Thoughts: Nyanko-sensei can get pretty excited over a snowball fight!
Overall Rating: 9
This episode was probably one of my favorites so far in the whole series. Natsume and Nyanko-sensei head out and eventually have a snowball fight. The guardian statue near them housed a spirit that tries to posess Natsume, but it ends up going into a snowbunny instead. They learn the spirit’s name is Gen, and that he is trying to seal an evil spirit. Natsume let’s Gen stay at his house for the time being while they search for it.
When Natsume returns home, Gen is in his human form sweeping. Gen first tells Natsume that he’s searching for an evil tree, however Natsume researches that the tree has been cut down. They head to an abandoned house and end up finding the evil spirit Gen is looking for. However, the spirit is Sui, the other guardian statue that was destroyed long ago. Gen tells Natsume of the past and how Sui and himself were loved by the villagers. However, when they could not help the crops grow one year, they destroyed Sui’s statue. Sui then became an evil spirit out of her hatred for what the villagers had done.
Gen ends up finding Sui, but both of them lose what little energy they have left when Gen tries to save her. As Gen embraces her they both disappear. It was a pretty touching, and I was surprised they did so much in just one episode. The next episode will be about Natori and Natsume heading to the hot springs. I’m pretty interested in that.