First Impression – Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyo

Lolis-er, little kids now play with swords

Anaaga: I never expected that Nura no Mago would actually get a second season. SECOND SEASON. This is surprising, since the first season is, well….um… Anyway, let’s hope that the second season is better, waaaayyy better than the first one. *crosses finger*

Hime: Nura 2! The first one was like an orgy of Jun’s deliciously sexy vocal range. Here’s hoping the second season is more of the same!

I fuckin love this part of the OP

The first episode starts with chibi Rikuo playing around with another Nurarihyon youkai, which I think is his father, and another girl. As Rikuo runs off somewhere (bad omen), Nurarihyon youkai start mumbling this overly-romantic poem, and I suspect that he’s telling the little girl the poem. Jeez, pedobear much? Anyhow, my suspicion is correct, since the next thing you know is the little loli takes out a knife and stabs Nurarihyon youkai from the back. When Rikuo comes back, the only thing he sees is the youkai dying and the loli girl smiling like an evil villain. So much for a happy childhood memory.

Nurarihyon youkai gets killed by a loli before making his debut as a pedobear

Three years after that incident, Rikuo is one hella healthy kid, too energetic to the point where even the youkais in his house can’t escape his traps. Like any other kid, his dream is to be like someone he admires. In his case, he wants to become the leader of the Nura Clan, something that his father was years ago. He loves the youkai in his life, and he’s happy with them…

Rikuo: Into SM play since he was young

Rikuo: Into world domination since he was small

…Until he found out that most humans (more like his little friends) don’t believe that youkai exist. Plus, youkais are creepy, according to his friends. He doesn’t believe his friends at all, until he attends one of the youkai meeting in his house. His grandfather decides to step down and have a new leader, and he picks Rikuo as the candidate for the Third Heir. Third Heir, or Third Leader? Whatever it is, it’s the third leader of the Nura Clan. But Rikuo doesn’t really care about that; he’s too shocked when he heard the bad deeds the youkai in that room did to humans. Aren’t youkai supposed to be good and caring? Still in stage 2, which is denial, Rikuo runs off from the room. He can’t take the evilness after all.

Rikuo is depressed because of The Ugly Truth (love that movie). He doesn’t get depressed for a long time though, since he found that the bus he’s supposed to be in is stuck under a collapsed tunnel. Obviously, it’s the work of the fugly youkai that kills little children because he’s a pedobear. The pedobear youkai thinks that Rikuo shouldn’t be the leader at all since he’s a human, so he decides to finish him off. Also, Rikuo has no fear, something that every clan leader should have, which gives the evil youkai more reason to kill him.

Epic transportation

Rikuo is about to save his friends with his fellow youkai, but the bald monk stops him. Why? Because youkais aren’t supposed to help humans; their fear is what makes youkai strong. Angry Rikuo is angry, and he transforms into…

Chibi night Rikuo. Night Rikuo goes to to the tunnel with an elaborate introduction like any other main characters of various anime, and, of course, kills the pedobear youkai. The usual anime routine. And don’t forget, introduction of the side characters too. Anyhow, seeing Night Rikuo in action, the bald youkai realizes that fear isn’t the negative emotion that the humans have, but this fear is the ability to make both humans and youkais awed. After giving the declaration of his ambition to be the Third Leader, Rikuo collapses and changes back into his human form. Booo.

Four years after that, Rikuo is finally the leader of the new Nura Clan. Not everybody’s happy about that, of course. Even the inside youkai want to get rid of him.

YOUKAI GIFS BY HIME:

BACKSTABBED, Smoke Machine

Boiling blood; Epic pose is epic

String Guy; Yuki Onna

Sword to the face; Nura owns everything and is still very graceful about it

DAT SMIRK; MORE OF DAT SMIRK

End Thoughts:

Nurarihyon was a very unique thing for Studio DEEN. It was well staged, had good music and, most surprisingly of all, a consistent high quality of animation. It looked great. But it wasn’t without its foibles. It wasn’t very popular during it’s first run, and while there were certainly worse shows airing that season, people just weren’t interested. And why should they have been? It was boring. Nurarihyon moved at a snails pace, you could have bounced off the walls for days without injury, there was so much padding, and…I’m running out of metaphors. The point is, irritating side characters took center stage ahead of a cast that should have been explored and utilized, because on the surface they appeared much more interesting. The only main character that got any development was Gyuki! And his arc was a complete paradox of “the fact I’m a traitor actually means I’m loyal to the point of INSANITY”. I wanted to see more of the sick bird guy, of Yuki-onna. Hell, we never even got a good explanation of how Rikuo’s whole Day/Night thing works. Hey, it’s hot, sure, but it’s not like he gets shot with the Dying Will Bullet. IT STILL NEEDS EXPLAINED. My love of Jun and his – sexy one minute and adorable the next – voice got me through season one only mildly disgruntled. I thought the finale was good for the most part and there had been so much build up I think that if it had been any less at that point I would have gone batshit insane. Luckily, though, it didn’t dissapoint. The designs of most of the characters, most noteably Nura’s epic horizontal hair-do, are unique and interesting. They fit very well into what my perception of an anthropomorphic “Youkai” should look like.

