「招かれた厄災」 (Manekare ta Yakusai)
Noragami is such a great combination of comedy and serious themes. I think it brings together a lot of great points to progress the plot, but at the same time it tries to be lighthearted when it can. It even proves to be quite haunting when it wants to be, so I give the creators two thumbs up for being able to portray all these different emotions clearly and smoothy. It’s not every day that I enjoy a story that tries to be too many things at once but Noragami is one of those few exceptions.
The character dynamics definitely make this story so far. The three individuals aren’t the most unique ones that you’d see out there, but the situation that they’re put in brings out great interactions amongst them. Yato and Hiyori don’t quite get along, but they’re forced to help each other under these circumstances. It’s because of this that I think Hiyori tolerates him more than she’d care to. Actually, Hiyori on her own fits pretty well into your typical archetype of a school-girl (except for her love of pro-wrestling) so I don’t find her terribly interesting to watch. Yato and Yuki on the other hand, they’re like the typical duo that don’t get along, but still manage to stay together. I know it’s too soon, but this is probably the character development that I’d like to see the most. Yuki and Yato are so opposite, but they’re both cold and distant at the same time which makes me hope that Hiyori will break that down. I think Yuki has a bit of a crush on Hiyori too… I wonder where that will go because a little romance wouldn’t hurt.
This episode was terribly depressing with all the talks of suicide – especially amongst students. I feel like I relate a little more to Hiyori’s plea to help these people because some of the saddest sights to see are young individuals who don’t value their life. Students, who haven’t even lived their lives fully, feel so much pressure that they’d take their lives before even reaching adulthood. It goes to show just how valuable your life is. Yato brings up a good rebuttal though – If the students don’t care, then do they deserve to be saved? I like to believe that: if someone doesn’t care about themselves, then it’s a waste of my efforts to care about them too. And it follows the old saying that, you should love yourself if you expect others to love you too. So perhaps, there’s always going to be two sides of the story. In the meantime, I’m just glad that Yato softened up to Hiyori’s reasoning regardless. It makes him feel a bit more softer. It also made Hiyori realize that Shinki are people that didn’t want to die. Poor Yuki’s been fighting to live all this time and it just makes me more curious to his cause of death. That’s definitely what I’d love to hear about sometime.
I thought the girl at the end reminded me of Mayu, but apparently it’s a new character! Someone that also recently passed perhaps? Or an acquaintance of Yuki’s? I recognize the little triangle on her head as something that Fuyumi (Blood Lad) wore because she turned into a ghost, so perhaps this girl is too.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: This episode made be feel bad for Yuki =( I wonder how he died then…? But the subject of suicide is pretty emo #noragami
Note: I wanted to inform everyone that I’ll be in Seattle next weekend and my post for Norgami
might be will very likely be late. I’ll try and get it posted on Tuesday (latest) but no promises! Thanks for everyone’s patience =)