If you recall from our Set 1 review, The last episode had the paranormal hunting crew heading to a mountain retreat to have some fun and naturally they ended up on a mountain with a whole lot of yokai presence on it. Seeing Rikuo’s dedication and power as the new Lord of Pandemonium is strongly presented and shown in this final set. As the war between the two night parades draws closer, Rikuo’s courage and resolve as the new leader is tested more than ever. If you thought his speech and resolve after the Gyuuki arc was strong and pretty impressive, than you’re in for a special treat with this set. Rikuo’s yokai form takes awesome to a whole new place within every episode. – His night form is actually what encouraged me to get into this series at all, actually. I’m a huge InuYasha lover and this series had it’s special moments in it for me. Rikuo did not disappoint in this set one bit. Instead of doing what most shows do at this point by giving us a halfway marker of something interesting and big happening that sets the stage for the second half, we get up to that point and then ask the viewer to journey with us to the past twelve episodes by looking at the story to date and reminding us why we like it so much.
I have to say that this is another great from Viz Media, but I could not expect any less. On the level of other Viz Media such as Naruto, Bleach and InuYasha, Nura is another great! As Nura gathers his Night Parade of a Hundred Demons as the new Lord of Pandemonium, those who pledge their loyalty to him continues to grow and the battle’s continue. With the mild exploration of Inugami’s past, we do see some of how he was manipulated by Tamazuki, but it’s quickly apparent that it was all willing on Inugami’s part simply because he was looking for a place to belong. It’s hard to turn Inugami from this position based on how his life has gone and it’s completely understandable, but everything with him is just prelude for what’s to come from Tamazuki.With the mild exploration of Inugami’s past, we do see some of how he was manipulated by Tamazuki, but it’s quickly apparent that it was all willing on Inugami’s part simply because he was looking for a place to belong. It’s hard to turn Inugami from this position based on how his life has gone and it’s completely understandable, but everything with him is just prelude for what’s to come from Tamazuki.
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan has been a bloody chore to get through, with a few episodes where I was practically begging myself to drop it. Yet they then throw something like this into it where it completely surprises me, thrills me and provides excitement throughout. While it’s in the middle of a rather drawn out and uninteresting story overall that hasn’t been executed well, it’s like the A team of some other series stepped in to show the regular team how it’s done. I am SO glad I had the opportunity to digest the series as a whole. Some tease, some spell out every plot point. Some phone it in like this one where it basically says, ‘expect some action, folks. It’s gonna get messy.’ And admittedly, that’s something that’s really needed at this point after so much setup and missed opportunities, Nura has needed something big. All in all, this set comes recommended.