English: Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
Synonyms: The Grandson of Nurarihyon, Grandchild of Nurarihyon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2010 to Dec 21, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.851 (scored by 29890 users)
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SynopsisRikuo Nura appears to be an average middle school student. No one knows that he comes home every day to a house full of youkai, nor that he transforms into the all-powerful leader of these spirits at night. However, much to the disappointment of many, Rikuo is determined to live as normal a life as possible.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nurarihyon no Mago
Summary: Nurarihyon no Mago Recaps
Sequel: Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou
Side story: Nurarihyon no Mago: Jump Super Anime Tour Special
Characters & Voice Actors
Ah...Nurarihyon no Mago. An interesting anime indeed.
Before I start reviewing, I have to admit, I'm a big sucker for Jun Fukuyama voicing characters with alter egos (e.g. Lelouch/Zero in Code Geass, Ryner/Ryner with Alpha Stigma activated in Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu and of course, Rikuo Day/Rikuo Night in Nurarihyon no Mago), so excuse me if I sound a bit biased here.
Now, on to the actual review:
Story (7/10): You have your classic reluctant hero, Nura Rikuo, heir to the Nura Clan. 3/4 human and 1/4 youkai, he lives a normal school life by day and controls an army of youkai by night. The story details the challenges Rikuo face as a part human in a youkai household and as a part youkai in human society. Sounds cliched, right? I agree. Even so, the story isn't all that bad. Although the development of the plot is painfully slow, it also allows the viewer to gain a greater insight into the characters.
Art (8/10): Studio Deen has never really done a bad job with their animations, so there's nothing much I can critique here. I really liked the colour contrast between the human and youkai societies. You can see that anything relating to humans generally has warmer colours, whereas anything relating to youkai generally has cooler colours.
Sound (7/10): The OSTs in this anime are brilliant. Then again, I shouldn't say OSTs, because it's more like just one OST with many variations, but it still sounds good nonetheless. Seiyuus were well casted for the most part, though I really don't think Akira Ishida sounds good in any part except Arthrun Zala from Gundam Seed, no offense. Again, I'm a sucker for Jun Fukuyama voicing characters with "double" lives, so I have no complaints there. Openings were...decent. Endings were...not so decent. Not the best OPs or ENDs I've seen recently.
Character (9/10): Like I mentioned earlier, I think the characters were well developed because of the slow movement of the plot. There were some crucial flashblacks that I really enjoyed because they cleared up character motivations brilliantly (e.g. Gyuki's flashback regarding his relationship with the Nurarihyon and Kana's flashback regarding her relationship with Night Rikuo). However, because of the large cast of youkai, not many of them are examined in detail, so many of the characters are just kind of there...you don't really know much about them other than little insignificant hints dropped here and there.
Enjoyment (7/10): I must say, I enjoyed this anime, mostly because of its subtle comedy. The names of the youkai are hilarious first of all. Kubinashi (literally meaning "no neck") has no neck. I found that funny. Kana's misunderstanding about Rikuo. I totally saw it coming, but I laughed anyways. Everytime Rikuo transformed, I also laughed, mostly because it reminded me of the cliched: weak character becomes strong through wicked transformation. The worst thing about the anime by far is the slow plot development. And when I say slow, I mean slow. The Shikoku arc was like 12 episodes, when it really should've been something like 6 because half of it was about Rikuo hesitating.
Overall (7/10): It was good, but hey, if you have as much time on your hands as I do, go do something productive instead. Cheers! read more
Edited this review by the way :)
Grammar Nazis? GTFO lol. This review is not for you. Why not create your own then? :P
Glad that my friend let me watch this great stuff.
Okay now let’s start.
What will you do if you will become a powerful commander?
The story revolves around Nura Clan. A Clan of “youkai” that controls 10,000 demons. Amongst them is what they called “supreme commander” a very powerful “youkai”.
Now for the protagonist story so far. Nurarhiyon no Mago didn’t lack story backgrounds at all. They explained what happened in the past with the right execution. Except for the flashbacks that his season lacked. The jabs also were at the right timing and in the right scene.
The first antagonist didn’t lack also the background which is a factor plus because you know why he did that and those. Over all pacing are great. There is no filler. None at all. Some scenes from manga are cut here and placed at the second season instead.
IMO the sword/katana fighting are the main stream of this, the animation was great. Also the opening credits were great it’s well drawn. The ending credits weren’t that good compare to the opening. The chibi or the miniture forms of the characters didn’t fit. The genre of this was supposed to be "Monster" not a "Cute" or "Moe" one.
The youkai are well drawn, Animations are really great.
Opening song was great. Fast Forward by Money Majik. Every time I’m listening to the full version I also sang.The BGM when Nurarhiyon attacks a youkai has a good execution. The back ground tracks fit every scene Nurarhiyon no Mago has to offer. What destroyed the good sounds is the ending song. It didn’t fit what genre nurarhiyon has. The 2nd one didn't make it for me either.
