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「花開院ゆらと清十字怪奇挖偵团」
“Yura Keikain and the Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol”

This episode had me laughing out loud quite a few times. Rikuo sure doesn’t get a break in these episodes — from the haunted building two weeks ago to his own home this time. The introduction of the (what I assume to be) final main character, Keikain Yura, was nothing short of a heap of trouble for Rikuo. Considering Yura’s first few lines consisted of a Miyuki-type encyclopedic definition on Youkai, anyone could see misfortune coming from a mile off for our unwilling heir to Master of All Monsters. I’m not surprised that neighbors would catch wind of something amiss next to a house full of spirits. Even if they didn’t, looking at Rikuo’s very suspicious reaction whenever Youkai are mentioned is enough. When the “Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol” decided to hold their inauguration ceremony at his house due to rumors that it’s haunted, his poor minions suffer as well. Being head of the spirits really isn’t that bad, but Rikuo is quite resolved to keep things under wraps from his friends. When he burst through his house and pooped the party, I felt sorry for his youkai, especially since they had been all excited over Rikuo’s recent transformation.

Thanks to his friends’ eagerness to find paranormal beings, Rikuo yet again had to run around frantically on cover-up duty, as he did back in episode one. It’s obvious Rikuo is hiding things, and human nature is curious. So as soon as he’s out of sight, they immediately ditch him to go hunt around the house. Undoubtedly, the best moment was when Yura opened the door only to meet a very angry Lord Zen. The long comedic pause there was absolutely hilarious. The several other human-like youkai they met only aroused mild question marks, but I’m rather surprised they didn’t interrogate Grandpa Nurarihyon and his very suspicious head. Etiquette dictates that one does not draw attention to other people’s “deformities”, but this bunch can’t exactly be considered well-mannered, looking at how they invited themselves to someone else’s home then started snooping around without permission.

As with previous episodes, things took a more serious turn near the end this time as well. After incinerating a rat youkai, Yura reveals that she is an Onmyouji and has come to Ukiyoe Town to hunt spirits (no surprise there). Luckily however, the Paranormal Patrol finally leaves Rikuo’s house, so he’s off the hook for now. It’s only a matter of time before the truth breaks out of the bag though. Later, several beast youkai attack Yura and Kana, and she responds by whipping out the shikigami, summoning a wolf to fight them. Unless Kana gets some abilities too, she’ll probably remain the weak damsel-in-distress character, so the monster-slaying Yura eclipses her easily.

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July 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm
26 comments »
  • July 21, 2010 at 5:46 pmJaysus

    I’m not feeling the rat youkai in the anime. For some reason, I seem to remember them looking better in the manga. *shrug*

    Also booooooo @ them skipping the chapter that involved going to Kiyotsugu’s house to investigate the possessed doll. I take it they’re also skipping one of the earlier parts of Rikuo’s past?

  • July 21, 2010 at 5:49 pmSkruuuch

    Looking nice!

  • July 21, 2010 at 6:35 pmKarmafan

    This is turning out to be a great series. I’m liking this one alot.

  • July 21, 2010 at 6:43 pmVermillion

    A great episode, but they squeeze together and mix some chapters to cover more each episode. Perhaps this season covers more from the manga then what we first thought. They do a really good job of combining the events, and I’m really REALLY thrilled that Koyasu Takehito is voicing the rats leader. Can’t go wrong there. :D

  • July 21, 2010 at 7:14 pmlHyDrAl

    Animation bothered me a bit this episode. Things weren’t nearly as smooth as I would have hoped for. I’m worried on how the fights are going to look. DEEN does great on episodes where it’s all talking and exposure, but I’m not sure how they’re gonna handle future fights. Let’s just hope they’re saving up the budget for the fights.

  • July 21, 2010 at 7:21 pmShinjiro

    Yura and her sleepy eyes look = adorable (but still nowhere close to Yuki-Onna).
    I do agree Kana needs something that will make her stand on her own.

    • July 21, 2010 at 9:49 pmhoblisity

      the animators must be having fun

      • July 21, 2010 at 9:54 pmhoblisity

        oops wrong person, I meant to reply to Prooof

  • July 21, 2010 at 8:48 pmeman

    aren’t yuki onna’s eyes yellow?

    • July 21, 2010 at 9:10 pmProoof

      Her eyes seem to change color sometimes.

    • July 21, 2010 at 11:30 pmboznia

      Not when she’s in her “human” disguise form, like when she goes to school. She’s goes by the name “Tsurara” during those times.

  • July 22, 2010 at 12:59 amAnnyms

    Not enough Yuki-onna this ep.

  • July 22, 2010 at 1:24 amjustpassingby

    The reason no one seems bothered by Rikuo’s gramps’s huge head is precisely because he is a Nurarihyon. His ability to sneak into houses and act as if he owns the place makes him capable of deceiving others into thinking his presence is not abnormal. He even made a remark in he manga that wasn’t included in the episode how he used to walk into the Onmyouji HQ and eat their food without getting caught.

    • July 22, 2010 at 8:48 amProoof

      ah that explains it

      • July 22, 2010 at 1:29 pmSora no Kaze

        Ah… that a nice background. I forgot about that lol.

    • July 22, 2010 at 11:41 amBooty Hole

      That is hilarious! They talk about how evil they are, but I really haven’t seen them do anything that would be considered evil. Is the term “evil” used differently in this show than we normally use it irl?

      • July 27, 2010 at 8:16 amMichael Chandra

        Nah, there’s youkai eating people and all that too, and some of the youkai that serve the Nura clan do have a rather… nasty history. Gyo-thingy (from the first episode) being one, and him playing an important part later on.
        Not to mention Kitsune later on… Bathing in the blood of freshly killed women and all that.

        But yeah, the Nura clan mostly isn’t that bad at all.

  • July 22, 2010 at 1:31 amamc9988

    Yeah! We want more Tsurara!!!MORE~~=3!!!

  • July 22, 2010 at 2:52 amSnicket

    well this is a surprise, for some reason i didn’t have much faith in this series. Though after watching a few episodes, i can see i was mistaken.

  • July 22, 2010 at 7:16 amAecen

    I really like this season, one of the tops for the summer imo.

  • July 22, 2010 at 9:42 amBooty Hole

    This series is a lot of fun. Peopel mention the poor animation, but that doesn’t bother me so much. The character designs are very nice and unique, and the color palette is beautiful, especially how they blend in gorgeous CG backgrounds.

  • July 22, 2010 at 10:48 amCroosboy

    hoping to see the part where Rikuo unleash his first demon form story

  • July 22, 2010 at 8:49 pmLil’ Lilly

    My heart skips a beat when I hear Koyasu Takehito says “…koneko-chan” :p

  • July 25, 2010 at 9:17 ampaupau

  • August 12, 2010 at 8:51 pmUverchan

    the music kind of sounds a bit like Harry Potter.

  • February 6, 2011 at 7:43 pmlilacblue

    I was originally not going to watch this series due to Rikuo’s ridiculous hair design, but after I started I couldn’t stop!