Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan: Demon Capital Set 1 Blu-ray Review
More of the same.
In the first 13 episodes of “Demon Capital” (the sequel series to “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan”), Rikuo (a human by day and Yokai by night) has finally taken the mantle of the Third Heir of the Yokai. Alas, his new role becomes overshadowed by great danger as a new big bad (a powerful Kyoto yokai leader named Hagoromo Gitsune) has entered the picture.
Of course, that is not the only story to be found here as there are plots (from different time periods) involving Rikuo’s past, Yura’s troublesome brother Ryuji, the history between Nurarihyon and his lover (a magical woman named Yohime), Rikuo’s training, Yura and Rikuo’s friendship, the Nura Clan protecting humans, the humans fear of Yokai, seals being destroyed, and Nue. Note: Episode 13th is simply a recap of what came before.
“Demon Capital” suffers from the same flaws that the first series did. The humor, over exaggerations, and over-the-top powers/actions continue to be the weak links that drag the series down. The show remains at its best when it focuses on character, darker drama, and the rich yokai mythology. Now, I’m not saying the series should be entirely serious and devoid of humor, but I wish the tone was more consistent. As is, it’s just all over the place. As a viewer, the tone is simply frustrating as it ruins the flow of the series. One moment, I could be engaged by Nurarihyon’s past and then I can find myself taken out of the series by same lame antics. Perhaps the odd mixture of comedy and drama will appeal to some, but for me, it’s sloppy.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? A superb colorful hi-def transfer.
Audio Tracks: English and Japanese DTS-HD. How do they sound? The English dub is ok while the Japanese track is solid all around.
Set 1 Extras:
* A Neon Alley ad, 5 “Naruto Shippuden” and “Bleach” ads, and 2 “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan” Set 1 and 2 ads.
* Art gallery.
* 3 Japanese trailers for “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan- Demon Capital.”
* Clean opening.
* “Omake”- Chibi and other goofy shorts.
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