Winter 2014 Anime Season – Week 9

We’re now onto week 9 of the winter anime season which means its almost time for shows to come to an end. This week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Noragami episode 10, Hamatora episode 9, Gin no Saji episode 8, and Nisekoi episode 9.

Noragami

noragami episode 10 hiyori

Things have settled down quite a bit from the last few episodes. Yukine’s seen the error of his ways and has completely changed his personality. He’s no longer moping around because he’s already dead. Instead, he’s embracing that he’s been given another opportunity to “live” and wants to try to go through the experiences that he missed out on because of his death. Nora has also finally started making her moves. From her mentioning Yato growing “weaker” since meeting Hiyori, I feel that Yato’s dark past really is just a misunderstanding. We already saw with Yukine that Yato does have a heart and is a good person. He probably took full blame for slaying Bishamon’s Regalia and killed others ruthlessly because someone had to do it. Now that he’s met Hiyori, he’s no longer so quick in deciding between life and death for those involved. He’s no longer acting alone but has other people supporting him and as a result he’s become more considerate of people in general.

You can watch Noragami on Funimation (may not be available in all regions)

Hamatora

hamatora episode 9 mini honey

It’s always nice when we get more back story for a character. My only issue though is that they seem to be doing this at poor times. We had already hit a climax back in episode 7 but the past 2 episodes just went back to the same old routine. They get hit up with a case, take it on, solve it, and it is connected to Moral since he gave the person committing the crimes a minimum. I won’t get into Three’s story though since I don’t have much to say about it. The ending was where we finally got more Moral even if it was only for a few seconds. He’s sending his army of new minimum holders out to cause chaos which reminds me a bit of Psycho-Pass (don’t want to go further into this in case of spoilers).

You can watch Hamatora on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)

Gin no Saji

gin no saji episode 8 hachiken

This was a change of pace from the typical Gin no Saji episodes. While for the most part, things are light hearted and the kids are just enjoying their time, this one shed some light on the harsh reality of farming. A lot of their livelihood depends on factors that are beyond their control. They have to cut their losses and do what it takes to survive. Komaba handles the situation in a mature and reasonable manner. Rather than be selfish and continue to try and run the farm, he understands that he’s the “man” of the family now and it’s his responsibility to take care of his family. Even though he’s still a teen, he’s put into a situation where he’s forced to grow up and do whats best for his mother and siblings. Hachiken doesn’t take the news as well as everyone else and is clearly distraught by it. Everyone else is saddened by Komaba’s situation but they can’t sit around moping since they could all potentially be in a similar situation if they slack off. Even though it’s the end of the Komaba farm, life moves on and it’s not the end of the world.

You can watch Gin no Saji S2 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)

Nisekoi

nisekoi episode 9 chitoge

While this was an obligatory hot springs episode, it was still pretty entertaining. Raku just can’t seem to catch a break with everyone interfering with his love life. They’re also dropping more hints that Raku has known Chitoge in the past with his scar and both of them having a promise in the past. Even though Chitoge still has trouble expressing herself, she’s been warming up to Raku. While they act kind of cold towards each other, we can see their relationship has been developing and it’s kind of more like friendly bantering between them. I’m not really sure why I’m writing about this episode though since in the end there isn’t much to discuss about Nisekoi. Maybe I’m just doing it because I really enjoy the visuals and wanted to take more screen caps of the show. Hopefully they introduce the other main character soon since we’re 9 episodes into the season already.

nisekoi episode 9 end card chitoge onodera

You can watch Nisekoi on Crunchyroll and Daisuki (may not be available in all regions)

That concludes another week of the winter anime season. I wish there was more to discuss about these series but the majority of the winter season are straight forward comedies. This kind of works better for me since not only do I enjoy comedic anime the most, but I’ve also been busy with school work since the end of the semester is nearing. Hopefully my spring pre-air impressions will make it out towards the middle of the week!

Jikman

I'm a marketing student who got back into anime in 2012. I decided to start blogging as a way to improve my writing as well as my ability to express myself. I generally write whatever comes to mind as I'm watching anime!

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