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Ushio and Tora

Ushio and Tora is an anime based of the manga with the same name written by Kazuhiro Fujita. The anime is directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran through MAPPA studio.

This series ranked two on my most anticipated anime of the summer. In short, it lived up it.

Spoilers: Minor spoilers just involving the first episode.

Plot: Ushio is a young boy who is left to look after his dad’s temple while he is away. Upon cleaning, he falls into a basement where he meets a demon trapped by the beast spear, the one his dad had been telling him about. Here in the basement with the exchanging of dialogue between the two, I knew I was going to love this anime. An unlikely of bonds is formed when Ushio must unleash the demon to save his friends. The two will now attempt to work as a team to stop the remaining demons Tora’s demonic aura attracts.

Characters:My favorite part of the anime. I will just be talking about the two title characters. Ushio is a lovable main character. He is very funny, loves his friends, and is actually quite fierce. He never truly seems scared of Tora. In fact, he quickly takes control of him. Tora is hilarious for an “evil spirit turned good guy by force” character. I am absolutely amused by their dynamic together and can’t wait to see them grow has demon hunters.

The World: It is pretty standard. The fantasy aspect of it comes from Tora’s aura attracting evil spirits.

Recap: My favorite anime so far, I wish it was already done so I could just watch all the episodes at once. Watch this anime if you’re into action anime with comedy. Lets break it down by category:

Action: There wasn’t action until about 20 minutes into it, but that’s okay. It was awesome and I know future episodes will have great action as well.
Romance: You get the sense of love triangle between Ushio, Nakamaru, and Inoue. I haven’t read the manga so I don’t know what develops but my money is on Ushio and Nakamaru.
Story: The story may not be groundbreaking but I’m definitely into it and sets up for an awesome story.
Characters: Ushio and Tora alone are awesome. I hope Nakamaru and Inoue play larger parts in later episodes.
The World: As mentioned, the world doesn’t seem any different from your average anime other the fact there are demons on the loose.
Humor: Hilarious anime. It doesn’t just rely on them two bouncing off each other. Ushio is pretty funny by himself and when he is around Nakamaru they’re funny as well. Definitely a strong point.
The Ending: Maybe the best ending I’ve seen from the summer animes. It ends on a high note and has me so beyond pumped for episode two.

Verdict: Anybody who loves a great action show with funny characters to go with it needs to watch this. It has been my favorite summer anime. Go watch it.

Charlotte Recap

Charlotte is a new summer anime written by Jun Maeda and directed by Yoshiyuki Asai and runs through P.A. Works Studio.

I gave Charlotte an honorable mention on my anticipation list of summer animes. I decided to give it a watch.

Spoilers: Much like Rokka, and probably most of these episode one reviews, there will not be any major spoilers involving the series but of course we will be recapping the events.

Plot: A boy named Yu Otosaka has a weird power, he can use Ino’s mind transfer jutsu for five seconds to take control of someone. What he does with this power vary, if its a girl, he will “check” them out, if its a guy, he will inflict pain on wrong doers, but the biggest emphasis they make is him using his powers to cheat on tests. Two agents of a very special school are sent to catch Yu in the act. They recruit him to join the school to help bust people who abuse their powers.

Setting: The setting is¬†Hoshinoumi Academy, Xavier’s school for the gifted(Just kidding but same premise). We haven’t even seen the school, I assume we will see it by episode two. So far, the setting has been Yu’s school and Yu’s house. I can’t comment on the setting but I do want to see what this school has waiting.

Characters: While I think Yu’s sister will play a role in future episodes, I will just be looking at the three characters with super powers. First, Yu. Yu, as I mentioned, can take control of peoples mind for five seconds. There are two major catches to this power. For starters, he has to be able to see them. This limits who he can control. Secondly, he also inflicts damage to himself from hitting his head on varies objects. I do not feel strongly towards Yu. He is a liar and a cheat and designed to be that way. The ending did put him in a position to be more likable moving forward, but so far, I am not a fan. Next, Takajo. I liked Takajo. I feel he could fall into the role of comedic relief, but I think he will be a fun character. He moves super fast giving him the power to seemingly teleport but he cant control where he stops so he runs into a lot of things causing him to be hospitalized countless times. Lastly, Tomori. She has the power to hide herself from a single persons visual recognition. She was recording Yu and is the one to bust him as well. I like her personality. I think the three of them will blend into a real fun group down the road.

