(Originally published on Livejournal on 8/12/10)
Anime Review in a Minute:
Nurarihyon no Mago Episode 2
Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about.
About the Series: For countless generations, the Nuri Clan has a leader among the demons and dark forces of the night, causing unmeasurable sorrow and suffering. Now the burden of leading the clan falls on young Rikuo, quarter-demon by blood and the sole heir of the Nuri Clan. There’s one catch, however: Rikuo wants to live as a human, and leave his demonic obligations behind. He tries to go to middle school like all of his friends, doing good deeds while keeping his demon side hidden. Meanwhile his grandfather does everything he can to gently push Rikuo into accepting his destiny.
ep.2 tl;dr review: An old friend visits Rikuo; His servant betrays him, causing Rikuo to turn into his night-form and get all slashy-slashy.
In this episode: An old ally of the Nuri Clan visits to have a discussion about Rikuo’s role as future head of the demon clan. Zen has been a long-time supporter of the Nuri Clan, a play-mate with Rikuo when he was little; with a weak constitution their family has lent the Nuris their support in return for protection. Rikuo once again evades the question, explaining he does not wish to become their leader, and Zen leaves doubting the future of the Nuri household. Zen’s snake-headed servant, seeing an opportunity, turns on Zen and attacks him. Rikuo, meanwhile, has been chasing after Zen’s carriage to apologize for his behavior and sees the betrayal. In an instant, Rikuo changes into his demonic night form and cleaves the traitor in two, and then affirms his allegiance with Zen. The next day, Rikuo is back to his usual meek self, not remembering his transformation, chiding his unwanted bodyguard, Yuki, for her clinging behavior (especially in front of the girl he likes), and wondering about the new mysterious girl who arrived in class.
My Thoughts: Not much to say about this episode — pretty decent although not that special, either. Despite the dark theme, it’s really aimed at a younger viewing audience, the same folks that get a kick out of Inu-Yasha or Bleach, for example. Which is not to say there’s anything wrong with that per se, it’s just that the writing style and plotting is noticeably simplistic. If anything, that is what is most likely going to be my personal problem with the show going forward, a reason to lose interest. Oh, and of course: Yuki is positively adorable, even if she is a klutz. Mo(r)e, please.
Still on the fence about this show, for now I’ll continue watching it until I have a reason *not* to. It’s cute, slightly entertaining, slightly funny, I could do worse.
For more info:
Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/07/13/nurarihyon-no-mago-02/
Opening sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjEro31SXXA
Second episodes up for review next: Shiki, Legend of Legendary Heroes