Nurarihyon no Mago – 03
“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.