Hamatora Episode 12- The Final Word

I don’t even who what to think about the ending of Hamatora. It’s so out there and I really didn’t understand it. Well here’s the overview if you want the quick rundown. Nice and Moral fight a silly fight, nice wins then Art shows up out of nowhere to kill them both. The end.

Series Rating based on Blog: 6.125

Series Rating based on Overall thoughts: 5/10

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So episode starts with Hajime going all she-hulk on us because she hasn’t eaten? Don’t eat and you get a super Hajime, at least I understand why she was eating the whole series now.  Moral’s assistant was best this episode using the robots she made to hurt people in the city so they will feel weak. All part of Moral’s plan to make everyone equal and to do that he needs them to want power for themselves. Nice and Murasaki go to stop Moral before it gets any worst. Moral has gotten the type 0 minimum from the cops and now has two minimums. Nice and Moral start their fight but they stop randomly to point out how sick Moral is and how big his plan is. Felt it a waste of time in the episode since we know Moral was sick in the head. The type 0 minimum is the 10 meter minimum aka he can teleport anywhere within 10 meters of himself.  So it’s a fight of types of speed, Nightcrawler vs Flash. I get that the writer(s) wanted to add some drama in the fight which is okay but I really hated they tried to add humor in the middle of the fight. All the cell phone text messages and nice throwing it into the ocean was just stupid in my eyes. Yes it points out the Nice isn’t a “nice” guy overall that he does whatever he feels like and doesn’t care what really happens in the world around him.

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Nice is able to speed up to be able to go faster than teleporting somehow. Moral ends up weakened because having two minimums is a no-no. Art then shows up out of nowhere and shoots Moral within 10 seconds of scene time and then shoots and kills Art from the sounds of the last few seconds. Art must have a minimum that keeps he from dying that or it wasn’t really Art in the last scene. We know Moral had the minimum to change looks, so someone could have it too? Either way the series ends on a confusing note and doesn’t help my outlook on it.

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Show started out good in the first few episodes and was doing good to keep me entertained. The middle episodes like 4-9 was the biggest weakest to Hamatora as it dragged out plot elements and the lack of character backgrounds made it really hard to care for the team. This got better later in the series I feel but it was almost too late by then as my mind had been made up. Nice was to be this super guy at the top of his rank and has the greatest minimum but he never came off that way to me. Best character for me was Beast and Three. On the Hamatora twitter they said they working on a second season but I’d say that’s hopeful. I’d be okay with an OVA to clear up some plot points but not really a second season. There’s better anime that should be their seasons over this I say.

Overall Hamatora tried to put mystery and superpowers together but couldn’t get all the pieces to work together.  So in the end it’s just average to me, I had more fun watching Wizard Barristers which had a lot of the same elements in that show this winter.

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Noragami Episode 12- May your wish be heard!

It’s all over! Good ending and sad to see it end. Episode was 90% a fight so I’ll tell the story through the screenshots, lots of good ones this week. 🙂 One of the few season worth watching from the 2014 Winter Season. Look forward to the second OVA which will be out in the coming month once the Spring season starts.

Series Rating based on Average from blog: 8.75/10

Series Rating based on Overall thoughts: 9/10

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God of War shrine not the best looking one. Rabo ready for the fight.

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Hiyori comes along for the fun even if she doesn’t have her memories. Hope she useful.

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Not 15 seconds into the fight and Hiyori saving Yato. ugh why is Yato so useless most of the time. Hiyori ftw

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Boomerang throw to save Hiyori from Rabo! Time to get Hiyori out of here.

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Rabo destroys the ball holding Hiyori’s memories to try to get the old Yato to come out.

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Yato gain a coldness to them but not like they were in the past. See below image.

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Eyes of Yato the god of war from the past.

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Great fight animations imo.

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Mid fight Rabo merging with phantoms to get power to kill Yato. Yato can’t believe him would go so low.

