by MONKEY MAJIK
by Hirano Aya, Horie Yui, Maeda Ai
Another series I wasn’t planning to post about is the adaptation of the long-running shounen manga, “Nurarihyon’s Grandson”. However, after watching the premiere episode the other day, the cute ending sequence made me want to get some sort of post out about it. The song itself isn’t anything special, but I liked the sound of Hirano Aya singing with Horie Yui, followed up by Maeda Ai. All three seiyuu were using their kiddy voices, so it went well with the super-deformed sequence in my eyes. Again, it’s nothing overly special, but I found it cute enough to bring it up. In comparison, the opening theme probably deserves more mention, being performed by Canadian/Japanese hybrid pop-rock band Monkey Majik.
As for the series itself, my impression of the first episode is that it’s a pretty nice-looking Studio DEEN production. For the most part, it was an introductory one that emphasized Rikuo’s desire to lead a normal human life and not become the third leader of the Nura Clan. Things quickly shifted to a more lighthearted affair with him visiting the old school building at night with some friends, where he frantically tried to hide the existence of youkai from his childhood friend, Ienaga Kana (Hirano Aya). It’s far from indicating what this series will entail when other youkai get involved trying to take Rikuo’s rightful succession and everyone starts unleashing their “fears” to battle one another, but I’m still not too inclined to get into this adaptation. I skimmed a bit of the manga while writing the Summer 2010 Preview and wasn’t too eager to get into a shounen series that currently spans eleven volumes. All I really wanted to see was Yuki-Onna (lit. Snow Woman) played by Horie Yui, which I may be checking out a few more for.
Anyway, it was kind of neat hearing Fukuyama Jun switch from his childish voice when Nura Rikuo’s his twelve year-old self to his Lelouch Lamperouge one when he transforms to his youkai one. I suppose his ability to change between the two is likely one of the reasons why he was cast for the leading role. Interestingly enough, Sakurai Takahiro is in this series as well as one of Rikuo’s faithful youkai, Kubinashi (lit. no neck), albeit he’s no Kururugi Suzaku here. That said, production does look pretty good so far, so I imagine manga readers will be happy about this one. As I’m still on the fence about following it myself though, I won’t be covering any future episodes.
* Those living in the United States have free access to a simulcast by VIZ Media on Hulu, under the English title “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan”. For everyone else, you’ll have to resort to your usual means.