Teen Wolf Review: The Nogitsune is No Good

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My deepest fears just came to light on Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 17.

Unless there are even more of the 13 types of Kitsune rambling through the halls of Beacon Hills High School, Stiles is the second and he's the worst -- a Nogitsune, meaning void.

Taking a little trip back in time with Argent to his first solo mission was a pretty cool way to introduce what would become one of the biggest stories to hit Teen Wolf in some time.

The Kitsune myth has surrounded his family for decades and he was completely unaware. Also, apparently, were the Stilinskis. Unless I'm missing something, we just learned Stiles is a Kitsune, which means he's a supernatural, right?

That makes me wonder why Derek could see it keenly on Kira but has never noticed on Stiles. Perhaps by being "void" you would give off no indication at all and that's why an Oni needs to drop by and put what I thought was an inverted 5 behind your ear. Turns out that was an S, to mark "self" and not an imposter (Kitsune trickster spirit -- it must all be in there somewhere).

This hour brought things together really nicely. Without a doubt it was my favorite in quite some time. If you watch Wolf Watch after the show, I could have added "Number of times brought to tears = 4" to their list.

When Kira asked to see Scott's face and then touched it in wonder (the music during this installment was incredible and helped drive tears), again when Stiles called Melissa mom, then when Isaac was silenced with a kiss and an ass grab and finally when I realized it was Stiles who was the Nogitsune. That last one came with a mewling "Noooooo" to accompany the wet eyes.

Seriously, quite embarrassing. 

However, it bears mentioning because it has been so long since things have gelled so completely with the characters. Yes, there are still shippers out there hoping for Scott and Allison to get back together, but the chemistry between Tyler Posey and Arden Cho as well as Daniel Sharman and Crystal Reed is out of this world. 

The way Allison was able to shut up Isaac when he was worried about looking like a silly teenager was so sexy. I can't remember a scene like that between she and Scott. And if you thought Isaac brought new life to a werewolf in a suit, don't be afraid to vote for him in our 17 Hottest Werewolves poll... yowl!

Scott's pack is taking shape whether he likes it or not. Aiden and Ethan taking it upon themselves to ride his flank as protection detail to get on his good side was nifty while it lasted. They were never far away, even when he thought he dodged them. Derek was better at hiding and followed him unnoticed. He's been missed. Where did he leave Peter, anyway?

After Stiles admitted himself into the hospital and Melissa had some time to think about it, she recalled symptoms of another patient that matched his -- Claudia Stilinski. As far as I can recall, they've never addressed what caused her death. She must have been a Kitsune, as well. We can only hope that having a pack to rally around the darkness will save him, because things don't look so good right now. 

What's interesting is that Kitashi didn't make any allowances for a Nogitsune who was possessed or not, just a Nogitsune -- to let the Oni kill it no matter who it is. That makes it sound like there is no way to come back from it once you've discovered you're that type of Kitsune.

As Stiles can reach directly into the Oni and pull out their essence (assuming that is what the fireflies represent) he seems to be a powerful dark void. It seemed like he absorbed the other two Oni directly into himself. Part of Stiles is still in there, because he can still be himself when he needs to be. It's pretty confusing (trickster!).

Mr. McCall was feeling fairly smug about his chances of ripping Sheriff Stilinski out of his position. Now that he's witnessed the supernatural (did Melissa drag him away before the wolves came out?), I wonder if he'll be more willing to listen to what people have to say. Not just the words, but the way the present evidence. A good agent should be looking for the whole picture, but he's been using his job as a vendetta against the Sheriff.

I doubt he won't pull through, although it would have been awfully traumatic for him to die just after Scott essentially declared him a sperm donor. 

They only mentioned four other types of Kitsune that Kira may be: Celestial, wild, ocean and thunder. Given her aura, I wonder if fox or fire are specific types and she's one of the two, or if foxfire is one itself. Surely they'll spill the beans and not leave us hanging.

I don't know about you, but this one deserves another viewing. If you missed any of it, you can watch Teen Wolf online here on TV Fanatic.

What did you find most interesting?


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Stile should stay with the kitsune powers not a were wofl he look so bad ass and cool


I Think In the end Scott may
give up his true alpha powers to save stiles life anyone else?


I like where this is going--I'm ridiculously worried about Stiles though. I was just sort of confused as to the fact that Stiles was the Nogitsune? It started out being Allison, Scott and Stiles having issues after being in the ice bath and now it seems that they've abandoned that storyline cause Scott and Allison don't seem to have any more troubles. There's no sign of Kate Argent anywhere.
Also I thought that since they were bringing the Japanese in, that the Kitsunes would all be of Japanese descent but I'm interested to see the origins of Stiles'...supernatural-ness...
Also Scott's daddy issues? Love it. Need to know more. And once again, Mama McCall makes me cry. Seriously the glue of this show. ALSO kudos to the writers for staying true to the heritage of their actors. Arden Cho is Korean and playing a Japanese character...but then they also made her Korean from her father's side. Great writing, seriously.

@ Angela

Remember what Kitashi said that Nogitsunes possess a "host" and they draw power from pain and tragedy, strife and chaos. I'm thinking that Stiles isn't a Nogitsune but rather possessed by one because there has sure been a lot of pain in his life. And maybe his mother was also possessed by one and it resulted in her death. It would make sense seeing as Stiles can switch back to himself when he needs to and doesn't seem to remember when he does these things.


