Oct 12, 2011

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Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou episode 15

Damn. This episode was a real setback for Rikuo and his allies. I called it a setback, but that’s just sugarcoating the truth; they got annihilated. They spent many episodes on Rikuo’s training progress, but he still got defeated so easily.

Rikuo and his allies faced one opponent, just one. The appearance of Tsuchigumo marked the (temporary) end for Rikuo and his night parade of one hundred Youkai. Tsuchigumo is described as a Youkai that must not be encountered, because only death awaits those who encounter him.  He’s ridiculously strong, strong enough to defeat Rikuo and his night parade of one hundred Youkai without any sign of injury.

But I wonder… Near the end Rikuo seemed different. He was transforming back to his human form, but at the last minute he managed to squeeze out some more power. This power was more than sufficient to cut off one of Tsuchigumo’s fingers. The question being; why didn’t this happen sooner, why didn’t the Onmyouji jump in to help Rikuo and to prevent Tsurara from being captured.

Apparently Tsuchigumo took interest in Rikuo. He captured Tsurara in order to fight Rikuo once more. It’s not that I don’t see the point of those actions; fighting for someone important to you makes you stronger, or so they say, but Gyuki was there too. Why didn’t Gyuki jump in to prevent Tsurara from being captured? He was ordered by Rikuo’s grandfather to look after him, so that’s a bit strange.

I’d like to end this post with another confusing bit. Did Rikuo not fight Gyuki in the first season? Did Rikuo not defeat Gyuki easily during that fight? Why is it that Gyuki’s suddenly much stronger than Rikuo? I can only come to the conclusion that Gyuki was holding back during his fight with Rikuo, there’s no other explanation. I think that Gyuki is going to teach Rikuo something about a new power, something that we all got a glimpse of during the last moments of Rikuo’s fight against Tsuchigumo.

Just one last thing, I promise. It’s been bothering me a bit. How is Rikuo going to defeat Hagoromo-Gitsune and/or her offspring when he can’t even beat one of her underlings? This all enforces my theory about the possibility of a new and far more powerful technique that Rikuo is about to learn. I can’t wait till the next episode, it should explain what that power was.

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