Can you believe that we’re already ten weeks into the winter 2014 anime season? There’s only about two weeks left to go, with some shows ending on this coming week. This week I’ll be discussing my thoughts on Gin no Saji episode 9, Noragami episode 11, Hamatora episode 10, and Nisekoi episode 10.
Gin no Saji
Mikage’s and Hachiken’s relationship had a bit of development in this episode. I like that even though they’re not explicitly dating, their relationship dynamics are realistic. They aren’t all lovey dovey together, instead they confide in each other about their problems, fears, and emotions. Even though they’re kids they still have. Even though it’s clear that they both have feelings for each other, they have too much on their minds to just hop into a relationship. They provide moral support for each other and help them resolve their issues. Hachiken understands Mikage’s pain about having to live up to her family’s expectations and gives her the strength to confront her family. Rather than living her life the way her parents want her to, she’d rather do something that she enjoys and follow her dreams. Instead of living her life with constant regret, it’s better to chase after her dreams whether she succeeds or fails.
You can watch Gin no Saji S2 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Unfortunately, there’s only one episode left for this series. I’m wondering how the anime original story for the finale will affect the overall plot if they ever decide to do a second season. They gave us a bit of insight on the relationship between Yato and Rabo. It appears the two used to be comrades who fought side by side. Rabo is angry at what Yato has become, a God who just roams around the city helping people with odd tasks. Yato was once his equal who lived the same way he did.and now Rabo may feel like he’s been abandoned.
Even though Hiyori’s memory of Yato were taken away, she had been trying hard to remember her past. Even though cutting off the connection would allow her to go back to a normal life, she subconsciously wants to try to remember them. Yukine doesn’t want to lose Hiyori either since he’s finally found friends who he can “live” for. While at first, Yato thinks that it’s best for Hiyori to go back to her normal life, after realizing that Nora plans to continue harming her as a result of him, he decides that he has to take action. Hiyori has already gone through so much because of Yato and he doesn’t want her to suffer because of him anymore.
You can watch Noragami on Funimation (may not be available in all regions)
Moral’s plan has been put in motion and is causing chaos across Japan. Nice had a good speech about the privileged and the underprivileged. Why do people get so emotional when others have something they don’t? It doesn’t necessarily affect their lives in anyway as long as they’re still content with themselves. People being jealous of those who have power combined with those with power looking down on others is what caused the whole situation. In the end, everyone is still a human being, we’re all unique and shouldn’t be judged on one factor (whether it’s wealth, success, happiness, or power).
The second phase of Moral’s plan dealt with those who are too weak to take action themselves but instead resort to behind the scene violence. It’s easy to bash on people or cause them harm if you feel that you’re being protected with anonymity. These people may feel better about themselves, but in the end, they’re still cowards, not taking responsibility for their actions and thinking they can get away with anything since no one knows them. Them sitting around and complaining on the internet isn’t going to change anything. Moral wants to show these people the consequences by removing their protection. Them voicing their opinion while not taking action (whether it’s against the people or changing themselves) does not make them any better or stronger than the people they’re hating on.
You can watch Hamatora on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Surprisingly, there was a bit of development between the relation ship of Chitoge and Raku this episode. Even though Raku tells himself he likes Onodera, he can’t help but feel something for Chitoge as well. Even if they’re always fighting, their arguments aren’t serious and it’s more of Chitoge’s typical tsundere behaviour which causes their yelling. They’re putting off Chitoge confronting her past which will prolong the “mystery” of her first love in order to keep the plot running. However, her denying to go back to the meeting place also shows some character development for her, she’s growing closer and closer to Raku and may just want to enjoy the moment instead of ruining what they have now.
That’s it for week 10 of the winter anime season. As I mentioned before, school has been piling up for me so I’ll probably be cutting back a bit on anime and posts for the next two weeks. If you haven’t already, you can check out my spring pre-air thoughts and see what series I’m looking forward to as well as suggest series you think I should look out for!