「一線を越えて」 (Issen o Koete)
“Over the Line”
Poor Yato. I will be your friend! You’ve suffered alone all this time and I want to be that person that helps you rather than the other way around. I didn’t notice until now, but being a God must be awfully lonely; especially when people don’t even know you exist. That’s probably why most of the Gods spend the majority of their time with their Shinki (they are their only companion). Luckily Yato has Hiyori and I’m so glad that she’s taken the step up to try and help him rather than watch from a distance. She can have such positive impact on him if she’d actually reach out to try and help him, help her.
I don’t know if this episode is straight out of the manga or if it’s original material, but I thought it resembled the first chapter of the manga very closely. The first chapter (which isn’t the first episode of the anime) is actually about Yato helping a girl who is also being bullied in class. Coincidentally, he also wrote his number on the girl’s washroom stall and he surprises her one day by showing up in the same stall as her after she dials. This episode reminded me of that first chapter so I thought it was a nice touch if it was original material. Regardless, I thought the situation was dealt with very well by Yato. It was a very dangerous approach to the ordeal, but nevertheless, it went the way that he hoped and this young boy learned from that situation (plus, he got the bully off his back!). I would think that the whole purpose of this experience was to make him a better, stronger person – not simply to scare bullies away.
Now the other purpose of the episode, was also to share a little bit of Yuki’s state of mind. I get that there are people that probably don’t mind him and they defend him because, well, his actions can be justified (to some extent). I don’t deny that what he’s feeling is realistic because I can empathize with his situation and yes, he is an angry, bitter, lonely little boy (who just wants some friends). But I say that his actions are only partly justified because even past all these raw emotions that he’s feeling, he has to have a conscience that tells him basic rights and wrongs in the world. He was human after all and he is not a God that is not governed by these laws. In my point of view, I see running away, ignoring people, even petty thief as a way to rebel and “live life and feel alive” as something that’s acceptable. Teenagers do that and I get that. Where that line gets blurred though, is when there are acts of violence involved and the conscious decision to do wrong. I don’t disagree that Yato is wrong too in this stance – like I said, Yato and Yuki lack a lot of communication between them but Hiyori has reached out a hand to Yuki as well and he’s sort of just… taken it for granted and left. The smashing of windows and the aggressive behavior is not something that’s normal for all teenagers and it’s at this point that I can’t give Yuki any more excuses for what he’s doing. He has to take responsibility for his actions and so far, it seems like Yato is just suffering the repercussions for him (with his life). I hope that this is the turning point for Yuki and it finally opens up his eyes to the situation that he’s put Yato in. I think it’ll also be the pivotal moment where we finally learn who he is and where he came from. This is the moment that we’ve all been waiting for…or maybe just me.
Backing away from the subject of Yuki, I thought the overall episode was very well done. I love where the story is headed and I actually like each individual character (except for Yuki) because they all have their own motives and they’ve all become established characters in a short amount of time. The only conflict is that the Gods don’t get along even though none of them are inherently bad or evil. I think the dynamics between Kofuku and Bishamon were interesting because it makes me wonder if Kofuku really does purposely create portals just for Bishamon to clean up. What is the purpose of Kofuku’s being anyway? She doesn’t seem like a God that people praise exactly, so why does she get a shrine when Yato has to work so hard to get his? I suppose that whatever Yato did in the past must’ve really hurt his reputation (amongst both humans and Gods) and it’s put him in a bad position to be picky about anything – friends, jobs and Shinki.