|I’ve been catching up with the winter anime that I fell behind on recently. Next on my list to watch is Phi Brain (which apparently turned into something from Urobuchi, so that’s exciting). I’m actually surprisingly attached to Nobunagun of all things too. It kind of reminds me of Mushibugyo… Though Noragami is still #1.|
Daikoku tried reaaaaally hard to try and save Yato, so he and Kofuku should be forgiven for barring everyone out at the end of episode 8. After all, they were worried about the blight and that stuff is contagious. Kofuku was obviously worried too, during the time that Daikoku had to go door to door trying to find volunteers. Hell, even Mayu was worried. It’s a pretty big thing that her, Kazuma and Daikoku were willing to do this for Yato/Yukine simply because of how contagious the blight really is (as pointed out later, in episode 10). Er, actually, most of them were there for Yato as opposed to Yukine, but it’s the thought that counts. Back to the topic of the blight, that other shinki of Tenjin’s was expelled right away for doing a little damage to him, so Yukine is really lucky all around about how lenient Yato is. Though in Tenjin’s defence, expelling the shinki was not only an honour thing, but probably the smart thing to do as well. Not only because the blight is contagious, but multiple shinki would be harder to keep track of/keep in line. Especially because every one of them is an individual and have their own personalities and ways of dealing with things.
…This is close enough to being an arm injury, right?
Finally, the Yukine angst period is over. Yato didn’t do much this episode except for lay on the ground half dead, but the part about him being a bit like Yukine’s father is kind of touching. Obviously, Yukine’s problem stemmed from the fact that he’s lost a lot (and Nora’s offhand comment about Yukine’s eyes obviously didn’t help the situation apparently). Likewise though, Yato doesn’t really have anyone either, so they work well as a pair. The part at the end with Yato forcing Yukine to bow was rather father-like as well. There was immediate payoff in episode 10 as well. Maybe it’s a bit unbelievable that Yukine could change over so quickly, but I guess that’s just another reminder of how well behaved the shinki need to be. Even crossing over a little is enough for it to hurt their god, and Yukine’s problem was psychological, so it effectively solved by talking it out in the last episode anyways. It’s satisfying to see him now though, since he’s found a way to cope in having Hiyori help him study.
There’s no question about it, Hiyori saved everyone’s ass this episode. …Er, at least Yato and Yukine’s. As Yato pointed out, so many things could have gone wrong, but Hiyori made so many right decisions and without her help at any of those times, things would have turned out so much differently. That part where Hiyori stated that her and Yukine wouldn’t be friends anymore actually seems like the best possible line in that situation, since Yukine’s main worry was that he was totally alone. I was worried at the beginning of the season (before I read the manga) that Hiyori would be dead weight since she can’t do anything, so I’m really glad I was proven wrong. The show needs Hiyori, thankfully. It looks like she won’t be completely forgotten in wherever the story is going now as well. …Even though she seems to have forgotten Yato. Considering how Tenjin brought up cutting ties with Hiyori, having her in between the two worlds looks like it will be a theme here.
Though who even knows what Nora is trying to accomplish. The part with her chasing Hiyori and then having her give up after her dogs go away doesn’t make much sense (though that happened in the manga as well). The part with Rabo is kind of confusing as well. Does Nora want to kill Yato? Does she only want to get rid of the bad influences, Yukine and Hiyori? …Maybe this is a yandere thing. Perhaps Nora thinks that Yato has gone too far off the path of what she believes he should be on, so the only solution now is death since he won’t listen. Rabo himself seems more straightforward at least. Or at least motives-wise, since all he seems to want to do is kill Yato. It will be interesting to see what his relationship with Nora is, since they just kind of started hanging out together without any explanation.
Ugh, all of the emotion in episode 9. It was so well directed. Obviously the original gets credit for being awesome in the first place, but everything in this episode was perfectly timed. Especially that one part with Yukine in the white space. That part really stood out for me. Also, the voice acting! Kaji Yuki ‘s portrayal of Yukine’s pain was amazing (he’s a great seiyuu in the first place, and apparently he’s getting really good at yelling). Anyways, that was such a great finale to a particularly emotional part in the story. As for where the anime is going now, they seem to be mixing events from the manga with whatever they’re planning for Nora and Rabo. Things are kind of confusing (no really, does Nora want Yato dead or what), but this anime has been so good so far, so hopefully they manage to sort things out. Or if not, I’m just going to stick with my yandere theory. Nora seems like she’d make a good yandere.