Posted by psgels on 28 September 2010 with categories: Nurarihyon no Mago



Recap. Dammit, this show is one huge tease. Every time it promises to get better, it finds some excuse to delay this to next week. Of course this is making me hungry to find out in what way this series is going to end up becoming awesome, but this is getting rather annoying…

Nurarihyon no Mago was the series that was looking forward to the most for the past summer season, and in that way it ended up disappointing me a bit. I’m a huge fan of its director, Junji Nishimura, but in order for him to really shine, he really needs to be working on an original series in which he really can let his creativity loose, and not being bound by some sort of source material.
Rating: – (Disappointing)

11 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    “Every time it promises to get better, it finds some excuse to delay this to next week.”

    This is what I call “bad shounen syndrome”.

    I remember when I used to watch Naruto and Bleach and I was “well, this episode sucked, but at least it stopped at an interesting point, next episode should be good!” and it was the same for the next episode, and the next, and the next….

    Nurarihyon has all the makings of a bad to average shounen.

    All shounen should have Kekkaishi as their reference point. It wasn’t awesome but it managed to not be bad at anything.

    It had solid plot, characters, pacing, animation. It never reached any levels of excellence in any area, but with not actually having any area in which it is bad, it made it a very pleasing experience.

  2. Roldan says:

    So is Nurarihyon no Mago better then Kekkaishi? been torn if i should start watching it or just go watch something other.

  3. AnimeLuvr says:

    So just to be clear are you against recaps? i mean do you think they are pointless. For shows like this yeah I feel they are pointless, if it was a more complicated story perhaps I would feel different.

    I too really looked forward to this series and am a bit miffed at the moment.

  4. Paul says:

    I can’t believe they did a recap show after 12 episodes. Nurarihyon no Mago is not that complicated.

    Glad I saw it was going to be a recap before I wasted time watching it.

  5. Nayrael says:

    What is with recaps these days anyway? They are starting to get quite common… hell, they are actually more useless then ever yet they are starting to appear more and more often.

    Not that I am really bothered. Losing a week to a recap is not so bad, especially if there are other things to watch/do (and there always are).

  6. Moonhawk says:

    I’m a little bit annoyed by that recap as well but I can understand why they put one here.
    Afterall, the new season is starting and I guess they want to attract some new watchers by giving them the chance to get into this series withut having to watch all the present episodes.
    Like this, people can simply watch that recap and then start watching the new story arc together with all the other new premises of the new season.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    AnimeLuvr: let me put it this way: there have been recaps that I really enjoyed. My favourites that I can remember out of the top of my head right now are from Cross Game and Bokura no. It all depends on how much meaning the creators put into it, and this episode had none for me. I can understand its purpose of bringing in new viewers, but that doesn’t mean anything for people who were already watching it.

  8. Roldan says:

    @psgels i think the best one i’ve seen is one from Gundam Seed where everything was told from the main antagonist perspective. now that’s something you don’t see everyday. hell it even had footage that you might haven seen some in one episode but got everything on that episode.

  9. Ransom says:

    I already knew it was a recap… Don’t you people watch the previews? :D

    Anyway, this week was a total waste of time, and I don’t know why they decided to do it just when the arc was becoming interesting, well, I don’t see a reason for recaps in the first place.

    I’m expecting things to reach an interesting level based on the manga. And this is much more interesting than Bleach & Co. Remember that Jump is also the magazine that published Death Note…

    I hope next week will be better.

  10. Westlo says:

    “This is what I call “bad shounen syndrome”.”

    Uh listen up expert, this show or should I say manga does get better. The current arc that just got started is nice improvement over what came before and the currently long running arc is the “Kyoto” arc (it also happens to be called the kyoto arc or Gitsune!) of the manga.

    Kekkaishi which is the best in its genre since One Piece hadn’t even stepped up a gear yet at the same episode count.

  11. Westlo says:

    Also most recap episodes aren’t done by choice but are done due to production problems.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.

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