Nabari no Ou 03: Assault

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For the Fangirls. And Impz…he likes guys too.

Holy shit.

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.

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Kouichi: OMG! Injuries aren’t just composed of random blood and dirt-caked faces! I didn’t sign up for this!

[OneLiner Summary]
The group heads into the exposed Fuma village where they are assaulted by a group of Iga ninjas and summarily pwned.

[Thoughts]
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.

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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.

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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.

Bonus!!!

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.

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17 Comments

  1. eipu
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    It really was an intense episode! It was much more explicit in the manga but the execution of kira was so much more effective in the anime (for a lot more than the obvious reasons).

    And shit, Yoite totally owned the episode XD

    They also changed quite a lot of things from the manga, but again, JC Staff did a good job here so i’m not gonna gripe about it.

  2. Posted April 21, 2008 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I LOVE YOITE! I LOVE YOITE! I LOVE YOITE! And you can just repeat that for another billion times in your head. He’s so awesome~~ Poor Miharu and the others though. I guess they were defeated by his charm.

  3. rita
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    YOITE ILU. *licks* :D

  4. Posted April 21, 2008 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    I agree. This song is getting through my head and driving me to ‘Dance Mode’ (Dance like the players in Audition)

  5. Briar
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Yoite is, I admit, extremely good looking. :D Thanks for the screenshot, Riex.

    I was a bit disappointed with last week’s episode, mostly because Miharu’s demonic self doesn’t do much for me. I do so love this week’s episode, though. Everything from graphics to animation is wonderful, and very intense. The eyeball thing was especially effective.

  6. Blue
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I love the OP. My gosh the Rabbit(?) man is badass. RIP Rabbit man.

  7. asdf
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Yoite is hot

  8. Hoshi
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    T_____T You pull through once again Riex. THANK YOUUUUUUUUSSSSS
    PRECISELY. you point out everything i wanted to say. the Extremely HOT OPENING SONG by Veltpunch that I’ve been singing nonstop so that all my friends know it (even though they don’t even WATCH anime), the intensity (my poor Thobari-sensei!!), and oh god. YOITE. perfect screenshot right there.

    can’t wait till the next episode is blogged!! =] this makes my night

  9. kai_y
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    It’s now Yoite>Miharu, for me.

  10. Posted April 22, 2008 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    @Everyone who said Yoite = <3
    Unfortunately for you, I’m a male. So Yoite != <3 for me. But holy crap was he a beast. Talk about pwnage. I’ll keep putting up the pretty pictures of the males though since that seems to be popular. All I’ve got right now is Raimei…where’s my hawt scantily clad ninja woman!?

    @eipu
    I noticed some changes between the anime and manga as well (like Miharu throwing his own giant shuriken…what happened to that?) but the episode was great, so I’ve got no complaints either.

    @blissmo
    I think they were defeated by getting their bones broken, organs exploded and faces melted. Or it could have been that charming lack of a smile…ah, Yoite.

    @rita
    lol

    @Reverse Vampire
    The song has me in “pick up my guitar and pretend to play it” mode. Too bad I’m not motivated to actually learn it.

    @Briar
    You’re welcome. I was a bit disappointed last week as well. I’m pretty sure things slow down again next week, so we’ll wait and see how that goes.

    @Hoshi
    “can’t wait till the next episode is blogged!! =] this makes my night” <— that made my night. xD

    @kai_y
    I don’t care if Miharu does have his stupid Shinrabanshou gimmick…until he gets some real skill Yoite will always be cooler.

  11. D.J
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    @ the video OMG its a mutant Bunta-kun! Its my favorite out of all the OP themes so far.

    Well next week there should be more eye candy for ya since Kotaru likes his ladies ^-^

    Yoite = kickass and hawt (Don’t worry Kumohira aka smexy sensei I still love you!) Thanks for the shot of both of them. I’m sure Impz is all giddy over it too ;)

    If they stick pretty close to the manga, you may get your wish. Since they shouldn’t have too much time for training… I won’t say any more than that because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

  12. Hoshi
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    subs are out, Riex!! Have to download, but I can’t wait to see it… XP
    glad that made your night. until next episode then~

  13. Posted April 22, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Yoite is such a cliche villain. Oh he’s a quiet, dark bad guy with super badass powers that beats up all the protagonists, I’ve never seen that before!!!!

    The episode itself was fine, the fight scenes are well done and the protagonists are mostly interesting. However, the whole concept of the show is still kind of generic, guy has a super power but doesn’t want it. It still needs something more to separate itself out from the other shounen shows around.

    “Yoite = kickass and hawt…I’m sure Impz is all giddy over it too ;)”

    If Impz actually watched this show I’d say that you have no idea how amusing that is in it’s truth.

  14. rita
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Calawain:

    Yoite > you. :D

    Now seriously give Yoite a chance. To say he is complicated is grazing the surface. Yoite actually ties with Miharu as the most popular Nabari character in Japan after all. :D

  15. Posted April 23, 2008 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    A fictional character is better than me, k. Giving him a chance has little to do with my impressions of him from this episode. And popularity in character polls in Japan means jack to my opinions of a character. Look at the Bleach popularity polls for example, Hitsugaya isn’t an interesting character but there are legions of raging fangirls that vote him up.

  16. D.J
    Posted April 23, 2008 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    @ Calawain, (Maybe he’s watching it in secret so we won’t pick on him about fangirling) But more than likely he isn’t since there isn’t a green haired loli in sight ^-^

  17. KaeBoo
    Posted April 23, 2008 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Riex, I watched all 3 episodes after reading this post and you’re right… It is very interesting. I like the fighting scenes, the characters’ personalities and the underlying politics.

    This just may be the first ninja-associated anime that I would be following through.

    :)

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