Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Maykou – 23

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Well, that pretty much explains it…

Answers, you say you want answers?  You got ‘em – pretty much all of them, in fact, though we do have a few new questions asked along the way.  And some of them, like the true identity of Minagoroshi-Jizo, aren’t fully explicable to an anime-only viewer without a check of the manga wiki.  I’m not sure how I feel about that, but c’est la vie – at least we now know that Minago-J is in fact Sanmoto Gorozaemon.  His left eye, anyway, as Gorozaemon’s body is apparently split up into 100 pieces to signify his “Hundred Tales Clan”.  All that’s where the wiki comes in, because I sure don’t remember being told about any of this before.

So now we know the nature of the double-cross – Abeno Seimi and Gorozaemon discovering over a bitch session in Hell that they have mutually compatible interests and talents.  Seimi simply wants to return and rule Kyoto, where Sanmo-G primarily seems to want to extract revenge on the Nura Clan for displacing his troupe as rulers of Edo.  And he’s done a good job of it, using Seimei’s reincarnation jutsu to bring back the soul of Rihan’s first wife, an ayakashi who left him in shame after having not being able to conceive an heir due to the fox’s curse.  Implanted with false memories and forced to believe she was Rihan’s daughter, Yamabuki Otome murders Rihan while believing she’s his daughter, then remembers that she’s actually his wife – before being taken over and used as a vessel by Hagomoro-Gitsune.  What an unbelievable amount of suffering for the poor woman to have to endure.

You almost have to admire Gorozaemon’s plan for how thorough and evil it is, and the sense of poetic justice to it.  In effect Rikuo’s father was killed his Rikuo’s stepmother, who believed she was his stepsister.  Did Rihan love the human he eventually married to produce an heir – being that mating with a human was the only way to avoid Nine-tails’ curse?  Who knows, but that question isn’t center stage now, as Seimei is running roughshod over modern Kyoto (I hope the tea shop by the cat shelter on the Philosopher’s Path is OK) and seems nearly invincible.  Rikuo does manage to dispatch Minagoroshi-Jizo, apparently, but Seimei destroys his sword with a touch of his fingertip.  Even with Nurarihyon himself on-hand with his own Night Parade – plus the Great Tengu – Seimei seems to have everyone overmatched. 

I’m also curious about a couple of other issues.  First, I sincerely hope that wasn’t the end of Tsuchigumo because that would be a sadly anti-climactic way for such a GAR-bomb of a character to go out – sent to Hell by a little flick of Nue’s finger?  I also can’t help but wonder what role Hagoromo-Gitsune’s clan will play in all this, as they’ve overheard Seimei call Minago-J by his real name, and the scales seem to have been lifted from their eyes.  It’s obvious their mistress has been betrayed, and there’s no reason for them to feel any loyalty to Seimei after seeing what he did to her and overhearing the truth about Minago-J.  Will they actively join the fight against him, or simply melt away to wallow in self-pity?

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7 comments

  1. N

    And so next episode is either filled with fillers or an AO ending as the scenes from preview (and final scenes of this episode) are not from Manga (not to mention that in Manga Yamabuki's story was told after the battle with Seimei). If they didn't reveal Sanmoto Gorouzaemon (who is only important if you plan to animate the following arc), I'd be 100% sure that they were going for an AO ending.

    Also, it is kinda a shame that they didn't reveal the additional parts of Yamabuki's story from Tankoubon's (like her human life, how she became a youkai and how she met Rihan).
    Still tough, Yamabuki's story always touches me. It is practically an opposite to Nurarihyon's love life.

  2. N

    Also, Sanmoto being split into 100 parts was revealed in Manga at this point as well and only the following arc explained it in more detail. Sanmoto and his clan are still supposed to be an enigma at this point.

  3. I think the anime does what it's supposed to do – sell a few Blu-rays and bump up sales for the manga. I think we'll probably get a S3 at some point.

  4. b

    I still wished it was Hayami Sho voicing Seimei. Sword swipe of death, stopping Nenekirimaru with a finger, taking all enemies at once and pawning them, it's all Aizen-like. But Koyama Rikiya works. It's Emiya Kiritsugu's badass voice after all.

    And if it means anything, Sanmoto was mentioned once back at the end of Shikoku arc of s1. Or was suppose to but the director gloriously removed it.
    Though it was a small scene and I forgot about it in the manga at this part.

    I dont remember them all fighting Seimei here but I liked it. I think they're just ending this with a bang and not an AO one. Preview shows Rikuo patched up in the aftermath and that's in the manga. They'll just show more fighting as it was rather lacking at this part of the manga. Yamabuki's story might be left out though.
    In any case I'm looking forward to it.

