Watched Shoumyou DVD 1 yesterday. I'm not sure if it's with the first edition, the special edition, or what have you, but it looks like there's going to be a special story included bit by bit in the various DVDs. ^^; Even Rikugo seems amused at Masahiro's plight. *laughs* Poor Masahiro. However, since it mentions a certain side story... most likely this story happens after the second story line... maybe after the third? I'm not sure. I'm also not sure of the season it happens in; I can't remember if it said. Silly me. ^^;
And then there are little excerpts from the first short story book where Masahiro tells Akiko about how he and Mokkun first met. ^o^ There are some little additions to what was shown in the anime's first ep. ^^; "Falling out of a tree... that mononoke's quite the klutz..."
As Masahiro walks home dejectedly from yet another attempt at finding a future career
"Ma~sahi~ro-kun. ......Hey you, Masahiro, look this way."
Time and time again, someone was calling him from somewhere low down behind his back. But the boy didn't stop, nor did he turn around.
"Hey, Masahiro ya~y. .........Great Seimei's grandson."
Until then, the boy hadn't shown the slightest response but at those words, he whirled around and roared, "Don't call me grandson!"
"Oh, so you did hear me. Weren't you taught to answer when spoken to, by your mother? For one thing, things like greetings and etiquette are extremely important if not necessary for building human relationships."
Masahiro looked down and sighed dejectedly.
"......You're one to talk to me about human relationships."
And another time
"Seeing how you're Seimei's grandson, you should, y'know just send those spirits, that are wandering about over there, off to where they should be or get rid of any strange creatures."
"You mean like you?"
"That's right, like me... wrong! Never mind about me, I'm completely harmless after all."
Hey you. You're supposed to listen when a person's talking to you."
You're not a person, Mokkun the mononoke."
"Don't call me Mokkun."
Masahiro grinned at the grumpy response.
"In that case, you stop calling me "Seimei's grandson"."
"This and that are two different things."
Just as they're about to encounter the giant worm
"What're you doing, Masahiro? Run!"
A white tail hit his leg, but Masahiro could only say pathetically, "I'm sorry, I can't move."
The mononoke's eyes widened.
Masahiro really couldn't move. He finally realised he'd been overcome by the creature's aura and could only cower. While he didn't understand fully, his limbs had completely frozen at the creature's strong aura. At least if he knew where it would come from, he could prepare himself, like being able to escape from the midst of a fire, but that wasn't possible against an unseen terror.
"Pull yourself together, Seimei's grandson."
"Even grandsons have things they're afraid of."
"All right, fine. There's a story from some time ago about Seimei hiding himself from some strange creature and escaping danger. If you use a spell of invisibility, you should be able to get away from here."
"As if I'd know that sort of thing."
"Just who do you think I am? I've lived a very long time and am very important. I know something like that."
"Mokkun, you're wonderful! You haven't lived a long time just for show then, huh?"
**cut the usual "don't call me Mokkun" "don't call me grandson" fight**
Mokkun wrote words into the ground with his claws, but for all that it was a bright night, it was indistinct in the moonlight. To make matters worse, it was written on the dark ground and so was virtually unreadable.
"Sensei, I can't read it."
"Oy oy, pull yourself together Seimei's grandson."
"I told you, don't call me 'grandson'!"
The earth shook again, and the mononoke look up at the heavens and closed its eyes.
"Uh oh, it found us. It's coming."
Just as the giant worm names Touda who has suddenly appeared
At those foolish words, the man sighed deliberately and turned around.
"Oy oy, pull yourself together, Seimei's grandson."
The unfamiliar low voice traveled well. However that manner of speech... Masahiro stared and rudely pointed his finger at the man.
"You're not... Mokkun?!"
"It's Guren. Jeez you have a lousy memory. Can't you remember something from even a moment ago?"
While the appearance and voice were completely different, there was no mistaking that manner of speech. Masahiro's eyes shone.
"You are Mokkun! Thank goodness, you're alive! ......Eh? But what's To-da..."
Masahiro cocked his head, and Guren sighed and shrugged slightly. Bending one knee, he reached out a hand and with his sharp nails scratched some letters into the earth.
He'd seen that somewhere before. Or rather, he'd read it. For example in Seimei's own writings or in the Great Writings of the Five Elements. For example...... on the rikujin divination board.
He should know that name.
From book 1 when facing the giant skull
The giant skull screamed.
"It doesn't even have a throat... where's that voice come from?"
"That's not the problem here, right?!"
It's identity was some hundreds, some thousands of skulls, being caught up in the wish to live, all coming together and transforming; in other words, it was a true mononoke.
"Listen Masahiro, a mononoke refers to something like that. So from now on, don't call me a mononoke. After all, you've seen the real thing now."
"How can you be so cool at a time like this?!" Masahiro half cried, but the mononoke looked unconcerned.
"Hm? Ahh, don't worry about it. That spell you just used made it impossible for this thing to remain as a giant skull. Which also means that it no longer has the power to do harm."
Wow that took longer than I expected. So check Kokumono 25, start on Shoumyou, or go to bed... Hmmm...