Ushio and Tora Episode 8 Review He is in the Sky – We need to get the ball rolling.
A few episodes have past since our last review, hoping we’d finally find our way out of the episodic misadventures to the deeper journey. Episode 7 ended with Ushio leaving home to find his mother, but lo and behold we have one more Monster and GIRL of the week on the flight to where they’re going.
Our Yokai of the week is a is a sky monster called Fusuma who is fairly interesting. Looking nothing like a typical flying creature, Fusuma has a green gelatinous structure with a humanized face, primarily vulnerable to fire. Of all the Yokai, I believe Fusuma has the most disturbing design. This leads us to girl of the week.
Yuu’s pilot father was killed by Fusuma, and that’s all there is to her. She doesn’t compare at all to Episode 3’s Reiko. Yuu has no development, grieving complexity and we didn’t really see a past or relationship with the father. We’re just there, she’s sad and here comes the monster. I suppose you can’t expect too much from a one off character that takes place in just a short flight.
The part that annoyed me most about Yuu was her “revelation” period where she approaches Ushio and says that she will help fight the monster because she’s tired of just standing by and crying. First off, this kind of speech is usually reserved for ongoing characters who have created an insecure or worthless stigma, making it a real revelation with impact when they finally stand to fight. And what’s the big action to fight? Yuu holds the spear WITH Ushio to stick it through the ceiling… that’s it.
After defeating the monster we receive a short hinting towards a larger looming threat coming called Hakumen no Mono. We’ve been getting some hints towards prophecies and stuff but it will be interesting to see why exactly the release of the spear triggered the release of something so grand aside from Tora.
Well that’s all we have for today let us know what you think in the comments below.
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