Dec 25, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 26

Seriously, what the hell is going on? Last week’s episode was supposed to be the final… Why did I find a twenty-sixth episode when I turned on the computer to check my mail? Very strange. Mind you, I’m not complaining, not at all. I would be happy to have yet another Nurarihyon no Mago episode for Christmas, normally.

I say normally because this episode is kind of an insult. At least; it feels like an insult. The episode was just one big flashback. It existed solely out of previous scenes. That’s no way to end, they should’ve stopped with last week’s episode, because this is just embarrassing. This was the first Nurarihyon no Mago episode that I didn’t enjoy, honestly.

If you haven’t seen this episode yet; don’t! You probably won’t enjoy it, you’ll end up, like me, wondering why you wasted twenty minutes of your time on something you’ve already seen. Very nice, giving us all an kick in the sack on Christmas.

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Dec 18, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 25

The time has come ladies and gentlemen, time to find out whether or not Nurarihyon no Mago will continue, or if it finally comes to an end. I strongly believe that this episode should give a clear indication on whether this show will have a third season or not.

The episode starts with the continuation of the fight between the Nura clan and Seimei. The supreme commander decided to give his katana to Rikuo, who will now have to go face to face with Seimei. All of Rikuo’s allies are prepared to follow him to death as they attack head-on alongside Rikuo.

Their first attack was pretty pointless, as Seimei blew them away with just his spiritual power. He only had to swing his weapon once in order to destroy the whole area. I was shocked, after he swung his weapon, to see that Minagoroshi Jizou was still alive. That’s actually a good thing, because that means that Rikuo didn’t kill him, and that they haven’t altered the manga’s story on that part.

Rikuo, being his badass self, steps outside the fire as if it doesn’t even face him. What happened next was beyond my expectations. Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that Rikuo would wear each and every Youkai’s fear like that. He managed to break through Seimei’s barrier with the combined strength of his allies. It was very impressive to see just how much Rikuo has grown.  He used to be a little boy that refused to become their next Supreme Commander, no matter what. But now look at him, he stands at the top of the clan, head held high and pride spilling all over the place.

Seimei took Rikuo’s combined attacked head-on and, for a minute there, looked perfectly fine. He tried to finish Rikuo off when he noticed that something was horribly wrong with his body. It would seem that his body, new as it may be, hadn’t adjusted itself yet to their world. Seimei decided, just like in the manga, to withdraw to hell. It reminds me of a certain quote; “he who fights and runs away, will live to fight another day.” – Demosthenes, I believe…

this would be a time for mourning, especially after all the friends and family they had lost because of this war. But Rikuo couldn’t sit still, he wanted to get even stronger, should the day come where he would have to face Seimei again. Rikuo has finally grown up, he decided to become the third heir of the Nura clan. Everyone, including Nurarihyon’s highest ranking Youkai, finally acknowledged Rikuo as their next Supreme Commander.

There was nothing left to do there. Rikuo, having roughly one year before Seimei’s return, decided to ask Akifusa for help. Akifusa is good at making spirit blades, blades powerful enough to cut down even the strongest of Youkai.

The ending was a bit strange, but it was very moving.  It was a wonderful season, no one could ever complain. I am so happy that it ended the way I had hoped, that it ended according to the manga. No way would they end the series like this, with all this unfinished business. Ladies and gentlemen, you can all expect a lot more Nurarihyon No Mago in the (near) future!

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Dec 11, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 24

Ladies and gentlemen, here we go! I was waiting for this episode all week and, after watching it, I can say that it was completely worth it! This episode is definitely in my top three, it was simply that good! I do seem some minor changes when I compare this episode to the manga, and that worries me a lot.

Anyway, we continue with Tsuchigumo attacking Seimei, after which he got dragged to hell because of Seimei’s immeasurable powers. It got me so angry when Minagoroshi Jizou acted all high and mighty. He even announced to the world that he brainwashed almost every Youkai on his side, and that he carries Sanmoto’s, the leader of the Hundred Tales Clan, eye on the top of his head. He also made it known that Sanmoto is currently divided into hundred pieces. It was so awesome when Rikuo killed Minagorishi Jizou with the use of his sword, although this wasn’t part of the manga.

