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Nurarihyon no Mago
« on: July 26, 2010, 07:54:52 PM »
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For a disappointing season, I would call this show "above decent". It looks like Natsume, but it doesn't feel like it. However, it doesn't necessarily make this show inferior. Feeling more shounen than iyashikei, this show doesn't feel like it's all about action or mystery. I can actually sense the genuinity in the friendship between Rikuo and his gang.

You guys can go ahead and try this show. It's a breath of fresh air for a dull season.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010, 08:22:13 PM »
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It's apparently becoming a shounen show, albeit not a full-blown one. It's not a bad thing per se, but I'm afraid it's not that good either. Even the fights are bland, and the "Name that Move" gag isn't doing anyone any favor. The contention of the clans itself is the more important issue here, so shounen fights are expected. At least, it's not all stupid angsty shounen stuff that's plaguing the genre.

An okay episode, but Rikuo's character isn't giving me good signs. This episode shows how naive and foolish he can be, and that's why I worry that his relationship with his Night form becomes too one-sided. If he keeps turning to his Night form every time he's in a pinch, it's gonna get predictable. If this show can be better, Rikuo needs to have balls very soon. I know that lack of self-confidence from Rikuo is to be expected since he doesn't want to be the Third Heir, but his cowardice will get under my skin if he continues to be like this.

And I hope this show solves some unanswered questions soon. I still have no idea why his human mother married a powerful demon in the first place. I certainly won't accept that this is just the basis of the show by the writers.  

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010, 07:33:47 AM »
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Seems like this show is more plot-driven rather than character-driven. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing or anything, but for a 24-episode show featuring many characters that are here to stay (except for the villains perhaps), the plot can only do so much. The fact that Gyuki is behind all this isn't that surprising either; I could've guessed quite easily.

The show is giving strong signs of predictability since it's basically rival clans going out there to prevent Rikuo from being the Third Heir. The Patrol itself is a mixed bag; the focus is more on Kana, Tsurara and Yura (save the titular character) while the others are just being annoying extras, especially the leader. Moving along to Rikuo's clan, the number of youkai is big and they're only there to help Rikuo and play second fiddle to him.

I don't know if introducing such a big cast is a good idea, simply put. The number of characters is one thing, but characterization is another. This show needs characterization and explaining to do for unanswered questions. Some pressing questions need to be answered soon; in particular, why Rikuo's clan came about as the most powerful clan, why Nurarihyon married a human, etc.

Apparently, I opened a thread just to talk to myself. Seems like nobody else is watching this ( - -)

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010, 01:25:13 PM »
Apparently, I opened a thread just to talk to myself. Seems like nobody else is watching this ( - -)
Hey, I almost had a monologue going with my Bokurano thread.  I would join you in watching this, but I didn't like the first episode.

I recommend Mobile Suit, RX-0 and Unicorn from the Unicorn OST.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010, 04:21:58 PM »
monologues are totally worth it if u ask me. teaches u about urself. like masturbating.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2010, 07:23:43 PM »
Hey, I almost had a monologue going with my Bokurano thread.  I would join you in watching this, but I didn't like the first episode.
The first episode is okay to me, but Rikuo's cowardice can be a little irritating. I'm just being patient because this show can go in just about any direction even by the 5th episode.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 05:55:44 AM »
And so, my monologue thread continues.

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Now six episodes into the show, I'm starting to question the purpose of Rikuo's friends' presence in the show. Rather than being worthy characters, they seem to play the role of liability chess pieces (not a good thing). The group's three female leads' agenda remain (and may continue to remain) the same: Tsurara remains to protect Rikuo, Yura remains to exorcise spirits and Kana remains to play the inactive role of Rikuo's latent admirer.

I have to admit one thing: Although this show hasn't done anything grossly wrong, it hasn't done anything hardly interesting either. The fact that the hot spring scene featured towel-covered girls shows that there isn't any ecchi to be expected (a little ironic since ecchi doesn't always make a show better, I know), and the comedy feels underwhelming because of the consistently serious tone. Lastly, the seemingly Monster of the Week theme isn't making this show refreshing to watch.

But if there's one thing that's making me stay on with this show, it's Rikuo having the balls to stand up and fight this time. Whether Rikuo has become a ballsy protagonist is yet to be confirmed but at least, it's a start.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2010, 04:27:54 PM »
Sorry, not watching this one or I'd comment.
I'm just like you, only smarterô.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2010, 07:41:39 AM »
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I'll be cutting some slack over Rikuo and give him more time to see if he's indeed a worthy protagonist. He has been a little whiny for the first few episodes but now, he's gradually opening up to his demon alter-ego and accepting his responsiblity as the Supreme Commander. His fight isn't that spectacular but even with a shounen element such as name-that-move cliche and its predictable outcome, the action isn't as gratuitous as the average shounen show... and this is good to me. Plus, I know that the focus isn't the fight itself, but the reason behind the attack on Rikuo. So I'm not that peeved. I don't know about the other right at the hot spring; that one just looks like deus ex machina.

I don't know how long this Yura's "Who's-that-demon?" subplot is gonna continue. Personally, I don't want to develop all the way to 24 episodes; rather, I wish she finds out around halfway through the show and somehow reaches a truce with Rikuo. Seriously, it's just too obvious on Yura's part that the Supreme Commander is indeed Rikuo and for her to find that out only towards the end of the series will make the viewers very weary.