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Hiyori’s body gets caught in the cross fire between Rabo and Yato. Yato leaps to save her before the boulders fall on her!

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Hiyori is able to get her memories back on her own by following Yato’s smell back to the near shore. Yato is overjoyed to see Hiyori back to normal.

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Yukine is able to purge the phantoms that merged with Rabo without hurting the nearby Hiyori. Now Yato just needs to finish it in style.

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Classic animation for finishing a boss. Yato “kills” Rabo who had used a curse to keep his body from decaying. He hunted Yato so he could die at his hands, someone who knew him from the dark past he lived in.

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Yato tries to say that cutting ties with Hiyori would make her happier than being with him. Of course she doesn’t take a word of it.

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If you didn’t believe her the first time, now she’s in it for the long road. Just say you like him next time Hiyori 🙂

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Yato trying to be cool but the scene is too cute to be cool. Now to start wishing for a second season!

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Everyone throw in 5 yen and we’ll hopefully see a second season in the fall. Been a great ride. Episode rating: 10/10

Noragami Episode 11 The Tale of Hiyori and the Yato God

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Last me saw of Hiyori she had just lost her memory because of Nora by what we were thinking. Looks like only Yato was forgotten and not yukine! Episode starts with Yato in a panic since he was forgotten but not Yukine! He really comes off as desperate to get her memories back. Yato tries to get Hiyori to remember him by visiting places they went and met at. Even goes and spends all his 5 yen coins that he had saved up for art supplies so he can make a picture book about them. Yato seems almost love-sick to me in the way he is acting during the episode. Its cute and a little funny.

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Why did Hiyori lose her memories? Nora took them from Hiyori because she had changed Yato from the god of calamity he was. Rabo wants a fight with Yato and Nora is helping him as his regalia. Learn that Rabo is also a god of calamity which are gods that answer wicked wishes. Rabo was once human in his past life and carried out the duties of a herald. Heralds are people who sneak into enemy territory to conduct “murder” and other dirty work. Once the herald completed his/her mission they were killed by their master so no information was leaked. After Rabo became a god he would sometimes work with Yato on bigger wicked wishes.

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Yukine spends most of the episode with Hiyori trying to get her memory back. Even shows her the picture book that Yato made for her. Sadly she ends up forgetting Yukine to in the end. Yukine asks Yato if they going to do anything about Nora and Hiyori’s memories, at first Yato tells Yukine to forget about Hiyori that it’s for the better. Mostly because of the talk Yato had with Tenjin and he saying that it be better for Hiyori if she forgot Yato. That she would be happier in the end. But once Hiyori forgets Yukine and Nora saying that they could win back her memories by fighting Rabo, Yato decides to fight for her memories. Even if its going to be dangerous for Yukine as he could die fighting Rabo they want to fight for Hiyori together.

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Next episode will finish the series and the anime only arc of Rabo. Second season would be nice in the fall for the Bishamon arc and the next that just started in the manga.

Episode Rating:8/10

Hamatora Episode 11- Lets have a Drink

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Strong vs Weak

Showdown between Nice and Moral? Nope, not even close. Nice finds Moral on the roof of the police building and instead of talking there they go back to Hamatora’s bar. Sorry but I don’t see the reason in bringing the mastermind behide everything to your HQ. Moral is in full control of Nice it seems during the episode. Moral has a cup of coffee as he goes over his main plan and why he’s doing it. While Nice quietly listens next to him.

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Moral as we know wants to make the world all equal via making everyone a minimum. Empowering the weak in the city of Yokohama by using the brains of innate minimums. Using that “essence” he can make non-innate minimums as we have seen over the course of the series. Nice agrees with Moral that there is nothing wrong with people wanting power. That people shouldn’t discriminate between the haves and have nothing.  I was surprised that Nice says that its okay for the weak to struggle against the powerful. He enjoys watching the weak struggle as they fight to be equals. Though he strongly disagreed with Moral that he the powerful should be able to choose who is weak and strong. Or if he (nice) needed or wanted an equal to himself. When you look at Nice’s closest friends; they have been people weaker than him but struggling to keep up with his power.

