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.
Right off the bat, one of the high ranking officials of the Nura clan, Hihi, and his underlings are killed by the attacking force.
So it turns out that indeed Gyuki was trying to protect the Nura Clan and did not want a part-youkai who rejects his demon self as the Third Heir. He was afraid a weak would destroy the clan, as would be the case if Rikuo became commander and still wavered between his human and youkai forms.
I was surprised at Rikuo’s sudden power increase as he fought Gozumaru. He pulled a sword out of thin air then was suddenly able to attack his opponent furiously and quite skillfully. I’m guessing he has started to partially sync with his Night Form, and is able to summon some of that strength.
“A Trap is Set on the Evil Mountain”
Thanks to the groups over-interest in youkai/over-interest in free onsen and meals, the Paranormal Patrol ignore how incredibly creepy the professor is and fail to heed Rikuo’s warnings. With all the foreboding and hints, there is no doubt to the viewer from the beginning that they are walking into a trap.
“Red Plum Blossoms on the Demons’ Mountain”
It’s unfortunate for Rikuo that Kana fell for his night form and didn’t know they were the same people. Even though this isn’t a romance anime, these misunderstandings seem to be a prevalent element used to create some drama between characters.
“The Rat of Darkness Devours the Cat”
This episode, deviating from the format used previously, continued the scene from last time showing Yura and Kana getting attacked by several youkai. Even though Yura is able to defeat several with her shikigami, the youkai successfully force her to stand down by threatening Kana.
“Yura Keikain and the Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol”
This episode had me laughing out loud quite a few times. Rikuo sure doesn’t get a break in these episodes— from the haunted building two weeks ago to his own home this time. The introduction of the (what I assume to be) final main character, Keikain Yura, was nothing short of a heap of trouble for Rikuo.
「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.
Divine posted about the opening and ending songs so I won’t talk too much about them here. The OP sequence was great all around, with a aesthetically pleasing pop rock song and featuring a nice video as well.