Nurarihyon no Mago Season 2 Episode 2
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Series Premise: Nurarihyon no Mago, or “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan” is a weekly anime television series based on a Shonen Jump manga series. The first season aired between July and December 2010, and a second season, subtitled “Sennen Makyou”, began airing in July 2011. Rikuo Nura is one-quarter demon and the heir of the infamous Nura Demon Clan, who is relucant to embrace his demon heritage and succeed his grandfather. But as he turns twelve, he comes to accept his demon heritage and lead his cadre of demons as rival factions vie for control.
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Spoiler-free Episode Summary: Yura’s two older brothers arrive in Ukiyoe town in search of their sister, along the way easily defeating the Blue Monk Aotabo. Rikuo and the other members of the Kiyotsugu Paranormal Patrol realize that Yura has not been around recently, and decide to search for her. Rikuo finds her training in self-isolation, just before Yura’s brothers show up. They quickly realize Rikuo’s true form, which until now he has kept hidden from Yura. They try to attack him, but Yura comes to his defense; but is she powerful enough to stand against her brothers?
My Impressions: I was well and ready to give this a thumbs-down, based on my tepid “C+” rating on the 26-episode first series. The only reason I did not do so on the first episode of the second season is because it was a flashback episode to bridge between the two seasons, didn’t quite feel “fair” to dun the series based on that. So, I waited until the second episode, where the plot starts moving forward again.
But something unexpected happened on my predestined path towards disapproval: Nurarihyon no Mago actually got good.
First off, the quality of the artwork seems to have taken a serious turn for the better. The art and character designs in the first series were certainly adequate, nothing exceptional. But here, I suddenly noticed the artistic quality has kicked up another notch or two. Was it this good in the first episode? I didn’t seem to notice, but it really stands out here.
As for the story — the extended fight sequence between the Keikain Brothers and Yuri Keikain and Rikuo also stood out. More importantly, one of the big question marks from the first season (“When will Yura finally learn of Rikuo’s secret?”) is shattered. This is going to change the whole dynamic between the two of them, I don’t know exactly where it goes from here. And Yura, who has been arguably the least interesting character in the whole gang, is finally becoming interesting.
So, instead of my original plans of dropping it with this episode, I’m sticking around to see what happens next with Nurarihyon no Mago. I do not harbor any delusions that this is going to be the best thing since sliced bread, but as long as they keep up the quality in the second episode, story-wise, art-wise and animation-wise, I’ll stick around.
- Previous reviews:
- Episode 1 (October 30)
- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: Kekkaishi or Inu Yasha.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The start of the season really gets going here by bringing some of Yura’s family and the conflict that they’ll provide, but it’s so basic and predictable that it’s hard to really get into because of its one-note nature. Characters that see only in black and white terms can be interesting if given enough space to expound on it and to use their beliefs against a larger backdrop, but when it’s made smaller and more personal, it tends to not work as well since they come off looking more deranged and simply evil in a way.” – The Fandom Post
- “Well, this episode certainly had a rather intriguing turn of events. However, is it just me, or did the pacing feel really rushed and messed up at times?…Nevertheless, the story did get much more interesting, with Yura now almost definitely aware of Nura’s status as Nurarihyon. Right off the bat, the turn of events is a rather ominous sign of things to come, but the presence of Yura’s older brother also poses as a rather foreboding signal.” – Emory Anime Club
- “I am loving the pace of this episodes so far and and I am hoping that this does not let up and that the director does not drag the story on in the later parts just to fill up episode as I felt that Season 1 did tend to be on the slower side towards the second half of the season. The constant action while maintaining the quality of the animation is also always a good bonus for those watching.” – Otakuness
- “It continues to look as if we’re going to have a more taut, focused style to the second season to go along with a somewhat darker tone. There’s certainly still comedy here…But so far, it’s clear that the emphasis is going to be on the drama, and this time it involves Yura’s family.” – Lost in America
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Mawaru Penguin Drum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memo-chou, Nurarihyon no Mago Season 2
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Blood-C, Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%
Coming up next: Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop