Full Spoilers Ahead
I finally finished going through the manga Nurarihyon no Mago by Shiibashi Hiroshi. My interested started to wane as I reached the 2nd to last arc so it took me a lot longer to work up the motivation it took to finish this series. But hey, it was a pretty fun one. But you’re here cause you want to see me bitch about the things here and there I didn’t care for aren’t you? This manga had a really crappy start that made me groan a lot. The main character, Nura Rikuo, is the grandson of a powerful Yokai named Nurarihyon. The Nura clan headed by him is an influential gang of 100 Yokai, a Hyakki Yako (Night Parade) and it’s Rikuo’s job to become the successor. Only problem is he’s only a quarter Yokai due to his grandpa and date both mating with humans, and for the first 3 or so volumes Rikuo tries to avoid this Yokai lifestyle. Which was very annoying because whenever night comes his body morphs into an ultra badass, smooth and confident Yokai form… I was REALLY afraid that Rikuo was going to never develop and become like Sawada Tsuna of Katekyo Hitman Reborn infamy (god I hate that series so much). But no, pretty quickly Rikuo gets his ass in gear and starts being cool all the time as a good shounen protagonist ought to. I was very relieved. It’s not that I hate characters who are averse to fighting and responsibility but in this certain situation there was no call for the main character to even be like that. It was just annoying and made me struggle through the earlier moments of the manga.
The artwork of Nurarihyon no Mago is phenomenal. It starts with a few rough errors here and there in the beginning but ultimately it becomes a magnificent fusion between modern manga inking and traditional Japanese brush strokes. It’s really, really wonderful is what I’m saying. Character designs are stellar across the board and the artist has quickly become a favorite of mine from his work on this series alone. I may have to see what else he’s done. Also, he used to be an assistant to Hirohiko Araki! The author of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure!!
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