Rikuo was mad as hell. He rushed straight towards Seimei with the intent to kill him, but he destroyed the entire blade with just the use of his finger. Seimei was just about to kill him when Rihan’s wife, or at least her body, was sacrificed to save his life. It’s a good thing that Rikuo’s grandfather showed up in time, because Rikuo had many questions. The old man took his time to tell Rikuo everything what happened during those days.

It’s scary how everyone is completely outmatched against Seimei. All of the Nura clan’s top guys attacked all at once, but they couldn’t even lay a finger on him. It seems that Seimei was the one behind everything, literally everything. He is responsible for Rihan’s death, the power behind the Hundred Tales clan and a lot more. It amazes me that Nurarihyon just stood there without doing anything.

Rikuo finally stood up against Seimei after his humiliating attempt. But this time he wasn’t alone, oh no, he had his entire Night Parade behind him. Sure, they didn’t do any damage to Seimei, but it’s very promising to see how much they trust Rikuo. Unfortunately, trust alone won’t win them this fight, especially not after Seimei unleashed a devastating attack.

Rikuo, as well as the others, was unharmed and stood up right away. I have no idea what he is planning, but his last words were; “Everyone, entrust all of your fear to me!” – Can Rikuo really wear multiple Youkai’s at the same time? I can’t wait to find out!

I do have some bad news though. The anime is no longer following the manga’s storyline, I can see some very visible changes that could very well alter the ending. Meaning; there is a chance that this is the final season for Nurarihyon no Mago. It’s over for Nurarihyon no Mago if the conflict between the Nura Clan and Seimei gets resolved somehow.

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Dec 4, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 23

Ah man, this is great. AnimeUltima is really doing a great job! This is the second time that they’ve uploaded the episode hours before anyone else. This really made my day, because normally I’d have to stay up late in order to watch the episode, but not this week!

I just have to say that Minagoroshi Jizou pissed me off to no end. That old weakling even tried to pick a fight with Tsuchigumo. He is nothing without Yosuzume and her unique abilities to make people go temporarily blind. It’s probably been over half a dozen times that he had to be saved by her, purely because he himself is too weak to do anything. After all; Minagoroshi Jizou’s ability is to enter one’s body and take control of it, that’s it.

Meanwhile the battle still rages on as the rest of Rikuo’s night parade joins the battle. Aotabou is still one of my favorites, that much is certain. His character as well as his fighting style is awesome.

It’s clear that Hagoromo-Gitsune has trouble maintaining her composure. Hagoromo-Gitsune is Youkai fox who reincarnates using human bodies. She may be Youkai in spirit, but the body she possess is that of a human. Not just any human though, it’s the body of Rikuo’s sister, which is why she’s having trouble with all those memories. Later on it turned out to be her greatest weakness as well as her greatest strength. Although she didn’t realize, until it was too late, that she did in fact retain same of her host’s memories.

Minagoroshi Jizou, as expected, was the one behind it all. He has the ability to control other Youkai, so he manipulated everyone, including Hagoromo-Gitsune. But he wasn’t doing it just for himself, he was doing it because he remained loyal to Seimei, because he was under the impression that Seimei would ‘share’ the world with him.

The real battle starts now, now that Seimei has resurrected. But boy, Tsuchigumo refused to wait even a minute before attacking Seimei. At this point I truly hope that they’re going to follow the manga, that would indicate that something great is about to happen to Minagoroshi Jizou and, above anything else, that there’s going to be more of Nurarihyon no Mago in the (near) future.

Several fansub groups have read my posts before, I can only hope that someone from AnimeUltima gets to read this, but here goes; AnimeUltima, please continue the great work you guys have been doing, allow me, as well as many others, to watch episodes as soon as possible!

