Must See Anime 03: Ushio to Tora

I do admit that Ushio to Tora is neither an iconic classic nor a bandwagon anime of recent years. I’m not here to introduce the classics that everyone has already seen, but rather to persuade you to watch something you may have overlooked.

What is Ushio to Tora about?

The story follows the travels of a boy called Ushio. One day, Ushio unleashes a powerful demon when he removes the Beast Spear that was trapping the demon known as Tora. The cursed spear offers speed, agility, and strength in exchange for the user’s soul – but there a few who can actually master it. Ushio appears to have good compatibility with the spear, which is the only thing keeping him from being eaten by Tora.

As the two travel and grow stronger as Ushio learns to master the Beast Spear. Soon, their relationship goes from wanting to kill each other to becoming a fierce team to fight demons and humans alike… while, of course, still comically trying to kill one another.

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Why do I recommend it?

Do you sometimes wish they made anime just like they did in the nineties? Do you wish you could re-watch classics like Yu Yu Hakusho for the first time again? Well, Ushio to Tora is probably the closest thing you can get to a new-nineties anime.

The manga itself ran from 1990-1996, while the anime ran from 2015-16. The drawing and animation won’t win any awards, but it does stay loyal to the style of the decade while still having a modern feel to the animation. As for any good Shonen anime of the time, a decent number of episodes (39) were produced, making it not too long, but but too short, either

Battles, comedy… and just like every other nineties Shonen anime (Dragon Ball, HxH, Yu Yu etc.), his hair grows longer when he powers up. What else do you need to hear to give it a chance?

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Mirai of the Future: Anime Movie Review

I was finally able to see a film from my favourite anime directly in the cinemas (wahoo!). While I know many of you love Ghibli with all your heart, for me, the films by Mamoru Hosoda have always stolen my heart and interest.

For those of you who don’t know of Mamoru Hosoda, you may still be familiar with some of his world-famous works.

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (IMDb 7.8)

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Summer Wars (IMDb 7.6)

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Wolf Children (IMDb 8.2)

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The Boy and the Beach (IMDb 7.7)

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For those who have seen his films, you will know that is the main themes are that of growth and family. His work will leave you touched, inspired, and maybe even with a tear or two dripping down your cheek.

Mirai of the Future, is it any good?

While I wouldn’t put Mirai of the Future at the top of the list, it’s still a good movie that can be enjoyed by all the family.

The movie is about a young boy called Kun. His life is suddenly turned upside down by the birth of his younger sister, Mirai. Kun, who once had his parent’s sole attention, starts to misbehave when his mom spends all her time with her newborn.

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To teach Kun how to be a good big brother, the future version of Mirai appears to guide him along the correct path (hence the name ‘The Future of Mirai’). It’s not only Mirai who appears though, relatives from the past and future appear to help Kun through his mundane struggles.

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If I were to say something bad about the movie, I’d say it has a fairly slow-pace. I personally would have liked to see the story to have been set over several years, so we could witness Mirai and her bond with her brother develop.

Like all good children’s movies, Mirai of the Future also has a segment that might give a few of the little kiddies nightmares (and a fear of riding trains)

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Sometimes though, a sweet, mundane story that could happen in virtually any household (almost) is the perfect story to warm your heart and make you feel good.

The movie was released in Japan on the 20th of July – unfortunately, there aren’t any subtitles, so you’ll need some level of Japanese to understand it.

Must See Anime 02: Suisei no Gargantia

I’m not a fan of mecha anime (giant fighting robots), but I always keep an open mind. Even though mecha is not a genre I like, the fact a mecha anime even makes this list must show that Suisei no Gargantia has much more to offer than just big ol’ robots, right?

 

So, what’s it about?

In the distant future, the earth as we know it has changed drastically. What once a planet filled with large land masses has become almost completely ocean. On the oceanic earth, the last remnants of humanity travel around in fleets. One of these fleets is known as Gargantia, which is made up of scavenger ships.

 

Ledo is a 16-year-old lieutenant and pilot of a super high-tech mecha known as a ‘Chamber’. It is to be expected that his fighting skills, reaction speed and reflexes, quick and decisive thinking and repressed extended social skills are due to the fact that he has likely spent his whole life in the military.

 

Ledo is a fighter in a galactic war with the survival of humanity on the line. During an intense and key battle, Ledo is cast through space and lands upon the massless earth – a planet he has never been to before. Ledo’s Chamber is picked up by the Gargantia fleet, so Ledo sneaks onboard and assesses the situation from the shadows.

 

This 13-episode anime is about how Ledo adjusts to his life on the blue planet and how he overcomes his communication barrier with the members of the fleet. It goings without saying, there are also cool robot fights.

 

What makes Suisei no Gargantia special?

 

The scenes of the flooded earth and the huge fleets are well-drawn and extremely eye-pleasing.

 

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The anime created its own language. Ledo’s efforts to understand this new language and culture is one of the main themes of Suisei no Gargantia. 

 

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As well as a great plot, the anime also intelligent and tense battle scenes.

 

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Information

Name: Suisei no Gargantia

English name: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Air date: April 2013

Episode number: 13

Must See Anime 01: Mushishi

Mushishi’ is both visually stunning and emotionally beautiful. There are few anime series that both give our eyes a feast and our heartstrings a tug.

Unlikely many series, Mushishi is almost completely episodic – meaning episodes are primarily unrelated to each other. While this may make Mushishi not a very binge-worthy show, this certainly shouldn’t put you off.

 

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Ginko the Mushishi

The series follows a white-haired, tobacco-smoking traveller called Ginko. Ginko’s occupation is what is known as a ‘mushishi’ – a person who researches the mysterious lifeforms that exist somewhere between our world and the next. These lifeforms are known as ‘mushi’.

 

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As Ginko travels through the ancient forests of Japan, he encounters many villagers and many mushi. Mushi are normally harmless and invisible to humans, but there are exceptions. Mushi are what life looks like on the most basic level – they have no will and no evil intentions.

However, when mushi gather in one spot or their homes are invaded by unaware humans – it can lead to disaster. These disasters often appear in the form of curses or bad luck and are widely misunderstood by the villagers who are unlucky enough to find themselves inflicted by such phenomenon. That is except for people like Ginko, who thanks to his ongoing research and understanding of mushi, is able to save some of the unfortunate locals. 

 

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About the Anime

You’re in for a slow-paced but marvelous journey when you watch Mushishi. The anime fully utilizes it’s medium and it soon becomes apparent that an incredible amount of thought has gone into every story and each scenic view.

Mushishi has 2 seasons with a total of 56 episodes. The anime can also be found on Netflix.

The anime is ranked number 38 on My Anime List – which I consider quite a feat considering continuing plotlines are one of the traits that have made anime so popular worldwide.

There’s also a live-action movie, but I can’t particularly recommend it unless you’re a Mushishi super-fan.

 

And if you’re still not sold, try checking out this (unfortunately, low resolution) trailer.

 

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