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The multi-episode intense build-up of Kamisama no Memochou beautifully and swiftly withers away like a rose in this episode as the conflict is resolved with a violence of love after the truth is learned.

With dark, heavy clouds of hatred preparing to precipitate, the skies clear up at the last minute in the eighth episode of Kamisama no Memochou – leaving nothing more than a light shower in the sun. The events of the previous episode had us awaiting to hear the Fourth’s fate, he luckily lives another day – the injury was not particularly life threatening, nor was it assumed as such, but the swelling tension between the Fourth and Renji was without a doubt deadly.

Narumi takes the situation directly into his own hands – as things have more or less begun taking the path for the worst, he intervenes in order to take an alternate route before arriving at the destination of failure.

Having been attacked, the total responsibility of the band is now in the hands of Narumi. The Fourth’s men are all riled up due to the attack and want vengeance – Narumi however knows that nothing good will come of that. Renji is purposefully working with the intent of ruining the upcoming concert in order to destroy everything the Fourth has.

Narumi insists the men clam down and restrain themselves as they are staff of the band’s live show. In the heat of the moment, he mentions their proposed intelligence that Renji is hiding within an apartment is no more than a trap – and such an attack will ruin their, the Hirasaka Group’s, image. Narumi manages to get things settled down and departs to have a discussion with Alice.

Knowing what he’s done, Alice states that although he was fibbing about the trap, it is indeed actually true. Receiving some more information from her, Narumi has his plan all thought out.

One of the more prominent aspects of this series is something not visible, nor tangible, yet you can certainly feel it and it makes a significant world of difference. The pacing in this series is transcendental to a point it is unworldly – ethereal in that it is simply so sophisticated, immense, and atmospheric. Each episode feels as if a short burst of reality from another realm. Things are not quickly mashed together in this series – in every episode, little actually happens yet it all happens with purpose and a powerful magnitude.

Kamisama no Memochou doesn’t display a full stream of subsequent scenes like a typical series – the backstory is told before hand and the action comes at the end. Scenes are delivered in perhaps what would most appropriately be described as “segments” – once one scene relaying relevant plot information concludes, another initiates immediately.

You can call this “jumping around” although don’t misinterpret this to be a negative quality – it is an unparalleled form of original storytelling rarely seen in other anime, if at all.

The plot itself is shocking as the facts of the matter weigh in and we learn of one thing we’d never have expected – a certain character is more than meets the eye.

Before the credits roll, Alice reveals her romantic interests in Narumi yet again as she was on the verge of pronouncing her love for him – sadly the task proves to be more than an intellectual loli can handle and the credits start up.

The episode ends clearing up this tale of confusion – captivating us for a fresh mystery next episode.

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