「忌むべき者」 (Imu Beki Mono)
“Regarded with Hate”
We’re in the last stretch for Noragami and with only two episodes left, we’re left with an anime original character and possibly an original ending? Having not read the manga myself, I don’t sense any bumps or plot holes in the story so far. From the introduction of Rabou, to the involvement of Nora, the execution of this season’s finale has had some great build-up and anticipation. The way that the writers have linked all the characters and weaved the plots together has been a fun ride and there hasn’t been any wasted time in the past 10 weeks. Everyone’s had a role and everything’s happened for a reason and very quickly, the audience has gotten a sense of what Yato is all about. For a one-cour show, I think timing is usually the key to delivering all the right plot points and conveying the message that you want the audience to perceive. In this case, Noragami has been very true to itself and it’s given me exactly what I expected it to be – which is an accomplishment in it of itself because so many anime don’t usually use up its 12 episode run effectively.
It was refreshing to see a little less drama in the first half of the episode. Yato is finally back to his “normal” self and before any of these events transpired, I never would’ve thought that he actually had friends (I probably wouldn’t even call them friends). Although Kofuku charged for her services and Tenjin never offered up a Shinki on his own accord, I would like to think that no one really wants to see Yato dead. That’s why, I believe secretly they’re all very relieved that he made it through and even kept Yuki (that’s a pretty inspirational story). Without a doubt, it was a well appreciated break from the tense atmosphere that Yuki previously created. It was even nice seeing Hiyori and her friends go to Tenjin’s temple for the New Year because I think it carries the message that people do pray to Gods and it’s the basis of this show. Pretty ironic since Hiyori can see the Gods herself and yet, she still goes through these activities. I guess that’s part of what makes her feel like a normal human being.
The biggest surprise this episode was obviously that cliffhanger. Why does anime torture me with cliffhangers all the time?! I wasn’t expecting Hiyori to lose her memory, but rather some form of ultimatum for her to choose between Yato and her life. This also brings up the question of how Nora was able to do it, and whether this means that Hiyori is cured of her “problem”? Nora probably severed Hiyori’s ties to Yato and now Yato’s probably going to be left with the decision to let her be… or be selfish and try and regain her memories back (or maybe that’s just the helpless romantic in me thinking). Regardless, Yato has a Rabou after him now and I can’t really tell if Rabou was impressed by Yato’s new Shinki, or left disappointed. Yato probably no longer identifies himself as the God of Calamity and that’s why Rabou’s appeared to fill that “need”. Or maybe someone out there really does hate Yato to that extent and wants him dead. The perfect ending would obviously be to kick Rabou’s a** out of there, but in this world, there will likely be some repercussions of Yato’s choices. Depending on how the next episode is carried out, I can see the ending headed in two ways. As an anime original ending, it might actually bring new fresh developments to the picture (and could even open it up for a second season)… but on the flip side, I can imagine the ending being left with tons of plot holes and empty feelings. Regardless, the next episode looks truly epic with the expected fights and resolution for Hiyori. Super excited, even though I’m sad to see it end.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Never really had great experiences with anime original characters but Rabo doesn’t seem so bad. Just hope he doesn’t ruin the finale. #ノラガミ