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Nov 27, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 22

Here we go! The fight between Rikuo and and Hagoromo-Gitsune has begun! We were all waiting for this episode! It leaves me a bit worried about how they’re going to end this season. It’s very possible that they’re going to alter this arc’s ending a little bit to finalize the anime. I really hope this is not the case!

Rikuo, in order to reach Hagoromo-Gitsune, must first deal with that old fool. He was so full of himself, even in the end. He kept on attacking, hoping to land a blow. He claimed to know about Rikuo’s new found ability, but in the end he knew very little. He thought that if Rikuo wore the fear of another Youkai that he would obtain certain abilities. He forgot to factor in one little detail though; Rikuo still has abilities of his own, abilities that he can use to the fullest even when wearing another Youkai’s fear.

Rikuo and his night parade of one hundred Youkai marched towards Hagoromo-Gitsune after defeating him. It seemed too late as the Nue, also known as Abe no Shimei, started to take form. But the birth wasn’t yet completed! Seimei was still unable to move, giving Rikuo and his allies a small window of time to either kill or seal Seimei.

One thing is clear here; Rikuo should’ve killed Tsuchigumo when he had the chance. Ryuuji would’ve successfully sealed him if it weren’t for Tsuchigumo’s interruption. He might’ve very well doomed all of mankind just because he wants a good fight, even though Rikuo gave him a run for his money earlier that day.

Rikuo has no choice but to do something about it himself. He will now have to deal with Hagoromo-Gitsune as she stands between him and the rebirth of Seimei. That will not be easy, he ended up getting hurt when he tried to attack her, so he will have to come up with a way to defeat her.  He will have to use those flashbacks she’s been having to his advantage.

This is it people! The moment has finally come as this season is about to reach its climax. All we can do now is hope that they stick to manga, if they do than a third episode is more than just a possibility.

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Nov 21, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 21

This episode sure was a great way to start my week, which proves that I’m a total geek. I left the house with a frown that this episode was about to turn upside down. I arrived at work and started the download, obtained a raging boner while watching this episode. That’s right people, I can rhyme too, it’s not just that snoopy dog.

It’s time! Rikuo and his allies resumed their march towards Hagoromo-Gitsune, but not before fighting several enemies. First he had to take out two weaklings, which he did in under a minute. You think it’s too easy to be true? Well, you’re right! Rikuo continues his march when suddenly another pair of Youkai show up, but these two were very tricky. One of them reads people’s minds while he tells the other what their opponent is about to do, making things very difficult for Rikuo. It’s a good thing that those two Youkai pissed off Yura, if she didn’t go nuts with all her Shikigami then Rikuo probably couldn’t have killed those two so easily.

Rikuo simply continued his march, only to encounter the very same Youkai that attacked during his training in Tono. Kidoumaru was waiting for Rikuo and his allies, wanting to kill all of them. Somehow all of them were transported to another location, the location that Kidoumaru used to rule over.

You have to wonder what happened for this guy to have become so fanatic about his dark views of the world. Unfortunately there isn’t much time to catch up with his past, he continuously attacked using his fear. Rikuo couldn’t even wear Tsurara because Kidoumaru wouldn’t allow it. It’s a good thing that Kurotabou served under Rikuo’s father, because he learned a different kind of Matoi during that times. He taught Rikuo how to use it, and I have to say; it looks freakin’ awesome!

That is now my second favorite form. 1st would be Rikuo’s offensive mode, that’s when he switches his fear from defense (so far we’ve only seen defense) to offense (a mode you’ll see in the future, providing there’s a third season or something). 2nd place goes to the form Rikuo takes when he’s wearing Kurotabou, which looks great with all those weapons sticking out. 3rd place goes to the form Rikuo takes when he’s wearing Itaku, he just looks so good with that scythe.

I can’t wait to see RIkuo whooping Kidoumaru’s ass in the next episode. This season’s end is drawing near. At this point I just hope that they won’t adjust the end, because they do that sometimes. They simply change the story at the end a bit so they can finalize the anime, even though the manga is still continuing.