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Meanwhile Takahiro is doing sit-ups with Hajime to burn that fat off him. They stop to rest to see Murasaki fighting the non-innate minimums in the courtyard. He’s pissed off at himself mostly and at how they are acting. Non-innate minimums fighting for equal power and the discriminate toward them. That they are not strong because the truly strong don’t even see the weak around them and can move on. Takahiro is moved by Murasaki’s words and sees that he is still weak after being transformed into purple hulk. Most of Murasaki’s words are directed at Nice and his personal quest to be recognized by him.

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Everyone joins the fight at the civil center against the non-innate minimums. Takahiro fights to protect his mother even if we will only ever see him as a monster. Takahiro wins the struggle within himself and saves his mom but Moral sees the sad hulk through the tv and blows up his heart. The scene is pretty graphic for those who don’t like blood for a heads up. Nice finally is mad and we’ll see the final showdown next week!

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By the way what the hell is with Hamjie? Did she eat Takahiro at the end of the episode or is she using her power to heal him? Very confused on that.

Episode rating: 7/10

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Hamatora – Episode 10

Trouble for everyone! Moral sends out his army of non-innate minimum holders to start trouble in the city. Most just went out and killed people who were picking on them for being weak. With Beast shown on tv near the same time puts minimums everywhere in the city in trouble. General public turns on them very quickly like its pre 1960s again. They banned from most public goods and services. Beast feels like it’s partly his fault with the big spot like on him from last episode. Nice has the wonderful idea that he won’t be as scary if they make him a pet. lol Walking through the city on a lease the Hamatora crew runs into Takahiro (Purple Hulk from like 5 episodes back).

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Takahiro wants Hamatora to help him get his old body back! Funny since I’m 99% sure he can’t go back. Still Murasaki says he’ll help the poor guy and they decide to make him go on a diet. Lose weight and magically turn white again by only eating white grapes or something. It’s all a little silly.

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Meanwhile the city is falling into ruin with minimums attacking non minimums since they attacking them. With the black cosmos group really being the soul force behide most of the fights. Moral is betting on non-minimum holders demanding for power and he giving them the power to stand up for themselves. Ending in a world of power vs power. At the end of the episode Art finally sees that Moral has been in Art’s office at the police station and goes to meet him to learn what he did to Art.

Episode Rating: 5/10

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Seems like the story just moved to slowly for me to really care about whats going on. With only two more episodes left we’ll get a conclusion to the plot but I’m not going to vote for a second season.

 

Noragami Episode 10 – Good Boy Yukine

Doing Homework like a good boy!

Doing Homework like a good boy!

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Eight episodes of piece of shit Yukine and now I don’t know what to think. It’s a big 180 twist, now his the good of goody. No more bad looks, no dirty thoughts, and no more stings to Yato. Even has a part-time job now to help Yato pay the bills! Thankfully he still fights with Yato some or I wouldn’t believe the change in Yukine. Yukine isn’t too good but its going to take an episode or two to get use to the new Yukine that says Sorry and Yes Master.

Everything not perfect over at the Tenjin shine though, one of the female regalia got corrupted from Yukine and stung Tenjin. Even though it was only one time Tenjin banished the girl from the shine. Goes to show you how good Yato is toward his regalias vs Lord Tenjin.

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One Strike and your out…

Hiyori’s Problem

After thanking Tenjin for his help, Yato asks him for advise on how to solve Hiyori’s body problem. Tenjin tells Yato he should cut his ties with her to test if that will work. Get the feeling that Yato really doesn’t want to do that since he has gotten closer to Hiyori over the last few months or so. Tenjin says she’s gotten to used to the god’s world and take it could make it hard for her to go back to being a normal human. See some of this in the episode as Hiyori tells her friends they need not to ask so much of the gods and really be careful for what they wish for. Also solving Hiyori’s body problem would end the anime and manga for the most part. Cutting the ties would make Hiyori forget about him and Yukine if you don’t remember the man from four episodes back falling off the building when Yato cut his ties. Sadly Yato isn’t going to get an option by the end of this episode because of Rabo….

