also notes the anime series' July 3 premiere on the Tokyo MX channel. The series will then run on the Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and TV Aichi channels on July 6, and on BS Fuji on July 7.
Both the website and the official Twitter account of the anime have been revealing a new character and the respective voice cast member for the anime every day since June 10. The website will reveal the character visual and voice cast member for Omamori-sama on Thursday.
Tasuku Hatanaka as Ushio
Rikiya Koyama as Tora
Mikako Komatsu as Asako
Kiyono Yasuno as Mayuko
Keiji Fujiwara as Aotsuki
Yui Makino as Hanyū
Daisuke Namikawa as Hyō
Yūichi Nakamura as Kenichi Masaki
Aki Toyosaki as Yū Hiyama
Masaki Terasoma as Kyōji Atsuzawa
Shinichiro Miki as Raishin
Yuuki Kaji as Jūrō
Risa Shimizu as Kagari
Yuuka Nanri as Saya Takatori
ADV Films released the 1992 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?
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.
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.