These two latest episodes have really done alot to make me like Natori more than I ever had. Before he was kinda an oddity, and his status as an exorcist has been looked down upon in this series. Yet this latest episode established that he shows some of the characteristics of Natsume, like showing concern about Hiiragi’s safety. What this episode did was give much needed development for Natori and also his youkai partner Hiiragi while continuing to deliver the kind of episodes that leave a pretty nice warm feeling inside. Houzuki in particular really stood out for these two episodes, despite having little screen time. I was surprised that him and Fuzuki didn’t actually despise each other, and the whole festival was mainly for attraction. I did like Fuzuki’s description of how people can rely on the gods for help, but quickly leave when its all said and done. Nyanko-sensei also shows that he’s beyond wanting control of the book of friends, and obviously cares for Natsume to the point where he’d face a god despite the possibility of being cursed.
But what I’m really looking forward to is the next episode, which will focus on Natsume’s past and an actual photo of his parents. This is the closest we’re probably going to get to seeing any sort of development on Natsume’s family (i.e Reiko), and something tells me this may be the most powerful episode of the series yet if this goes well.
Houzuki sounded alot like Hikaru Midorikawa..turns out my ears weren’t deceiving me.