THIS however, Nura 2…starts with a flashback. Oh, dear…’cause nothing says heart-pounding action than stuff that happened YEARS AGO. I’ll admit, the initial grainy flashback pertaining to the murder of, I’m guessing Rikuo’s father, was very creepy and well done. In fact, it was so good that it really pissed me off when it dissolved into the real episode and was turned into a joke. Srsly? You have a genuinly eerie sequeance, that I’ll admit totally grabbed me, and then you laugh it off with a stupid game? DEEN, you really have no idea what you’re doing honey, do you? That aside, these characters that I thought were annoying before…became 10x more annoying when they were chibi-fied. The fact that most of the episode follows chibi Rikuo, yano..NOT voiced by Jun, certainly didn’t help. Have I mentioned that he’s by far the best thing about this show? I did? WELL, DUH. It did make me laugh when he went through puberty in all of 5 seconds, though, and changed into his Night form for the first time. And I have to admit, DAT SEXY JUN voice coming out of chibi Rikuo was pretty badass. Though they really are hitting us over the head with the whole day/night = child/adult thing. Spiderman was more figgin subtle, it’s called subtext for a reason guys. If that is what they’re doing, god forbid DEEN might actually try and pull off a metaphor. The complete and utter fickleness of Rikuo’s character was kind of jarring this time around. I don’t remember him being written quite so bad in S1. His emotions and opinions towards the youkai change in a nanosecond. Blegh. It was a mess.

But…and it pains me to say this, even after all that…there is still an attraction to it for me. I dunno if it’s Jun or if I’m just a straight up masochist. There’s something about Nurarihyon that I like, and that keeps me watching despite all the other stuff. The staging and animation during the fights is gorgeous. When they try, the outcome is great. The problem is, the problem always is with DEEN, that they are lazy fuckers. They don’t often try. They take shortcuts. They herpderp their way through an episode. But…fuck it, I can’t stay away. I really am a masochist~

Like Hime, I’ll rant a little bit more than usual xD If you follow my twitter or read the Summer Review already, it’s obvious that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nurarihyon no Mago manga. I think the story arcs are great, and I totally love the inkish vibe the art gives.

If you don’t know about NuraNoMago (a little bit of summary for the first season here), it’s about a boy name Rikuo who’s a quarter youkai. He’s supposed to be the leader of the Nura Clan already, but, explained in this episode, he doesn’t really like youkai due to his childhood trauma. Later on, he accepts his youkai side and becomes the Third Leader. He meets various enemies, who test his strength and his worthiness as the new Nura Clan Leader. (This is a summary to make up the lack of NuraNoMago season one on Meta).

Since I like NuraNoMago A LOT, you might think that I like season one. Actually, no, I don’t. Heck, season one is all a blur to me now. I can’t remember much except few episodes of it, and that’s not a good thing. Why don’t I like season one? Like Hime said (she basically said all my though. Tsk.), season one is boring. It’s really really boring. The anime is just so slow, you will doze off in the middle of watching it. That’s just how slow it is. I LOVE the mangal; the manga is interesting as hell. Probably it’s how the manga is being animated, but all the exciting parts of NuraNoMago is so…normal in the first season. So that’s the reason why I was surprised when I found out about the second season. Why would they make a second season of something so boring? And I don’t think it’s that well-received too, so why? Meh, maybe it was famous. Maybe. So I downloaded season two’s episode one, thinking that maybe they’ll make season two better.

And I was wrong. This first episode is BORING AS HELL. Out of all chapters, they just have to take this chapter as the first episode… Why? Why are you doing this, DEEN? At least start the first episode with something that won’t make me fall asleep! Sure, you can use this as episode two, but why episode one? Don’t you know that the first episode decides how many audience you will get? I mean, if some people find the first episode to be BORING, why would they even bother to watch the second episode, thinking that episode two might be boring too? At least I know some people with that kind of attitude. SO WHY!? Goddamnit Deen, this is why I don’t like how you’re treating NuraNoMago. The animation is pretty good for a DEEN anime, but damn it, put some effort in the story too! Especially if the audience watch this series for the first time, why are you giving them bunch of chibis, where one of them change at night!? They won’t know how great GREAT this Loli Arc here! GGGR, DEEN, GGGGGRRRRRRRRR.

