Shortly after arriving, Raimei and the others find out that Fuuma village is under attack by the Kairoushuu. It turns out their target this time is the village’s kinjutsu (禁術), i.e. forbidden technique. Despite the village ninjas’ best efforts and the sudden arrival of Thobari et al., the kinjutsu scroll easily falls into the hands of Yukimi Kazuhiko when the Kairoushuu’s “monster” ninja, Yoite, steps in and unleashes a technique that attacks his opponent from within. To make matters worse, Yoite also points out to Kazuhiko that the Shinrabanshou is here. Realizing how powerful their enemies are and that Fuuma Kotarou doesn’t seem to be around, Thobari tells the others to escape while he tries to buy them some time.
As Miharu, Raimei, and Kouichi make a break for it, they are able to recover the scroll at the same time with the help of Miharu’s “girly smile techinique“. In the meantime, Thobari has his hands full with Yoite and can barely repel his technique, so the other Kairoushuu ninjas give chase. Raimei, taking notice to their pursuers, tells Miharu and Kouichi to keep going while she stays behind to dispatch some of the enemy ninjas. Raimei eventually catches up to them again though and Kazuhiko, realizing the mission didn’t quite go according to plan, backs off since it’s against his personal policy to continue under these circumstances.
Miharu and the others then meet up with Thobari again, who is still fighting with Yoite. Thobari tells the others to not get close though, since his opponent is using a forbidden technique known as “Kira” (気羅). While Thobari tries to understand the technique in an attempt to get the upper hand, he finds himself caught in it. Yoite then proceeds to take out Kouichi and Raimei as well. In a last ditch effort to protect Miharu, Thobari steps in again and is almost killed, when suddenly Kotarou arrives in the form of a giant cat (o_O?) and swipes Yoite away.
「任務言渡」 (Ninmu Iiwatashi)
There was fair amount of action this episode, so those of you who wanted a bit more from last week’s episode should be pleased to hear that. In the last episode, Raimei mentioned that Kotarou is a master of henshin jutsu (変身術), i.e. transformation techniques, so I guess that explains the giant cat-like form at the end. As for Yoite, his “Kira” technique seems awfully overpowered to me, so I’m starting to wonder how one would even go about countering it short of using some Shinrabanshou powers. ^_^ The eye injury Miharu sustained didn’t turn out to be as severe as I thought it would be, so I guess I read a little too much into that. Regardless, they still show him bandaged up as such in the preview for the next episode. The only real question raised for me in this episode is what role Hattori Toujuurou plays in the overall story since it’s clear he has some plans in store for Miharu. Other than that, I would say it was a fairly straightforward, yet solid episode that introduced us to some other key characters in the series.
As for some seiyuu tidbits, Yoite is voiced by Saiga Mitsuki, who is yet another female seiyuu playing a guy in Nabari no Ou. (Note: Mitsuki often plays male characters though due to her deep voice. e.g. Johan in Shakugan no Shana II.) Fuuma Kotarou on the other hand is played by Okiayu Ryoutarou (Kuchiki Byakuya in Bleach, Furukawa Akio in CLANNAD, Andrew Waltfeld in Gundam SEED).
– Rokujou Miharu (六条 壬晴) / Kugimiya Rie (釘宮 理恵)
– Yoite (宵風) / Saiga Mitsuki (斎賀 みつき)
– Kumohira Thobari Durandal (雲平・帷・デュランダル) / Namikawa Daisuke (浪川 大輔)
– Aizawa Kouichi (相澤 虹一) / Hino Satoshi (日野 聡)
– Shimizu Raimei (清水 雷鳴) / Fujimura Ayumi (藤村 歩)
– Yukimi Kazuhiko (雪見 和彦) / Tsuda Kenjirou (津田 健次郎)
– Hattori Toujuurou (服部 柊十郎) / Nakata Jouji (中田 譲治)
– Ichiki (一季) / Amano Yuri (天野 由梨)
– Fuuma Kotarou (風魔 小太郎) / Okiayu Ryoutarou (置鮎 龍太郎)
– Shinrabanshou (森羅万象) / Tamura Yukari (田村 ゆかり)
– Fuuma ninja (風魔忍) / Satou Yuudai (佐藤 雄大)
– Fuuma ninja (風魔忍) / Kodama Ayaka (兒玉 彩伽)
– Fuuma ninja (風魔忍) / Satou Takuya (佐藤 拓也)
– Fuuma ninja (風魔忍) / Mogami Tsuguo (最上 嗣生)
– Fuuma ninja (風魔忍) / Abe Atsushi (阿部 敦)
– Fuuma ninja (風魔忍) / Kubo Tomoshi (久保 智史)
– Kairoushuu (灰狼衆) / Harasawa Katsuhiro (原沢 勝広)
– Kairoushuu (灰狼衆) / Ishigami Yuuichi (石上 裕一)
– Kairoushuu (灰狼衆) / Mochizuki Kenichi (望月 健一)