With Rikuo having made it clear he intends to become the Third Heir, it's time for the real threats to start stepping up.
What They Say
The Nura Clan enjoys a moment of peace before it encounters another threat. The new enemy is the mysterious yokai, Muchi, who wields a poisonous wind like a whip.
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The decision that Rikuo made has some unintended consequences right off the bat as he's quick to learn as suddenly he's now been assigned six bodyguards. And it's not negotiable at all, which leads to clichéd hilarity as he tries to go to school and everyone does their best to blend in, very badly, as they wear uniforms or other outfits that just stand out very poorly. Rikuo does his best to adjust to it but it's the kind of situation that's just silly on the face of it since bodyguards are supposed to be unobtrusive for the most part, especially when you don't want casual people to know who they really are. Not that yokai do things in a logical way at times when it comes to blending in with the real world.
Hence the Supreme Commander taking advantage of some upskirt viewing with a handy breeze.
There is a nice interlude that the commander gets to have with the resident onmyoji as the two end up sitting down together after she gets her food from a special sale. She's going through some serious soul searching issues after being helped by a yokai previously as it's weighing on her. She's got the grasp of their being good and bad yokai, but there's the core belief that yokai are bad regardless simply because they exist. She's got to reconcile that in some way to allow her to keep up her own efforts and mission. It's just amusing to see him of all people reassuring her that all yokai are bad and she must go forward with her job because it's a truth, for her.
This meeting does end with a bit of action, the only real segment of it in the episode, and that seems to introduce what will be the main villain of the next arc, or at least a significant player in it considering their appearance and presence in general. With the use of winds mixed with poison, muchi manages to actually use his abilities well and it forces the pair to fend him off in creative ways. Wind powers are typically poorly used, or never have the right kind of control in order to be used well, but they do a pretty good job here of making it an interesting action sequence with powers and shikigami that allows for the outlandish abilities that they have to come about. Keikan gets a chance to really shine with it and it's a big plus for her after her moments of self doubt.
Nura closed out a significant arc with the previous episode and what we get here is the start of the next arc, though only juts towards the end. What the bulk of this episode is about is the lighter material and some basic silliness mixed in with hints of what's to come. The paranormal club has collected a lot of interesting data that's definitely of use and importance to Rikuo in his new position and mindset as it shows him he has a lot of work ahead of him. At the same time, Keikan gets to be humanized rather nicely in her time with the Supreme Commander but she also gets to show off like she hasn't before with her powers against Muchi, making her a potentially interesting character if given a real chance to be built upon. Though this episode and the previous don't have me eager for the second half, I'm hoping things will come together a bit better going forward.
And I still watch for that totally creepy and cool ending sequence alone.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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