Lunkhead Performs Ushio & Tora's New Ending Song
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that rock band Lunkhead is performing the ending theme song starting in the third cours (quarter of the year) of the Ushio & Tora anime. The song is titled "Kessen Zenya" (The Night Before the Decisive Battle).
The anime premiered last July, but its 39-episode run will be split into two seasons, with the first season reaching the 26th episode last December. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. The second season will premiere in April. The anime's final episode will coincide with the manga's final battle.
Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for home video in North America.
Ushio & Tora is based on Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga. 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. Rock band Kinniku Shōjo Tai performed the anime's first opening theme song "Mazeru na Kiken," and Sonar Pocket performed the first ending theme song "Hero." Wakadanna performed the second ending song "Makeruna Chiisaki Mono yo."