Posted on 21 December 2010 with categories: Nurarihyon no Mago



Meh, this ending was bland. Nothing really caught my attention, it left absolutely no hook for the second season, and the conclusion itself was lacking. Rikuo just battles and uses his awesome powers to easily win. At the end, he gets stopped by Tamazuki’s father who begs him to forgive his son. Rikuo smiles and agrees. The rest of the episode completely ignores all of the youkai that got killed in the process. Very smooth there. At the end of this episode, Yura actually sees Youkai at Rikuo’s mansion, but doesn’t react in the slightest. Overall, this first season is going to leave a pretty bad taste for me.

In the end, this really was the wrong director on the wrong series. Junji Nishimura needs original series: that’s where he’s brilliant. He used his liberties nicely on True Tears, but he restricted himself too much on Nurarihyon way too much. He should have either picked an original story or following the manga, because trying to go for both turned out to be fatal here. Instead, Studio Deen should have gone for people like Hiroshi Watanabe, Toshifumi Kawase, Toshiyuki Kato (though he seems to have gone to David Production in the meantime) or Sayama Kiyoko, who are great at adapting things (sure, things may have instead gotten cut here and there, but it would have been better than dragging on for way too long like this series did).

At the start of this show, I really praised it, but at the end, my opinion of it really has dropped. It’s pretty much an entire season with nothing but build-up that it never really uses. That’s my big problem with these long shounen series: they may have good parts, but they also have these seemingly endless strings of unremarkable episodes. And I mean, the target audience for these kinds of series is teenaged boys. How do these kids have the patience to sit through that?

At this point, that second season really needs to prove that these past 25 episodes have been worth it. At this point though, I’m pretty pissed at this series.
Rating: — (Lacking)

10 Responses

  1. Nayrael says:

    OMG… they didn’t just… skip showing one of the main villains and the real master of Maou’s Hammer (showing him would make for a good cliffhanger)?! X(

    And they NEEDED to put Kiyo Cross Squad in the mansion sacrificing a whole bunch of logic there? I understand that the Director is a Kana fan and that he likes Kiyo Cross Squad but that does not mean that you need to put theme there where they don’t belong.

    Seriously, if they intend to use the same approach on second season then… I’d wish they didn’t even animate it. S1 started mediocre, showed some promise when Shikoku arc started but in the end was butchered.

    In summary, Nurarihyon no Mago anime was a big disappointment for me. Hopefully S2 won’t be so bad but… I am pessimistic for some reason…

  2. Ransom says:

    If the second season has the same director, we will have the same problem. Is as psgels says, the wrong director… You could say that he restricted himself way too much but for the manga readers it was the other way around, he took way too many liberties, forced side characters to take the spotlight, skipped some important plot elements… The first half was ok, but the second half was extended beyond the aceptable by means of original material. If we are having a second season, the Yami arc which is short, could have been used as a final arc for this season instead of having this bland conclusion.

  3. Nomus says:

    I don’t want to start war here, but still I’ll say it: it’s not only the problem with director, the problem is with original manga. Nurarihyon no Mago is very mediocre (at least), there are tons of better works about youkai, that could be animated.

  4. nura rihan says:

    @Nomus: The beginning yes, after this arc it’s great. Off course people have their opinion, if you don’t like it fuck off.

  5. Nomus says:

    @nura rihan: Let me guess, people have their opinion as long as it matches yours? Sorry for making you so butthurt.

  6. Nura Rihan says:

    If you don’t like it then fuck off, why do you even bother posting if you don’t like it, how many chapters have you read anyway?

  7. Nura Rihan says:

    Oh, and “butthurt”? I always laugh whenever I heard someone said that, make them look like a 5 year old. I would really like for you to say that when I hold my revolver at you in real life

  8. psgels says:

    Kids, kids. Let’s try to keep the discussion a bit civil here, okay? There’s no need to insult each other.

  9. Westlo says:

    the problem with this episode is that it should be episode 17 of a 60+ series.

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