Kami-sama no Memo-chou – 12 (END)
「君と僕と彼女のこと」 (Kimi to Boku to Kanojo no Koto)
“You, Me, and For Her Sake”
I don’t know what the point of luring out your enemies is if you don’t fully intend to have fun with it. When Hakamizaka was threatening to “fly away” if Narumi wasn’t fast enough to catch him, I didn’t expect him to be flying away on drugs. But after a few episodes of building him up to be this omnipotent drug maker, I expected him to be at least half as interesting as Renji. Seeing how he’s the final bad guy of the series, I was a little disappointed with how easily he was taken down. However, getting to watch Alice show that devililsh side of her made it all worth it.
That said the buildup to the finale really showed how tough Narumi has become since joining up with Alice and her team of NEETs. Stuck with no leads, it was a pretty ballsy move when he decided to take Angel Fix in order to obtain more clues. Not only was he putting his life on the line, but after watching the destructive potential of Angel Fix it’s not too difficult to see why druggies would want to see have such lucid hallucinations.
In the end, it seems that the happy ending that everyone was hoping for finally came true. As Alice said, Sayaka might have succumb to the effects of Angel Fix when Hakamizaka forced it on her but her true intentions and feelings were always positive ones. While I don’t agree that attempting to commit suicide was the smartest choice in the name of protecting her sacred grounds, it does make for an awfully cute way to end the series. And, I was totally right about her not being dead.
As I’ve said in previous posts, Kami-sama no Memo-chou plays out the mystery genre in a way that allows the average Joe to sometimes figure out the mystery while still giving them that “OH!” feeling when they can’t. I’ve seen way too many mystery shows have some omnipotent detective that pull clues from out of nowhere, noticing tiny things that not even Sherlock Holmes would have caught. In Alice’s case, while the internet may be abundant in information, it still has it shortcomings. And it’s in these shortcomings that allow Narumi (and the watchers) to actively take the role of finding clues that ultimately help Alice solve the case.
But thrown in amongst all the mystery was a strong story that I never saw coming. Take our lead protagonist, Narumi, who came off as a boring guy who didn’t have a care in the world and somehow turned into this outgoing beast that’s befriended the strangest of people. In the span of twelve episodes, I’m content with how realistic his growth felt. No random power ups, no dumb reasons to change his way of life — just the drive to become a better person to help support all the people around him.
While the side characters didn’t have a lot of time spent on revealing just who they are, they still became individual characters who had their own flare. From Soichirou to Renji and Tetsuo to Hitoshi, everyone had their own individual tastes, mannerisms, and effect on Narumi. Plus, you know that the writers are doing a good job whenever a character speaks and you remember their name.
In the end, I think Kami-sama no Memo-chou started strong, held up well throughout the season, and ended on a high note. With its easy to understand but compelling mysteries and lots of slice of life moments to bring the audience closer to the characters, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this show to anyone looking for a mystery that doesn’t make you feel stupid when the answer is revealed.