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Don’t do it! The tears would come after the end of Yatori!

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Rabo is a 100% anime only character so the whole second half this episode isn’t in the manga chapters. So we should be getting an anime only ending with Rabo and not entering much into Bishamon arc for those who have read the manga. Rabo tests Yato and Yukine in a fight to see his strength. Of course Yato kicks some ass and finishes all the phantoms thrown at him. Clearly Rabo is here just to kill Yato and Hiyori to sense shes’ “weakling” him.

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During the time Rabo is attacking Yato, Nora is attacking Hiyori during the new years party. Nora sees Hiyori as a someone keeping Yato from her so she much be thrown out. Hiyori survives the attack till morning when the sun’s light killing Nora’s masked phantoms. Last thing we see of normal Hiyori is her getting threatened by Nora. Next time we see her she has forgotten who Yato and Yukine are. Not sure if Nora cut her ties to Yato or its some other little trick that she did to make it seem she lost her memories.

With only two episodes left, we’ll more likely get a short filler arc finishing Rabo or they will leave us hanging in the middle of the Bishamon arc. Which wouldn’t be cool 😦 Look forward to next episode and seeing more of Kazuma. By the way a friend of mine pointed out that Kazuma looks 95% like Yukio Okumura from Ao no Exorcist. Actor is the same too, weird.

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Episode Rating: 8/10

 

Hamatora Episode 8&9 – Trips and Kids

Hamatora has really let me down the past four weeks or so. Thought story would pick up after Art got killed off, sadly that didn’t happen. Go from Art dying in episode seven to everyone on the Hamatora team going on a trip just because. Trip really was worthless in the standpoint of plot. I’d almost say to skip the episode and not worry about it.  The fruit fight at the end of the episode was interesting to watch. Get to see that Nice is stronger than everyone else on the team via fruit fighting. Honestly I really don’t see his power being any stronger than other Hamatora members. Maybe that’s a story/writing problem with Hamatora the Animation or I’m not phased by superpowers after watching # number of shows.

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This week still didn’t really do anything with the overall plot. Honey and Three got taken off the Moral case since Moral is Art now. Nice can’t get a hold of Art since he’s dead. Nice really doesn’t look like he knows something is up. Going to come down to the last two episodes of the show by now. Most of the episode is about Three and his past from when he was a soldier.

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Three runs an Orphanage of kids that lost their parents in war. Which ends up that Three killed all their parents and he is teaching the kids that vengeance isn’t a sin. That it is okay to kill the ones that take ones from you. Doing all this so when the kids learn that he killed their parents they will kill him and this will be his punishment from when he was a soldier.  Honey learns about this and gives Three a beating telling him he can’t take the easy way out. She decides to help raise the children and teach them that vengeance isn’t the way to live.

Of course some crazy soldier from Three’s past hates that he stopped being the “Bloody Beast” so he plans to kill the kids and put the blame on Three so he doesn’t lose his name. Nice and Honey help Three stop the man and save the kids before he does too much damage. The orphanage gets burnt down the events though. Episode ends with Moral sending out an army of minimums under his control from the looks of it.

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Overall Hamatora seems to have missed its time to land a knockout punch and the series is going to be another eh so so anime.

Episodes Rating: 5/10, 6/10 

Noragami Episode 9 – Sorry

Ablution

Time to save Yato and cleanse Yukine before he dies! Daikoku lets Hiyori through his borderline and Kofuku treats her blight. I’m surprise we didn’t get white bars on the shower scene with Hiyori in it. Not really needed but it does show how quickly the blight can spread and the risk Hiyori is taking by trying to save Yato. Daikoku tells Hiyori he need to go get two more regalias so they can do an Ablution. Ablution is a ceremony for expelling (cleansing) blight on Yukine that he sent to Yato. Yukine at this time isn’t really caring what happens, no care for Hiyori or Yato. Being mostly a jerk/ass.