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Nov 14, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 20

Now this I like! This week’s episode arrived earlier than normal. Doesn’t quite make up for making us wait another day on last week’s episode, but it’s a start, I’ll give ‘em that. I must say that the anime follows the manga’s story very accurately, which is a good thing, proves to me that there’s definitely going to be a third season. The Kyoto arc will end in the next four episodes, but the storyline of this arc will somewhat continue in the next one, which brings me to believe that a third season is more than just a possibility.

This episode continues their fight against Tsuchigumo, the one Youkai you just don’t want to encounter. Fortunately that Rikuo just learned that new technique, because he needed it to bring down Tsuchigumo. He wanted to wear Tsurara’s fear in order to accomplish that, but she was distracted by earlier events and wasn’t mentally capable of doing so. He decided to go with Itaku, a Youkai whose fear he’s seen before.  Itaku was reluctant at first, but he decided to go through with it as they had no alternative option at the time. It was grand, Rikuo’s weapon turned into a death scythe, and with it he sliced through Tsuchigumo like a hot knife through butter.

Everyone was surprised by Rikuo’s new technique, and so they should be! But Tsuchigumo didn’t stay down for long, he stood up almost right away and shook it off like it was nothing. Meanwhile the rest of Rikuo’s allies, including Yura, join them as Tsuchigumo tells them, whilst putting himself back together, about Hagoromo-Gitsune and her offspring. He told them that her offspring, also known as Nue, was actually human.  In fact; he was an Onmyouji, just like Yura. She, as expected, was shocked to have of learned this. He goes on about how strong Nue is, how only Nue could bring him to his knies, until Rikuo that is.

Meanwhile Rikuo’s grandfather decided to pay Hagoromo-Gitsune a visit by just barging in there unannounced. Hagoromo-Gitsune was surprised to see him and immediately attacked him. The only reason he went to see Hagoromo-Gitsune was to find out whether or not she was really the one who killed his son, Rihan. She didn’t really answer his question, but he couldn’t wait around any longer as the rest of her forces were approaching. He was about to take his leave when suddenly Nue started talking from inside Hagoromo-Gitsune. Nurarihyon was thrown off by the evil and foul fear he sensed coming from Hagoromo-Gitsune’s womb, allowing himself to be attacked by her minions. He wouldn’t have successfully escaped if it wasn’t for Karasu Tengu. Next episode is going to be it! Rikuo is going to start his march towards Hagoromo-Gitsune!

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Nov 8, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 19

It finally arrived! It took so long that I lost to my patience and actually read the complete manga to date. I feel so ashamed and happy at the same time. The manga was awesome, but what was more surprising is that I was actually right about a lot of things. I won’t spoil the remaining episodes of this season, but I will say this; there’s definitely going to be a third season. The manga’s story goes a long way further and this season will never be able to tell it all. That’s not all, Nurarihyon no Mago is doing very well, the DVD/Blu-Ray sales are very high and the fan base is huge.

Rikuo’s new skill is awesome. He is now able to ‘wear’ those who fully trust him. By ‘wearing’ other Youkai he can control their fear and merge it with his own, amplifying his powers tremendously.  It’s also limitless when you think about it, he can use countless of powers by ‘wearing’ all sorts of Youkai. If a Youkai has the ability to, say… Cover his/her body and weapons with fire then Rikuo, when ‘wearing’ that Youkai, gains those very ability’s on top of his own abilities. Just one word: GENIUS. If only I could shake the hand of the mangaka behind Nurarihyon no Mago.

This season is about to reach its climax as Rikuo and his night parade of one hundred Youkai march towards the castle where Hagoromo-Gitsune is about to give birth to her offspring. But only after he defeats that giant of course. It’s about to get ugly when both the Nura Youkai and Onmyouji face Hagoromo-Gitsune and her followers. I can only hope that next week’s subs will be on time, otherwise I’ll have to watch the episode raw, I no longer have any patience now that I’m this excited.

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