Noragami Episode 12: Heart Realize [FINAL]
Eva’s Final Impression
MAN, this episode was full of feels! My heart stopped when Rabo destroyed Hiyori’s memories, I was pretty much going, “SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT!!!!” Then we got all the wonderful Yatori goodies kasjdklajsdlsakjdalsjdalsd, I, naturally as a Yatori shipper went crazy over that. (I must say they really spoiled the Yatori fandom in this adaption!)
The fight between Rabo and Yato was so intense. It started out very much as a one-sided fight, Rabo was easily overpowering Yato, but seeing that Hiyori was most likely the reason for it, he destroyed her memories. Yato was so close, SO CLOSE to protecting and retrieving it, and then it just shatters right in front of him. That plan of destroying the ball pretty much worked like a charm because Yato very well snapped and went mad (so much that it he was scaring Yukine). In fact, Yato is quite a formidable and a terrifying opponent (even more so when this is what he still could have been) when he puts his mind to it, even if it’s a bit of his God of Calamity side that he wants to bury for once and for all. Luckily for him, Yukine faithfully continued to be his much needed anchor of his present day self so that he wouldn’t turn back into the God of Calamity which Rabo had wanted and reminding him of his true priorities (protecting Hiyori’s body > defeating Rabo). But still, it think it could have been even more intense had they shown more of Yato’s darker side throughout the show.
We learned the reason why Rabo had sought out Yato in the first place. His shrine had declined he wanted he wanted to be eliminated by someone who remembered him. He went as far to using a curse to maintain his form. It was pretty selfish wish and without a doubt a nuisance to Yato, but in the end his demise was because of that very curse.
I was relieved to see that Hiyori had contributed to the fight despite her memory loss. She did what she does best, she saved Yato and Yukine when they couldn’t get out of the ball of water. However I am sure I wasn’t the only one who found it incredibly painful to watch amnesia!Hiyori be all soft and timid. In fact, I cringed, it just bothered me that much. Luckily for us, our Queen Hiyori made her comeback to kicking Yato’s ass from being so flustered how much he was clinging to her. I literally cheered and screamed, “THANK GOD!” because I don’t know what I would have done if we had to put up with amnesia!Hiyori for an entire episode. But… one littleeee thing did bother me a bit. Rabo is still standing and Hiyori runs over to Yato going, “Lets go home!”. Um, I don’t know. I felt that moment right then and there felt a bit out of character.
That O.O.C. bit was not the only thing that bothered me. I have mixed opinions about the way whole memory thing was handled. I found it a bit strange how Nora was able to take Hiyori’s memories and hide them or whatever in the ball which did affect her when it was destroyed, yet Hiyori was still able to get them back- so there are two possibilities. One it’s a plothole, or two, it was more of a ