“Old is Gold.” This proverb justifies itself and so does the anime Ushio & Tora. The gap between the release of its manga and TV anime was huge but it didn’t affect the series’s performance. The show had a great impact on its viewers and gathered a huge fan base around the world. The series is certainly one of the best among Demon-Hunting anime which is the favorite genre of a lot of otakus.
However, its last episode aired more than five years ago, and fans are still waiting for the next season. And their wait and impatience are quite reasonable. So, when will Ushio & Tora Season 3 hit the screens? Read to know all the latest details.
Manga & Anime
Ushio & Tora is an original manga written & illustrated by Kazuhiro Fujita & published by Shogakukan. The manga ran from January 24th, 1990 to October 23rd, 1996, and collected a total of 33 volumes & 313 chapters.
The series first aired as an original video animation(OVA) directed by Kunihiko Yuyama & produced by Studio Pastel. It had 11 episodes that aired from September 11th, 1992 to October 1st, 1993.
The manga has sold over 30 million copies as of 2016. Furthermore, in 1992, the manga won the 37th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen category. In 1997, it won the Seiun Award for Best Comic.
The manga was a huge hit and finally managed to get a TV anime adaptation nine years after its completion. Ushio & Tora’s first two seasons were co-produced by Studio Mappa & Studio VOLN. Satoshi Nishimura served as the director of this anime. The first season consisted of 26 episodes from July 3rd, 2015 to December 25th, 2015. Whereas, the second season consists of 13 episodes aired from April 1st, 2016 to June 24th, 2016.
Will there be Ushio & Tora Season 3?
The series is based on one of the best manga of 90s’. The anime turned out to be the one the best anime of the year 2015-2016. It has a rating of 7.92 by 57K members still on its MAL group and is ranked at #668 overall & #1445 on the popularity poll. The critics also received the anime open-heartedly, and hence this anime is definitely worthy of another run.
But, there is a major issue. The pacing of the anime was too fast and the first two seasons used all the chapters of the manga series. It goes without saying that they skipped a lot of them and concluded the anime with its second season. Therefore, to renew Ushio & Tora Season 3, the producers first need to gather more content. So, the possibility for this show to return is very less.
Ushio & Tora: Plot Details
The story of the anime follows Ushio Aotsuki, who is a stubborn middle schooler. His father, a priest, is more tenacious than him. His father takes his job very seriously and is always wary of Ushio about “Yokais.” But, on the other hand, Ushio couldn’t care less about his father’s claims.
Though, one day, while he was working in the temple. he abruptly finds something in the basement that he shouldn’t have. He saw a frightening youkai stabbed by the legendary Beast Spear. Tora the Yokai, who was there for more than five hundred years, tries to convince Ushio to pull out the spear. Ushio refuses to do so. However, a sudden paranormal change of events ultimately gives rise to this unexpected duo.
Here Tora wanted to eat Ushio while Ushio had the spear which Tora feared. The journey of the duo led them to the discovery of some unexpected and horrifying dangers in this world. They learned about a demon who is sealed for millennia to keep the world safe. Now, both of them have to fight and save the world from the sealed Nine-Tailed Fox.
What’s in the next season though? Well unfortunately the anime covered the whole of manga & ended with the same conclusion, Ushio lost his spear after killing nine tails & freed his mother. Therefore, now there is nothing left to adapt in Ushio & Tora Season 3. If the anime receives another run, then the fans might see an original story and a new arc.
So, there is no other issue than the source material for Ushio & Tora Season 3. But, the series has 4 different spin-offs as LNs by different authors. These LNs may serve as source material if the makers decide to explore more of this anime’s world. Though, it could work more if they bag a manga adaptation first. It seems time won’t matter much, as the series already had a good gap with the prior seasons. So, If the manga of Ushio & Tora is released again in 2022 or 2023, then fans can look forward to an update regarding Ushio & Tora Season 3 around 2024