We’re approaching the mid way point for the Winter 2014 anime season! This week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Mikakunin de Shinkoukei episode 4, Noragami episode 5, Hamatora episode 4, and Nisekoi episode 4.
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
I’m still really impressed by this series. Despite being based on a 4-koma, unlike the others, they managed to have a consistent storyline that is being followed. While we didn’t exactly get to see what happened in the past, we did get to address Kobeni and Hakuya’s relationship. Hakuya is a rather plain and simple minded character but this episode showed that he still does have feelings. They also heavily implied that Hakuya and Mashiro are the “unidentified” mentioned in the title. While I came into this show for the romcom antics, I’m pleasantly surprised and interested in seeing how the story behind the two families develop in the future.
You can watch Mikakunin de Shinkoukei on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
One of the things that Noragami has managed to impress me with was their balance of comedy and serious moments. While we still don’t exactly have a main threat introduced yet, it was still nice to see some more development for the main casts’ characters. Hiyori is very pure and innocent. She cares deeply for others and doesn’t see the other side of the issues at times. Letting a young boy like Yukine into her home or even back in the first episode when she “saved” Yato, she did them all out of the good of her heart and not thinking about any repercussions. Yukine had a rough life and is afraid of being alone. Knowing that Yato has another regalia or the fact that he could replace him makes him uneasy since he may be alone once again someday. Yato despite his goofiness gets down to business when it matters. He does what is best for everyone involved. While all the other times, he was able to save those who were about to be possessed, he didn’t hold back this time when he knew it was too late for the little girl. Even though he “killed” her in the end, you could feel that he was still troubled by the fact that he wasn’t able to save her. He doesn’t kill for fun but out of necessity.
You can watch Noragami on Funimation(may not be available in all regions)
Moral continues to “empower” the weak but this time by giving children weapons. His strategy for getting these kids to commit the crimes is that since these kids were already weak in the first place, he gives them a weapon so they can feel empowered. Afterwards he forces them to commit a crime or they lose their lives since he knows that they are weak, they wouldn’t seek help from others and would just blindly follow the orders rather than risk death. I think the scene where Moral gives his bloodstained jacket to the child said a lot about his character as well. He personally thinks what he does is right and he’s helping humanity which makes him a nice guy. However, the blood on the jacket represents the twisted aspect of his character, the way he “helps” people is tainted with the blood of others. He takes away from the privileged and gives to the weak. The calm and peaceful music really emphasize how unsettling Moral is as a whole and how his characteristics and behaviour fits in with a psychopath’s.
You can watch Hamatora on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
I don’t think there’s a whole lot to say about this series since from what I’ve heard and seen, it follows most of the cliches and generic characters you’d find in a romantic comedy. However, I thought this episode let us understand the characters and their friends a bit better. Now that Chitoge has made that first hurdle of approaching people and befriending them, she’s much more open to others now. Raku this whole time had been so fixated on Onodera that he never really stopped and actually had a good look at Chitoge. After being alone in the dark with her, he was able to see that she’s actually pretty feminine, being afraid of the dark, and her physical characteristics. Of course this scene doesn’t last too long since as always in romantic comedies, someone has to come barging in right when stuff starts to get interesting!
That concludes another week of Winter 2014 anime for me! I’ll be working on my personal list of top OP and ED songs of the season within the next few days so stay tuned for that. If you’re interested in seeing my thoughts on the continuing Fall 2013 anime series, you can check that out here.