Anime Review: Nurarihyon no Mago Episode 3

(Originally published on Livejournal on 8/29/10)

Anime Review:
Nurarihyon no Mago Episode 3

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about – I watch the shows so you don’t HAVE to!

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.3 tl;dr review: Rikuo’s friends decide to visit his house as part of their paranormal club; uh-oh, there’s an exorcist in their midst!

In this episode: One of Rikuo’s classmates decides to start a paranormal club, and automatically adds Rikuo and Kana to the club’s roster. As part of the club’s inauguration, he decides to hold it at Rikuo’s house, and Rikuo is too timid to say no to the idea, especially after Kana says she wants to go as well. Also, the new girl in class, Yura, who seems to know a surprising amount about spirits and demons, tags along as well. Rikuo arrives home just in time to tell the multitudes of spirits to hide, just as his friends arrive. The rest of the afternoon is spent as Rikuo sweats having the true nature of his household revealed as Yura becomes increasingly suspicious. Suddenly a rat appears, which Yura reveals is actually an evil spirit, which she easily dispenses — because she is actually a young exorcist of the famous Keikain Clan, sent to test her skills in the town where the head of all demons rumoredly lives. As she and Kana are heading home, they are ambushed by a group of mean spirits, and Yura calls upon her white-wolf familiar to attack them.

My Thoughts: I think you could turn this episode into a drinking game: Whenever Rikuo appears shocked or scared or surprised at his true identity being discovered, slam a drink. You’ll be passed out before the end of the episode. And now, Rikuo has a rival (although she doesn’t know it yet; given that the two are going to be butting heads, I’m sure all sorts of silly hijinks that will ensue. Yet, she is not his enemy, it’s clear there are bigger, darker forces at play that have not yet been revealed. Just what unknown force does that rat (and then the group of human-rats attacking Yura and Kana) belong to? Rikuo may wish to stay out of the whole family business, but it looks like he’s going to be dragged into it whether he like it or not.

For more information:

Review of Episode 1: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/517861.html
Review of Episode 2: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/524089.html

The Verdict: – light entertainment, suitable for all ages.

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): Shiki, Legend of Legendary Heroes, Kaichou wa Maid-sama

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