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Regalia-Hunt

After Daikoku leaves to go looking for regalia’s for the ablution Hiyori thinks who saves Gods when they in trouble? I mean why is it that you need three random regalias for the ablution and not gods? You would think the gods would have the power to save other gods not their followers. We somewhat get an answer late into the episode saying that it’s the job of regalias to judge other regalias and not the other gods. Like USA crimes judged in the United States, but doesn’t really work if you say the rich should judge the crimes of the rich. Anyways, Daikoku visits many shines but only gets Mayu from Lord Michizane. The old man would have killed Yukine by now I feel, even says it in this episode.  Hiyori overhears that Daikoku can’t find a last regalia so she runs out to find one for Yato. Thinks of Nora but knows Yato wouldn’t want her, so she ends up running after Kazuma. Kazuma comes to help Yato without telling his master.

I really need to watch the last few episodes again because I’m drawing a blank on why Kazuma owns Yato so much.

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Punishment

Start the ablution right away, which is a cross field of borderlines to cleanse Yukine inside of it. Kofuku says its punishment to Yukine for harming his master and now he’ll receive a beating till the ablution is successful.The only way the ablution is successful is if Yukine confesses all his sins and repents for the harm he did to Yato. Yukine just doesn’t give in, he curses everyone and almost turns into a phantom right up till the end. If it wasn’t Hiyori and Yato stepping up Yukine would have turned into a phantom that they would have to kill. About time we see Yukine confess for everything, it was powerful and well done on the part of the actor. I haven’t forgiven him for the past seven episodes but at least it’s over and now the story can move pass him being an asshole. Yato thanking Hiyori for everything was a good way to end the plot. Know lots of people wanting a little romance thrown in between them but lets not hope for too much now.

Episode Rating: 9/10

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Noragami OVA! Divine Possession

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This is the first of two OVA’s for Noragami. They will cover arcs from the manga that fit in better as side stories to the main plot. This first ova is very good, really wish more ovas’ would be like this one honestly. I was laughing almost the whole episode, just plays off well after seeing most of the Noragami anime so far. Haven’t read the manga so I don’t know when this ova fits into the main timeline.

Hiyori is making her debut into high school with her friends when Yato uses DIVINE POSSESSION! Yato takes over Hiyori’s body for the day to spread the love of being a god. Even Kofuku joins Yato in the fun. Yato goes around having fun being a high schooler and use the guys at the school. Making them carry him to the nurse, “giving” out deliveries to the guys, and even becoming the star of the soccer team.

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Kofuku meanwhile is having fun with the teachers and making the school go broke. Yato and Kofuku cheer on the soccer team but Kofuku’s bad luck makes Yato set in to save the team! Lord Tenjin hears of Yato’s doings and goes to stop him. Lucky for Yato, Tenjin has a weakness for the young girls at the school and solving their love problems.

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The day finally ends and Yato is caught by Hiyori. Who did Yato use Divine Possession? He wanted her attention! Just too cute and funny for Hiyori to even be upset with him. He wanted to go to the high school with her and enjoy the sensation together. 🙂  In the end Hiyori gets everyone’s eyes on her and makes the greatest high school debut ever. If your watching Noragami this is a must see!

OVA Rating: 10/10

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Too Cute!

Too Cute!

 

Noragami – Episode 8 Desire

After watching the best episode yet of Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta, I really didn’t know if Noragami could top that plot filled episode. Even Buddy Complex had a good week so its been a fun night for the Darbee. Noragami had an epic episode and even have an OVA episode to cover later this week(whenever I get it written). Noragami did a great job of showing the breakdown of Yukine and the opposite of him in the episode.

