「一片の記憶」 (Hitohira no Kioku)
“Scrap of a Memory”
There’s a little bit of tragedy, action and bittersweetness all wrapped up in Noragami’s finale. What I loved about it was how conclusive it was without being too unbelievable and cliché. There was a happy ending, but I didn’t feel like it was too corny or forced and as an anime original ending, it seemed rather fitting. No obscure moments or plot holes and although Rabou wasn’t the most unique villain out there, he played out his role well as a true opponent for Yato. In hindsight, knowing that Rabou is an anime-only character, it does feel like he was only created to wrap the end of the first season neatly without diving too far into the next arc of the manga. However, it certainly doesn’t drive the anime into a different direction that would ruin its chances of a second season. There’s a lot of potential to branch into a new season with this cast and storyline, but as a standalone season, I also think it was very satisfactory.
I’ll admit that the episode was a lot more heartwarming than I thought. It was very action-packed with tons of great sequences, but my favorite scenes were actually the moments that featured more of Yato and Hiyori. From the moment that she pulled him out of the bubble, to the semi-confessions at the end, I would accept that as my romantic dose for the series. The entire episode felt like it was meant to draw out the connection that Yato and Hiyori have which is more than just friendship. It extends beyond the boundaries that even Nora could understand and although it was pretty much a given, Hiyori manages to find her way back to Yato on her own. Yes – it’s cheesy, but sometimes that’s just what you need to truly make you believe that they’re meant to be. I can also appreciate that Yuki also didn’t seem as bratty or annoying as he usually is. His character actually added more to the episode than I thought so he’s not completely useless. He’s much more of a man now than I gave him credit for.
Now that Rabou is gone, I can only imagine that the next arc forward would feature more of Bishamon. She’s the only character that got very little screen time; but just enough that leaves you curious as to her history with Yato. On the other hand, Rabou’s character was given a lot of depth in his final appearance and it shows the extent it takes to eliminate another God. Yato, not only kills Shinki, but apparently he’s capable of taking down other Gods as well which only strengthens that title of “God of Calamity” if you ask me. The difference is, Yato has made a conscious effort to change and that’s where Hiyori and Yuki come in. It’s a shame that someone like Yato is so desperate to be someone else and he wants to save his money to become a better God… but he can’t because he is who he is. And the little money that he has – he spends on Hiyori (adorable by the way!). It’s such an uphill battle for him, but that’s what makes his story – or this story of Noragami.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Omg I nearly teared up for that finale =D quite satisfied with the series overall and very well worth the watch #Noragami #Finale
I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve blogged a show that I’ve enjoyed so consistently week after week. Noragami is one of those shows that delivers fun, and excitement every week without being too much and sticking to a great setting. The characters and the setting for the show are amazingly straightforward while still being fairly original – all things considering. I thought Yato and Hiyori have a great duo dynamic (as seem in my post above) and the show does a great job in developing their relationship without being forced or out of character. The side characters also all get a chance to shine some way or another so keep your eyes on them. Each of them have an interesting past and their connections with Yato make for either a love or hate relationship. I thought these were one of the elements that kept the show going because there is no concrete plot (like in adventure or mystery anime) so it’s more like a glance at the cast of Noragami.
The animation has been one of the best I’ve seen in a while – being a BONES production, I am not surprised and I am not disappointed by any means. It delivered exactly what I thought it would and as a one-cour show, I think Noragami does itself justice. Obviously, it does have anime-original aspects in it, but it doesn’t deteriorate from the enjoyment of the show or the ending and that’s rare for anime that deviated from their source material. There’s a lot of potential here, especially if it’s ever brought back for a second season but it doesn’t leave the audience feeling abandoned by a cliff-hanger or anything. There’s an immerse range of emotions that this show brings out from excitement to love to even strong hatred , but I think that just shows how much this anime has accomplished in its short run. Definitely a great watch for this past winter season!