Posted by psgels on 5 December 2011 with categories: Nurarihyon no Mago




Seriously, this is the best I’ve seen Studio Deen in since Giant Killing ended. For the first time in one year and two months (which is a really long time for a studio that releases so many series), I’ve been impressed by these guys again on a series. It is about bloody time.

Obviously Hunter X Hunter is the best shounen at the moment, but still: after being disappointed by Ao no Exorcist, the first Nurarihyon no Mago series, Sket Dance, Toriko, Bakuman’s first season, Sacred Seven and Tegami Bachi Reverse, it feels very good to see a shounen actually end well. This conclusion was what a conclusion should be. Not just “let’s just kick the bad guy’s ass and get things over with”. Have things happen at the same time. Put things at stake. Nue’s resurrection worked really well for that. It’s just such a damn shame that we had to wait forty bloody five episodes for that to happen.

I can see the intentions of Nurarihyon no Mago: a shounen series about leading an army. Most shounen leads really are a hundred years too early to be leading an actual army, so it definitely has potential. But then make it about actually leading an army. This show dabbled way too often in things that just did not batter in the long run. The anime is at fault, but the story of the manga also did not help: the introduction still was way too long. Because of that, there is no way that I’m going to recommend this series. But now that I’ve gotten so far, it’s at least very gratifying that my patience is finally being rewarded.

Nue’s resurrection in particular was a great way to spice this arc up. As the red thread connecting everything for the villains: there are a lot of different parties, but it’s this desire for Nue (or Abe no Seimei that connects all of them together, with his mother, Hagoromo Gitsune at the center). Her end here was pretty good with the revelation of how the body that she used to inhabit was pretty much used. The constant flashbacks to the part where Rikuo’s father was killed also paid off here, with the revelation of how things really went. A surprisingly good example of the use of repetition.

Also, the animation at the part where the Skull died. Good stuff there.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

9 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    I doubt this anime is gonna get more anime adaptations, for the arcs after this are all crap and are even more flawed than this arc

  2. Nayrael says:

    ArcS after this? The HM arc that started immediately after the Kyoto Arc has still not ended ^_^; (tough it is nearing the end… interestingly again just when the Anime is ending…)

  3. Alec says:

    It’s not nearing its end yet imo.

  4. nura_rihan says:

    @Alec, if you hate this, why do you keep watching it? I don’t even get how you hare it for being “unrealistic” This is a shonen jump battle manga and you expect it to be realistic? Wrong manga to read, dude.

  5. Alec says:

    But I’m not. I dropped it after the he-she episode that included a child. I read the manga, but I’m just speed reading it. While I’m mostly doing it for the sake of completeion, part of me is waiting to get blown away just like what happend to the flashback episode of this arc. Also, just because it’s a shounen manga/anime does not mean, an anime/manga can never be realistic — Ever heard of FMA?.

    I’m gonna refrain on saying the specifics to avoid spoiling.

  6. Alec says:

    typos -_-

    as for the realism part… One of the biggest reason wht I start to not like the series has something to do with the mass (people). You’d know what I’m talking about if you read the manga.

  7. Nayrael says:

    On that part in Manga: If it wasn’t already obvious enough the moment when it happened, it was later more clearly confirmed that it happened primarily due to a technique the villain used… or more exactly, due to what the villain was.

  8. nura_rihan says:

    Oh yeah, I read the manga of both Mago and FMA. But FMA is in shonen gangan, well known for their more “adult” and darker shonen title. Mago is in SHONEN JUMP, well known for their unrealistic fantasy battle manga. Both manga are good in their own merit, IMO. But hey, everybody got their own milage, even in realism or whatever bullshit it is people call it. I like realism, but I don’t expect it when I read a shonen jump manga, that’s one thing for sure.

  9. Taka says:

    Toriko owns how can you not like THE KING OF ALL FOOD ANIME!

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    (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.
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    (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.
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    (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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