Nanami once again ignores Tomoe’s order to wear a headscarf to school and wounds up losing her Land God mark to Rijin Narukami-hime, who was also the one responsible for shrinking Tomoe. Stuck homeless again and, only this time with Tomoe who is unable to do anything as the side effects of the Mallet of Good Luck takes a toll on him, Nanami becomes frustrated with herself for not being able to do anything.
Okay what should I start with, the positive response or the rant?
… Lets start with the rant.
OH ^$#%$#% GOD, WHAT IS THIS!? IS THIS GOING TO BE A PATTERN NOW OR SOMETHING? LOOKS LIKE IT, SO I BETTER GET USE TO IT. OKAY SERIOUSLY, THAT WAS SO UNNECESSARY TO THROW IN MIKAGE TO BE STANDING WITH OTOHIKO AND WHY THE HELL IS OTOHIKO EVEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?! HE ISN’T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE HERE YET. HIS DEBUT IS NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO THIS! IT’S LIKE WHAT, FOUR VOLUMES LATER AFTER THIS ARC? OH MY GOD, THIS PISSES ME OFF SO MUCH. OH AND FIRST THE SHOUJO BUBBLE SPAM NOW, SPARKLES ON TOP OF SHOUJO BUBBLES? REALLY NOW? REALLY?
I think they could have ran this episode more smoothly if they hadn’t thrown Otohiko in at all, and have that tree scene with Mikage standing there. *HEADESKS* What a waste of time.
I was very much surprised to see that Tomoe’s voice remained the same. When I think about it now, it makes sense that way since the only thing that changed was not his age, but his body.
As usual, it always sucks when the animation quality drops again. They clearly put more effort into Narukami-hime as I pretty sure this was her first and last appearance as she never popped up again in the manga. It’s a shame though that they cut out the part where Kurama explains a bit more about Narukami-hime’s nature and that she literally burns through her Komaiinu and that her current ones are the thirty-seconds. ^^;;;
Now for the positive points and bits of fangirling:
AKSJDALSJKDLAKS LITTLE TOMOE IS JUST TOO CUTEEEEEEEEEE~!!!! I love that his personality never changed. Then BOOM fabulous max Tomoe comes out after being returned to his original form. =w= Tomoe looks even more handsome with his long hair. This is his true form… well not that he’d look any different, but being freed from the Shinshi contract allows him to use his powers to his full extent. Once he is in a contract again, his powers are capped. This is why he had to kiss Nanami, to re-establish their contract. There’s nothing more rewarding than that, ohohohohohohohoho!!!
This is Nanami’s first time facing off a god, and the important part was that even though things were looking grim, she didn’t give up (of course thanks to Kurama for making it entirely possible in the first place). Rather than a focus of letting her shine, this arc more or less showed how much Nanami cares about the shrine now and that she doesn’t find it a burden whatsoever and it’s not something she is willing to abandon or give away.
I liked how they covered certain scenes like the pillow fight and Nanami suffocating Tomoe while hugging him. I also enjoyed every bit of little!tomoe efforts of fighting back, in particular stabbing and chomping Kurama after the guy was making use of this opportunity to get his revenge for being turned into an ostrich.
As much as I did have occasionally burst of giggles, I am not entirely satisfied with this episode. While thankfully they covered and spared the key factors from butchered horribly (Sasamochi and Yukiji), so this episode overall is a 50/50. I have a love/hate relationship with this adaption, so I’ll undoubtedly continue going back and forth about how I feel about it. It’s like a roller coaster, up and down, up and down, take a sharp turn and curve around and under we go~ and in the end varying on how the ride turns out I’ll either love it or hate it.
Ooooh next week will be fun! Mizuki will be making his return and Tomoe will be going in to school for Nanami. However Nanami isn’t going to be completely excluded from the episode as she herself will be busy at the shrine with something fairly interesting. Ohohohohohoh that’s all you’re going to get from me.