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Raebo101



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:30 pm Reply with quote
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The Morose Mononokean II is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.


This series is also streaming is English on FUNimation on the same day as the sub: https://www.funimation.com/shows/the-morose-mononokean/?qid=f4d3ba7cb5bcd531
It's interesting that they're doing the same-day thing for this and not a more popular show.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:56 am Reply with quote
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The yokai world suffers from some pretty serious educational deficits

Well, we already knew that from Gegege no Kitarou. "Ghosts (or youkai) don't have school or tests or anything." Wink

If anyone is coming into this new for the first time, while it's not necessary, I highly recommend at least watching the first few episodes of the first season, where Fuzzy is introduced (and the main characters' relationship is established). Not only does it help to understand where he's coming from, but you can't have too much Fuzzy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:03 am Reply with quote
Episode 4 was super charming. I think everyone got some good points in like Ashiya being firm with Yahiko or Haruitsuki asking Kinako if she wanted some company part way. Overall it was just a good show of everyone's character.

A bit of a random aside, but IMO, TMM2 has one of the best sets of OPs and EDs this season for me. I think the ending is fantastic, and while I love the opening musically more than vocally, I still think it's also a solid song. Normally I start to scroll through after a few episodes of a show, but with this one I always watch all the way through.
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Gina Szanboti



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Could someone remind me why Yahiko can't go to the Underworld? Abeno punishing him appeared to be a fiction, but is it related to all the mischief he caused when he was lonely? Can he even go visit?

This was a very nice episode. I liked how Yahiko reeeeally wanted to be brushed, but gave up his brushing time to Kinako who didn't have much longer to get to enjoy it. There were many neat little bits of body language that really communicated the characters' feelings well.
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The most interesting thread comes from Ashiya's comments at the end. He's still mystified by the Executive's powers and deeply curious about them. He even wonders if as a human who is able to see yokai, if he might be able to use similar powers. I don't follow what led Ashiya to that conclusion, but I'm sure he's not bringing that up for nothing.


I think you mean Haruitsuki’s power to subdue the Executive? At least that’s how I read it.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:45 pm Reply with quote
^ Same here, what with the flashbacks to Abeno subduing the Executive.

I love Ashiya's mom. Very Happy
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chocorade



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Gina Szanboti wrote:
Could someone remind me why Yahiko can't go to the Underworld? Abeno punishing him appeared to be a fiction, but is it related to all the mischief he caused when he was lonely? Can he even go visit?


As far as I can remember (read that manga chapter a while ago now), it still hasn't been explained why he can't go to the Underworld. My guess is that we will get some of that info hand in hand with more info on Itsuki's past (or maybe Wazawa Kiri wants to make it a whole arc for that)
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sailorstarsun



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:43 am Reply with quote
Now that's how you write a review. Surprised
Thank you, Rose. I wish you were the reviewer for all of the series I'm following.
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Gina Szanboti



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He's having a nightmare about the Executive, and mistakes Yahiko for him. While Ashiya was using his ability in self-defense, it terrifies the innocent Yahiko

Well...not exactly. Yahiko wasn't so innocent. He turned off the lights and impersonated the Executive to deliberately scare the bejeezus out of him. Twisted Evil

What interested me was that he seemed to know it was Yahiko ("Revert.") while not quite grasping that he wasn't the Executive ("You're the one who tried to kill me, Executive." In that order).

The other thing was that Fuzzy was afraid of Yahiko while he was plotting his prank and ran for the hills corner. So that just adds a little more to the mystery around Yahiko.

Anyway, cool episode. Smile
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If I remember correctly, Ashiya knew he was never really "allowed" to go to the Underworld to begin with. They made a big deal about him hiding his "human" status last season, although Abeno implied it was for Ashiya's protection, rather than the yokai's best interest. But Ashiya (and presumably any human with a spiritual sense) being dangerous to yokai certainly explains that dynamic, while knowing that going to the Underworld was taboo to begin with eases the blow of Ashiya being expressly forbidden from going (not that I think the prohibition will last!).

Yahiko is an adorable brat, and I loved how Abeno described his game with Ashiya as "a five-year-old vs. A three-year-old." But he has a tendency to take pranks dangerously far and be unaware of his own abilities and the negative effects it can have, scaring humans and yokai alike. I wonder if this is what got him banned?
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