School Job

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Everything starts in the girls bathroom! Hiyori walks in to find Yukine, Yato and some kid in the girls bathroom so she beats them up before they could talk out of it. Random humor to ease us back into the story. Yato is on a school job helping a kid that is being bullied outside of class. It has gotten so bad that he has called on the help of a god. Yukine looks down on the poor guy being picked on to the point that Yato calls it on him. Saying that he shouldn’t the hate when he is just like him. Yato is right as always, Yukine acts just like the kid in the episode in the beginning. Asking why him out of all the kids in the school, hating his surroundings and doing nothing about it(yet).

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Blight Hunting

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Hiyori asks why he can’t just cut the ties like he has in the past and Yato says he can’t because she beat him up so badly in the bathroom. He goes to lay down to rest “off” the wound. Later Hiyori is looking for him so they could end the job but is having a hard time finding him because she can’t smell him like normal. She finds him in the nurses office sleeping when she remembers that if a blight is untouched it will spread and take over the host body till it dies. She’s worried about Yato and he’s sleep so why not take a look? haha He wakes up mid peek! No blight to be seen though. My idea on this is he could hide the blight via the well water we see coming up. Show hasn’t said anything about gods being able to hide their aura.

Meanwhile in Kofuku World

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Lady Bishamon comes to visit Kofuku at her house. The last two episodes Bishamon has been busy killing all the phantoms that came from the vent opened by Kofuku when she stopped the fighting of Bishamon and Yato. Today she comes to Kofuku to get an augury. An augury is a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen, Kofuku can see where other vents are going to open. Because of this Bishamon thinks maybe Kofuku is opening the vents on purpose to keep her busy so she doesn’t have time to hunt Yato. Seeing the two of them crash could be very dangerous, though I’m happy to see Kofuku stand up to Bishamon. She has a great evil look on her.

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Desire

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Lets back up to Yukine before we get too far. Yukine is the other side of Manabu, the same in many ways but he can’t move pass what has happened to him. We get to see what Manabu and Yukine both desire the most… Friends. Yukine wants someone who he can call a friend and be like the other kids at the school. He hates that he can’t join the living and have friends. Cursing his surroundings and putting the fault on Yato. Manabu also hates his surroundings and desires friends. Manabu even when a phantom is pushing him to kill/cut one of the boys that was bullying him he has the will to stop. That bullying a bully isn’t how you should stop bullies. If he had cross the line and cut/killed the kid he wouldn’t have been human anymore in his eyes.  Yato is proud of Manabu and tells him he only needs to find one completely unique friend. Then it doesn’t matter what others say or do as long as you have that one unique friend by your side.

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Yukine is the one that doesn’t have the will to stop. He is dead and trying to still be able to be alive is something he can’t do. Can’t cross a line that has been crossed. Yukine detonates to the pressure and starts breaking all the windows in the school. This causes Yato to almost pass out from the pain of the blight.

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911

When shit gets bad you call 911 and for Hiyori that would be to go to Kofuku’s place. We really get to see the biggest jump in Hiyori’s character in these last few minutes. She really grows up in seconds and takes control of the scene. She has some crazy will power on her, carrying Yato all the way to Kofuku. Laying down the law with Yukine telling him straight up that this is all his doing and he must be judged for his actions. I can’t even see if he’s sorry for his actions, looked like he was just going to push it off on Nora or something else. Yato dying to the blight opened Hiyori eyes to how she should have agreed with how Yato wanted to deal with Yukine.

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Hiyori gets to Kofuku’s place but nothing goes as hoped. Daikoku makes a borderline to keep Hiyori and Yato away from Kofuku. Makes it seem that they are not going to help and watch Yato and Hiyori die.

Episode Rating: 10/10

Didn’t know which last screenshot I liked the most so enjoy all 3 of them in order of the cliffhanger! Really hate Yukine now btw.

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