|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
I theroughly enjoyed this anime. Nura has a condition where he is human during the day, and he can transform into a yokai at night time. While their personalities are different, you can see some similarities. As the show goes on, they are as one, and both think alike. I loved this pregression from Nura not accepting his yokai self, to accepting and embracing it. The internal struggle between the two forces adds a nice touch to an already good story line. The supporting characters are nice as well, from the cute Tsurara to the macho Aotabou and the laid back Kappa, they all play enough of a part, and are given enough personality, to where you like the characters, but they do not fall into the trap of becoming TOO big of a player. The creators also sort of toy around with the "Love" thing between Nura and another character (female character, thank God), but nothing really comes of it so far. Hopefully in the next season we will see something become of these little Love Games. As for the other characters who "love" another, they are subdued enough not to force the relationships. Which means no tearing your hair out because you think these two characters are akward.
While this anime has many great traits and sidestepped lots of pitfalls, it did fall into one or two. One was how Nura's human friends were handled. It was weird how they acted to say the least. Thay just follow the leader like they are brain washed. While the yokai cast is nice, the human cast is lacking, per esempio, the two girls, and the blond haired guy, are almost nill the whole time. They do not contribute for the most part, but the producers keep dragging them around. Also if you keep track of time, they are left hanging at times in the story, like spending a a few weeks in Nura's house per esempio. Not only that, but Nura makes a big deal about his human friends. He says he is protecting them etc. but he really just forgets them all over Japan. This anime also fell into a much to classic case of: 1. Main Character is strong 2.Meets Someone Stronger and is beaten 3.Main Character trains 4. Goes and beats the person who originally was stronger. Repeat.
Even with these downfalls, the plot was thick enough to keep me interested and had enough comic relief for me to watch it late into the night. Over all, I like it a lot. While not my usual harems, it is a refreshing break. Watch if you like a weak person who seeks (and gains) power to protect family, friends, etc., and you don't mind some crazy looking yokai. Don't watch if you don't like crazy yokai, or if a little torture gets to you.