The story begins at about 100 years after the disappearance of Otome Yamabuki, Rihan Nura's first wife. Rihan has finally pulled himself together and his life returns to normal. As the head of the Nura Clan, he's busy working on building a harmonious world for humans and youkais. One day, he sees Setsura being upset so he decides to cheer her up by taking the clan to go enjoy the hot spring where Setsura makes up her mind to tell Rihan that she met Otome once after she left him about 100 years ago. She tells him the message that Otome left for him and the truth is...?
The past isn't always easy to deal with. In fact, I doubt anyone in this world has ever had a perfect past, where there's no pain. Whether it's physical ore emotional, the past is something we sometimes look back and reexamine certain events; to see how it was played out and what to make of it.
Nurarihyon no Mago OVA are two special episodes produced by the animation studio, Studio DEEN to give viewers a look at a blast from the past. In general, it explores some history of a main character and what he's been going through. It's not easy considering there's a secret and one that may change his outlook on others forever. Hence, begins a special presentation at our very special Rihan Nura, the second supreme commander and son of Nurarihyon and Youhime.
The OVA contains both sadness and comedy, mixed together in a little package of two episodes. For the humorous side, there is the onsen which spells out the fan-service part. In a typical manner, there's the skin-ship and accidental glazes. However, it shifts to a more serious mood later on with doses of the past. As stated from the synopsis, there is a secret and one particular woman has the knowledge of it. When we look back into the past, there's that certain feeling of realizing the revelation and how to take it in. For Rihan Nura, there's a feeling of both shock and anger at the revelation. It's not surprising considering what he has already gone through. In fact, his reaction easily allows viewers to visualize what he has been holding in his mind all this time. It's a mixed package of all type of emotions for him.
For Nura clan though, there's even more than meets the eye (literally as one of character from the first episode gets a freezing surprise to it). The past of Nurarihyon is indeed something fans may wonder about and luckily enough, the concept is touched up in these two episodes.
Other factors in the OVA still uses themes from the original series. Many of the supporting characters makes their cameos (some more noticeable than others) while there's also the presence of the yokai. They are presented in the same way as supernatural beings. More importantly though, the OVA explores more of a particular character, a snowy yuki-ona whom is given a special task to accomplish. It's humorous to watch especially with what she is instructed to do but at the same time, it's Setsura who wants the best for her.
There's still action in these episode especially in the later half although not as well presented as I had anticipated. More so though, there's questions that I originally had but never seemed to got answers to. Among other factors, the artwork remains consistent enough with the original series. Nothing's really changed and that sense of mixture of historical/fantasy themes are still within the episodes. The soundtrack/OST of this is not very noticeable with the follow up of rock like music near the endings. However, there's still a sense of nostologia. It's been years now since the original series have made it on screen and season 3 is still a question in some fan's minds. Well, paint me curious but I'm hoping for a bright future to this series for a wrap up, just like for the clan of Nura.read more
Well I'ma keep this really short. I thought it was good. Better than the first half of the first season of the anime. You got to see what happened in the past which is helpful and interesting cause i always wanted to know about the Second Commander of the Yura Clan.
I was very surprised that, well, they showed a girl's tits in the first ova. Considering it's rated PG-13 and it's by Shonen which never does that lol. But Japan always surprises you.
The second ova to me was better than the first. The music was good, the action was alright, and some of the characters were cool. But it seemed to move fast which (to me) pretty cool. The second OVA was about Rikuo Nura's grandfather before he was the Nurarihyon. In my opinion these OVA's were better than the first season of the anime.