Anime: Nurarihyon no Mago

Nurarihyon no Mago is everything a shounen anime should not be. Rikuo Nura, human by day, youkai by night. He is the heir of the Nura clan, a group of spirits/demons that behave like a yakuza group. For those that don’t know what yakuza are, they are essentially gangsters, but they have a very strong concept of honour and loyalty to their commander. It is an interesting setup, and I must have liked how it began because I watched the first 5 episodes about a year or so ago and recently was inspired to finish it. At the very least it captivated me enough to sit through the entire series.

Still, Nurarihyon no Mago is a very stereotypical anime. It’s blend of the supernatural, it’s use of comedy and most of all the female characters fall into such horrible clichés. It made me cringe so many times. The story itself is actually quite good, I enjoyed the first arc that dealt with Gyuki, it had a good amount of suspense and mystery and it serves as a good introduction to what the Nura clan is like and what they stand for. The second arc however just went downhill as soon as it begun. No doubt the fighting scenes are all pretty cool and well animated, but the characters are just cardboard cutouts of your typical villans, or your usual female love interest, or side characters/supporters of the main characters. They were one-dimensional with absolutely no distinctive personalities that most of them just irritated me and I wished everyone would just die. The older generation of characters in the show had more character and less screen time and it baffled me as to how this could be so. Considering how much time we spent with the main characters, there was only a superficial understanding of their motives and actions. It annoys me, it really really does.

Admittedly night Rikuo is pretty cool and that is one of the anime’s saving grace.


I also liked how they interspersed the normal design with those of a more calligraphic quality, like the picture above. I also really liked the music for some reason. It made an impression and that’s really rare for me. Still, all the bad points aside, I must have enjoyed it enough to watch the second season and I will never regret that decision. But more about that in another post, for now let’s just concentrate on season 1. Loved it or hated it? What do you say?

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  1. […] the Gazu Hyakki Yako – The Illustrated  Night Parade of 100 Demons which was the basis of Nurarihyon No Mago. Also there were many mentions of Karuta cards, which I was familiar with due to the anime […]

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