Recap: Awesome anime. Definitely worth the first viewing. The first half was great, adventure packed, and hilarious. It kind of slows down after the first half. It ties up some loose ends such as Yu and his love interest and Yu and his sister moving. Lets break it down by categories:
Action: Did not rely on action to carry it. The most action is Yu getting beat up by Tomori.
Romance: I was actual interested in Yu and Yumi. Unfortunately, they killed it off so we will see if Tomori and Yu become something.
Story: I’ve already made the joke that this is X men with less powerful mutants, but that is what it seems to be. I’m into it nonetheless though.
Characters: A fun bunch so far and will only add more characters once we get to the school.
The world: Cannot comment on the world too much. I like the ideas of kids with super power but the world leaves a lot to figure out later.
Humor: The strongest point of this anime is the humor. Its not as funny as Amagi Brilliant Park, but it definitely will have you laughing.
The ending: Sadly, the ending was just a clean-up session. The meat of the show is in the middle. But the beginning was good enough to leave me still hyped for episode two

Verdict: A definite watch if you’re into a comedy about kids with super powers.

Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

Summer anime is here and I am so happy! Now I will not be reviewing these summer animes like other ones(such as my food war review). This means I will not rate them on a scale of 1-10, but rather how much I was into it and if im interested in continuing onward. So without further ado, our look at Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

Rokka: Braves of the Six is an anime based off a light novel and manga both written by Ishio Yamagata, light novel is illustrated by Miyagi and the manga is illustrated by  Kei Toru. The anime is ran through Passione Studio and is directed by Takeo Takahasi.

So earlier I ranked this anime number 4 on my watch list this summer.

Spoilers: Some stuff does indeed happen in the first episode that obviously affects the future episodes. Spoilers will just pertain to the episode but will not ruin the series moving onward.

Plot: So, the first episode has a chunk of exposition which is expected. The legend goes that a demon god awoken and started killing vast numbers of people. The god of fate summons the Brave Six to fight the Demon God. It is noted that this has happened two other times in the past. In present day, fiends begin showing up and killing the former braves. The characters have reason to believe the demon god will awaken again during the year. Instead of waiting for the Brave Six to be announced, one man tries to earn his spot. That brings us to the beginning of episode one.

Characters: So far we have only been introduced to two of the six, so those will be the only two characters I write about.
First up, Adlet Mayer. He is the self-proclaimed “World’s Strongest Man”. He interrupts a very important fight and demands that both fighters now fight him. He wins, but is thrown in a dungeon. Later, the goddess of fate elects him to be one of the brave six. This is where we meet our second Brave- Nashetania Loei Piena Augustra. She is more of a spellcaster, as opposed to Adlets brute gimmicks. She bust him out of the dungeon and not much more is learned of her other than those two big things. So we’re left not knowing entirely too much about this generation of braves right now. The episode does end with them riding off to meet up with the others.

Setting: The setting is set in a fantasy-like world full of magic, demons, and questery spirited people. I do not believe it gives a set time period, though a get a fairly old vibe from the dungeon, the fact they use horseback, and even the art displayed in the show I dont believe is a modern style. But I cant be certain, of course.

Recap: A pleasant start to my summer anime watching. I have watched some other ones, so I can say this one wasn’t my favorite, but as far as me watching episode two, I will probably definitely watch it. I am interested in meeting the four remaining braves as well as the fiends and the demon god. I’ll shortly break down more specific categories
Action: Okay. Definitely see this part improving has the series goes on
Romance: None that I could detect so far.
Story: Interesting enough to make me want to see what happens next
Characters: The only one we’ve explored so far is Adlet and even that wasn’t extensive
The World: Pretty average fantasy world so far, has potential to be flushed out more.
Humor: Definitely not the funniest, but it has its moments.

Verdict: Has Potential to be very good.