Sorry minna for that extremely late review…I only managed to catch the episode on last monday and did not take any notes as usaul as I came back home late and do so much schoolwork…So it’s pretty tiring for me D: and also it’s gonna be a short review due to constrain of time-so I hope u guys enjoy this
Basically before we could start that review,incase you are wondering why this episode is named like that. So I will break it down for you so that you will understand for non-manga readers and those who are interested in the meaning. Actually it was four old Japanese words joined together (Ok pretty werid eh? ) Kyou(The meaning is Mirror then not in our morden japanese which could mean Today) Ka means Flower(Again…today’s context is hana) Sui (Those who knew Chinese knows it means water now we read it as Mizu) and finally Gestu (Means moon in old times now it’s tsuki but some words have that old meaning like Gekikou) So lengthy explanation done. Literary it means Mirror-Flower-Water-Moon so it sounds kinda weird when you translate it. So I am glad that Viz Media did not translate that *phew*
To the review-basically Rikuo is still in “Be A Man” training in Toono,finding who he was as a youkai and his powers. Ok as usual Shouenen shows:Our dear Rikuo-kun found his powers thru some recollections from the past LOL. So yeah Rikuo-kun,he is a frickin’ man! On the other side…In Kyoto….*plays Darth Vader March in my brain* Here comes Hagormo Gitsune..period.
Overall I am pretty impressed on the top-notch animation of Studio Deen again,they will be forever fangasming me with their gorgeous gorgeous ink-style animations. I bet they are using Shiibashi-sensei’s works as inspiration and it really pays off really well. I am quite digging it. The battle scenes are pretty B.A especially Itaku-kun V.S Rikuo and Kidomaru V.S Rikuo,again animated awesomeness moment for me again. Why are you pumping so much BAMF in my Nura? But seriously it’s really great stuff.
Amidst all that BAMF,the pacing was fantatsic-not too rushed or too slow and the jokes are spot-on. And those Hagoromo fans-I admit the reintroduction of her was pretty good even thought I think they are going over to Mr NC16 side with that fanservice. Hey Studio Deen go easy on your kinky,this manga is for the little children and I don’t want to see any unnecessary fanservice..
From what I read from some fourms: some fans think that the music is a little inconsistent for this episode unlike the previous episodes of Nura season 2. Ok I think it’s pretty much the same case of Episode 2 which I reviewed and I am pretty surprised on that. For those who can’t remember here is the quote I typed “ my advice to the composer-be consistent. As much I really like the music-wished it could be similar, because you have visual eye-candy and mismatched music. it might as well be a bad episode.” Ok I understand but this time..I feel it’s ok because the animation is pretty good here so I dismiss that hiccup. Now that I think about it..I feel Season 1 is stronger in music-wise. I think it’s being coherent here.
But here is the bad part of that episode-Studio DEEN stop making our Rikuo-kun to be a sparkly vampire please. I am apologizing to all Twilight fans in advance so don’t go Kubinashi-crazy on me by chopping my head. Seriously…it’s the most annoying thing ever..He is the Lord of the Pandoniuem guys. The LORD OF THE *insert swear word* Pandonium,the BAMF successor of BAMF Nuarihyon not that wimpy loser vampire that suck 14 years girls blood. Stop it-give him some tan Y’all. He looks really sickly sickly QAQ. Ok End of Rant.
Now to my awesome summary of my thoughts
Good:Lots of BAMF in this episode which I am really impressed. The ink animations(and all in general).Itaku.Battles. I am done Period. Hagoromo’s reintroduction is good,pacing is awesome. Done
Bad:For the love of me,A Nura fangirl please please please stop torturing me with dat pale complexion of Rikuo. Give him some colour,he is not a vampire but a Aformented BAMF.Ok? And the music is slightly inconsistent at times
Rating:4 1/2 Scares-A very strong episode with great animation and action. Despite that hiccup with the music,it’s pretty good and I will be praying that Rikuo will have some colour. Perhaps we should change the rating as this arc is pretty shanky in content-wise? what do you think? Looking forward to Kyoto Invasion :3