  5. E

    It was nice to see it animated, but boy this episode brings back my bitter feelings from when I read this in the manga … I absolutely HATE these dues ex machina moments when the super badass villain to end all super badass villains is born out of nowhere and suddenly every single character – including the one who's been the lord of pandemonium for thousands of years, gets PWND like nothing.

    Where did Abe no Semei get this massive power up? Did those few human livers do the trick? It just doesn't make sense, nor does the fact that Rikuo's dad (supposedly even more powerful than his father in his prime) got killed by a little girl with a sword … That aside it is what it is. I heard whispers of an AO ending, but I think they'll stay true to the manga, it would be a little strange to follow it so closely this far and then veer off course on the very last episode. And of course sticking with the manga will bust open the door for $eason 3.

  6. N

    " including the one who's been the lord of pandemonium for thousands of years"

    …wait, what? Nurarihyon had that title for a few decades only and Rikuo still fights for it and neither of their subordinates ever had that title.
    Okay, there is Kitsune but she… well, had no body (she didn't posses human girls for lulz), no fighting strength, had headaches, was surprised and would not even fight him (too much motherly love) so it really doesn't count as it wasn't a fight to begin with.

    "Where did Abe no Semei get this massive power up?"

    Seimei was legendary Exorcist who practically made people worship him (even today he is one of most popular Japanese historical and fictional figures) and Nue was a Youkai so powerful that every youkai believes that he would be able to destroy humanity (and Youkai tend to now make enemy of human groups for good reasons).
    Those two legendary personalities end up being the same person so Seimei already is Overpoweredx2. But he is also a half-human, half-youkai so that makes him even more powerful (like it does for Rikuo and Rihan) so he is Powerfulx4.
    Oh, and his mother is by some myths daughter of some gods so that probably further increases his power level. He also has the Overpowering Maou's Hammer now so… yeah, we can freely call him the Antichrist.

    The very thought that the Nura clan (at their current level) would be able to make even a scratch on this ancient legendary being seems ridiculous tbh.

    "Rikuo's dad (supposedly even more powerful than his father in his prime) got killed by a little girl with a sword"

    Back-stabbed (and no matter how strong you are, that is always fatal) by a certain girl (they chose to revive her exactly because he would be most vulnerable in front of her) and all that done with the freaking Maou's Hammer, a legendary weapon from Japanese mythology.

  7. E

    "…wait, what? Nurarihyon had that title for a few decades only and Rikuo still fights for it and neither of their subordinates ever had that title."

    Well 1st, Rikuo doesn't even have his own proper night parade yet, nor is he even close to being Lord of anything. I was talking about his grandpa. From my understanding unless I missed something. Nura (as in grandpa Nura) obtained that title after defeating the 9 tails, right? And he's still being referred to as the Lord of Pandemonium: Nurarihyon by his enemies even in the present day. I'm not gonna get crazy enough to look it up and re-quote verbatim, but I do believe that the 13th said the seal he put in place after the 9tails was killed, lasted about 400 years? That's way more than a few decades, even IF grandpa Nura relinquished the title when Rihan came of age … which I'm not sure he did.

    "Back-stabbed (and no matter how strong you are, that is always fatal) by a certain girl (they chose to revive her exactly because he would be most vulnerable in front of her) and all that done with the freaking Maou's Hammer, a legendary weapon from Japanese mythology."

    Yes Rihan did get stabbed in the back … by a little girl with a sword. The sword didn't get up on its own and stab him, a little girl did. Now setting aside how powerful the weapon was … I'm supposed to believe that the same 1/2 demon who was strong enough to bring the Nura clan to the height of their reign. Easily let down his guard around a little girl who randomly appeared one day out of nowhere, calls him 'father' and looks exactly like his dead wife? Emotionally vulnerable and stupid are two different things. Come on.

    "Seimei was legendary Exorcist who practically made people worship him and Nue was a Youkai so powerful that every youkai believes that he would be able to destroy humanity [cut a bit so my comment isn't too long] …. so that probably further increases his power level. He also has the Overpowering Maou's Hammer now so… yeah, we can freely call him the Antichrist."

    About Abe no seimei. I don't doubt his original merits @ all. Though I think it's important to note that Abe no Seimei & Nue are ONE person, so not necessarily overpowerdx2. Still, he seemed pretty damn powerful back in his heyday. However, even being 1/2 human, demon, omyoji and all that good stuff … he also couldn't successfully manage reincarnation jutsu back then as we were shown. And obviously at some point he did die, whether from natural causes or otherwise. Nothing about that screams antichrist to me. Clearly in his reborn form, he's more powerful than he was in the past, IMMEASURABLY more powerful. What I want to know is how he made that leap from really powerful 1/2 demon etc, to borderline indestructible "antichrist".

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