Kitune are foxes, so it would be better to state what type of kitune/fox is Kira? Given the types that were listed in the episode Celestial, thunder, ocean, wild the others are most likely along the lines of the Japanese elements, Air/wind (also known as sora), fire, water, earth, lightning, light and dark. Ocean is most likely water, thunder is lightning, wild is probably chaos/trickster, void is probably dark from how it was described and Celestial is light/heavenly/order. but we wont know more about what the 13 types in Teen Wolf universe until its explained. As of Fox-fire its a generic/base ability used by all kitsune by rubbing their tails together. As for Stiles, I am not convince hes always been a Nogitsune, I believe he is possessed by one, or not even a Nogitsune and is just possessed by a dark spirit of some kind. My reasoning, the flashback of 24 years ago showed a dark/void kitsune being defeated by the Oni. It also growled and revealed its identity to the Oni prior to receiving their endurance/self test. Stiles had no features changed that I recall, maybe his eyes went black but I could have gotten that idea from another show, and the fact he defeated 3 of them. Stiles defiantly let something in when he investigated the ajar door from his dream with lydia, and his mind and body was trying to tell him to close it before its to late.

@ Blake

How would you explain him and his mother having the same symptoms then? I'm curious.

@ acani hu

I guess that maybe his mother was possessed by a Nogitsune just like Stiles and that possession resulted in her death.


The past few episodes with the Oni's have been great, even though I got to rewatch them to understand, I knew Stilies was the evil spirit 10 minutes into the episode. My only nitpicks with the show is that I wish there was more fight scenes & I wish Issac would stop acting scared all the time & join his Alpha instead of trying to hook up with his ex.


I think there are 3 kitsunes, Styles, Allison and Kira. The old man kinda hinted that Allison might be one, I think he can see her ora eve if her dad can't.
I think Styles doesn't know he's a nogitsune. I think instead of him being bad, he'll end up saving them somehow because his positive spirit will defeat his dark spirit.

@ lovedit

I thought he was saying that until the Nogitsune wants to reveal itself, nobody will know, even if it is Allison. If there are three of them... I want unicorns next. ;-)

Matthew pittard
@ Carissa Pavlica

I hope not. Teen Wolf dosnt normally pause on its haunches to explain things to the audience. Its a reason I like it so much. It moves on to the next story, the next theme and rarely looks back.


Loved this episode. I really thought the Oni were after Kira but them being after a Nogitsune and that being Stiles because he's been blacking out and not acting like himself so being possessed by an evil demon thing would make so much since and is a nice twist. Like I've been saying I'm all for a Kira and Scott relationship because they're really cute together and I feel like their chemistry is better than Scott and Allison's. Derek coming in and saying he had been following Scott all day was funny and it was great to see Derek in on all the action with the others again. I was excited to learn more about the Kitsune stuff and finding out there is 13 different types was interesting and since Kira is a good one I wonder which type she is I'm leaning towards fire because it seemed like they hinted at that a little bit. At then end with Stiles he totally freaked me out and if he can kill Oni while no one else can then it has me scared of what else he can do. Kira took learning about werewolves very well much better than Allison did and to me it seemed like she accepted what Scott was faster and I loved how she asked him to show her and he did and she didn't freak out or anything. I can't wait to learn more about what Kitsune Kira is and Stiles' story is amazing. I can't wait for the next episode and from the preview it looks like we'll learn more about Stiles.


This may seem nitpicky and maybe I'm understanding the article incorrectly, but the symbol behind the ear is not the letter "S", it's actually a character, or essentially a word.

@ Catzy

I write about it being a kanji (not that I spelled it properly) in the recap. It's more detailed about the specifics of the episode.

Spindae 2o

I was overall not happy with this instalment. Usually I love shows with a fast pacing and plenty reveals, but this overall felt over crowded a bit forced. I felt like someone was forcingng information into my head, had to rewatch some scenes twice. dylan is playing a tremendous stiles and I look forward to the show give him more space.

@ Spindae 2.0

I'm surprised that you didn't like it. We normally like a lot of the same episodes and this was my favorite Teen Wolf of 3B. I loved that they gave explanations with their confusion, instead of just chaos without meaning.

Spindae 2o
@ Carissa Pavlica

I was surprised when you rated the ep ith full 5 stars, like come on "Really??" I don't know somewhere I just got lost. I wouldn't say it was a bad episode there were parts I extremly liked the Stilles/Mom storyline, Scott and Kira, Ali&Isaac, but that Kitsune reveal was just to big and compressed somehow that it left me flat ohh just that. It felt like " We need to twist the story more cause Kira wasn't enough!" I like the show more when it's focus on their relationships like last week.


i know alison and isaac have more chemistry and i like kira and scott , but the only reason alison broke up with scott was beacause he was a wolf ! alison and isaac won't last long , or else she's being a hypocrite and i don't like that they talk about how much they care about scott while flirting with him, and where was lydia? she is loyal to scott....

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Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

I'm a True Alpha. You have no idea what I can do.


Scott: What was behind the mask?
Argent: Darkness. Absolute darkness.