「毒羽根は竹林に舞う」 (Dokubane wa Chikurin ni Mau)
“Poison Wings Dance in the Bamboo Thicket”
I find one of the humorous points about this series is how all the Yokai go around and do bad deeds because that’s what they are. It’s similar to Monsters, Inc., where all the monsters scare kids because that’s just what monsters do. Humans, likewise, we go to school, go to work, interact with other people because… we’re humans. Philosophical ramblings aside, the second episode was started off fairly light-hearted, with the introduction of the popular Lord Zen who “unknowingly” pressures Rikuo about succeeding his gourd-head gramps as the third head of the Nurarihyon clan. It’s a similar situation to what Tsuna faces in Reborn, and likewise I assume Rikuo will step up at some time and take the position to protect his friends or family (a common theme in anime).
Indeed, almost right after Zen leaves, his servant Hebidayu betrays him after he refused to secede with the Nura clan. Rikuo shows up, transforms into his Night form, and slices open Hebidayu in one slash. Night Rikuo sure is a long shot from his day form. Not only is he apparently insanely strong (even as a quarter-youkai), he’s also a person of few words, my favorite type of character. For now, he’s back to his kiddy “grandpa-choking” form with no memory of his transformation; such a shame, though it’s funny watching him get teased by “Tsurara-chan” who also causes problems for Rikuo and Kana’s relationship. Well actually Yuki-onna messes with him a lot in general.
As with last time, there was a funny omake-like conversation during the preview (which is similar to what Bleach does). Apparently poor Night Rikuo’s head is elongated because he is a Nurarihyon; and I was thinking it was because of too much hair gel. Also as with last time, at the beginning there was a short scene involving Night Rikuo; at this point I don’t see the connection yet, so I’m assuming it’s a preview of the future. Anyways, with a lot of the manga readers saying this series gets good several chapters in, I’ll keep watching. Next week’s episode will show the final main character, Keikain Yura; from my first impression she looks like a soft-spoken yet serious girl.