Natsume Yuchinjou San Ep. 2 & Yuru Yuri Ep 2 [Boobslap, Ouch]
Freaking god, ouch! Never thought that I would see this in an anime, and Akarin’s boob dribbling comment just made me lose all control. I couldn’t stop laughing. So yes, this show is full on the laughs and the randomness, but that’s perfectly fine. This show’s humor is its saving grace, even if it doesn’t have a coherent plotline.
I just realized something. The seiyuu of Natsume sounds like/is the seiyuu for Beelzebub from Yondemasuyo Azazel-san and Shinji from Fate/Stay Night. He’s got quite the pedigree, indeed. That doesn’t excuse him from my scrutiny however and this latest episode was a bit of a bummer. After its strong first episode, the second one proved to be a bit weaker in all departments, mainly in how smoothly everything was handled.
Natsume and Nyanko are strolling along a road when they notice that a bunch of yokai are getting rowdy in the bushes (not like that, you perv!). They question the yokai and find out that Tanuma’s father, the priest of the temple, has vanished and that a rogue yokai spilling a deadly miasma has awakened. Natsume decides to deal with it later but runs into another yokai on a bridge. She claims to be the rogue yokai’s sister and asks for his name. As Natsume is about to do so, she attacks him. At that very moment, one of Natsume’s yokai allies saves him. Afterwards, Natsume visits Tanuma’s house since he learned of his recent cold. He finds that no one’s at home. Instead, he discovers an old map of the temple. Using the map, he follows a trail and winds up in a clearing, with a giant yokai smack-dab in the middle of it all.
The yokai tells Natsume that he was from an otherworldly village called Ukihara and tells him his tale. Natsume proceeds to give him back his name but is interrupted by the same yokai that tried to kill him before. Luckily for everyone, she is bound by the other yokai and he returns to his village. In the aftermath, Tanuma reveals to Natsume that he’s been seeing yokai but is reassured that nothing went wrong.
I just started with this show and was so caught up in all the yokai business that I forgot to consider the possibility that Natsume had friends. And what do you know? Despite having powerful ability, he didn’t let it stop him from making friends. In that sense, Reiko’s story becomes even sadder. How miserable of a life did she lead, all alone…
The yuri jokes were funny when they came the first time around, but after a while, they started to grow stale. Quickly. I’m sure that everyone knows that three is the golden number, the magic number. Think of all the good things that come in threes: the Triforce, the first three Star Wars movies (not the prequels), and eyeballs (what, you don’t have three eyes?). That being said, the show should have stopped with the yuri jokes after the third time in this episode. I would have allowed them to keep it as a running gag throughout the series to induce a chuckle every once and again, but the frequency of these jokes is crazy. They try to pop one in every scene.
And what about Akarin? It’s evident that she’s being overshadowed by her friends. Heck, she was even blurred out in the beginning segment. I know that’s another joke in their repertoire, but really, got anything better? And the yuri undertones don’t help much either.
Posted on July 13, 2011, in Anime, Natsume Yuuchinjou, Yuri Yuri and tagged Anime, Review, Episode, loli, Yui, Yokai, Natsume Yuuchinjou San, Nyanko, Yuru Yuri, Chinatsu, Kyoko, Akarin, Ayano, Tanuma. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.