Right now, I'm most interested in Gyuuki. He doesn't seem like the average punk villain that gets defeated easily. Rather, there's some history about his past and his relationship with Rikuo. He wants Rikuo dead, but he seems different from your usual power-hungry adversary. Of course, the fact that Jouji Nakata is voicing the character makes it all the more watchable. Nakata just knows how to make his characters work.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 09:59:39 PM »
8~9:

So Gyuki doesn't turn out to be a traitor. Ironically, his treacherous ways are actually the result of his pure loyalty to the clan and his vehement hatred towards humans. A former human who had all kinds of shit thrown at him, thereby making him turn into a demon, and then run into Nurarihyon and becoming his ally. Jouji Nakata's characters are always justified no matter how you see it.

But then, this issue creates a few other questions:

- Gyuuki met Nurarihyon ages ago, and presumably, the Nurarihyon back then is Rikuo's grandfather or father. Something's amiss: If Nurarihyon is a hereditary demon that's passed down from generation to generation, was that long-headed demonic father of Rikuo also Nurarihyon at some point? How does one qualify to possess the blood of Nurarihyon? I can swear that Rikuo's dad is a demon, so how could there be two demons in one body?

- The issue above also made ask another perpetual question: Why did Rikuo's father marry a human being (i.e. Rikuo's human mother)? Isn't this something that Gyuuki should be outraged about? If Rikuo's dad had never married a human being, this whole "impure" supreme commander problem wouldn't have surfaced in the first place.

- Why was the Snow Lady looked an adult in the past, and a kid in the present? Was the past Snow Lady the present Snow Lady's mother?

I like how Gyuuki is a worthy character, but his background story raises a number of problems. I hope they get resolved soon, or I'll start to accuse that it's lazy writing on the writer's part. Also, I hope that Kana gets a more active role instead of merely being the damsel in distress.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2010, 04:02:52 AM »
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Quite the predictable episode I was expecting to see, but I was a little surprised by how easy the whole Mirror Demon complication was resolved, almost to the point that it felt like a copout. In fact, this has led me to think that the Mirror Demon subplot is a red herring, and the main point of the episode is Kana's establishing relationship with Nurarihyon (oh yeah, speaking of Kana, I had no idea these kids are basically middle school students).

Kana still remains to be the damsel in distress, and I don't know if the complication that arises from her potential crush on Nurarihyon would really make good entertainment. I wasn't that surprised Kana thought that Rikuo and Nurarihyon are good friends either, since it's somewhat expected.

And we have a sneak peek at the Monster of the Week for the next episode, and I'm not that enthusiastic at how this show is using the hackneyed storytelling.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2010, 08:45:59 AM »
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It's still following the Monster of the Week narrative style (well, not per week to be precise) and although it may be interesting to see what kind of villain we have, the narrative style is still trite. On a higher level of view, it seems to have been the case of Nurarihyon Clan VS rival clans. From the looks of things, this shall the case all the way to the end of the episode. And I'm not gonna particularly like this.

And Yura seems to be getting into trouble with rival clans a few times already, either because of her determination to demonstrate her powers or because of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Not sure if this is necessarily a bad thing but if I see a pattern, predictability is bound to happen.

Why does Natto Boy seem to be wandering around town as if nobody can see him? Rikuo's extra bodyguards are taking precautionary measures to blend with society, so why the exception for Natto Boy's case? I can let the case of Grandfather and his large head slide, but not for Natto Boy which is too obvious to ignore. Seems like a major flaw to me here...

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2010, 06:47:44 AM »
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Nothing amazing happening here. I saw the wind demon being defeated since last week and anticipated the love triangle between Rikuo, Kana and Snow Girl, anyway. This episode is just too pedestrian for any in-depth discussion, and I'm expecting a lot more background in the next episode.

And Kana's inactive role is really wearing me down. Is her purpose in the show nothing more than being the damsel in distress?

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2010, 06:19:25 AM »
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Bah, **** this recap episode. Since the previous episode, I've been anticipating the next villain (which isn't anything special per se). But what I get is a rehash of the Gyuuki arc; no new scenes, no unrevealed information, nothing. Man, even the pressing questions about this show are still unexplained. What gives?

This episode wasted half an hour of my life. I just don't understand the purpose of mid-way recaps, especially when the story is still fresh on the viewers' minds.

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Re: Nurarihyon no Mago
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 04:11:40 AM »
Finally, I have time to catch up on this show (alone :<)

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Me don't like the new OP because it's not that catchy. Boo.

So the plot cogwheel turns, and Rikuo is faced with the biggest villains yet. Frankly, although it's more climatic, it's no different from the past villains who had basically shared the same motive of getting rid of the clan.

In fact, nothing really changes: Kana is still not taking an active role, Rikuo's human friends are no more than extras who do... well, NOTHING. Even their humor is nothing remotely funny; they're just... THERE.

What is it with Akira Ishida voicing menacing villains? We have him as the head of the Kiraboshi in Star Driver, and now this too? I don't know if I like his villainy characters; seems like he's the Kugimiya of bishie villains.

And I'm thankful that this is not a show I'm marathoning. Watching one episode itself makes me weary for some reason; maybe the slow pace isn't really helping anyone.
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