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Noragami deals with matters of temptation and sin, there’s also a woman riding a lion, but her appearance is misplaced – the anime again fails to impress and barely satisfies, a blow also to anime and manga fans.

Like usual, much of the episode relies on comedic situations, only this time, they are less focused on humor and more on young bishounen blushing and a god that steals food. Though the first part of the episode is not devoid of interesting bits like visual humor, it feels empty because it simply does not bring anything worthwhile, since the comedy is not strong enough and the attempt at drama is just as weak.

A sudden unnecessary shift of tone takes place in the second half, a mysterious woman riding the king of the jungle while fighting some phantoms looks cool enough, but the scene goes away as fast as it came without expanding on what exactly happened, or why it happened to begin with. That way it seems more like that scene was thrown in the middle just to fill the required time length than to actually show something interesting, which may as well have been the case.

This scene could very well have been saved for another more appropriated moment where it would have been truly relevant, as right now, it is just out of place.

The focus then quickly returns to actually relevant characters, only revealing more of its weaknesses through its own dialogue. Yato explains to Hiyori how the connection between a Shinki and its master works, mentioning that Yukine’s misdeeds affect him and that they will have consequences, and it sounds interesting and ominous unless someone stops to think about the events so far.

Yato makes it sound like Yukine is capable of misdeeds that will bring retribution in a way that would make anyone believe Yukine already committed such offenses. However, this Yukine did nothing noteworthy thus far, all that could be blamed against the boy are simple matters of lust and jealousy, but the boy did not commit any notorious sin.

This is more evident if one has the will to compare adaptation and source material, in this case the manga. To briefly explain, the manga Yukine is much more prone to misdeeds than his animated counterpart, like downright shameless stealing , not just “borrowing”. This is relevant because one of the main plot points is Yato being directly damaged by Yukine’s corruption process, but the problem in the anime is that Yukine was toned down to seem more innocent and kind than he actually should be, hence making the central point of the situation weaker and less reasonable.

The following events are to no surprise altered as well. Fortunately even so, it is enough to convey the central idea, Yukine is clearly feeling guilty for not being able to save the little girl spirit and let her become corrupted, which was triggered by himself.

Just before the ending, the anime reminds the viewer that the lion riding woman actually exists and will be present in future events. It is shame she could not be introduced properly, seeing more of her would be intriguing if she were properly bestowed with purpose.

Noragami keeps moving forward the same way it started, slowly but surely. Unfortunately, the edits become evident and start to damage the adaptation that already wasn’t compelling enough to withstand many blows. If one can believe the preview, it seems that finally things will start to move faster with the series having more than enough episodes to make something impressive, hope still lives that in that the anime will reward its followers when all is through.

24 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Let’s all agree that the manga is much better plot-wise

  • ikkun says:

    yeah, yukine in manga more annoying than this.

    i relief i don’t have to watch again his attitude to hiyori.

    stealing hiyori’s money more sin than want to grope hiyori’s boob.

    • But his lack of “douchebagness” affects the plot in a negative way, and that is not good.

      • ikkun says:

        i am aware this.

        but, i already read the manga, so i think its fine.

        not work for anyone who can’t read manga, though.

      • neodarksun says:

        I agree with most that the manga was so much better at portraying these scenes. Yukine’s lack of actually doing anything wrong is seriously bad, and in retrospect, episode 4 feels so much more meaningless.

        “This scene could very well have been saved for another more appropriated moment where it would have been truly relevant, as right now, it is just out of place.”

        You always say this. Are you completely unaware of the concept that some scenes/characters are shown earlier, before relevancy, to foreshadow future events.

        • Dude, there is the good foreshadowing and the bad foreshadowing. Here they just threw the scenes with her without giving the minimum amount of context in an episode that has nothing to do with her. Now her appearance in the next episode when she is in the spotlight will have less impact on the first impression because hey, it was already wasted on meaningless scenes that are completely unnecessary. Good foreshadowing is when you raise expectations to specific events, when you inform the viewer what kind of things he should be expecting, here we don’t know shit about that woman or what she wants with Yato.

          It was like ” uhuu duur look at this woman she rides a lion and shoot bullets while dressing like a stripper, please be excited”.

          For comparison, on the manga she appears only when she is necessary and right away she is part of the focus. We get to know her and what she wants and why. Not a single moment wasted with meaningless scenes.

