Noragami Episode 8: Breaking Point
THIS IS IT. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR-
ONLY IT’S GOING TO CONTINUE INTO THE NEXT EPISODE AND IT’S GOING TO BE FUCKING AWESOME!
*SOBS* OH MAN, THE FEELS!!!! ; ____ ; I knew this episode was going to kill me. It broke my heart in a million pieces when Yukine realized what he so desperately wanted but is now out of reach since he is dead. It is so upsetting because Yukine died young, and here we see him missing and wanting the simple things such as going to school, hanging out with friends, playing games, it’s basically went from what could be to what it could’ve been. (God seeing him put on the uniform and do a couple of questions ripped my heart out!) But more importantly, I especially loved how this particular event was set up. Their customer Manabu wished he could disappear so that he wouldn’t be bullied anymore. Yukine of course who is extremely sensitive about death and has a short fuse just waiting to detonate was angry at the student so he refused to help with the job. But it feelsl ike Yato had chosen this job on purpose, so that Yukine could have the opportunity to finally clear his vision, vent out his anger and despair. However, it came with a risk.
Manabu and Yukine had a parallel situation where each individual party had to make a choice. They either cross the line and lose their humanity in the process, or they don’t. Manabu was able to step away from the line and choose humanity. But remember this kid is alive, Yukine isn’t, he’s dead. The case of being dead makes it all more difficult to cling that thread of humanity. After all, what is there to lose if you are already dead? This is probably why Yukine didn’t even blink when he decided to go around smashing the windows, endangering the students inside. Not only that, but while he was angry, and sad, he was also extremely envious which is the key sin that is responsible for blighting Yato so much.
Although it was a bit of a stupid plan, you really have to give major props to Yato for enduring the blight to this extent, knowing that his life is at risk. He shows that he has uttermost faith in Yukine, but unfortunately it was already too late, Yukine had crossed the line. When Hiyori found Yukine and told him that the blight is his fault, and that Yato had endured it up to this point, Yukine was bewildered by the fact Yato would even do that. Remember he hasn’t realized yet how much Yato actually cares for him, and that despite all the trouble he had put him through, he still hasn’t given up on him.
Hiyori had a lighter role this episode, but she was still a mighty badass. Seeing her punish the boys for being in the ladies washroom, to carrying Yato who is is in critical condition right now (and is getting blighted in the process due to it being contagious), and then lecturing Yukine, ensuring that he comes along with her to get help from Kofuku, was just plain awesome. Unfortunately for them, Daikoku put up the borderline when it sunk it just how bad condition the three of them are in.
Speaking of badass, Kofuku deserves the Queen title today. SHE IS FEARLESS. When Bishamon suspected Kofuku opening vents to keep her busy and away from Yato, Kofuku was like, “Bitch if something were to happen to Yato, you will pay.” And nobody wants to mess with the Goddess of Proverty! Kekekekekekek…
With only 12 episodes in this series, it looks like Bishamon’s arc is only addressed if there is ever to be a second season (LET THERE BE A SECOND SEASON PLEASEEEEEE THERE IS SO MUCH GOODIES TO ANIMATE). Instead it looks like the last few episodes will end up focusing on the original character and his connection with Yato. I must say though I am surprised that the Original Character hasn’t had a serious role as of yet, but I am certainly not complaining. Had they done so, they probably would have ruined the adaption for sure.