Ushio to Tora Episode 3 Review The Demon That Dwells in The Painting – Now Here’s an Interesting Short Story
Like most Anime series, the first few episodes are episodic to get the ball rolling. In most cases I find my self just bearing with it waiting for the real story to begin. Today I was pleasantly surprised with a pretty sad and intriguing story.
In short, the daughter of an artist is haunted by her demon father after passing away and being left by his wife.
The first element I appreciate is that the paintings in the museum are legitimately interesting with a unique brush stroke style. Ushio makes a comment that after the artist became popular, his paintings became weirder and weirder. Perhaps an interesting commentary on the deterioration of pure inspiration when being plagued with demand.
The final picture, a portrait of his daughter Reiko, is something truly haunting and reflects the cursed life he wrought upon her. Dark, isolated, Reiko sits in a chair with an expression of woe. Reflecting a true case of autophobia, he possessed the painting trying to kill anyone who gets near his daughter. A rare site to see a fantasy adventure anime reach such real levels; this will truly be one of the more memorable misadventures.
The one downside I would say the episode has is Reiko cheated death after jumping in front of the spear to protect her Demon father. We discover that the spear can only touch demons. It sounds insensitive, but endings that are too perfect always pull me out of the experience. It hit especially hard because this episode was so unusually human and deep. The death would have been unpredictable, yet still very understandable wanting to protect her own father.
All in all it was a truly enjoyable episode showing that the author of this manga really enjoys art, but also is will to reach sensitive levels among his comedic duo. I’m looking forward to the next episode and when the series truly gets on track. As always let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
You can catch Ushio to Tora on Crunchyroll.com