|It’s long over now, but a belated happy birthday to Kamiyan, who turned 39 on the 28th. Hopefully he sticks around for many more voice acting years to come~. …Maybe not Wakamoto-level dedication (Wakamoto is like, 70), but even 5 more years would be amazing.|
Once again, we’re introduced to another god and their shinki and once again, the relationship seems to be a bit different. Taking into account Sawashiro’s character too (who said maybe 3 words in episode 5), it seems like all gods have different kinds of relationships with their shinki. Sure there are the basic rules underlining how the shinki are allowed to act, but for the most part, it seems to rely on the individuals involved. Kofuku seems rather close to Daikoku (and he seems like the most mature person in the relationship, which is kind of funny), Tenjin has a more formal relationship with his shinki, and Sawashiro’s character seems like this as well. As for Nora (who’s name literally means “stray”), she seems to have a complex relationship with Yato. Actually, she’s had a complex relationship with a lot of people, but that should be explained in time. The same goes for the reason why Hiyori and Yukine went to meet Kofuku.
They went off the manga for a good portion of episode 4 (or maybe just out of order; this probably could have still happened in the manga), but it was fine. Where the story went straight into the Bishamon/Yato/Nora story and Yukine having issues, this was a good break while still covering core concepts. For instance, Yato’s ability to to cut relationships. I guess it’s not as complicated as I made it seem in the last post, but I didn’t want to try to explain it without some kind of example. The ability isn’t so much cutting memories as it is emotional attachments (if the first chapter of the manga is anything to go by). Also, I guess some memories associated with the emotional attachments will disappear, but they’re filled in On their own by the individual. Kind of like how people don’t notice anything suspicious about the gods and set them to the back of their minds. (Or as seen in episode 5, totally ignoring them.) Oh and I guess the ability can cut even more than that though. If the misfortune by the guy in this episode was caused by him hanging out with Kofuku, I guess cutting that relationship also stops the misfortune.
Could Hiyori have feelings for Yato? She certainly does have a lot of concern for his affairs (even outside of him helping her), and she was blushing around him. Or maybe it’s just because she’s an innocent teenager and Yato can get pretty close (physically) to people. Also, would it work out if she does feel that way about him? After all, Yato seems like a helpless guy, but he’s recently proven that he is a deity and has completely different views on life due to that. A human like Hiyori would probably be the least of his concerns, seeing what he has to deal with on a daily basis. On the other hand, there’s Yukine, who most likely gave Yato hell the entire time he was at Hiyori’s house. If he does develop feelings for Hiyori, there’s the fact that he’s dead, and can’t act on his feelings at all. They could probably downplay all of the relationship stuff by passing it off on the character’s being teenagers, but if they do try to develop any kind of actual romance in Noragami, it seems like it will be rather difficult given the character’s circumstances.
The relationship between a shinki and a god seems both fair and unfair at the same time. Er, if you consider the chance at a second life (ish) ‘fair’. The shinki can’t really do much outside of their job, but on the other hand, sinning is considered bad just about everywhere and if you believe in the inherent good in people, they shouldn’t be tempted by anything in the first place. But honestly, were on earth would you find a perfect human like that? At the same time too, there’s also a bit of unfairness in treatment since while the shinki’s sins affect the god, the god is a god, and therefore is allowed to take whatever the hell they want when they want with no repercussions.That could probably cause some discontent from the shinki depending on the individual. Adding on to that, anything negative the shinki feels directly causes some sort of pain for their god. …Let’s just say that there seems to be a lot of room for things to spiral downwards pretty fast.
These circumstances seem pretty harsh even for an adult, so it must be pretty hard for Yukine considering that he’s still a kid. Yato seems to have a good reason to keep him around, since he’s apparently really powerful, but there also seems to be a threat in the fact that Yato’s killed a shinki before. After the events with the girl being taken over by the ayakashi, Yukine seems to be a bit mentally disturbed, which probably isn’t going to make his relationship with Yato any better. Actually, Yukine is being rather well behaved compared to how he was in the manga. I do believe that he was totally stealing from people (even Hiyori) around this time. Maybe that will pop up later.
I’m… not crazy, right? They’ve added in more animation to the OP. I swear the character cameos weren’t moving before, nor was the trio. Actually, after typing this, I went back through all of the previous episodes and found that no, I’m not crazy (or at least in regards to the OP). The added in more animation in episode 4 and they also changed up a few shots of Yato.
Because this makes a world of difference.
Jokes aside, it’s kind of cool that they put in the effort to do this. Who knows why, but it’s interesting
and had me questioning my sanity a bit. As for the plot, things are still going really well. The anime has continued to go off the manga, but like it has done before, the things they put in instead are just as good. Hell, this might even make things better, since Yukine’s character seems a tiny bit more sympathetic right now. Maybe this might have some effects on things to come, but from the looks of it, they might be able to get away with making Yukine’s character a bit less like a brat and still having the main message come through. …As for something totally unrelated (but not quite unrelated), apparently the author designed an anime exclusive character who will be voiced by Sakurai, so that will most likely change things up again as well. Though seeing how things have been going so far, I don’t think it will be bad at all. The anime has been doing well so far, so let’s hope it stays that way.
Yukine seems to be becoming a pain in the neck (sorry, I couldn’t resist)