          • neodarksun says:

            That’s a very subjective way of saying what’s “bad” or “good”.

            “Now her appearance in the next episode when she is in the spotlight will have less impact on the first impression because hey, it was already wasted on meaningless scenes that are completely unnecessary.”

            How does that ruin our first impression of her? So it isn’t the first time seeing her? Does that mean that we were given enough information to completely deduct her character, so the we can’t have a good first impression when she actually unravels her character? No, we were shown a preview of a character that will be key to next Arc.

            “Good foreshadowing is when you raise expectations to specific events, when you inform the viewer what kind of things he should be expecting, here we don’t know shit about that woman or what she wants with Yato.”

            No it doesn’t. Foreshadowing does not to have point a “specific event” yet. It can be something that makes no sense, but gradually unfolds as the story progress. It can purposely make no sense yet, so as to make us question about the relations of the hints given, about how they’ll connect in the future.

            “It was like ” uhuu duur look at this woman she rides a lion and shoot bullets while dressing like a stripper, please be excited”.”

            Or you know, “Who is she? and What’s her relation to Yato/story?”

            “For comparison, on the manga she appears only when she is necessary and right away she is part of the focus. We get to know her and what she wants and why. Not a single moment wasted with meaningless scenes.”

            But that scene does have a purpose. It’s there to give an essence, that along with the other small hints, there will be a plot after Yukine’s “mini-Arc”. Its hinting that a plot, involving this characters/events will eventually happen, after everything settles down.

            • Her presentation was weak, those scenes were wasted. Just showing the character doing random things is pointless, there was no need for that. There was absolutely no impact, it was just random. If they had time to animate those scenes for no reason they should have just fixed the story with Yukine.

              The focus right now was on Yukine, and that was what they should have dealt with. The various alterations were already hindering the quality by making Yukine’s struggle less appealing, this “hinting at a future plot” just removes the attention from where it should be.

              • neodarksun says:

                Of course it was random. It’s has few relations with the current Arc, but that’s the reason it was shown. As it stand now with current Yukine-Arc, if we remove the foreshadow/hints, it feels as won’t be a next Arc. These hints, preview’s of Nora and Bishamonten, as well flashes of Yato’s past are there to show “there will be more”.

                “Just showing the character doing random things is pointless”

                BTW her doing “random” things does actually have a purpose. It shows that this character existed and was doing something, before her interaction with MCs.

                “If they had time to animate those scenes for no reason they should have just fixed the story with Yukine.”

                Right, cause a few seconds would totally fix it.

                “this “hinting at a future plot” just removes the attention from where it should be.”

                You’re telling me, someone didn’t attention to the show, just because of a couple of hints? There were there for something to ponder about, sure, but I don’t see how that grabbed the attention away current events.

              • “BTW her doing “random” things does actually have a purpose. It shows that this character existed and was doing something, before her interaction with MCs.”

                Thats just logical to assume, you dont necessarily have to show that, specially when the character is still unknown, unless what she was doing had anything to do with the story, which was not the case.

                And dude, its obvious there will be more. The anime is not over yet. They don’t need to show anything ahead of time just to say there will be more, everyone knows that.

                “Right, cause a few seconds would totally fix it.”

                You have no idea how a few seconds can make difference. And you are being too narrow right now, they don’t decide what scenes will be on what moment on the go. Introducing those scenes like that was poor planning, a time that could very have been used to improve Yukine’s story.

                I said it removes attention as in, gets in the middle of an ongoing plot to draw the attention of the viewer to an unrelated event.

                You seriously think those scenes were not poorly placed?

              • neodarksun says:

                “Thats just logical to assume, you dont necessarily have to show that, specially when the character is still unknown, unless what she was doing had anything to do with the story, which was not the case.”

                It’s not necessary, but it is optional. It shows that the character was there, before she was involved with the plot, and not just someone introduced suddenly. It can answer a minor question like, “why didn’t this character attack Yato before?”.

                “And dude, its obvious there will be more. The anime is not over yet. They don’t need to show anything ahead of time just to say there will be more, everyone knows that.”

                Yeah, because of the episode count, but we essentially know nothing about it if they remove those foreshadows. By giving these foreshadow/hints, we’re at least given a little preview on the some of the themes and characters that are going to be involved. Without those, for all we know, we could just be getting unrelated mini-stories again.

                “You have no idea how a few seconds can make difference. And you are being too narrow right now, they don’t decide what scenes will be on what moment on the go.”

