Stuff happens, but do we care?
What They Say
Rikuo develops a fever, and his classmates Kiyotsugu, Kana, and Yura pay him a surprise visit. Tsurara, who was taking care of Rikuo, panics when she sees Kana. But then, Kiyotsugu interrupts with an announcement regarding the Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Nura took an awkward turn in the previous episode with the paranormal investigation group at school and then the forcing of everyone to head to Rikuo's home where there's nothing but yokai. Yokai that are plainly yokai just by looking them, or at the least people who are decidedly not normal that will make you talk. Everything took a turn for safety at the end though when Rikuo's night form showed up and saved the day from the big bad yokai and that's left at least one or two of Rikuo's casual friends feeling that maybe there are such things as good yokai, something that can help him now possibly make real friends and move forward.
That's if he ever gets out of bed. The event has certainly worn him out and it's not earned him too many friends among those in the household as one even comments on how simply pathetic his day time self is. That's got to cut deep while adding to the whole idea that he really doesn't belong in a way and reinforces that he shouldn't be the Third Heir to himself. Yet there are still plenty who want him to take on that role and with the competing members who think someone else is better suited to the role, it adds a basic level of tension to Rikuo's everyday life. Of course, that's made worse when several of his classmates arrive to check on him after school and the panic sets in that they may discover even more unusual things this time around.
One of the things that becomes awkward during this is that when the gang arrives, Oikawa was already there and that causes some questions to be asked, at least mentally. Since she is a yokai who serves as a guardian for Rikuo when he's at school, there's a certain awkwardness to the idea that the two may be closer to others. When the gang heads out for a paranormal trip, Rikuo has to do silly stuff like ask one of his girl friends what a girl needs to bring since she's lugging tons of unnecessary stuff. It all makes things easier for others to figure out that there may be a connection between them while playing up the obvious gags and silliness that's associated with hiding such things.
The first half of the episode is basic silliness with no real meat to it outside of the attempts to hide who Rikuo and his family really are. The second half focuses on the trip to the mountains to meet a professor who writes and deals in yokai myths so we get a pretty standard trip to start with that then goes into mystery mode when they hit the mountain and have to try and find him. There's a deepening mystery as there are yokai on the mountain from the past and there are concerns from Rikuo and Oikawa about what may be going on up there, but at the end of the episode I once again am struggling to find a reason to care. Something about this show just has not come together well and it's left me thoroughly bored throughout. The highlight is the completely creepy yet highly entertaining ending sequence. The main show itself has not given me a single character to really like or a storyline that feels like it's going to go anywhere but rather is designed to run for a long time, introduce numerous potentially marketable characters and milk an idea that doesn't seem fully formed.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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