Posted by psgels on 27 February 2012 with categories: Natsume Yuujin-Chou

And we’re into another two-part arc for this series. This one is focused on Hiiragi and Natori, with a few hints that Matoba is involved as well.

The focus on this episode was about Natori actually having to seal away a god, rather than a youkai as he gets a very strange request to do all this within one day. I think this was the first time in which we’ve seen him uncomfortable.

Natsume in the meantime is of pretending to be the opposite of said god, and with this he seems to ignore one thing that I find rather strange: his smell. In the past he has been very often sniffed out as a human when he tried to dress up. I find it weird that he still doesn’t seem to have learned after all that.

Also, someone mentioned it in the comments last week, but with this episode it again caught my attention: the creators are having trouble to separate Natsume and Nyanko. In this episode Nyanko wanders off and something happens to Natsume. After that Nyanko accidentally gets touched by one of Natori’s exorcist-thingies, and afterwards something again happens to Natsume. As much as I like this series, it is starting to get a little repetitive this way.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. sheratan says:

    Natsume is basically powerless when Nyanko is not around.

    This is evident when you see how much Natsume rely on Nyanko.

    • meow says:

      Also, if Nyanko-sensei didn’t leave him alone as much as he does, most of Natsume’s adventures, for good or ill, probably wouldn’t have happened. I do agree that they should think of a better variety of ways for Natsume to encounter different youkai, rather than just using the same “Natsume getting attacked while Nyanko-sensei is away” pattern. I wonder if there’s some deeper meaning to it. It’s almost like this nuance to their relationship is being emphasized.

      It’s nice to see Natori and Hiiragi again though. And Hiiragi has alot more stage time this round.

  2. I think the idea is that putting Nastume in yokai clothes+putting him in the middle of a large group of them is supposed to help keep them from finding out he’s human by scent (especially since several have commented in the past that they aren’t immediately sure if he is human, not sure if that has to do with scent or with something else however).

  3. HK-47 says:

    psgels, have you watched Hotarubi no Mori e yet? I have a feeling you’re going to love it. I sure did.

    • hoiut says:

      I was just going to ask that. XD That said, I second this notion. It takes heartwarming up another notch.

      I believe it’s made by some of the same people as Natsume…

  4. rufe says:

    It still bothers me that Natsume doesn’t learn some self-defense techniques from one of the many people around him who could give him instruction. If he doesn’t like the idea of asking Natori (though I get the impression he would be thrilled) he could ask Taki to show him some books…or ask Tanuma’s dad for some help…

    Instead he remains basically helpless without Madara…except the “enoki punch”

    I think Nyanko-sensei is intentionally letting Natsume do as he pleases. His way of interacting with humans seems pretty influenced by their relative lifespans.

  5. kero says:

    I wonder if at some point natsume will ever start actively calling upon his youkai friends for help, that horse dude is pretty awesome.

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:21 AM)
    All thats left now is macross 7.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:20 AM)
    However this one begged to go on for more than just five episodes, come on now and it had the franchises penchant for weak villains. It doesn’t get me as emotional as do you remember love does, the characters of Macross plus were more likeable. Still its a step above Macross II and I at least had fun with it on an action level.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:17 AM)
    Thats Macross zero completed then, it was great to see the background arc/plot for this franchise, the pace is tight and the action is arguably the most immersive, well done of the Macross universe along with Frontier.
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    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:33 AM)
    While Tatami Galaxy and Ping Pong were definitely sharp I felt that Kemonozume and Kaiba were more inventive.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:30 AM)
    Aye,it was the visual style of the film being so different from the norm that drew me in. Still out of Yuaasa’s stuff I found myself more taken with tatami galaxy.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:22 AM)
    I think creatively the anime industry has plateaued a bit by now, where we see more derivative stuff and there has a formed an almost universal “anime style” which hinders non-traditional voyeurism.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:18 AM)
    I love the tonal whiplash that the story goes thru and the then-impressive-and-new visuals. Both 4°C and Hifana take queues from the Kansai art and the underground graffiti styles that prospered in Japan after the 70’s. Parallel to the postmodern movement in the Western world, the new wave was more expressive than fine and you see its heavy influence on the manga and anime industry.
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    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Bam: It is at the last stretch on the film where it is at its strongest visually in my opinion.
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    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:10 AM)
    @Bam: For only 100 minutes it did a decent enough job on its protaganist in any case.
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    Mindgame is amazing. It is as unorthodox as they come but not really pretentious. It’s pretty humble and does have an actual message and proper story arc, so it’s definitely not just random for random’s sake. The industry needs more Yuasa.

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