Tokuma Japan has a new six-song Ushio & Tora character CD collection coming out on May 18th, 2016 and they’ve now released a new version of it that works through the cast pretty well. The samples for each of them are pretty short, but some get a little more attention than others… The release is priced at 2,200 yen and will have the six tracks that you can hear brief samples of below with ties to the character artwork at the time.
The show will run for thirty-nine episodes. The first twenty-six episodes ran last summer and fall and now the final thirteen-episode arc will come back in April 2016, where it’ll finish off by dealing with events from the final battle in the manga. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the show in North America while Madman Entertainment has the Australian rights.
The anime adaptation is directed by Satoshi Nishimura with animation done by MAPPA and studio Voln. They’ll be working off of scripts by Toshiki Inoue and character designs by Tomoko Mori. The group Kinniku Shojo Tai will be handling the opening theme song for the series while Sonar Pocket is handling the ending theme
The series has an expansive cast that includes Tasuku Hatanaka as Ushio, Rikiya Koyama as Tora, Mikako Komatsu as Asako, Kiyono Yasuno as Mayuko, Keiji Fujiwara as Shigure Aotsuki, Yui Makino as Reiko Hanyu, Daisukie Namikawa as Hyo, Yuichi Nakamura as Kenichi Masaki, Aki Toyosaki as Yu Hiayama, Masaki Terasoma as Kyoji Atsuzawa, Miki Shinichiro as Raishin, Yuuki Kaji as Juro, Risa Shimizuo as Kagari, Yuuka Nanri as Saya Takatori, Ai Kayano as Omamori-sama, Maaya Sakamoto as Sumako, Fumiko Orikasa as Mikado, Nana Mizuki as Hinoawa Sekimori, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Nagara Akiba, Ryota Ohsaka as Satoru Moritsuna, Ayahi Takagaki as Jun Moritsuna, Megumi Han as Kirio Inasa, Mamoru Miyano as Giryo, Kana Hanazawa as Jie MeI and Nao Nagasawa as Izuna.
Ushio & Tora comes from the manga by Kazuhiro Fujita, which had an anime OVA adaptation was done back in the early 90′s that ADV Films licensed and released years ago on VHS and DVD. The manga originally ran for 33 volumes between 1990 and 1996 and Fujita has done a couple of little things with it since there, largely for charity.
Plot concept: 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?