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.

 

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33 Comments

  1. I dont know if this is a good sing or bad recap might mean this show has plans to go long term or it might just be a waste of time.

    On another note ooooo kawai yuki and kana lol more please! onegashimasu

    crazystudyguy
  2. agreed!! his fear power was awesome! never read the manga, but i swear that’s exactly how i envisioned his FEAR to be. btw- did he really repel the wind or was that a part of the fear illusion??? is this a NEW SHOUNEN “100ep+ series” or just a 26 episode series?

    BROOKLYN otaku
  3. a recap ep at this point? it really looks like they will just end in this arc, too bad since it really becomes good after this arc….

    I find it annoying that the anime doesnt really follow the manga faithfully, im fine if they just add some extra scenes but its annoying me that they change/omit some parts from the manga(which was more funny)

    amado
    1. oh what would you meant by faithfully then? the PLOT is still there and i think the director have done a pretty good job every episode. they have established the atmosphere and some parts in my opinion must really be omitted/changed for they do not fit the atmosphere of the anime.

      Zwei
      1. my mistake, I meant “in detail”

        but I think they couldve kept the part where nurarihyon thinks “well im not really lying because I did ‘hide’ and he went away after attacking wildly”(sonething like that)

        and if those scenes were cut to speed it up, then why do they need a recap ep even though we already saw it

        amado
      2. they don’t include it for speed, it’s just doesn’t fit in the atmosphere that’s all. ^^
        and i don’t know what they are thinking about the recap episode but everything the director does is approved by Hiroshi(mangaka), and i think they have said, both him and the director that they want the Shikoku Arc in the anime longer allotting almost 11 episodes on it, or 13 if it includes episodes 10 and 11 if the series is only 2 cour. but anyway i’m liking the series as it is even though they are some changes and i’m really hoping for a season 2 and the news i read about Hagoromo-Kitsune appearing in the Jump Super Anime Tour 2010 w/ one of my favorite seiyuu Noto Mamiko is really giving a chance for a season 2 if the anime performs great enough.

        Zwei
    2. It’s indeed a pity that they’re ending in the Shikoku arc 🙁 Mago was great up till the Shikoku arc, then became just epic after that, imo. But I guess since the Past arc leads up perfectly to the Toono and Kyoto arcs (or rather, the Past arc is necessary to understand the Kyoto arc, for which the Toono arc was necessary for Rikuo to power up…), the animators rather have this first season with 26 episodes end with the Shikoku arc, then continue later with a second season at least after the Kyoto arc ends (though that seems pretty soon).

      I just really hope they don’t come up with their own ending after the Shikoku arc ends. If they decide to officially name Rikuo the 3rd after the Shikoku arc, for example, that’d just be horrid.

      saladesu
  4. News for Nurarihyon no Mago fans; in the Jump Super Anime Tour 2010 to be held this autumn in the major cities of Japan, Hagoromo-Kitsune will appear and the seiyuu is Noto Mamiko(enma ai in jigoku shoujo), very appropriate in my taste cause of kitsune’s character.

    anyway, thanks for the post prooof, grandpa nurarihyon haven’t even shown what he’s capable of, it’s just the tip of his power and the introduction of the term “Fear”.

    Zwei
    1. Say what? What does this mean for the anime if Hagoromo-Kitsune’s seiyuu is announced? More than a 2 cour? Or a really squished up 2 cour which really does NOT need a re cap right now? Or a second season is already slated?

      Shadiic
    2. well maybe there is a season two, try searching in their official site a “nurablo” something page (can i post the link here?hahahaha) and there is some english words there in the news where i read “season2” but i don’t know what the others say cause i can’t read japanese and you can also find the news about Hagoromo-Kitsune appearing there.

      Zwei
      1. Nah, no season 2 announced yet. “season 2” on the Nurablo page is just… Part 2 of some Q&A thingy where the respective seiyuu answer questions about the anime (e.g their favourite scenes)

        saladesu
  5. I was actually half-hoping that Jiji would turn into some youkai form similar to Rikuo’s night form, haha. Not gonna happen, I guess. The interactions btw Yuki and Kanna were great, I love these tensions! And like Kanna, I’m in love with Nurarihyon. I’m now interested in reading the manga, I have a feeling it’ll be more kick ass, but that’s usually the case huh!

  6. Poor Yuki-onna, it seems that Rikuo only noticed her interest now. But it’s rather funny how similar she and Kana looks and that they even had them mirror each others looks while having a stare down contest. But at least with one of the girls being forward so can we expect the others to step up or lose. Meanwhile so did Yuki-onna look very happy when she snuggled Rikuo :)I guess we can expect her to not act like she doesn’t know Rikuo any more, although the living together bomb will probably have to wait a while. She is obviously making a serious play for becoming Rikuo’s girlfriend.

    Znail
    1. and be ruined just like naruto and bleach??? now having those crappy storylines and unneeded twists for the sake of having a long run, i really don’t know what the mangaka of those thinking but nurarihyon no mago is doing great nowadays and i don’t want to see it taking the path of those. ^^

      Zwei
  7. I thought Muchi looked a lot like Alucard from Hellsing. It didn’t occur to me when I saw him in the manga, so I guess something about the anime’s style compound with his character design to remind me of Alucard.

    Yeah, next week’s episode… I assume it is a flashback. The director has said that Gyuuki’s flashback story would be expanded in the anime. But that already happened (several scenes in the anime weren’t in the manga due to space constraints, and were added to the anime with the mangaka’s support). So this /could/ be /even more/ added details of Gyuuki’s past… Or it could just be a total recap episode that apparently centers around a flashback that has only indirect relevance to the plot of NuraMago. Thanks for doing this, Prooof.

    Matt

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