Anime Vice News

Watch & Learn: NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN #1

It's like Harry Potter's semester abroad in Tokyo.

Harry's semester abroad in Tokyo, am I right?
Harry's semester abroad in Tokyo, am I right?

Seriously, I need to read some actual Shinto texts one of these days. I’ve been circling around the center, dealing with take-offs over the source material for this whole time, and I know I’d benefit from getting the firsthand experience. “Yokai” sounds an awful lot like the “Yoki” of CLAYMORE and all the 100 or so demons in this show certainly have a distinctly-Japanese appearance, which all leads me to believe that this must be classical folklore in the same fashion that those PERCY JACKSON books drew from Greek mythology.

The comparison to young adult is apt in more than a few ways, actually, because I’ll go ahead and play the card that I feel a little too old for this show. Many of these shows walk a delicate balance between being acceptable for kids and being of interest to adults, but there is a difference between something that’s rated “teens and up” and something that’s best limited to a certain age group. Anime’s strict classifications of what material’s intended for which audiences has usually been quite vexing to me, but I’d say this is a case where it would be appropriate. This looked like it was going to be some feudal ninja show - - an edgier riff on PEACE MAKER with supernatural elements, perhaps - - but it plays a bit like Harry Potter’s semester abroad in Tokyo. Not only does the main kid have a moppy haircut and big glasses, but he’s also got that ol' ambivalence about his otherworldly heritage that’s looking very likely to play out in a school setting.

It could make for a moving coming-of-age epic; it could very well get darker throughout the season. Frankly, though, if I’ve got my select choice of new shows to take on, I think I’d rather go for something with some blood in its teeth. I want to see some skulls cracking, man! And even this show's more fanciful weren't spellbinding enough to make me want to lean in the other, less agro direction.

Watch this episodes "Becoming the Lord of Pandemonium" below, decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Oct. 5, 2011 at 5:27 a.m.

Don't think I would be able to follow this watch and learn like the others. This show looks horribly generic.

metalsnakezeroon Oct. 5, 2011 at 7:04 a.m.

It is a nice show with basic concepts that work, even if it is generic.

bauagenton Oct. 5, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.

When will it be out?

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 5, 2011 at 1:55 p.m.

1st shows kinda week. It gets better .Good enuff to get a second season at least. Over all it reminds me bit of the http://www.comicvine.com/dream-of-the-endless-morpheus/29-11171/

yet more about fear than dreams.Shows Got its moments an i bleive the cgi is done nicely .I watched this episode then put off watching the rest of the series for a while.Because the 1st show was rather week.But it does get better.Some intresting takes on mystical things.

To those who are saying tis genertc umm like whats close to it?The cast of characters are as variaed as their apearance.What series does this remnd people of to get a generic tag?Tho theirs not that depth like black butler ill admit . But their is a building mythos in the series.

coffeefuckyeahon Oct. 5, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.

Oh my god even the score sounds like HP.

sotyfan16on Oct. 6, 2011 at 12:40 a.m.

I watched this as it was coming out but only made it to about episode 10. It just didn't keep my interest enough. The show itself is fine and has some nice action and comedy but I fell out of it. There's even a second season going on right now, I think.

Mesoianon Oct. 6, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.

It's one of these shows that takes a long time for it to really get going. The spend a little too much time at the top end of the show making everyone who will eventually be comrades out to be villains while they set up the world and really give you an idea of just how much pull Rikou's family has over the country.

It gets interesting. It just takes a minute.

Dig Deeper into Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Nurarihyon no Mago is a story of a boy named Rikuo. His grandfather is the supreme commander of the Nura Clan of Yokai, which are demons who torment humans.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (1 Post)
Add/View Images (374 Images)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

TOKYO GHOUL #1&2 -- Special Review

Fancy a bit of the ol' ultraviolence, my droogies?

Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Work as a Horror Story?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #14 -- Watch & Learn. It's scary!

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN ANIMATION #1 -- Special Review

This finally makes sense to me?

Is DRAGON BALL Dated?

DRAGON BALL #11 -- Retro Review. Rusty pinballs?!

Community Spotlight 7/27/2014

July is nearly behind us, and these super users are looking ahead to the Summer releases.

BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

DRAMAtical mURDER #1 -- Special Review

Must all nerds be bullied?

TOKYO GHOUL #1&2 -- Special Review

Fancy a bit of the ol' ultraviolence, my droogies?

NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Work as a Horror Story?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #14 -- Watch & Learn. It's scary!

ARGEVOLLEN #1 -- Special Review

Well, I can say the suit looks cool, at least.

PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN ANIMATION #1 -- Special Review

This finally makes sense to me?

BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel