「しあわせの在処」 (Shiawase no Arika)
“Where Happiness Lies”
For the sake of keeping it short, I’m going to condense my impressions into a single summary post rather than two distinctive ones.
Noragami proves every week why the audience should stick around and keep watching. It may not seem like the most unique thing on the surface, but Yato has a lot up his sleeve and he’s not just your ordinary God (or your ordinary wannabe God). I generally like anime that build up the plot early on and then slowly reveal the character histories bit by bit (if anyone’s seen Monster, it was very good example of that), but Noragami is the exact opposite. It has awesome characters that it uses to draw the audience into staying around to see what’s going to happen later. As of now, it’s about who Yato really is. What are his intentions of becoming a God and will he really do just about anything to stay “alive”?
I would like to believe that Yato isn’t as dangerous or evil as Kofuku (Toyosaki Aki) makes him out to be. It’s a given that he’s probably done a few evil things in the past – whether it be killing people or his own weapon. The better question is, why? The bad boy image does well for Yato and similar to Hiyori, I find myself very drawn to him. I think every girl imagines that she can crack through the tough exterior of “bad boys” and Yato gives off that vibe for me. He’s mysterious, kind of nonchalant about many things and doesn’t seem to grasp what it takes to become a real God. But despite all that, he still cares about many people and seeing as he is responsible for Yuki now, I don’t think Yato mistreats him at all by any means. In fact, he’s taught Yuki little by little about what it means to be a shinki and how to defend himself. Yato definitely doesn’t get enough credit with all the effort that he puts into helping others. That’s probably because he helps so little people though… Regardless, it feels like you can’t completely blame Yato for some of the actions he’s taken.
Speaking of helping others, did anyone else find that fall incredibly longggg? It actually made me laugh when Yuki pointed it out. The mystery aspect of the show is definitely not particularly surprising. Come on, they literally introduced Kofuku and Daikoku (Ono Daisuke) that same episode! But who’s Nora (Kugimiya Rie); the girl is covered in markings and from the way that Yato avoids her, perhaps she’s a bit of a wh*re? I don’t mean it that way! But perhaps she’s been marked and used by so many Gods (Oh dear, that doesn’t sound any better…). She’s someone that I have my eye on and I’d like to see what kind of connection she has with Yato. What’s up with the creepy girls in this show anyway? BONES can set the mood so well when it comes to eerie scenes.
A lot of people seem to have a bad impression of Yuki and I wanted to make it clear that it’s not necessarily what he does that might tick you off, but it’s more like what he doesn’t do. He doesn’t seem to have many passions or interests for being a shinki and other than a slight hint of interest in Hiyori, he’s kind of just there. The thing that bothers me is that I’m not sure if it’s intentional because he’s a damaged teenager (who had his life end early) or if that’s just actually who he is and he’ll only change much later on. Hiyori even has the impression that Yuki is this neglected child because she takes him home… but I don’t think Yato is a negligent God at all. Yes, he has his own agenda, but Yuki doesn’t seem to care to help him, so whose fault is that? That’s just a relationship that I hope will develop sooner rather than later. It’d be great to see how Yuki’s past is slowly reveled at the same time that Hiyori finds out more about Yato because Yuki on his own isn’t the one that I’m watching for.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #ノラガミ has such an interesting underlying story about Yato that I hope this season is going to take the time to flesh that out.
Note: So incredibly sorry that I couldn’t post Noragami in the past 2 weeks. I’ve been busy on vacation and my schedule will continue to be hectic for a while. Going forward though, I “should” be timelier and I’ll warn you if anything else comes up. Thanks for being patient as always =) My twitter-like impressions at the end will also be renamed. It’s now “Bottom Line” rather than “TL;DR”. Div (my boss) didn’t like the implications of a “TL;DR” abbreviation =P Also – Happy New Year for everyone that celebrates Chinese New Year!