                No, because they already established something with Yukine’s “borrowing scene”, adding a couple of seconds will not correct that.

                “Introducing those scenes like that was poor planning, a time that could very have been used to improve Yukine’s story.”

                No it couldn’t. It was a short moment, just enough for hints, but nowhere near enough for actual development.

                “I said it removes attention as in, gets in the middle of an ongoing plot to draw the attention of the viewer to an unrelated event.”

                I don’t see the problem. It takes attention for a few moments, it didn’t affect how one payed attention to the rest of the show. It was also put in a transition between 2 scenes, as a “currently happening somewhere”, so it’s not like it just put somewhere in the episode randomly.

                “You seriously think those scenes were not poorly placed?”

                No. In fact, I think, it’s actually for the better.

              • ““why didn’t this character attack Yato before?””

                In no way those scenes answer that. she was busy fighting phantoms? please, they know each other from a long time, those scenes are not an answer for that, her background is.

                “No it couldn’t. It was a short moment, just enough for hints, but nowhere near enough for actual development.”

                You are just being narrow-minded right now. What if instead of showing her, they showed Yukine stealing the watch he was supposed to? Or stealing Hiyori’s money? What if they have changed the structure of the episode to fit actually relevant scenes instead of waste of time passed “foreshadowing”?

                That “introduction” was not necessary on the manga and is not necessary here. The foreshadowing she needed was already given before, Kofuku said Yato killed someone’s Shinki, said he made enemies. That was enough hint to leave expectations afloat, subtle and effective.

              • neodarksun says:

                “In no way those scenes answer that. she was busy fighting phantoms? please, they know each other from a long time, those scenes are not an answer for that, her background is.”

                It might be in her background. But for now, we can look at it that she doesn’t just chase after Yato, but does her job.

                “You are just being narrow-minded right now. What if instead of showing her, they showed Yukine stealing the watch he was supposed to? Or stealing Hiyori’s money? What if they have changed the structure of the episode to fit actually relevant scenes instead of waste of time passed “foreshadowing”

                Then they would need restructure the episode, not just that scene. Otherwise it would be pretty out-of-character for Yukine to steal money from Hiyori, when he just visibly “borrowed” infront of her.

                “That “introduction” was not necessary on the manga and is not necessary here.”

                Just because its not necessary doesn’t it can’t positively affect a series.

                “Kofuku said Yato killed someone’s Shinki, said he made enemies. That was enough hint to leave expectations afloat, subtle and effective.”

                It wasn’t made clear who that enemy was, so even if she shown, it’s not like people will automatically perceive her as the one mentioned.

              • “Then they would need restructure the episode”

                Thats what I said.

                “Just because its not necessary doesn’t it can’t positively affect a series.”

                Only this time it doesn’t affect is positively, that didn’t add to anything meaningful.

              • neodarksun says:

                “Thats what I said.”

                I thought you meant changing that scene, and keeping the rest of the episode. That’s the one I kept disagreeing with, there’s nothing a couple of seconds will do this episode. The only way to add more meaningful scenes is if they restructure it.

                “Only this time it doesn’t affect is positively, that didn’t add to anything meaningful.”

                It purpose was to make the audience intrigue. By simply making people go “Who is she? How does she relate to the show?” it served its main purpose.

    • neodarksun says:

      Yukine’s terrible attitude was actually a good thing. Not only does it break the “everybody is inherently nice” routine that was happening, but his reasoning for doing it actually gave his character more dept.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m getting the feeling that Bones is too caught up with Space Dandy to actually try and do this series properly,

    • Seven says:

      And Space Dandy sucks, what a great trade-off.

    • neodarksun says:

      They should’ve cancelled Space Dandy and used the budget for this instead.

      • Seven says:

        Part of Space Dandy’s budget probably comes from fat Americans who would never dare fund something like this.

        • Anonymous says:

          And worse, some of them don’t even like the dubbed version. Such a waste of money. They should’ve hired someone more competent in the scriptwriting position.

          • triton6783 says:

            Yeah, I heard that a lot of people were complaining about the dubbed version, although I personally enjoy it very much.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think the anime’s going the anime route after all…
    I’ve just seen the news on the official site. There will be a new villain for the anime by the name Rabou that will appear on episode 7. Apparently Adachitoka designed him themselves.
    Let’s just hope that this will not too downhill with the anime original route.

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