Are my BL sensors telling me to look at Yoite and Rokujo in a different manner this episode? Especially the scenes and lines from Miharu and Yoite: “I will use the Shinrabanshou and save Yoite” and “I need to hurry and see Miharu”. Even their relationship is stressed in the OP and ED… (I can somehow see the rise of Yoite x Miharu fanfics in the future.) Unfortunately, fangirls, I prefer NOT to see this. (My god, my impression and love for Nabari will be soured.) It somehow just disturbs me. Even though I like BL pairings, I’d rather stay with getting my BL fix from watching Junjou.
I’m not writing an episode summary. Cause if you need an accurate one, run over to Random Curiosity. (Divine always has the most accurate summaries.) What drives me to write this post is the fact that I’m curious about the secrets that the main characters seem to be hiding. I can accept Miharu as different, cause he doesn’t remember any memories from the past. Let’s take a peek at our main crew…
Let me say right off the bat: Kumohira-sensei is my favorite character of this series. Maybe cause of my bias in thinking that he’s hot, but then again, Yoite isn’t that behind on the list either. What draws me most to Kumohira-sensei is not his physical appearance, but his imperfections. It’s his belief in humanity, and his naiveness in thinking that he can protect without killing in the world of Nabari. Last week we got a glimpse of this through Kumohira’s failure in killing Frosty. Because he hesitated last moment in sparing Frosty, he was almost killed.
At times, Kumohira-sensei drives me NUTS. In my opinion, he constantly fails as a leader. He makes a resolve to keep Miharu safe and kill others in order to protect him. But time and time again, we see that whatever he says, he can’t really act on. (Drives me crazy, I really JUST want to grab him and shake him until he comes to his senses.) Because obviously, if he keeps this kind of character, what we see in the ED of Nabari might actually come true. (I’m so praying it doesn’t… but it seems like foreshadowing to me.)
This week introduces more to the supposedly giant secret that Kumohira-sensei is hiding. I haven’t really pieced together what has happened in the past, but what I’m getting from both the manga and anime is the possibility that Kumohira knew and killed Miharu’s parents. Maybe this is the reason why he’s become such a naive little failure. Maybe because he’s killed someone close to him before, he doesn’t want to see anyone die anymore? I can’t be sure, I suck at predicting. However, what we also have figured out from this episode is the fact that he had something to do with the revival of the Shinrabanshou. What everyone else has forgotten, only he remembers. Hopefully, the answer will be clear soon.
I don’t have much to say about Raimei, because we’ve seen what she’s after: revenge on Raikou. Apparently, Raikou killed everyone in the Shimizu clan except for her, and joined Kairoushuu. The reason is not clear yet, but that will come soon. This episode and the next have been somewhat wrapped around her and Raikou. However, I am somewhat curious on what her relationship is with Raikou. We know Raimei is the Black Gamon, and Raikou is the White Gamon, but they probably have a closer relationship than that. We’ll see next week?
Ah, Kouichi… Kouichi is such a mysterious character. We have another Sojiro Seta (Rurouni Kenshin), is what I keep thinking. Aizawa is that type of character: the type that keeps smiling and provides a happy facade but is actually not as innocent as you think. What is the secret Aizawa hides? According to what I’ve heard, Aizawa is not human and in fact, MUCH older than the rest of the crew. Should this be accurate, I’m not sure, but Aizawa DOES seem more of a leader-like figure. In fact, I constantly think Aizawa is taking care of Kumohira-sensei more than Kumohira realizes; the fact remains that Aizawa did kill Frosty in Kumohira’s place. And sometimes I wonder whether Aizawa is holding back his true power. In scenes like the one on the left, I keep thinking that Aizawa is looking down on Kumohira and his beliefs…
What surprised me the most in this episode were its last few minutes. This is the first time in Nabari that we actually see Miharu raise his voice and get angry. He gets angry at Kumohira-sensei, and for good reason. I think maybe Miharu is tired of the way Kumohira constantly acts and hides things from everyone else. Or perhaps he’s tired of feeling all the emotions that he has felt. In trying to show the indifferent side to others, he ends up feeling emotions (like sadness for Yoite) that he’s been trying so hard to not feel or show.
And on a completely different note, although we knew it was coming… Yoite’s death seems to be inevitable. Apparently, Yoite will die in a couple of months, and of course, I bet a ton of girls besides me will be sad if, or when Yoite dies. But what is even worse is that no one in the Kairoushuu other than Yukimi seems to feel for Yoite. The leader dude doesn’t show any regard towards Yoite except as a method to attain the other scrolls. The only other person who seems to feel anything for Yoite is Miharu, who says that Yoite has the same “eyes of despair” that he has.
Well, that wraps up my thoughts on this episode of Nabari! I’m going to be emo and leave you with a screenshot of Yoite. (It makes me sad)