Continuing on from last time, Rikuo, Yuki-onna, Aotaba and Kubinashi notice the distressed Karasu Tengu, but he flies off without noticing them. Later, Gozumaru and Mezumaru reveal that the Supreme Commander Nurarihyon has disappeared and they are searching for him. It’s interesting how Gozu was secretly happy to be able to be trusted with such an important matter in the family. Like Gyuki, Gozu and Mezo seem to be loyal to the Nura clan.
As usual, Kana is still gets very jealous over Rikuo and Yuki-onna. I think subconsciously she is slightly aware of a deeper connection between Rikuo and his mysterious night form and as a result is infatuated with both forms simultaneously. I swear though, Yuki-onna is seriously trying to provoke Kana, e.g. snuggling up with Rikuo. I sense some jealousy coming from Yuki as well after their escapade in the Bake-neko bar, which had resulted in Kana beginning to find youkai “appealing”. Yuki of course knows full well that Kana is head over tails in love with Night Rikuo, leaving Rikuo himself in a bit of a pickle. Sometimes it’s just better to have one girl 🙂
As I suspected last time, Yura stopping to smack talk after defeating some small fry turned out to be trouble for her. She even got a pose scene with cheesy music, but the leader of the pack, Muchi, easily dispatches her shikigami and lands a hit with his poisonous wind. He then flies up to the top of the building where Nurarihyon is. By defeating him he hopes to destroy the Nura clan and their Night Parade of a Hundred Demons. This guy is just pure evil, and with his crazy demeanor, he really acts like the Joker as well. Unfortunately for him, Nurarihyon (who is similar to Jedi Master Yoda in several aspects) manages to not only block the wind, but deflect it back. Then he uses Meikyoshisui: that scene was pretty damn awesome, as Muchi is completely paralyzed by fear, only seeing the dagger coming at him in the dark. Watching an old and frail-looking character kicking ass is pretty fun, and Nurarihyon does just that, defeating Muchi in one strike and barely moving at all while doing it. Yura finally makes it to the top of the building after the battle is over, and she has no clue what is going on. The interactions resulting from the difference in experience between the two is hilarious to watch, but I see potential for her to become stronger as she gets older and her personality matures.
The main villains in this arc seem to be the shikoku yokai: Tamazuki, the “Inugamiyobu-tankuki”, leads the Seven Phantom Travelers. Now that Rikuo has stepped up to the position of Third Heir, it’s unsurprising that rivals are showing up. The villains look pretty much like the standard, shady, evil bad guys (with one pervert puppy). However, the situation is compounded as Nurarihyon has left on a trip without telling anyone, so it’s up to Rikuo to lead the situation. I’m expecting more battles to be fought and mysteries to be solved.
Note: Next week’s episode is more flashback about Gyuki.