The moment Rikuo announces his intention to succeed his grandfather as the Nura clan’s Supreme Commander, a rival youkai clan comes out of the woodwork to challenge him, dispatching one of Nura’s grizzled veterans with alarming ease. Things are going to get rougher from here on out for our little Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde dude.
In this episode, Yura the onmyogi gets some well-deserved screentime, and doesn’t waste it. Ai Maeda even breaks out of her normally cutesy voice when she gets all serious and kick-ass, and proves more than a match for the wind-weilding youkai. Her whole interaction with the Supreme Commander has a nice dynamic. He clearly excels at concealing his youkai identity, so Yura assumes he’s just her friend’s small, helpless old grandfather. He even admits that of course all youkai are bad, simply because they’re “youkai.”
It’s a good point…demons are demons. They’re not supposed to befriend humans. But some are clearly worse than others, and so Yura’s struggle will continue if/as she learns the truth about Rikuo and his ‘family’ – can she bend the precepts of onmyogi-hood by befriending some youkai while hunting others? She’s still young, so it isn’t a stretch to believe she may. Rating: 3
SYD’s formula was simple: High school slice of life chock full of plays on words, double entendres, and good ol’ fashioned sex jokes, almost always delivered with good timing. The quality of the jokes varied throughout, but the series on the whole was consistently funny, just not laugh-out-loud ha-ha funny, the way Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei was at moments.
According to the ANN, this is only the third anime produced primarily by GoHands, and the first that I saw, and I enjoyed the different character and animation style it afforded. The voice-work was also spot-on and diverse, with even minor characters given very interesting voices. There were also several nice bits that parodied various genres of anime, and they’re convincingly done to the point that I’d probably enjoy a GoHands non-comedy as much as a comedy, if they did one.
Besides the growing hints of romance between Tsuda and Shino (which naturally doesn’t go anywhere; this is slice of life) I initially felt like one could watch these thirteen episodes in just about any order and not miss that much; it was very episodic. Of course, if one did they wouldn’t get the second half of the final episode, which is a recap with a twist; all of the incidents the cast remenices on are either embellished or completely new material, much of which trancends the high school setting, satirizing other genres. Rating: 3