When you put ninja and anime together, you usually get lots of sneaking around (with the exception of Naruto), plenty of ninja action and ninjutsu. Nabari no Ou, while still have those elements, throws in a new twist. The one who holds the hijutsu Shinrabanshou and destined to be the ruler of the ninja world is not only a weakling brat, but a little devil trapped in a lolishota body.
Thanks to Miharu, this show dangerously wavers towards BL and I’m sure the fanfiction world would see an explosion of Miharu X every other guys (and girls or that matter) in the series stories. There doesn’t seem to be any yet, but mark my words, give it another couple of weeks more and we’ll definitely see a lot of them.
Miharu’s mischievous behaviour is what actually draws me into liking the show. His “Master of Apathy” character and shameless abuse of his build and look are deviliciously fun to watch. Now if he could start using bunshin and henge jutsu’s, we’ll probably see him abuse it way more than harem no jutsu.
He appears to be pretty smart and cunning, too. Maybe not on the same level as Lelouch, although Miharu does resembles him, especially his oh-so-evil grin. At the same time, his devilish pranks and expressions also reminds me of the Hitachiin twins of Ouran.
Bat wings, checked. Pointy tail, checked. Miharu is definitely a devil in disguise.
The devil aside, Nabari no Ou still stands out on its own. It’s not everyday you find a main character in a ninja series who not only can’t fend for himself (so far) but lacks the motivation to do anything about it despite knowing that he’s being targeted. Instead of trying to do something on his own, he decided to stick to his nonchalant behaviour and even abuse those who are trying to keep him safe from harm.
While he does seem to have some principles of his own, and probably doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt because of himself, it’s possible that he really just don’t care. When the Shinrabanshou offered to give him anything he wants, there was nothing. I was expecting one of those cliche “I want power to protect my friends” but that didn’t happen and that was somewhat refreshing.
I think the guys on the receiving end of this actually fell for him…
Nabari no Ou is currently my #5 favourite among the Spring season lineup, although this could change since we’re still at the start of the season. But considering this is animated by J.C. Staff, I have high hopes for it.
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