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Ushio and Tora
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Information
Title: Ushio and Tora
Author: Kazuhiro Fujita
Original Run: 1990 - 1996
Published by: Weekly Shonen Sunday
Volumes: 33+1
Genre: Action /Comedy / Fantasy / Shounen / Supernatural


Ushio and Tora (うしおととら, Ushio to Tora) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Kazuhiro Fujita.

PlotEdit

Ushio and Tora centers around the travels and battles of Ushio Aotsuki, who is constantly being stalked and aided by a gigantic, supernatural and sometimes invisible tiger-like monster.

Ushio's family maintains a temple in Japan, where 500 years ago, his samurai ancestor battled that same monster to a standstill, and eventually trapped him against a rock using a cursed spear called the "Beast Spear", which grants strength, speed, and endurance to the wielder in exchange to his soul. Ushio accidentally unsealed the cave Tora was trapped in.

Initially, Ushio refuses to remove the spear pinning Tora (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 attracts various monsters to the temple. 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. During the regular battles, Ushio slowly begins to notice that as much as Tora claims to be irredeemable, the demon takes to fighting evil and defending the innocent with more enthusasim than he cares to admit.

HistoryEdit

The manga began serialization in issue 1990-06 of Weekly Shonen Sunday. It ended in issue 1996-45 of of same magazine. It spanned 313 chapters, which were combined in 33 volumes. It also got a Gaiden volume containing 6 side stories. In 2013 in Issue 04-05 and 06, Ushio and Tora was adapted in 2 more chapters for support of 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Effort Project and later included along with other previously popular series from Sunday in a book named 3.11 o Wasurenai Tame ni - Heroes Comeback (The Heroes' Comeback - To Make Sure 3/11 is Not Forgotten).

In 2000, the manga was recollected into 18 wideban volumes. And in 2004, the manga was also recollected into 19 bunko volumes. In 2015, the manga was again recollected into kanzeban editions containing the original color pages.

The manga received the 37th Shogakukan Manga Award for best shonen in 1991. It also received the 28th Seiun Award for best comic in 1997. The manga also took 20th place in 2006s Japanese Media Arts Top 100, a campaign to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Cultural Bureau's Media Art Festival, were anyone could vote on 4 categories: art, entertainment, animation, and manga.

It was adapted into three OVA series: one with six episodes released from September 11, 1992 to February 1, 1993; one with four episodes released from June 11, 1993 to August 1, 1993; and one single episode OVA released on October 1, 1993. The anime was released in the United States by ADV Films.

A new television anime series based on the manga, was co-produced by MAPPA and Studio VOLN and started on July 3, 2015.

Manga GuideEdit

VolumesEdit

# Release Date Volume
1 December 15, 1990 Volume 1
Volume 1

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# Release Date Volume
2 January 15, 1991 Volume 2
Volume 2

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# Release Date Volume
3 April 15, 1991 Volume 3
Volume 3

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# Release Date Volume
4 June 15, 1991 Volume 4
Volume 4

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# Release Date Volume
5 September 15, 1991 Volume 5
Volume 5

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# Release Date Volume
6 October 15, 1991 Volume 6
Volume 6

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# Release Date Volume
7 December 15, 1991 Volume 7
Volume 7

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# Release Date Volume
8 February 15, 1992 Volume 8
Volume 8

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# Release Date Volume
9 April 15, 1992 Volume 9
Volume 9

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# Release Date Volume
10 July 15, 1992 Volume 10
Volume 10

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# Release Date Volume
11 August 15, 1992 Volume 11
Volume 11

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# Release Date Volume
12 October 15, 1992 Volume 12
Volume 12

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# Release Date Volume
13 January 15, 1993 Volume 13
Volume 13

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# Release Date Volume
14 April 15, 1993 Volume 14
Volume 14

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# Release Date Volume
15 June 15, 1993 Volume 15
Volume 15

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# Release Date Volume
16 August 15, 1993 Volume 16
Volume 16

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# Release Date Volume
17 December 15, 1993 Volume 17
Volume 17

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# Release Date Volume
18 April 15, 1994 Volume 18
Volume 18

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# Release Date Volume
19 June 15, 1994 Volume 19
Volume 19

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# Release Date Volume
20 August 15, 1994 Volume 20
Volume 20

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# Release Date Volume
21 October 15, 1994 Volume 21
Volume 21

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# Release Date Volume
22 January 15, 1995 Volume 22
Volume 22

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# Release Date Volume
23 April 15, 1995 Volume 23
Volume 23

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# Release Date Volume
24 June 15, 1995 Volume 24
Volume 24

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# Release Date Volume
25 October 15, 1994 Volume 25
Volume 25

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# Release Date Volume
26 December 15, 1995 Volume 26
Volume 26

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# Release Date Volume
27 February 15, 1996 Volume 27
Volume 27

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# Release Date Volume
28 April 15, 1996 Volume 28
Volume 28

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# Release Date Volume
29 June 15, 1996 Volume 29
Volume 29

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# Release Date Volume
30 September 15, 1996 Volume 30
Volume 30

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# Release Date Volume
31 October 15, 1996 Volume 31
Volume 31

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# Release Date Volume
32 December 15, 1996 Volume 32
Volume 32

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# Release Date Volume
33 January 15, 1997 Volume 33
Volume 33

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GaidenEdit

# Release Date Volume
1 June 15, 1997 Gaiden Volume 1
Gaiden Volume 1

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    • I'd say it has a good chance if they released it in 3 in 1 editions. That's a lot less risk and a lot fewer releases for anyone ...
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