When in doubt, blame the crazy ex.
|I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about anything where an OVA came out while the show was still airing, so I figured I might as well cover it here. Yes, it’s a couple weeks old, but I just couldn’t not talk about it. …Or if you prefer the term “OAD”, then that this is what the post contains. I think that’s what the actual episode called it too. …And of course, the actual anime is on episode 11 and was the most adorable thing ever. I was trying so hard not to talk too much about shipping for this series, but seriously, Yato and Hiyori are just too cute.|
Hiyori gradually losing her memories was heartbreaking. It was bad enough with Yato trying everything, but then she forgot about Yukine as well. Yukine doesn’t seem to have taken it very well either. But on the bright side, this doesn’t seem to be causing Yato pain (or at least not unbearable pain, since he does seem to know if Yukine is hanging out with her or not). So the kid is still doing pretty well at managing his stress and not crossing over any lines. You would think that Hiyori might have gotten a hint about the situation from the fact that the random kid she just met had a highly detailed picture book of her and some people she’s never met doing things together. Or even just noticing that the situation was unusual. Hiyori didn’t even need to open the book. Her picture was right on the cover. However, I guess the solution isn’t supposed to be that simple. In any case, it’s interesting to see Hiyori without her interactions with the other side of things. So this is what she would be like if she had never met Yato. Her core character traits are there (why wouldn’t they be?), but things are definitely less lively.
Aaaaand of course it’s all Nora’s fault. Who knows how or why she has the ability to steal memories, but for the sake of the anime’s current storyline, let’s just go with it. If anything, at least she seems to have taken a route that would hit Yato pretty hard. Hiyori is pretty much the only human who’s paid attention to him for more than what the job requires. Plus they’ve grown pretty close, so the thought losing her is definitely hard for him, even if it might be better for her as Tenjin keeps stating. (…They covered this info about Hiyori being the only human who’s been this close to Yato for so long in the manga, so this isn’t just me making things up.) He even spent all of his money on art supplies. That’s dedication.
As for Rabo, apparently he’s an old work buddy of Yato’s
and maybe slightly yandere like Nora is. Also, he was human at some point, which might explain why he seems to have some connection with ayakashi and calamities, since humans cause them. Also, Gods lose their existence when people stop believing in him (this is also a fact stated in the manga that I don’t think they’ve ever mentioned in the anime), so the fact that Rabo is gaining sudden popularity through rumours makes his appearance make sense. Though it’s odd that nobody seems to have noticed a serial killer going around, considering the amount of bodies that seem to surround Rabo all the time. That many disappearances can’t be normal, can it? Or are the disappearances follow the same rules as other interactions with god, and everyone just naturally turns a blind eye to them?
I don’t know if belief has any influence on their power levels as well. I don’t think so, since Yato can survive an attack from Bishamon and the difference between followers is pretty big, but Yato seems weaker than Rabo at the moment. Who knows when this occurred, but this may be another psychological thing, since Yato doesn’t want to kill people for a living anymore and therefore is naturally less bloodthirsty.
…and then this happened.
The first thing to note is that this takes place later in the story than where the anime leaves off obviously, since Hiyori is in high school. More specifically, it takes place after the problems with Bishamon are all dealt with. But seeing how those events (or any events in the anime besides Hiyori, Yato and Yukine meeting) don’t really have much relation to what goes on in the OVA, they chose a good chapter to animate. …Plus this section of the story has excellent comedy value.
Yato showed his true level of idiocy this episode, and poor Hiyori had to suffer through all of it. We haven’t really seen Yato’s more suspicious behavior recently since everything was about Yukine’s angst (or at least, not this much of it at once). Apparently, he hasn’t quite gotten over his immaturity though (and probably never will). Kofuku seems like the type to never mature either, so of course, her and Yato are a funny, yet devastating combination. Looking at all of the chaos Kofuku causes by herself (both with the teachers this time around and that other guy who jumped off the building), it’s probably a VERY good thing that Daikoku is the strict type.
Hiyori’s heart is extremely forgiving though, and she let Yato go without much of a fuss. …But, the poor girl’s social reputation. She already had problems with randomly falling asleep in middle school an now she’s probably known as a weird person all throughout high school. Though Hiyori is a strong girl. She’ll survive. Yato is reeeeally lucky she doesn’t hold a grudge for all of this. I guess it just goes to show how close the two of them are if Yato is able to possess Hiyori (without any concern that she might ditch him or something) and Hiyori doesn’t feel like kicking Yato’s ass after all of the trouble he caused. …Though it’s not like she really has a choice, since Yato is the only one who can really fix her, she doesn’t seem like she wants to lose her memories, and she could do nothing about the whole possession thing. …So in the end, Yato is just lucky that Hiyori is a good person. I wonder what the next OVa will be about, since I haven’t really encountered any stand alone chapters in the manga quite like this one. (I think I’m around volume 6 though, so there’s still a lot I haven’t read yet.)
Also, apparently all gods are harem experts in one way or another.
So maybe it wasn’t the deepest OVA ever, but it was highly entertaining. Noragami has such awesome character dynamics. Though that applies to what’s happening in the current anime arc as well between Yukine, Hiyori and Yato. The anime arc is doing things that don’t really have explanations (why can Nora take memories? How can a human become a god? Do Rabo/Nora bother to clean up the corpses afterwards, or what?), but as far as the emotional side of the story goes, things are really good. The same goes for the animation, of course~. The next episode (which may or may not have already aired in Japan, I’m not entirely sure) is the final one. It will be sad to see Noragami go since everything they’ve done so far has been really good, but the final looks like it will be a good one.
Yato gets serious, after all.