You might remember last week that I mentioned how excited I was for this weeks episode. In particular, I was curious to see if the stalking spirit would make her presence known to Yato. Well, you saw the episode and already know the answer. So many possibilities ran through my mind but not once did I ever consider that she was Yato’s former Regalia, but not only that, a Regalia Yato killed.
I have seen some things, man.
I can think of no better place to start than with the irony, or rather sound logic, behind Yato dating Kofuku, a god of poverty. They make such a perfect couple. I have to say, I would probably have to consider remaining a lesser, impoverished god if it meant being able to spend my days with Kofuku. She did prove herself to be rather unfaithful in this episode, though. No! I must not think like that. No doubt Kofuku misunderstood what was going on. That must be it. Yato is miserable enough. He should not have to deal with a cheating girlfriend.
Getting back on point, I had a good laugh when I realized she was a god of poverty. My first thought when I saw him frolicking about with her was that he must be hiding something amazing to have snagged such a cutie. In the end, though, it was one of his worst and most observable traits that attracted her to him. I could not help but smirk at that. It is this kind of subtle humor that I really enjoy about Noragami.
Throw caution to the wind and dance!
Moving on, you might recall how much I wanted Yato to have some kind of interesting past. I did not want for him to simply be this fall-out of a god that never managed to get popular. While I never went into it last week, what I was really hoping for was some kind of incident which left him unpopular and would also leave him with some sort of rival. While this episode has done little to support this theory, the fact that we see Yato from when he was younger in the OP seems to suggest that we will be revisiting his past throughout the series. They will definitely have to justify his slaying of his Regalia, though that might not come up for quite a number of episodes. I really can only imagine it being explained when Yato finds himself in a particularly tight spot and has to decide whether or not to call his old Regalia.
Speaking of his old Regalia, I am entirely convinced that she is dead. We really do not know what happens to Regalia when they are slain, but the fact that she has this translucent glow about her and is wearing the stereotypical spirit garb points to the fact that she is dead. Perhaps she has somehow slipped out of the afterlife to be together with Yato. This theory is entirely baseless, but all of the different marks on her could be from all the various gods who have used her. Again, this is completely baseless, but in death all of her previous marks could have appeared. Another theory which is completely baseless but is more likely, though that is not to say it is likely, is that Yato toyed around with empowering her which involved giving her all of those different marks which eventually killed her.
We could easily find out the truth by looking at the manga, but where is the fun in that? Half the excitement about a series like this is the speculation and discussion. It is something many shows fail to foster. The fact that Noragami does it is one of the reasons I am enjoying it so much.
Old and busted.
Noragami did a much better job getting me psyched for next weeks episode last week. I actually had to go back and see how episode four ended. I completely forgot. However, that is not to say it did not end on a high note. I am glad the spirit was introduced towards the end. I like that kind of mysterious entry and departure. While I hate to look at the previews, I can say after watching them that I am very excited for next weeks episode. I have had a bunch of theories buzzing around my head about who those three were and so I am looking forward to finally finding out.
There are those who enjoy surprises and those that hate them. I would fall under the category of those who enjoy them. In fact, I find I enjoy something far more if it is a surprise. Naturally, as the surprise wears off so too does my interest, to a certain extent anyways. Noragami has been just such a surprise. I will admit that I found episode one to be mindbogglingly good whereas episode three to be just good. However, with the way episode three ended I can expect my interest to go up a notch next week.
In all honesty, I had no intention whatsoever to pick up this series. I thought it looked and sounded awful. I forget what it was that eventually perked my interest, but I was right to give it a chance. If you have not already, I suggest you pick up Noragami.
A god of war, Yato does battle with a cat.
I have always been a stickler for the gods, or to be more precise the concept that the gods have human forms and vie for worshipers. It is one of the reasons I enjoyed the Black and White videogames so much. So imagine my surprise when Japan got around to making such a series. Forgive me if this sounds condescending, but if I can not think of a series with a premise like this then that must mean there has yet to have been a good one. Disagree with me if I am wrong.
Given my interests, one of my concerns with this series is that Yato will never become a larger god. Japan has this mentality of making no progress whatsoever, in certain shows anyways. They seem obsessed with keeping all of their characters static. I am worried that Yato will continue to have no followers, that only towards the very end will his dream finally be realized. Of course, by then the show will be over and we will not get to see Yato interacting with his new followers.
So there you have it. I am almost convinced, so great is my pessimism, that by episode ten he will still only have Yukine and Hiyori in his entourage.
Faced with what he will never become, Yato breaks.
On another note entirely, I am rather disappointed that Hiyori did not become is Regalia. I was never all that sure about the requirements so I guess I had been kidding myself that she, despite being a cat spirit of some sort, would turn into a katana rather than some kind of glove. At the very least, I am glad that she is part of the cast. I do not know what it is about her that I love, but whatever it is she should keep it up. What is particularly confusing is that I am more of a dog person.
Still on Hiyori, I do not see why she did not ask Lord Tenjin for help with her predicament. He seemed like a more reliable guy than Yato. Certainly more powerful, anyways. I suppose we will just have to chalk it up to her being in such awe of Lord Tenjin that she did not have the common sense to ask him for his help. Either way, we will not be seeing her made whole again until the credits start to roll on episode twelve, no doubt.
It is hard to take these Phantoms seriously when they look and sound so adorable.
Either way, I am very excited for next weeks episode. Considering the spirit we caught a glimpse of at the end of this episode shows up in the OP a number of times we can except some sort of plot development unfolding next week. Here is to hoping Yato turns out to be more than he lets on. No matter what happens, though, I am sure I will enjoy it so long as Hiyori gets enough screen-time.
As an aside, I just realized this show airs on Sunday in the United States. That is kind of funny.