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Nabari no Ou Season 1 Review Part 2

With nearly every ninja clan roaring after our protagonist's blood, you'd think that the plot would have accelerated from its lazy norm to explosive new heights, regardless of Miharu's cold apathy. The funny thing is that Miharu has started to care, quite passionately, about one thing: Yoite. Their relationship has evolved from one of obligation and dependency to a kindred bond where they each value the other's life over their own. The series worked surprisingly well when Miharu was an emotionless stone in the face of peril. Even if the humor of the predicament missed the mark sometimes, the balance gave the show novelty and breathed life and direction into its slower pacing. Now Miharu is on the lam, making emotional and irrational new choices in hopes of saving Yoite rather than erasing him, and this can only mean a better, tighter-paced series, right? Actually, all it means is that a new problem has arisen. Miharu's apathy has now bled over into the series on the whole, turning it into an emotionally overwrought bog of narrative chaos with twenty different characters whose subplots don't matter one iota running from one episode to the next with no clear destination in sight. If this sounds hectic, that's the funny thing: it is horribly sluggish, slower than the first half ever was. This is a shame because the series' high points have more than proven that there is a great story hiding here. Still, what plays out is far less than what Nabari had started with. Miharu and Yoite's relationship, while still characterized well in scenes like Yoite's escape from the hospital during a Christmas blizzard, becomes so overwhelmingly the focus of the series that every other plot thread gets dropped on its backside. The side characters still have screen time to fill, however, so they spend the majority of it talking. The number of fights in this volume is painfully lacking even by the standards set by the first half. Although a great deal eventually happens, it comes at the cost of so many stern conversations from an inactive supporting cast that the end result comes off as being bored with this ninja apocalypse that it will get around to showing later. To Read More Click Me!

Nabari no Ou Season 1 Review

Right up front, Nabari no Ou wears its biggest running gag on its sleeve; it's right there in the opening theme song. The pop-rock opener's chorus ends with a repeated engrish shout: I don't care! I don't care! , which is, of course, the protagonist's greatest defining trait and the main source of the show's humor as well. Scrawny Miharu wields infinite depths of knowledge and power and he doesn't give a flip. Subtle as a flying brick indeed, but in Nabari's case, not at all a harbinger of bad things to come. The series' premise is handled surprisingly well. Ninja warfare and superpowers locked inside angsty high schoolers are common tropes to any anime fan, so the talents behind Nabari have twisted both in positive directions. These ninjas are very modern folks. They gripe about their jobs, take public transit, and when it's time to fight, they'll start performing jutsu (or they might just pull out a pistol and drop their targets with less fear of tarnishing their designer polos.) In addition, Miharu's extreme apathy to world-shattering supernatural conflict may be a lame running gag, but his character is anything but one-note. He refuses to fight or take a side not because he's a dopey teenager, on the contrary, he's a very intelligent with major trust issues. Capricious, snarky, and detached from even the closest of his comrades, he's a bizarre hero, but given the manipulative pushiness of all the clans around him, it's easy to empathize - or at least understand where he's coming from. His reason for not fighting is far simpler. With zero martial arts experience and no muscles on his scrawny frame, he really couldn't be expected to, Shinrabansho or no. All told, the fight scenes are still highly glossy, and there are bizarre chants and shapeshifting aplenty, but the added element of Miharu's apathy to all the flashy ninja theatrics makes the show uniquely engaging...unless you came looking for a traditional high-energy action show. In that case, you'll be disappointed. To Read More Click me!

Nabari no Ou Complete Series Part 2 Review

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) With the first half of Nabari no Ou, I found a series from JC Staff that really appealed to me visually and had a slightly off standard approach to its storyline. While the core concept was familiar, the execution of it was a bit more languid and it was taking its time to get there, but not in a bad way as it introduced the various families, their relationships and the core cast of characters started to bond. With the second season though, it feels as though it's falling too much into this trap of not making much progress and then everything comes together in a far too quick climax, followed by far too much of an epilogue. The premise for the second half is still essentially the same in that Miharu is staying very cloes with Yoite in order to achieve the Shinrabansho so he can grant Yoite his wish of being erased. The set opens by finishing out the story in the academy where several different factions ended up together before it shifts gears into trying to figure out where the Engentsurin is located so they can have the final piece of the puzzle. Though the actual item is a bit different from the previous ones, it still does come down to the same kind of hunt as the others but with the twist of where it actually is and what it's unleashing will actually do. All of that is saved for the climax of the series, which comes around episode twenty-four or so when the Shinrabansho is predictable released. To Read More Click Me!

Nabari no Ou Complete Series Part 1 Review

Some people are lucky, they get to just choose their emotion and run with it for their entire lives. For Miharu, that emotion is apathy towards everyone and everything around him. All he wants to do is live a life of quiet and peace but this is brought to a halt after one of his teachers tries to kill him. Saved by another teacher, Tobari, and a classmate, Aizawa, Miharu learns about a power hidden within him. Called the Shinrabansho, it is the most powerful and forbidden of ninja techniques because it can basically do anything that user wants and I mean that in the most literal sense possible. With this power, Miharu has the ability to become king of all the ninja clans in Japan and unite them all and he couldn't care less if he tried. To Read More Read More!


this is too boring, though im into this stuff... maybe it's because i had a long day.... or maybe, it really is boring!! D: