Episode 7: 呼んではならぬ That which you must not call
In this second part of a two parter storyline, we get to see that Natsume is more alike to Reiko than he thinks. Well, he certainly inherits Reiko’s spunkiness and it reflected on how he dealt with the big bad evil youkai who cursed Tooru. It is this very inherent nature that got him out from his captive predicament. However, like what Nyanko-sensei says, his single minded stubbornness in rushing into things without considering the consequences sometimes puts him in risky situations. It’s amusing yet poignant to see Natsume mused about it after the fact. As much as Nyanko sometimes is seen to be putting Natsume down with his verbal nags, I think that he quietly admires Natsume’s resolve.
I like that we were shown glimpses of how Natsume feels if he were to totally lose his special powers. His thoughts towards the end revealed how he was swamped by a peculiar feeling when he temporarily lost his ability to see Nyanko/Madara in this episode and he guess that it must have been loneliness but decide to keep the thought to himself. On the other hand, he’s shown to gain confidence in the friendships that he has formed with the people around him and being comfortable with it. Perhaps in the end, it isn’t as bad as he thought especially for someone who has had such a lonely childhood.
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Big bad youkai kidnapped Natsume and brought him to a cave. The youkai had Natsume tied up by the neck. He didn’t like the fact that Natsume can see him and thought it better if Natsume can’t interfere in his evil little game with Tooru. So he licked Natsume’s face and said that he plans to eat his victims no matter the outcome. The mean youkai is just plain evil and likes to toy with humans whom he thought of as weaklings. Well, Natsume is not about to be his next meal, punch the youkai in the face, broke free and got away.
Natsume ran smacked into his little search party…sort of…he kind of trip hard over Nyanko-sensei…haha and got a furious lecture from the fat neko when they settle down to find out what happened to Natsume. Natsume felt weird with his vision and had a little shock when he realized that he can’t see Mr. Big Face Mustachio youkai sitting besides Nyanko. He thought it must be something that was caused by the evil youkai’s lick. That made Nyanko even madder. Tooru feels bad for what has transpired.
Another lecture from Nyanko who explained the reason why Natsume can still see him is because his neko form is not his actual form. He proceeds to transform to his Madara self. For the first time, Natsume feels strangely alone when he calls out to sensei and can’t see him anywhere. Madara gently blows air at Natsume to let him know that he’s there in the room. That was quite a beautiful scene. It highlights how much Natsume has gotten used to his powers and how odd he felt when he momentarily lost his ability to see spirits. Nyanko apparently got numbered as a victim too. Not that I can imagined him being eaten…hehe.
And the search continues as Natsume and Nyanko meets up with Tooru. Neko has a plan to rid the big evil youkai. All they have to do is get the evil one to look into a mirror…a demon sealing mirror. Of course, it’s easier said then done…Nyanko offers Natsume as the bait because he’s the owner of the yuujin-chou which is reason enough to attract said evil youkai…plus the fact he smells yummy…haha. Tooru wondered what kind of book that is but Natsume just told her it’s something that his gran left for him. Tooru then said it must be a precious memento to him, pleasantly surprising him. But before our little gang can carry out their little plan, the big evil youkai suddenly appears…it must be due to Natsume’s yummy scent…lol. Oh, poor Nyanko being kicked away like a ball:-P
And the battle begins. Tooru lured evil youkai to one of her magic circles and thought that if she trapped him there, the curse will be lifted. But unbeknown to her, evil youkai has no intention of letting her go or lifting the curse. He grab hold of Tooru and proceed to squeeze the life out of her. Meanwhile, Natsume who was knocked to the ground lost grip of the demon sealing mirror. He felt something prevents him from getting up and saw the noose tied round his neck, reflected in the mirror. Screaming for the evil youkai to stop hurting Tooru, he tried in vain to reach for the mirror. Lucky for him, Nyanko in his Madara form came in time to save the day. Evil youkai got his comeuppance. Afterwards, both Natsume and Tooru collapsed from exhaustion.
All’s well, that ends well. Tooru thanked Natsume for helping her and Natsume in turn tells her that she is the first person he met who appreciates his gran’s memories as being precious to him. Those two are so sweet together. Natsume gains another friend in his little comfortable group. Thus, the two parter story ends with a lovely warm fuzzy feeling.