I’ll try to keep it brief for this week since I’m a bit busy working on other projects at the moment. This week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Noragami episode 6, Nobunaga the Fool episode 6, Hamatora episode 5, and Gin no Saji S2 episode 5.
We get more hints about Yato’s past dropped on us. I kind of have a feeling that him killing the Regalia is a misunderstanding (i.e., the Regalia was becoming evil/corrupt) and that he’s not as heartless as they’re trying to portray him as. As we saw in this episode, Yato is trying his best to raise Yukine since he lacks some morality due to his upbringing and sudden death as a young teen. Yato doesn’t want to harm Yukine, but if his behaviour continues, it could spell trouble for Yato. We saw the effect Yukine’s sinning has caused Yato which is hidden by his scarf. Yato doesn’t want to cause others any burden, despite his goofy attitude, and keeps this a secret from Yukine and Hiyori as well as the explanation behind him killing Bishamon’s Regalia. Overall, this was a great episode with a lot of action between Bishamon and Yato battling it out. I’m a little disappointed that we’re now halfway through the series and it seems like we’ll be left with a lot of unanswered questions.
You can watch Noragami on Funimation(may not be available in all regions)
Nobunaga the Fool
I must say that this episode really drew me back into the series. At first it may have seemed that Nobunaga didn’t care for his father’s death with his crazy outburst during the funeral. However, towards the end of the episode, seeing how distraught he was with the Himiko being shot shows another side of him. He puts on a cocky and bold facade, but he truly does care about those around him. Hiding his softer side is likely necessary since a leader (especially in that era) can’t show any weaknesses to his opponents.
The death of Nobukatsu was rather shocking as well. He seemed to be a pacifist and just wanted the best for his people. Mitsuhide decided to take it upon himself and denounce his humanity (by becoming a demon) and assassinating Nobukatsu since he truly believes Nobunaga is the one who has to take over. These two assassinations that occurred are likely to be the catalysts that bring the world into an all out war in the coming episodes. Nobunaga has already lost the faith of his fellow men and with the death of Nobukatsu, these men would be forced to follow someone they don’t trust.
You can watch Nobunaga the Fool on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all countries)
This was quite… an interesting? episode. It was pretty laid back and goofy, which I don’t mind but something felt really off for this episode. It felt like there were a lot of animation cuts and general lack of cohesion in the story telling. The scenes kept cutting around at weird places and suddenly Hajime reveals her powers in a lackluster way. Some scenes stayed on the same panel for far too long and it felt like a slideshow at times. I think that the episode did have a decent message in the end, and could feel some sympathy for the minimum holder but the poor execution of the episode made it hard to enjoy. The ending did have a bit of a twist with Gasquet murdering the investigator/researcher. It looks like it’s either Moral in disguise, or he’s working along with him.
You can watch Hamatora on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Gin no Saji
This was a nice episode with some decent character development with Hachiken and Mikage. I found Hachiken’s attitude to be relatable, trying his best to help everyone out and not having the heart to turn them down. Due to his upbringing, he tries hard to not disappoint others which becomes one of his faults. He ends up being overworked and will likely cause some problems for everyone he’s let down. Mikage’s insecurities about her own life and future have made her oblivious to Hachiken’s affection for her. Now that she’s been told directly what all of this means, she’s still unsure of how to react. She feels that she has too much baggage and is overall too concerned with the future rather than doing stuff in the present.
You can watch Gin no Saji S2 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
That’s it for this week of Winter 2014 series. I’ll try to write my mid season impressions as well as recommendations for the shows I think most people would enjoy in the next week (yay for reading week!). I also posted up my top openings and endings of the winter season which you can check out by clicking here.