Greetings everyone! I hope you all had a great week.
With the week progressing on we have a second episode of the newest season of Natsume Yujincho. I can assure you that the second episode followed in the steps of the first one and managed to convey the same mood that we got used to in the previous four seasons. Natsume Yujincho is still as episodic as ever, but that, believe me, is the best feature of this anime. It is indeed a hard feat to pull, but kudos to the producers and the manga artist for creating such a masterpiece.
Now let’s get started and discuss some points of the second episode, shall we?
Japanese Title: 悪戯な雨
The episode started with the regular bright mood that has been present in Natsume Yujincho throughout the years and through all four widely beloved seasons. This might be just my hunch, but I am getting this feeling that we will not be getting too much of a character development for Natsume this time around. I mean, let’s get real: There have already been four seasons, and like it or not we got a lot of character development in them. We might find out some more info about Reiko, Natsume’s grandmother.
This episode was another bittersweet story. My favourite thing about Natsume Yujincho being an episodic anime is that it allows you to get to know many different stories; they introduce you to different types of youkai and ayakashi, and you get to see their emotions and their characteristics. Natsume Yujincho also allows us to see ourselves in these youkai.
This time we are introduced to an ayakashi, which meant no malice; it just wanted to thank a human who had given her a towel many years ago. The main issue is that ayakashi who don’t have much power can’t be seen by humans unless it’s raining.
Of course our good boy Natsume decides to help her and they start looking for the man. I must say that this one was probably one of my favourite ayakashi that has appeared in Natsume Yujincho. She was very bright, she had determination and could feel emotions like loneliness and love.
As to what happens in the result of searching for the nice gentleman, you should go watch the episode! 🙂 But I do believe that it was a very fitting ending to a very sweet story. The only word I can use for this episode is ‘bittersweet’.
I will just mention a couple of things from the episode that have caught my attention.
For starters we have Nishimura, one of Natsume’s friends from school. We get to see him almost fall in love and get rejected almost instantly. Before this happens he asks Natsume to take him to a nice food restaurant and treat him, to which Natsume says he doesn’t have to. But after the heartbreak incident Natsume is the one who offers to treat Nishimura.
Then again, when Natsume by chance gets a hold of the ayakashi’s towel and wants to return it, he realises she is already in his house, and even worse, in his room. Unlike the youkai from the previous episode, who was threatening to take everything precious to Natsume, this one turns out to be a really pleasant ayakashi. Well… maybe a bit sharp-tongued. She keeps calling Nyanko-sensei as mochi no bake which the translation is ‘a mochi monster’. Mochi is a kind of Japanese sweet and believe me, Nyanko-sensei does look like mochi!
Themes and Trivia
Time: It has been mentioned many times already that the time does not flow in the same manner for humans and the youkai. What might seem like a day to the youkai is years for humans. Humans age and pass away, while the youkai keep living on. This in particular is one of the biggest reasons why humans and youkai are forbidden to interact with each other.
Appreciation: The youkai we were introduced to today had been seen by a human only once before meeting Natsume. And that one human had been nice to her. This made the human into a very special person for the youkai. Unlike us humans, who meet each other every day and forget about small encounters the next day, this small gesture would live on in the youkai’s heart until the end of time.
That was my review for the second episode of Natsume Yujincho. If you are interested you can read the review for the first episode here. I hope that you enjoyed both reading this review and watching the new episode of Natsume Yujincho. Do tell us here on Manga.Tokyo what you thought about the new episode! We are looking forward to hear your opinion!
Next episode: Haraiya kara no Tegami (The Letter From the Exorcist)
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