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Ushio & Tora Episode #04 Anime Review

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Ushio & Tora Episode 4A demon’s gotta eat

What They Say:
Long ago, a ferocious monster terrorized the land, until a samurai, wielding the legendary “Beast Spear”, sealed him away. 500 years later, a middle school student named Ushio Aotsuki accidentally uncovers the monster in a hidden cellar under his family’s temple. The unsealed monster and the spear attract many other supernatural creatures to the temple and Ushio is forced to release the monster in order to defeat them. Ushio names the monster “Tora” and unwillingly work together to battle other spirits and demons.

The Review:
Content (warning as portions of this review may contain spoilers):
Ushio and Tora’s monster-of-the week escapades continue, though thankfully they’re a lot more fun than repetitive. Last week’s episode was a more serious affair, which was nice, but it featured a distinct lack of Tora who’s the most entertaining character in the show thus far. So to rectify this we end up with a largely Tora focused episode and one that’s a bit more a lighter tale, despite having the most dangerous stakes so far.

Poor, poor, Tora, the guy just doesn’t have any luck. No matter how many times he tries to eat Ushio, the kid is always one step ahead of him. To make matters worse, where a horde of demons buried at a construction site accidentally get unleashed and kill all the workers, Ushio puts two and two together and assumes it’s Tora’s doing. Tora doesn’t feel like sticking around to take the blame, and is desperate to feast on some human flesh so he decides to out to the city to look for a bit to eat.

In typical 90’s fashion, Tora has a bit of culture shock when he sees how modern everything is and starts reeking a bit of havoc throughout town. Though things don’t go over quite well where food’s concerned as all his attempts to eat people fail hilariously since he can’t handle their perfumes or jewelry since demons are weak to that stuff. In the meantime, Ushio goes to look for Tora and runs into an old man who knows the legend about the demons who attacked the construction site. They’re known as the Gamin and they used to attack people on an ancient hill before getting sealed away by a priestess. Unfortunately said priestess happens to look a lot like Inoue, who’s wandering around town on her own, so Ushio rushes off to find her before the demons do.

Tora ends up finding her first though, and thinks she’ll make the perfect meal, but before he can take a bite, the demons show up looking for revenge on her and start ripping through the townspeople to do it. Ushio tries to come to her rescue, but gets taken out by the demons pretty quickly leaving it up to Tora to save the day since he’s sure not letting anyone else take his “food”. He manages to defeat most of them (though not before mocking them for not even realizing the priestess is long since dead) and Ushio manages to wake up in time to take care of the last one. Sadly for Tora despite playing the hero this time, once he realizes Inoue’s with Ushio, he knows he can’t eat her without Ushio coming after him, but she introduces him to the concept of hamburgers (which weirdly we never get to see him eat) and Ushio apologizes for blaming him so it all works out.

So this episode doesn’t really do much to change up the formula thus far, but Tora’s antics are a lot of fun to watch so it’s certainly hard to complain about one that’s mostly about that. Though notably despite the lighter tone, the demons featured in this episode were the most destructive so far so if that’s the basic level of threats we can expect from now on it should make for some pretty fun fights going forward. Also kind of nice to see that Ushio’s secret is out of the bag so early  as opposed to how dragged out that kind of thing usually is, so it should be fun to see how he gets to deal with that next week. Speaking of which it looks like we might be getting to the actual meat of this show then so I’m really interested to see what that brings.

In Summary:
This episode’s monster-of-the-week scenario gives us some focus on Tora, and it makes for a fun little ride since his constant failures to eat people are pretty amusing. It also gets Ushio’s demon hunting escapades exposed to Inoue so that should likely change things up a bit going forward, and it looks like we might be getting to the main story very soon. So far this show is riding on sheer fun more than substance, but when it’s this much fun it’s hardly worth complaining about.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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