Posted by psgels 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 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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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @bam, Muv Luv has the problem that most of its brillence lies in the third title. But in order for the third title to have the same effect you need to read the first two. Successful or not, I doubt theres animation studio willing to go all in and adapt the full trilogy. There’s also the issue of the first title being a really mediocre harem.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 12:48 PM)
    just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of reasons why y’all need a PS4 for the upcoming year:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Hz8eXWHNY
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:09 AM)
    Why they didn’t adapt the original Muv Luv novel or Alternative is a mystery to me. Wasn’t the VN really successful? Whats with these offshoot shows instead of doing the real deal? They are avoiding it for some reason.

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