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|Ushio Tora - Complete Collection|
Actors: Jessica Boone, Julie Burks, Jessica Calvello, Mandy Clark, Sara Gaston
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
During the 16th century, a warrior-monk vanquished a powerful demon by pinning it to a rock with an enchanted spear; 500 years later, high school student Ushio Aotsuki, a descendant of the samurai, discovers the demon is... more »
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Madness Tora style
joanne5 | Sydney, NSW Australia | 04/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got the subbed video version of this years ago; and it was one of the quirky strange little series that I've kept and enjoyed for years. Ushio frees the powerful demon he names Tora to save his friends; and so becomes responsible for a monster who enjoys eating people, causing mayhem, and whose simple presence draws out ancient demons and evil from hidden places across Japan. Ushio keeps alive and ahead using attitude, temper and the ancient magical spear that once trapped Tora. Visually, the combination of bright colours and harsh angled lines works. The Japanese subbed version was a lot of fun: I haven't seen a dubbed version.The characters have a bit of depth, and do grow and change through the story. Nor are the monsters stereotypical. Some are immense and seemingly mindless, some are insane with grief and despair or the need for revenge, others are simply desperate. My personal favourites: the family of giant flying heads!Ushio and Tora is a little odd, a little funny, and painfully sad in places. All of the characters are alienated in different ways, and looking to make sense of being alive and sharing that life with each other. Tora wants to both connect with and EAT the other characters - so some of the situations can rapidly spin out of control!The episodes consist of short story arcs introducing different monsters. The issues get darker and more complex with each story arc, with human deaths, and more difficulty in finding the 'moral high ground'. The monsters are not necessarily evil: some were even once benign. But none of them fit the modern world.All up: I like this series every time I re-watch it. Bonus One: There is no huge cliffhanger at the end. Bonus Two: The videos included some fun little shorts using the cute, squashed characters the Japanese love. I don't know if these will be added to the DVD. Also a lovely short where Tora adopts a kitten. If they are on the DVD, they're worth a look."
Calvin and Hobbes, eat your hearts out.
Mishal | Caguas, Puerto Rico | 08/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the dubbed version of this tape only because I thought it might suck as a subtitled. Surprise, surprise, this was one of the best dubbed tapes I've watched. Then I checked out a subbed and that one was pretty good too. Even though the animation designs for the humans suck, the monsters are pretty well thought out and look believable. If this series ever comes out as a DVD set I'm jumping straight on it...."