The ultimate weapon: the adorable fluff ball.
|Reading the Monogatari novels took over my life over the past week and while I feel like I can appreciate Senjougahara’s character a lot more now, I’ve also been neglecting to watch anime. Oh well, I guess I can catch up now.|
Hiyori is still being an absolutely awesome female lead. She’s ditzy and makes mistakes, but her positive attitude is infectious. Obviously Yato’s help is a bit unreliable since even he doesn’t know how he’s going to solve her problem, so it’s great that Hiyori is all for trying to be as much help as she can instead of crying and feeling sorry for herself. Plus while she didn’t really do anything helpful this episode, you can’t hate her for causing problems since she’s obviously trying really hard. She definitely seems like a character who would join in the fight if she could. What’s holding her back isn’t her personality or physical abilities, but the fact that she doesn’t have a shinki (and she probably wouldn’t be able to use one even if she did). I guess the question is going to be what Hiyori’s role of the anime is going to be, since she honestly can’t do anything about her situation at the moment and is rather vulnerable. Hiyori’s personality might keep her from seeming too much like dead weight, but hopefully she’ll be able to do more than just watch from the sidelines every time something happens.
I said that Yato seems a bit unreliable in the above paragraph, but that was probably unfair. He has proven to be rather reliable, as shown by how he cleaned that entire washroom for 5 yen. Yato can also teleport and has remarkable fighting abilities. …And yet, everyone in the show treats him like he’s a sketchy figure. If Yato’s personality was just a tiny bit different, maybe he could actually earn some kind of respect from the rest of the cast, since his skills seem reliable enough. …Though of course, Yato’s personality is a great thing about the show. I don’t know if Noragami would be as enjoyable if his character was different.
Yukine is probably smart to hide his arms. He is a Kaji Yuki character, after all.
He’s had about 3 lines so far, and Yukine is definitely going to be a great addition to Yato and Hiyori. There’s the possibility that he might leave like Tomone did since he certainly doesn’t respect Yato any more than anyone else on the show, but thanks to the ED, we know that he’s probably going to stay.
From the white kimono and flashback sequence, I guess the type of spiritual entity needed to become a shinki is the soul of a dead person? …I’m mainly just assuming that Yukine is dead due to his white kimono; maybe he’s still alive. …Though that wouldn’t explain why he was a floating puff ball. Yato said something about an “uncorrupt spirit” too. In any case though, none of the other supernatural things on the show seemed all that human, so Yukine is special somehow (Hiyori doesn’t count since she’s obviously an anomaly). That raises the question as to what Tomone is doing now though, if she was dead too. Can she just wander off and find another god to work with? I’m sure we’ll see her eventually, since they bothered to give her an appearance in the OP animation.
Bones is doing an awesome job with animation so far~. …There are a few shots that look a little quality, but the budget seems to have been spent wisely elsewhere. Like that scene where Yato landed on that power wire and then flipped/fell off. I don’t know if they had that flipping part in the manga or if the anime just added it in to show off, but it’s nice to see the extra movement. All of the action scenes in this anime have been nicely animated so far, and none of the fights have been boring. Er, all of the fights have been a lot of running with maybe a one-hit kill from Yato, but they’ve still been interesting, so that’s something. The exposition hasn’t been overbearing either, and this episode had a lot of it. There’s a balance of talking and action, and the pacing for Noragami has been pretty good so far. Now let’s see where the plot goes now that Yato can actually fight not (…provided that Yukine complies and doesn’t quit).
This was pretty cool too.
Things seem to be progressing pretty nicely so far for Noragami. The story seems to be going somewhere at a good pace and the action, comedy and explanations are well balanced. …Maybe people will disagree with me on the comedy part, but oh well. Having everyone treat Yato like a suspicious character might get old after a while, but so far, it’s been pretty funny. Obviously Hiyori isn’t doing it to be malicious and Yukine seems to be a stuck up kid more than anything, so we’ll see where that goes. As for Yato… well, I just hope that he never changes. Along with the action and all of that other stuff, the main characters personalities are great. I really have nothing to complain about regarding this episode.
…Though this may largely have to do with my Kamiyan bias.
The ayakashi designs are all pretty cool too.