The characters fit what personalities they have. Adding characters while the story progress with their background is also a plus factor, at the same time Rukio is “growing” every episode. They also didn’t lack time executing who is going to “grow” with the explanation.
The character development is great. Overall the adaption from the manga onto an anime didn't lacked anything except less than 10 chapters form the start but not that huge character back story. Try to read the manga first rather knowing it here (at the review)
I really did enjoy this. Various scenes will be enjoyable while watching this. You will be caught in suspense, laugh at the jabs and get excited on the katana fights. And this anime already leave a huge impression to me and still continued for the 2nd season!
Final Score: 9/10
It’s up to you to decide whether you gonna watch this or ditch it, but imo this anime is great. The jokes are in the right time. Great Music and the BGM is really mixed on the scenes. Great Art and Character development.
- Both heirs to their respective families, Nura Rikuo and Sawada Tsunayoshi are expected to take up the mantle as their next respective heads, and both are trying to evade their fate.
- Both have their respective cool transformations (Yoru Rikuo and HDWM Tsuna, respectively)
- Both have their own entourage (Nura Clan and Vongola Family)
- Tsuna's still denying it, while Rikuo accepted his role with a bang after the first few episodes
- Tsuna only found out about being boss at the first episode, while Rikuo lived with yokai all his life
- Tsuna seems detached from his HDWM, and isn't as cool when he's normal, while Rikuo tends to be badass even when not in Yoru Rikuo form
Main character doesn't want to take responsibility of his Clan/Family, circumstances forces him to protect his friends.
Also, both main characters have cool alter ego's/transformations that own everything.
they both also have fan girls who admire the main character with loyal "nakama" who fight alongside them.
They both have protagonists who deny the position that they are supposed to take, and they both "turn cool" all of a sudden when they fight. For Tsuna it's his Hyper Dying Will mode and his denial of being the 10th Vongola boss. For Rikuo it's his yokai form and his denial of becoming the next yokai leader.
Both maincharacter are to be the next head of a family, for Tsuna that's a Mafia Family and for Rikua a Demon Family.
Both don't want this at first.
In both anime the maincharacters are followed by a powerfull group of friends.
Both animes will make you laugh.
Young main character first doesn't want to accept his fate as an heir to a clan (in this case, Mafia, but a family nonetheless?) but as he makes friends he wishes to protect, he relies on his newfound powers to fight off powerful enemies. Both have servants that are willing to die to protect them and in both there are clashes of powerful families against each other or also fights within the family.
main chars refuse to take the boss seat, but suddenly they both take the seat for some reasons
Both the main character refuses to take on the leadership of their family the different is Reborn is the mafia boss and Nurarihyon no Mago is head leader of a group of Yokai
both involve an unwilling successor and yakuza, mafia or organized crime type heirs
Nuraihyon and Reborn both deals with powerful families with a rich backgrounds. At the center of it is a young boy who serves as the main male protagonist of other series.
Both series' main male protagonist possesses special abilities after they undergo a transformation gaining powers. They use that power to fight what they believe in. However at many stances, he doesn't seem to embrace his role as an heir to his clan/family.
Both series contains a lot of action in the style of shounen fights. There are also organizations/groups that serves as adversaries. The main male protagonist also has many friends and harbors affections towards one of them. There is also a lot of comedy and some history regarding some of the supporting characters.
If you are into Mafia stories then this two are highly recommended. Though, that being said the first one is modern and the other is traditional........
They are both about a boy, that has to become the leader of a group. There is a little difference Nurarihyon is about demons, and Katekyo is about mafia. Both the boys don't want to be the leader at first, but later they want to, to protect their friends
Both have protagonists whose appearance changes during fight scenes and both include demons (yokai) and exorcists.
Both series features a main character where they try to hide their real self from their classmates. There is the supernatural element in the story as well as drama, comedy, and action.
Additionally, in both series, the world contains the supernatural involving demons where the main protagonist fights with the help of his friends. They also learn the dark past of other secrets as episodes progresses and resolves ways to stop their adversaries.
Both have a powerful demon living as human, which has to hide his demon appearance when certain conditions are met.
Both of these anime have main characters who turn out to be demons.
Both are shounen anime with a non-confident MC
Both Mc gain confidence as the series goes on
Nurarihyon and Exorcist both take the approach of making the characters a feared person
Nurarihyon-The Lord of Pandemonium, Exorcist-Satan's Child
Both characters are interested in being friends with humans
As both of them revolve around demons (yokai) and the main character are both in their teens so they can both be related with each other in that sense. They both have their funny moments and the two main characters Rin and Riuko both fight with a katana.
Opening Theme#1: "Fast Forward" by Monkey Majik (eps 1-12)
#2: "Sunshine" by Monkey Majik (eps 13-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Sparky☆Start" by Katate☆SIZE (eps 1-12)
#2: "Symphonic☆Dream" by Katate☆SIZE (eps 13-23)
#3: "Brilliant☆Message" by Katate☆SIZE (ep 24)
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