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Grandchild of Nurarihyon
ぬらりひょんの孫
(Nurarihyon no Mago)
Genre Action, Supernatural
Manga
Author Hiroshi Shiibashi
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run March, 2008 – ongoing
Volumes 9
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Nurarihyon no Mago (ぬらりひょんの孫 Grandchild of Nurarihyon?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi. Rikuo Nura, a kid that is part human and a quarter youkai (demon), lives in a house full of spirits along with his grandfather. Trying to escape his fate of acting like a demon, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming one. Despite his grandfather's wish to succeed him as master of the Nurari youkai clan.

The series was first published in Shueisha as a oneshot in 2007. Nurarihyon no Mago has been continuously serialized in the Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2008 and has been collected in 9 tankōbon volumes as of Feburary 2010. Double issue 37-38 announced there is currently a Drama CD in production and will be released in December[1]. An anime adaption has been green-lit. [2]

Contents

Plot

Rikuo Nura, is part human and a quarter Youkai (demon), lives in a house full of spirits along with his grandfather. Trying to escape his fate of acting like a demon, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming one. Despite his grandfather's wish to succeed him as master of the Nura youkai clan. He eventually comes to terms with his demon blood and decides to once again take up the position of Young head of the Nura house. Multiple factions aim to stop him or overtake his position. He plans to gather a new Hyakki Yakō under his banner of "Fear".

Terminology

  • Osore ( lit. "Fear"?) is term that denotes the unique skills and traits of each Yōkai. It refers to the "Fear" of the unknown, an emotional reaction produced when the Yōkai represent themselves as "monsters". It's especially important for leaders who wish to draw together gangs of Yōkai. There are different types of "Fear" depending on the species of Yōkai, such as water or ice. It also plays an important role in battles between Yōkai, in which they must "scare one another".
  • Hatsu (鬼發 lit. "Manifestation"?) is the first stage of activating "Fear", and is simply an attempt to scare an opponent by exerting a frightening aura. Those affected by "Manifestation" will experience an overwhelming sense of intimidation, and depending on their opponent's skills, may hallucinate. This aura produces a palpable wall of pressure in the atmosphere, and cutting through this tension to reach the enemy is an important part of Yōkai combat.
  • Hyoui (鬼憑 lit. "Haunting"?) is the second stage of activating "Fear" used in Yōkai battles. It is the process by which a Yōkai materializes their "Fear" into an attack that can harm their enemy by severing their "Manifestation". Yōkai can produce a variety of attacks and techniques based on their type of "Fear".

Characters

Nura Rikuo (奴良 リクオ)
Rikuo is an average 13-year old boy, his mother is Nura Wakana and he inherited 1/4 of his grandfather's youkai blood. In times of impending danger his youkai blood awakens and he switches into his night form to become the the Master of the Youkai(The master of all spirits). Destined to take over as The Third Master of Youkai from his grandfather. Rikuo once embraced the idea and played pranks on the other Youkai, but after realizing the evil nature of the youkai deeds he rejects the idea of becoming their master. He attempts to become more like a normal human by doing all sorts of good deeds, but he still appreciates his youkai underlings.[citation needed] After being tested by Gyuuki he decides to take the position of Young Head and saves both humans and Youkai. He is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in the up-coming drama CD.[3]
He is seemingly weak but very clever, easily manipulating one of the council members into isolating himself during a meeting and rationalizing against the dissolvement of the Gyuuki Group.[citation needed] He can only transform at night or in darkness and reverts to normal in sunlight. Originally he couldn't remember things he did as his "Night" form, but he later is able to see and communicate with him.[citation needed] Together they plan to form a "Hyakki Yakō" of their own.
Night Rikuo (ぬらりひょんの孫)
  • Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (drama CD)
His night(Youkai) form is confident, strong and inspires "Fear" amongst his allies leading many to join him. He decides to leave the human side of things to his "Day" form and handle the Youkai-side of things.
Yuki Onna (雪女)/Oikawa Tsurara (及川 氷麗)
Yuki Onna is Rikuo's trusted attendant who follows him to school disguised as a normal school girl, known as Tsurara Oikawa. She is affectionate towards Rikuo, since she was jealous when Genjourou was embracing Rikuo as she was assigned to be one of the extra escorts, and when she saw Kana together with Rikuo (the day after her birthday).[citation needed] She also admires Rikuo's youkai form, because she finds him very reliable and magnificent.[citation needed] She is overprotective of Rikuo when at his "day" or human form and expresses great concern for his well being, which is the reason why she is always around him at school (which causes a misunderstanding and concern for Kana). She also acts as the cook, though her food is delicious, most of the time it is chilled or cold.[citation needed] As her name states she is a Yuki-onna.
She also has a fear of Yura, since she's a Onmyouji and a rivalry with Kana(going so far as to nearly freeze her)
Keikain Yura (花開院 ゆら)
An Onmyouji of the Keikan House who specializes in shikigami, she can manage four at once impressing even Nurarihyon. She was raised to see Youkai as evil and seeks to complete her training by defeating Nurarihyon and then inheriting the Household.[citation needed] After her brother reveals Rikuo as a Youkai and as Nurarihyon's grandson, she says she can accept it if it's him. She has returned to Kyoto to deal with the Hagoromo-Gitsune.
Ienaga Kana (家長 可奈)
Kana is the childhood friend and neighbor of Rikuo. She is hinted to have some affection for him, since she got jealous when she saw Yuki Onna/Tsurara alone together.[citation needed] Rikuo made a promise to help her if she is ever in need. After being kidnapped by a Youkai on her 13th birthday, she was saved by "Night" Rikuo and was taken to a Youkai party. In the next morning Kana asked Rikuo if he was friends with his youkai form and blushed when Rikuo asked why. She has fallen for Rikou's Night form.

Reception

The first tankōbon ranked 9th on Tohan manga charts,[4] the third ranked 5th,[5] the fourth ranked 10th,[6], the fifth ranked 9th,[7] and the sixth ranked 8th,[8] and each volume starting from the third sold over 100,000 copies.[5][6][8][9]

Weekly Shōnen Jump allows its readers to vote on their favorite manga, giving out the Future Gold Cup award each year to the most popular manga it publishes. In 2007, Nurarihyon no Mago ranked number one in the Future Gold Cup.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ http://www.shueisha.co.jp/drama_cd/nurari/index.html
  2. ^ http://www.otakureview.net/?p=6300
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4089011701/ref=nosim/accessuporg-22
  4. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 5–11". Anime News Network. August 13, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-08-13/japanese-comic-ranking-august-5-11. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Japanese Comic Ranking, January 6-12". Anime News Network. January 14, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-01-14/japanese-comic-ranking-january-6-12. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 7-13". Anime News Network. April 15, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-15/japanese-comic-ranking-april-7-13. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 1-7 (Updated)". Anime News Network. June 10, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-10/japanese-comic-ranking-june-1-7. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 3-9". Anime News Network. August 12, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-08-12/japanese-comic-ranking-august-3-9. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 8-14 (Updated)". Anime News Network. June 17, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-17/japanese-comic-ranking-june-8-14. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 

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