It kills me to do it, but I’ve got no choice but to downsize Ushio to Tora this week (and Kyoukai no Rinne is going to suffer the same fate). In all my years of blogging anime I don’t think I’ve ever been this backlogged – this is one of the busiest weekends I’ve seen, and mostly premieres to boot. I think it’s better to prioritize new shows when my time is this limited.
That said, no series has been more consistent and reliable than UshiTora. And this was both an excellent and quite important episode. Mayuko getting in touch with her powers is obviously a huge deal, and both she and Asako learned the truth of the Beast Spear’s genesis and Mayuko’s past (and fated future). I didn’t find it at all surprising that Asako would volunteer herself in Mayuko’s place, but I was pretty sure Ushio was never going to let that happen.
The other headline this week was the introduction of the ageless Wakamoto Norio as Guren, who seems to be Tora’s dark doppelgänger. He’s in Hakumen no Mono’s service and while Ushio and Tora get the best of him in the near-term, I suspect we haven’t seen the last of Guren.