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Ushio & Tora Episode #28 Anime Review

Ushio and Tora came back from its hiatus last week with a vengeance, but if you thought that was great you haven’t seen anything yet. This episode dials up everything that was built up last week to eleven and brings us some of the most powerful material from the series thus far. The current situation hasn’t quite resolved itself just yet, but in lieu of what the show is bringing here, it’s making for one of the show’s best arcs yet. Kicking off almost exactly where we left last week, Asako and Mayura are still being held by the yokai, and when the former ends up being put in further danger, Mayuko’s powers suddenly awaken. Shortly afterward, Jie Mei appears to tell Mayuko that she’s destined to become the next Oyakume, and needs to take the place of Ushio’s mom as her powers are starting to weaken. Both Jie Mei and Asako try to get the yokai to see reason, but realizing their desperation and Mayuko’s importance to stopping Hakumen, Asako offers to be the Beast Spear’s sacrifice in place of her. Desperate not to lose anyone else, Ushio comes to Asako’s rescue, but this only causes the yokai to retaliate and attack them. Ushio still considers them his allies and refuses to fight them but the battle gets interrupted when Hakumen’s forces show up led by a yokai named Guren (voiced by the illustrious Norio Wakamoto who you may better know as Emperor Charles from Code Geass) who bears a striking resemblance to Tora. With the yokai distracted, Tora tries to get while the getting’s good but Ushio can’t bring himself to abandon them and after going through the usual tsundere routine, Tora’s convinced by Mayuko and Jie Mei to come help him. Seeing the duo fight together, inspires the yokai a bit but not quite enough to undo whatever Hakumen’s done to them. Instead, it causes Mayuko to resolve towards taking on the role of Oyakume as she heads off to meet Ushio’s mom. READ MORE...