「棄てられた神 」 (Suterareta Kami)
The relationship between Hiyori and Yato has always been a straight forward one in my opinion. Their friendship came at a time of need when Hiyori started sporadically turning into a phantom – probably because of her first encounter with Yato. As time lapsed and she spent more time with Yato, it’s obvious that she grew an attachment with him that expanded past the boundaries of “I paid you 5 yen, now give me my wish. >_< " It's not really in the romantic sense, but there's definitely a connection between the two that's slowly building up to something more. Yuki's involvement is actually a great contrast for the audience to see how Yato and Hiyori interact in comparison. I won't lie, there are a few heartfelt moments in this season that made my heart skip. The first episode when Yato carried Hiyori after she passed out, and this most recent one when he reached for her hand – makes me wonder how Yato truly feels about Hiyori. There are signs that it could be stronger than friendship, but I don’t think it’s “love” just yet. It’s a realistic approach to relationships, but at the same time, I’m a sucker for romances so in the back of my mind, I wish they would just skip to the point. And the point is – Yato cares about Hiyori more than he leads on and he needs to show her!
Nora is one of those characters that I never quite understood. There’s no motive for her actions; other than, she seems to want Yato to suffer. Is it because he doesn’t use her anymore? Her ways of torturing Yato into fighting Rabou just rub me the wrong way, but it makes her an effective villain. Her character seems to wreak havoc for Yato whether it is manipulating Yuki, or stealing Hiyori’s memories and it kills me because she seems to be bad for the sake of being bad. Rabou seems to have some personal vendetta against Yato, which makes his actions more explainable (although he used to be human? That’s throwing us a new bone there). Killing Yato just isn’t enough though, seeing him lose everything and suffering is apparently the way that Nora wants to inflict pain on him. Hiyori and Yuki are victims that also fall to Nora’s schemes, but they’re more like the consolation prize. I would say that it’s unfortunate to be Hiyori, but if you don’t know what you don’t know, are you really suffering? This is the whole idea scenario that I painted last week, which puts Yato in a bad position to choose between his own happiness and hers. It’s typical of him to strive to kill Rabou anyway (as expected), but it’d be more interesting to see if there was any other way around it.
There was nothing new this episode that we haven’t seen before, but I still enjoyed seeing how the story came together. I didn’t mind that tactics that they used to make it seem like Yato was an innocent victim, when all along, Yato was probably just as evil as Rabou was in the past. It didn’t come as a shock to me that the two would be partners in crime, but it goes to show just how far Yato has come in comparison to his old ways. What’s made him change and how did he get from that to this? The obvious answer (or the one that Nora’s been hinting at), is the involvement of Hiyori. However, the show doesn’t really showcase that time in Yato’s life before Hiyori, and I can’t exactly give her all the credit for his change in character. There has to be a piece of the puzzle missing that turned Yato into who he is today and likely, the appearance of Hiyori just escalated that. It’s a shame that the show suggests all these missing links in the story that would make for great future arcs (especially involving Yato’s past) but I guess we’ll have to see if a second season is even likely.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I feel so bad for Yato; life never gives him a break…at least not until he met Hiyori. The moment he grabbed her hand = #heartmelts #ノラガミ