Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Season 1 - Episode 8 - Review: "Cold-Blooded Umewakamaru"

Rikuo's night self, his real self perhaps, is making quite the strong appearance at the start of this episode by making it clear that those trying to eliminate Rikuo don't realize how series the night self version of him is intent on becoming the Third Heir. It's a short fight all in all, but one tinged with the seriousness of both sides when it comes to who should be the Third Heir and the continued prosperity of the clan. Seeing Rikuo's other self so animated and into it, and pretty well skilled from what we've seen before as well, is a definite plus in giving the show a bit more of an edge to it instead of being all about yokai adventures with young characters.

Where the show takes a turn is in going back to the Heian era just after that to show us the life of Umewakamaru. The show starts with his young days and goes up through the challenges he faces as he excels at learning and studies as well as with the sword through the teachings he's given. His first true mildly mature challenge comes with his mother who becomes quite ill and he reverts to that of a child in a lot of ways, racing quickly to get to her to try and do something, anything, to help her. Which of course just isn't possible. That the story ends up involving Mt. Nejireme isn't a surprise either as that's where Umewakamaru returns to in order to see her, but he's met by mysteries along the way, from women who disappear on him after helping him to his mother supposedly being taken care of in a mansion up on the mountain.

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