English: Ushio and Tora
Synonyms: Ushio & Tora, Ushio and Tiger
Published: 1990 to 1996
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SynopsisIt centers around the travails and battles of Ushio Aotsuki (蒼月潮 Aotsuki Ushio), who is constantly being stalked and aided by a gigantic, supernatural and sometimes invisible tiger-like monster (somewhat like Calvin and Hobbes).
Ushio's family maintains a Shinto temple in Japan, where ~500 years ago, his samurai ancestor battled that same tiger to a standstill, and eventually trapped him against a rock using a blessed spear called the "Beast Spear", which in addition to its intrinsic formidability as a weapon, can also endow its wielder with the martial ability of the ancestor who originally wielded it. Ushio accidentally unsealed the cave Tora was trapped in.
Initially, Ushio refuses to remove the spear pinning Tora (とら, Japanese for tiger) down (as Tora made the strategic blunder of mentioning that the first thing he would do upon being freed would be to devour Ushio), but Tora's unsealed presence summons various monsters who wish to fight him, and by extension Ushio. Ushio is forced to free Tora, who would like to eat Ushio, but dares not since Ushio keeps the spear close by. The series focuses on their relationship, interspersed with battles against mythological foes, and with Tora's attempts to grapple with modern life.
The story also includes Ushio's relationships with two girls: the tomboyish Asako Nakamura (中村 麻子 Nakamura Asako) and the feminine Mayuko Inoue (井上 真由子 Inoue Mayuko).
Episodic in nature, most of the manga is a series of fights with different youkai or other creatures from Japanese legend. But at thirty-three volumes, the story continues far past the events of the anime, and leads to an epic conclusion.
Related MangaAdaptation: Ushio to Tora
For those familiar with Rumiko Takahashi's 'InuYasha', will see a similar partnership that both Ushio and Tora have as they battle many of Japan's supernatural folklore in this epic manga.
At first you may come across this tale as your typical shōnen genre of boy receiving some sort of power(in this case Ushio receiving the beast spear) and using it to fight for justice, but once you delve further into the story and get to know the characters, you will learn that there is more than meets the eye, and will come across a classic that spans to 33 volumes of awesomeness that is Ushio to Tora.
The manga is covered in different arcs, some in which maybe a continuation to Ushio's previous endeavors, and some to build character to the supporting casts of the manga. What I liked about this manga the most was Ushio's character as a happy-go-lucky guy(opposed to the usual weak timid slow to build character types) who did what he thought best disregarding all consequences whether good or bad the outcome. With Tora as an anti-sidekick on his side(and an appetite for Ushio), both begin to see what makes each other tick, which for the most part makes an amusing read.
Whilst art may not be what some come to expect for manga standards for 2010, once you delve further into the volumes, artwork starts to come to life and are able to tell a story even without captions.
Enjoyment Overall: 8
Overall throughout the 99 chapters I have read thus far, I have come to like the world of UTT,and considering this manga started in the early 90's and had even won an award for best shōnen back in '92 should tell you in itself that Ushio to Tora is worth picking up. read more
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