Okay, at least the start of the episode was good. You don’t find lots of lolis backstabbing people in the first few minutes of an anime. And the actions at the end, with Rikuo’s followers. WHICH I think they should have more scenes instead of that stupid Kana. Yuki-Onna <3 Also, the animation is great, just like the first season. Something unexpected from DEEN. ANYHOW, I’m complaining a lot here, and I really hope DEEN will do better with the later episodes. The story arc for the second season is great, and I’ll be disappointed if it’s being animated badly. Or boring-ly(?).  I do hope you’re sticking around even though I complain about this, because the Loli Arc is REALLY REALLY REALLY GREAT.

And DEEN, I’ll be watching you! *glares*

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22 Responses to “First Impression – Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyo”

  1. Kyokai says:

    This review makes me want to check this out again. I agree with the opinion on season one, the first episode made me SNORE. Still you two have to convince me that it’s better than manga.

    • anaaga says:

      i will never say that the anime will be better than the manga. It’s DEEN. I have my doubts

      But still, watch it for the fun! Don’t you want to see naked Nue animated? :3

  2. amado says:

    well this is much better than 1st season. they at least did show the real childhood or rikuo(I think 1st season just skipped that).
    seems we’re going fast forward since theres ryuuji in the preview. hope they do good in this.

  3. edru says:

    well as long as this director doesnt push out tsurara’s scenes, im good. also doesnt change the battle plan like the 1st season did.
    now this is where it gets interesting…

  4. xochandaox says:

    I liked~ Im excited for the rest of the season 😛

  5. Reaper says:

    I think the second season might be done better, especially with more material to adapt. I’m glad they did the bus incident even if the first ep acted like a recap but it is good for people who haven’t watched the first season. Kinda draws them in, as well as interesting them to watch the first season (fufufufu money pot for Studio Deen…)
    All in all, going to look out for this one, especially with Night Rikuo and Yuki-Onna…best pair ever in this anime :)

    • anaaga says:

      Yuki-Onna should marry Rikuo. I don’t even know why Kana still exists. She’s so useless

  6. BlackBriar says:

    This looks good. I’ve only seen about 5 episodes of the first season then I got sidetracked by other animes. Looks like I got a lot of catching up to do. I like Rikuo in his demon form. A lot more badass.

  7. Toori-chan says:

    This episode pretty much covers up Rikuo’s first night which they were all talking about in the first season. Watching chibi Rikuo playing with the yokais was quite funny. Upright Yuki-Onna XD. The story really tensed up when Rikuo turned into his night form but really dropped out when he turned back.

  8. Karakuri says:

    FINE. I’ll give the first season antoher chance. From the sounds of it, the new season seems to be better so hopefully it will be worth it if I make it this far.

    • anaaga says:

      bleh, why yuh gona watch the first season. I say, read the manga before the Kitsune arc, then start watching the second season.

      • amado says:

        yeah.
        skip the 1st season and just read the manga til you reach the part where rikuo beats a guy who kills youkai with a sword that “eats” up youkai.
        if you intend to avoid spoilers.
        otherwise, just continue reading the manga onward.

    • Ciya says:

      Well the new season is kinda confusing and so far in the series it doesn’t include Yura Keikan.

  9. animeluv04 says:

    I can just watch the beginning all over again. I love the grandfather and Rihan. I can’t wait for the Edo arc.

  10. Ciya says:

    I wonder if Yura Keikain will be back in the second season because she makes the story intresting in both the anime and manga.

  11. Ciya says:

    I also wonder who Rikou will fall in love with.Personally he should fall in ove with Yura so that the Keikain exorcist and the Nura yokai can work together defeating yokai and protecting humans.

    • amado says:

      adding another human in the nura clan will make it almost dead. the nura clan need more youkai blood if they wanna continue else they’re gonna fade in the next generation or 2.
      see mangafox forums to see several explanations on why and proof. theres also that curse that will get worse if they do get together…

      • Ciya says:

        That does make sense but more people want to pair Rikou with Kana and that’s even worse because she is afraid of all yokai except Rikou and the other yokai are hundreds of years older than Rikou.

      • Ciya says:

        Also that so called curse can only be ended if the head of the Kyoto Yokai(person who killed Rikou’s dad) is dead. Well if they were regular people they would make a good couple.

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