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
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:21 AM)
    Gah, Juuzou is one of those irksome shounen-esque characters that never sat all that well with me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:17 AM)
    @Raggers: The part with that locked up ghoul who Amon went to meet up with who he had history with, that was a great moment for Amon’s character and it had a kind of silence of the lambs feel to it.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: I found it generally unevenly paced.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: The whole thing had its ups and downs for me, I loved the first four volumes,after the stuff with gourmet and mado was done with I found myself tiring of it but then got into it again after Kaneki broke down and snapped, then somewhere after the kanou reveal it started losing me again and the ending threw me off.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 03:31 AM)
    Out of interest, where do you feel the first manga went wrong? I may have missed its flaws since I marathoned it in ~8 hours.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 03:28 AM)
    @Emma: I’ll throw in the “now you match” line to Juuzo, the Clowns reveal, and Akira drunk. The supporting cast was really well developed IMO.
    Oh, and Kanekipede. He better go full-kakuja at some point.

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