Saturday, March 27, 2010
Yoite returns later and threatens to use his powers to kill everyone in the Banten group if Miharu doesn't do what he wants, adding the extra caveat that if he does die before Miharu can do so (as he is in poor health because his powers drain his life force), then they will die with him because they now each contain some of his chi. And what does Yoite want exactly? He wants Miharu to use the Shinrabanshou to erase him from existence, as in he wishes he was never born. Miharu decides to try to give him what he wants because as apathetic as he is, he really doesn't want people to die for him and Yoite promises to help him accomplish his goals up to the point where Miharu can uphold his end of the ultimatum.
One thing I especially liked about this anime was the complexity of the cast. Each character had some kind of quirk or secret that made them interesting. Raimei is a Samurai though she is a bit scatterbrained. Kouichi seemed innocent but he has a really dark side that I never expected. (My first guess was that he was a vampire when I saw it, but I'll let you find out for yourself what it is.) Thobari sensei has a terrible fear of any automated vehicles, but don't write him off for that. He also has some very deep dark secrets related to Banten's secret scroll and Miharu himself that only get revealed near the end, so keep on your toes. Miharu also is full of interesting qualities, like his acid wit and diminuative stature which he uses to his advantage to no end. His sense of apathy is also hilarious especially when paired against the rest of the main cast. Even Yoite is an engaging and actually kind of sympathetic character once you know him (once again, Stockholm syndrome).
As awesome as it is, that might be one of the few issues I have with this series. There is so much going on in the show at a time that you just don't know where to look, and most viewers might feel a little overloaded. Granted there is only so much room in the space of 26 episodes and I think they did a pretty good job of making it self-contained, but it is still a lot to keep track of. I'm not sure the intro and first outro are particularly memorable if you watch a lot of anime, but the second outro is kind of nice, even if the visuals of Yoite and Miharu holding hands is a little weird (then again, this IS anime we're talking about.) Some of the scenes early in the series, when the time is set in spring, are really pretty, as many of then are sporting cherry blossoms.
So there you have it. Nabari no Ou is an anime that I would gladly recommend if you like ninjas, but don't care for the rinse-and-repeat of a Naruto or DBZ type formula. It's complex and engaging and definitely worth watching if you have some spare time.
The images utilized in this review are all from Nabari no Ou