For the Fangirls. And Impz…he likes guys too.
In one episode, Nabari no Ou has instantly grabbed my top spot for the week so far. I don’t even think Soul Eater’s third episode is going to be able to top this one. To describe it in one word: Intense. I was going to mock this show ala Naruto style, but after being riveted to the screen for the entirety of the episode, there’s just no way I can do that. And man, I’m not disappointed. I’m freaking excited.
Kouichi: OMG! Injuries aren’t just composed of random blood and dirt-caked faces! I didn’t sign up for this!
The group heads into the exposed Fuma village where they are assaulted by a group of Iga ninjas and summarily pwned.
We get a good sampling of the fighting intensity that J.C. Staff is putting into this show, especially with Yoite’s power. I was sitting in my chair cringing at the sound of bones cracking, muscles ripping and voices screaming in agony. The anime manages to be more explicit than the manga in a less graphic way. The music and lack of music during battles was superb. Go back and watch the beginning of Raimei’s solo fight to see what I mean about the absence of music making a scene that much more intense, and check out the closing of Yoite’s battle and see if the music there gets your heart racing any faster.
I haven’t really read anything beyond this point in the manga, and I’m beginning to wonder exactly where the show’s going to go from here. Is Miharu going to go through the all-too-typical training procedures that every shounen character must face before setting out on some grand journey? I honestly would like to see the plot continue with Miharu at his same power because it’d be nice to see Nabari really put an emphasis on urgency. However, considering the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anything to race the clock for we’ll probably settle into a bit of a character development lull. Not a bad thing, but with an episode this intense, you can’t help but want more.
He makes the ladies swoon…Oh yes, that means you. You’re all ladies in the eyes of Yoite.
Highlight: This episode had so many “Oh Fsck!” moments I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m going to have to award the highlight to Yoite getting swatted by a giant cat/fox/whatever though. I was practically jumping out of my seat when that happened.
Next week wraps up the battle at Fuma village and introduces us to Fuma Kotaru’s antics.
Check out the video for the OP song! It’s one of my faves this season.
Now that I’ve seen the whole video I like the song even more…not to mention there’s a cute chick ripping on bass. Hawt.