「Singing in the Rain」
While it didn’t happen exactly how I expected it to, this has to be one of the best episodes of Kami Nomi to date. With the whole formula of a capture being thrown upside down, things felt strong from start to finish. As Keima himself recognized, the amount of flags he missed was staggering. While I’m no dating sim player, even I was able to tell that Chihiro was sending some obvious messages. Not only did she try talking to him about whatever she could think of, she even brought him some food! Even though her delivery might have been a bit too sarcastic, we all know that she went back into that convenience store to grab Keima’s share. When a girl is going out of her way to bring food to you, it should be a clear indication that something’s up.
Throughout the episode there was a liberal use of silent scenes this week. By silent scenes, I’m talking about those scenes with no voices other then grunts that were filled with that classy piano backtrack that really helped set the mood. Something about watching Chihiro’s battle with herself trying to figure out who her heart really had fallen for, was captivating to say the least. And by the time she had finally gotten the courage to admit that she didn’t want to confess to Yuta, it stung a bit to watch her get shot down. Since Keima doesn’t have the luxury of knowing everything that we do, I would normally cut him some slack. But like I said earlier, what kind of God of Conquest would miss signs that a normal person (me) could notice?
In a slightly forced but still spectacular finish, Keima regains his composure and continues to keep his 100% capture rate. I say slightly forced since most guys don’t get the opportunity to recover after such a serious argument, but I guess I can give it up to our God of Conquest’s charm. When push comes to shove it’s a relief to know that Keima can openly express his feelings and bring out the best in people. As Chihiro and every single other capture has shown, they all end up with their lives a little bit brighter and a little bit better than before.
As I’ve questioned in the past, it looks like Keima is finally beginning to question the effects of his actions on his current reality. A reality where the girls whom he opens his heart up to disappear just when their affection reaches the point where they can be “comfortable” with each other. Having a relationship end is probably one of the worst feelings in the world, but as I think about multiplying that feeling by at least six times, I commend Keima for somehow ignoring this basic feeling of his. It shows that while he may have his super otaku moments, be insanely rude to Elsie, and have a general disregard about things going on around him, he’s still a real person with emotions.