At the sixth seal the Omnyouji guarding it hears a girl singing a song and is defeated soon after as the girl presents the spoils to Hagoromo-Gitsune.
Honestly I’m quite surprised at how this has turned out, the first season wasn’t anything special but six episodes in this one is still fairly solid.
After this Yura finally arrives back in Kyoto after Ryuuji trolled her with the train tickets and meets with the other members of the Keikain clan who have an important message for her, that it’s been decided that she will be a protectors of one of the remaining seals. Back in Tokyo it turns out that Kiyotsugu is planning a trip to Kyoto for the Kiyo Cross, but for Rikuo he needs to ask his grandfather first. When he asks him this though he makes it clear that if he goes to Kyoto he’ll be coming back in a casket, wasting no time in showing him just how weak he really is. And that the Youkai he would go up against there are on a different level.
However when Rikuo tells him that he wants to go to Kyoto because Hagoromo-Gitsune is there, his resolve to stop him starts to wather as we’re shown that after his father’s death his grandfather feared that he would lose him as well. But now he’s realised that he’s been too protective of him, and so decides to have some arrangements made and entrusts his heir to the Youkai to the Oshu-Touno family or the Tohoku region. When Rikuo awakes he finds himself in a cooking pot and narrowly escapes being eaten, and as he struggles to find his feet the Youkai around him can’t help but laugh about how pathetic the heir to the Nura clan really is. Soon however he’s forced to get to work, doing things like the laundry or cutting firewood, and as one of the passing Youkai explains to him, due to the strong Youkai aura surrounding Touno he’s able to stay in his night form.
Obviously it doesn’t take long for him to decide that this is all too hard and that he should just run away, but when he does this the bridge he was on collapses and he finds himself saved by a Kama-Itachi assigned to watch over him, Itaku who makes it clear that he’s not leaving until he can cut through “fear“. The next level his grandfather spoke of. And by following him, Rikuo spots to Youkai sparring, an example of how fear is used. Once their match is done they then go on to introduce themselves, Amezou a Kappa, Awashima an Amanojaku, Reira a Yuki-Onna, Yukari a Zashiki-Warashi, and Dohiko a Futtachi. Of course they can’t believe that he doesn’t know how to use fear, so in order to show them just what he can do he goes up against Itaku, utilising the Nurarihyon’s fear but lacking any sort of control over it.
A training arc may seem not seem like much of a welcome addition to this series but personally I’m glad to see it, making Rikuo out to be pathetic may have been over done, but when you think about it he’s really just been getting by on luck or facing opponents who were shittier than himself. As opposed to going about crushing anyone who gets in his way simply because he has natural talent.
To put it simply there needs to be something to back up how he’s going to even be able to stand up to the opponents he’ll face in the future, who without doubt have been around for hundreds of years and wouldn’t be beaten by some brat who’s still learning, it just wouldn’t make sense. So personally I thought that this training arc is a good addition to the series, things may seem kind of tense at the moment but something tells me it won’t last long, but more importantly it offers the chance for the fighting system to be elaborated on. Hopefully cutting out a good part off the ass pulls that have plagued the series through the addition of fear and how it can be used.
Next to that it’s also allowed quite a few more characters to join the cast, this time bringing in the Youkai of Touno who’ll be going with Rikuo when he finally gets around to going to Kyoto. Bringing a bit more diversity and variation to the Youkai we’ve been introduced to with the likes of Itaku and Awashima . Aside from that I also liked the atmosphere of Touno itself, it’s another welcome change to the modern city setting and the general impression I got of it was that it was a hard place. The sort of place where even the simplest tasks can take a lot of work and just the sort of place Rikuo will need to get stronger.
And even if this sort of arc may be kind of tedious at the moment something tells me that it won’t last long, one more, maybe another two episodes at the most, there’s simply too much tension regarding the events in Kyoto for Rikuo to be messing around. Hagoromo-Gitsune (who’s present form I’m overjoyed to hear voiced by Mamiko Noto in a not-so-soft-spoken role) and her retainers are cutting their way through the seals with little difficulty. The situation must really be desperate, even if Yura has some special ability things still have to be pretty bad for her clan to call her back from training. So in all there really just isn’t much room for a training arc to be dragged out at this point.
Finally I should also say that I liked how Rikuo’s grandfather’s character was developed a bit in this episode, he may have been a badass who did what ever he wanted back in the day, but time has changed him. He’s not only an old man now but seeing his son die before him has made him a lot more wary, he now fears that if he lets Rikuo go to Kyoto he’ll lose him as well. It was a small act but it clearly shows how he’s changed and while he doesn’t really show it often, just how protective he is of his grandson.