Posted by psgels on 14 December 2010 with categories: Nurarihyon no Mago



As the penultimate episode, this episode convinced me: next week is going to be a really bad point for this series to end. Out of all of the reviews that I’m going to write this month, Nurarihyon no Mago’s will likely be the most difficult one, because while it isn’t exactly a bad series, I also see no way to recommend it in this state. I didn’t really get anything out of these past 24 episodes.

The anime creators really made some crucial mistakes here. The extra time for Rikuo’s classmates was actually very good at first sight. They took what could have been the single most annoying characters of the series, fleshed them out and made them enjoyable. The main problem however is that this series completely failed in terms of building up.

This series spends a lot of time focusing on all kinds of different backstories, creating characters, most notably Gyuki and Rikuo and his classmates. The rest of the cast however is completely ignored, not fleshed out at all and therefore feels as flat as a pancake, not to mention that this finale has ignored just about all of the fleshed out ones. Tamazuki is a horrible villain: we know his backstory, but what do we know about him as a person? He’s evil and wants power; that’s all. We know a lot about small Rikuo now, but how much exactly have we gotten to know big Rikuo? This guy still is this guy who just comes and kills evil youkai. The rest of the cast is the same: beyond their basic personalities, they’re all just the same static people over and over again.

Now, as for this episode: it was a bit of a weird point to suddenly reveal that Rikuo’s classmates have once before been saved the child version of large Rikuo (who sounded really strange with the same voice actor, by the way), but my main issue here lied with the way it tried to wrap up everything, because it exactly illustrates how it completely failed at building up something. In the end, Tamazuki does what most generic villains do and kills off all of his subordinates in order to gain power. The only thing that Rikuo and the other youkai manage to retort this with is that you can’t control people with fear, but with respect. In the end, it’s all come down to these cheesy and shallow morals, after 24 episodes of airtime. I really expected better from this. Both from the anime creators and from the original story. I mean, someone tell me that the manga was more than just “let’s all beat the stereotypically evil Tamazuki here”.
Rating: – (Disappointing)

8 Responses

  1. Nayrael says:

    The flashback with Chibi Rikuo was the chapter 1 of the manga. It explained why Rikuo didn’t want to become the heir at first, why Kiyotsugu is so obsessed with Youkai, etc. I still don’t understand why the hell they cut it out.

    As for Tamazuki, he was stereotypical and boring villain even in manga (tough there was less morals throwing around) and he is later completely forgotten by most of readers (next villain is also pure evil, but is better executed and not that boring and lame). The whole Shikoku arc itself served only to win some youkai respect for Rikuo and build him up for whats to come later on as well as basically introduce Rikuo’s Hyakki Yakou who will later be shown in more detail.

    In other words, splitting the story into seasons is the worst mistake they did. Kiyo Cross Squad and Shikoku saga’s may not be bad, but they are just build ups. And building up to nothing is a waste.

  2. K.K. says:

    The series is really limited in that they don’t get as violent as in the manga (with regards to Inugami, especially). Also, the “young Rikuo” bit was supposed to be the first chapter (not that I mind the re-arrange, but it’s really not a very necessary chapter to have at all). It’s somewhat annoying to say “the manga is better” but it’s repetitive because it’s true.

    Tamazuki is also pretty much an angsty teenager who is rebelling against his parents. In the manga, the whole arc is more or less regarded as “a kid’s fight,” and really serves as more of an intro to Rikuo taking on the role of leader. Beyond this is the pre-requisite shounen training arc, followed by a storyline that is somewhat ‘darker’. It’s still a shounen series though, so you pretty much know what to expect (power-up –> fight –> repeat).

  3. Nura Rihan says:

    second season been announced, so you can stop your extremly repetitive doubt about the secon season, psgels
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-12-14/nura/rise-of-the-yokai-clan-tv-anime-gets-2nd-season

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, that definitely makes things more interesting. Thankfully I was wrong on this one.

  5. Syaoran says:

    After this fight was when i droped the Manga.

  6. sv says:

    It’s a shounen series, what did you expect? I half expected it to go the way of DragonBall, Inuyasha, Bleach and others with repeated powerups…good thing it didn’t (yet, but it probably will at some point). At least for the others, their saving grace were the action scenes. This one doesn’t have anything to boast about.

    Also, am I the only one who gets annoyed at the voice acting? Normally I like Aya Hirano but her voice just annoys the hell out of me in this one. The same with Ai Maeda’s protrayal of Keikain… seems like overkill with the kansai accent. Arghh

  7. Lightning says:

    @Nura Rihan: Yeah, good news!

    @Syaoran: I have no idea about the manga but the few people I’ve seen post about it say that dropping it at this point was a mistake, as this (or maybe a few chapters after it) is supposedly where the big plotting supposedly picks up speed in the manga or something…

    But again I’ve got no idea, I’m enjoying watching the cold not knowing what’s coming up, so I could be wrong.

  8. flyingmintbunny says:

    The show has many faults. It ended the first season too quickly, not putting enough depth into it, the way they portrayed Tamazuki was like your average villain, most of the characters’ origins are unknown and barely anything is known about them.

    But lets look at it from a different angle.

    Maybe they ended early because they wanted it to be something like a cliff hanger. Tamazuki is not really your average villain, in fact, I can hardly say that Tamazuki is a villain, it seems like he is a lost teen struggling to find out who he is. And, let’s face it. Sometimes not knowing about certain characters creates a mysterious feel about them. But not to worry! Maybe we’ll see what the different characters are truly like in season 3 (though we all know already a few traits about them by observing).

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  • Mike
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:14 PM)
    @Kaiser Takahashi was one of the first to take it out of “smut” made for men and gave the genre to girls.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 09:34 PM)
    My palette is cleansed after Legacy. I think I can make a push and finish Mirage Sessions by Monday.
  • 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.

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