Nurarihyon no Mago Season 2 Episode 4
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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: A few hundred years ago, the fortunes of the Nura Clan were on the rise. At the same time, the young princess Yo-hime was gaining a reputation of being able to magically cure any disease, even though she was exploited and shuttered away by her unscrupulous father. One night Nurarihyon spirits her away, and confesses that he wishes to make her his bride. But when Yo-hime is kidnapped by a rival yokai clan, Nurarihyon vows to save her.
My Impressions: Based on my experience with the first season, these historical flashbacks are a real drag on the series. So, I came into this episode expecting to hate it.
I did not hate it.
Mind you, that does not necessarily mean that I loved it, either. It was decent enough, I suppose, although I’m not exactly seeing the point of this story (Setting the back-story for the upcoming story arc, the rival clan in the past is also the rival clan in the present?) And a two-parter at that, so we still have more historical flashback for the next episode as well. One thing of interest, though, they certainly didn’t sugarcoat how “pleasant” it was to live in early Japan; somewhat taken aback as the father was pounded into an unrecognizable pulp.
Nurarihyon no Mago remains somewhat of a light-weight guilty pleasure for me. It’s shounen through-and-through, and as I’ve stated in the past the plot is somewhat simplistic (as expected for something aimed at a tween/young-teen audience), but as long as I remain entertained I see no reason to hold that against it. Plus, it’s quite clear the second season is a step above the first season in quality, so bonus!
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Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I had thought that I would not like this episode because of it being a flashback, but Nurarihyon and his group were actually really charming to watch…There were a quite a few funny moments and budding romance moments between characters as well, and that made it all the more interesting since throughout the whole time, the story is building towards a more deeper and more sinister plot.” – Otakuness
- “I don’t really know how to say it, but by changing a somewhat decent shonen story set in modern times to an almost historical horror set in feudal Japan the story becomes a lot more interesting. It’s as if there’s a lot more magic in the air, where upon freed from the restraints of the modern world and into one where folklore thrives, it’s as if there’s a lot more room for the story to move about.” – Gin no Dangan
- “What is a markedly large improvement over the first season of this series is how the pacing is much more brisk and fitting for the story, and is especially noticeable in the flashbacks that cover the original Nurarihyon’s quest for a wife. That, in combination with some solidly portrayed characters and some rather mysterious ongoings in the background, is proving to flesh out a rather intriguing situation.” – Emory Anime Club