Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou – 12

[OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_03.08_[2011.09.19_17.04.43] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_04.07_[2011.09.19_17.05.42] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_05.20_[2011.09.19_17.06.55]
[OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_07.07_[2011.09.19_17.08.42] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_09.44_[2011.09.19_17.11.20] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_10.12_[2011.09.19_17.11.47]

The second season of Nurarihyon is definitely taking it’s sweet time moving the pieces into place for the Battle of Kyoto II, but it’s an interesting process.

A couple of moments stood out for me this week.  First, Nurarihyon’s “At this point in my life I cannot defeat Hagoromo-Gitsune.  Maybe Rikuo can.”  That’s the most frank admission yet from the old youkai that it isn’t just his appearance that’s been impacted by having his heart eaten by the nine-tailed fox, but his strength as well.  Still, he was practicing with a shinai at the time he said it – which tells me that the elder statesman of the clan isn’t quite ready to be a pure bystander as things run their course.

Also striking was Hidemoto’s coming out party, where the 13th heir introduced himself to the Keikain and apparently the civic leaders of Kyoto as well.  He’s a cheeky shikigami, this one – on the one hand taking great pains to set up Yura as the true leader of the resistance, on the other quite clearly taking charge of the strategizing himself.  It’s he who knows where all the bodies are buried (literally) in this fight, and he counsels the Keikain to let Nine-tails and her minions destroy the final seal and take possession of Nijo Castle.  His reasoning?  The period of a few weeks while Nine-tails prepares to give birth inside the castle will be the last, best chance to defeat the Kyoto youkai.  But they’d better not let her actually produce her offspring, are things will go from bad to worse quickly.  Their weapons for the fight are Yura’s Hagun summoning and the demon-slaying blade Nenekirimaru, in the hands of the Nura Clan.

As Tsurara informs the Keikain when she emerges from hiding (much to Yura’s chagrin) the Nura Clan is already in Kyoto – though even she isn’t aware of just how many Nura have arrived.  Hakuzozu refuses to join the Nura after all, but he does warn Rikuo that he should go immediately to Fushimi Inari Shrine, as that’s where the “spiral seal” is kept.  How is this different from the seals Nine-tails and her flunkies are destroying?  Not clear yet, nor is the reason that all of the Nura and Tono youkai are remaining in their nighttime form.  However, it is clear that the two clans have buried the hatchet (and not between each other’s shoulder blades) and are united against the Kyoto youkai.  At this point we’ve surely arrived at the point where all of the allied forces are about to come together, and the real battle begins.

I wonder – just how much of what’s happening is apparent to the human population of Kyoto?  Do they notice the giant sentient airship that destroys lampposts and creates tidal waves as it crashes in the river?  Are they aware of the giant tornados of miasma that dot the town?  In any case, they’re certainly aware of it when youkai surround them looking for livers.  Rikuo will have plenty to keep him busy if he wants to protect this population, but from the looks of the preview it looks as if he’ll have to do so in human form at least part of the time in the next episode.

[OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_15.21_[2011.09.19_17.16.56] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_15.36_[2011.09.19_17.17.11] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_16.29_[2011.09.19_17.18.04]
[OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_18.33_[2011.09.19_17.20.08] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_21.09_[2011.09.19_17.22.44] [OX-] Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou - 12 [848 x 480][H.264][6F38B924].mkv_snapshot_21.19_[2011.09.19_17.22.54]
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

8 comments

  1. m

    Pretty sure next episode is a recap. Kinda disappointed but since I just discovered that this will be a 24 episode series (according to MAL) I really don't mind them taking 1 or 2 episodes off if that means they have more time to animate the inevitable incoming fights…

    Still…its getting harder and harder to resist reading ahead with the manga…

  2. j

    it looks to me that next episode might be a recap…

    as for the episode itself, it was good to see all the allies work together to avoid crash, though not much awesome/important fights begin just yet :() Hidemoto is certainly the interesting one here… so powerful yet out of character :3 seems like the first real battle will happen between Nura and the giant spider looking guy, which should be cool :)

  3. b

    I think the spiral seal Hakuzozu was referring is the final seal in Kyoto. Remember when Minagoroshi Jizou said that the seals in Kyoto form a spiral and they must destroy it in that order. I think that's it. Help here Nayrael 😛

    And I'm so looking forward to Tsuchigumo next time – after the recap ep =_=
    Pretty sure it's not counted in the 24 eps of this show. At least MAL doesnt count it. There's a separate entry for Nura season1 and its recaps and it's the same for season 2.
    Still, recaps are a drag. Oh well.eal in Kyoto. Remember when Minagoroshi Jizou said that the seals in Kyoto form a spiral and they must destroy it in that order. I think that's it. Help here Nayrael 😛

    And I'm so looking forward to Tsuchigumo next time – after the recap ep =_=
    Pretty sure it's not counted in the 24 eps of this show. At least MAL doesnt count it. There's a separate entry for Nura season1 and its recaps and it's the same for season 2.
    Still, recaps are a drag. Oh well.

  4. Recap eps. Ugh.

  5. b

    Oops sorry for the long post. I was using my phone to comment and I dunno why that happened.
    Sorry about that.

  6. N

    Yeah, iunfortunately next ep is supposed to be 12.5, a recap :/ (And no, recaps are not counted as episodes by production stuff so we will have 24 eisodes + 2 recaps on 12.5 and 24.5)
    Well, I hope they at least use the situation and animate stuff concerning Gorouzaemon that was supposed to be in season 1. Otherwise, some people will get confused in few episodes.

    Spiral Seals are the seals we are talking about. All seals together form a spiral around Kyoto (as explained by Minagoroshi episodes ago) thus the name.

  7. N

    Also…

    Up till now, around 44 chapters have been animated. 44 more to go till we finish the arc

    In comparison, whole first season animated less than 46 chapters. The difference in pacing is extraordinary ^_^;

  8. Z

    That makes it even more strange that they have time for recap episodes.

Leave a Comment