Posted by psgels on 11 December 2011 with categories: Nurarihyon no Mago

So, this seems to be heading into an anime original ending? Let me say the following: as someone who didn’t read the manga, I didn’t notice this. In a way, I do agree with the decision to end at this point: this show should not be allowed to drag on any longer. I’ve heard that the next arc will be even longer than this one. There’s no way that I’m going to watch that. This will be good closure, if it indeed is handled well.

My only complaint about this episode was that Abe no Seimei is a very stereotypical villain with one-sided motives. Still, it’s not a case where all hope is lost. This episode was very solid in how it delivered the background of the girl who would once become Hagoromo Gitsune. That was actually a great closure for her story.

The pacing here was fine as well (and hey: people actually bother to distract the main enemy while giving others the chance to talk). A lot of stuff happened in this episode, which is a really major difference to how this show once was with its endless stream of build-up.

Now, for the anime original ending, this series needs to remember the largest flaw of these kinds of endings: the fact that they nearly always tend to play it too safe. That’s the big issue with nearly every single one of them, in one way or the other. I’ll hold my breath for this one, but at the same time: I can actually see an ending being possible here. Much more than usual.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

One Response

  1. Nayrael says:

    The episode itself didn’t have much original content: rearanged scenes with few new ones… take the ending. Next episode is the one that seems to be Anime Original as Rikuo was the only one to “fight” Nue and that fight ended immediately as Seimei destroyed his sword (Yamabuki’s exposition was given later on, not while Seimei was present).

    Of course, they may just make the battle against Nue last longer and since they did mention Sanmoto Gorouzaemon, it is possible that they are planning an S3 (as he is a major figure of the next arc). And no, that arc is still not as long as Kyoto arc ^_^; (not to mention that it ain’t far from its conclusion).

    Wasn’t rally that fond of Seimei myself either. He reminds me a but too much of Aizen from Bleach and I am not speaking only of “Stop a powerful sword strike with a finger” development.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:22 AM)
    Well then, I suppose I can add in Kaguya and The Jigen Lupin movie then in that case, the latter being the best thing to come out of the franchise since Mamo and Cagliostro.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:10 AM)
    Aside from the Mushishi OVAs, the only one that I really enjoyed would have to be Tsuki ni Naku. But I adore Ryo-timo’s adaptations of Yozakura Quartet, so no surprise there. For most disappointing, I don’t know if I should choose Samurai Flamenco or Zankyou.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:08 AM)
    Hmm, well, my favorite show that ended this year is easily Hunter x Hunter. Ignoring that title; Mushishi, Ping Pong, and Space Dandy are probably my top three TV series. That said, I got tons of enjoyment from Hoozuki no Reitetsu. Danna ga Nani Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken was easily the biggest surprise. For films, well, I’d still include Kaguya, since there was no way for me to see it before this year. Otherwise, I guess it would be Jigen Daisuke’s Gravestone on style alone.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 09:09 AM)…princess Kaguya for coming out in 2013, damn you, now I can’t put you on the list.
    I guess the most genuine choice I can make is sidonia no kishi.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 08:36 AM)
    Now that 2014 is coming to an end is a good time to ask and see what everyone’s favorite anime of the year was?
    OVAs, specials, movies and series all count.
    (INB4 Aidan with UBW)
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 07:38 AM)
    @Bam: I had a look at Jowdorosky’s works holy mountain and El topo. I felt watching both back to back really showed the development of his weird style, but I liked holy mountain more as the strangeness felt far better executed whereas el topo was far far too long. That said I loved the spin el topo was on westerns and how violent it was and the strange atmosphere it created.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 06:05 AM)
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 06:04 AM)
    @giggles: no there’s no header or subject field for comments and in-line html codes get filtered out by the site, but you can use a line that reads:
    at the beginning as a general etiquette. Or just post your discussions on the shoutbox here like we do. There’s an everything goes policy for this chat.
  • ggultra2764
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 05:41 AM)
    There’s no header entry for the blog comment section and I wasn’t even sure if there was any codes on this site that could be used for altering text such as bolding, italicizing or adding spoiler blocks like you could on a forum or the review site that I frequent. I don’t see any information for any coding that could be used in text boxes on this blog.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 05:32 AM)
    I think the statue of limitations have passed on F/SN material, but it’s still more considerate to put a spoiler tag or header on comments that do contain some.

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