I was away for the past week and a bit in a place with no Internet connection so I wasn’t able to write any entry’s, but that’s the beauty of a group blog, there will always be someone else. So if someone else happens to wander off to the Olympics or something and has no time to watch anime, I’ll be here doing my bit.
So anyway, on towards episode 4 of Natsumes book o’ pals where Natsume has to go into an old school building on one of those scary missions schoolgirls in animes seem to make up a lot.
Instead of youkai coming to his window in the middle of the night, Natsume now finds them sprawled out in the middle of the road, this time he finds a kappa (ok, at least its not another cyclops). Natsume pours his water over to the kappa which looks like he’s pauring it onto nothing if you are watching him, as this rather boring girl called Jun Sasada was(I had to look her name up, I didn’t find her that interesting).
So this girl had earlier roped Natsume into going to this test of courage (remember, it happened in episode 2). Natsume goes, only to be followed by Nyanko. But Natsume doesn’t mind so long as the funny looking cat keeps his big gob shut. Natsume gets paired off with some random bloke to do this test of courage, only to get scared out of their lives by a certain type of creature. Of course, its a cyclops!
So Natsumes comrade disappears mysteriously, only to be replaced by the boring girl who then goes on some long winded story about a spirit living here who had found her charm for her when she had lost it here. Then she starts to make Natsume feel VERY uncomfortable by making some accusations that he can see ‘them’. Luckily for us Nyanko shuts her up.
Nyanko then decides he doesn’t feel like being a cat anymore and turns into his other form. No, not the giant wolf, he does that later. For now he decides to turn into a surprisingly hot girl! At least, hot compared to any other girl your going to get in this show. She reminds me a lot of Natsumes Granny, Reiko. On that note, we still haven’t had any Reiko for the past two episodes, I’m beginning to miss her
So while Natsume and the boring girl do some bonding, Reiko goes around and finds out that this spirit guy who has been abducting all the students is rather powerful, but that his name is also in the Book o’ pals. Natsumecould use the book to control him at his will, but that’s far too easy so decides to confront the guy himself. However, the youkai isn’t really the bet listener and just threatens to keep all the students there for the rest of eternity. So, with a bit of help from Nyanko, Natsume just gives him his name back.
Of course, the problem was the guy was lonely and didn’t trust humans since he was badly treated in the past. All he needed to do was give them a chance, similar to Natsumes problem.
It’s pretty much ‘as you were’ with Natsume. The show continues with its message of loneliness and how to overcome it. Hmm… not much more to say than that. I’m enjoying it so far, but its far from being a classic. All I can say is I hope Reiko comes back into the story a bit more, although I’d take schoolgirl Nyanko as a reasonable substitute.
Note:The spell checker still seems to have a problem with ‘book’, which is quite annoying in this particular show. Thank god I didn’t blog ‘Library Wars’.