When you're dealing with a world of monsters, you have to learn to deal with dangerous situations. It's something we've seen in most of the stories Natsume Yujincho has served up so far, even if we generally get little more than a mouthful at a time. This time, though, there's a different wrinkle on the situation. When Natsume finds himself in peril, the situation usually pops up suddenly and is over pretty quickly. This time there's a buildup, and, on top of that, the danger is an integral part of the episode, rather than a temporary obstacle to be overcome. There's one immediate and positive result of moving the peril closer to the center of the story and drawing it out. Of all the times Natsume's been in danger, this episode generates the most suspense. Of course, the time of suspense is relatively brief. Natsume Yujincho as a whole stresses the supernatural character drama and the relationships, and this episode is no exception. It just works in something a bit different than the show typically does. But it comes, at least in this case, at a price.
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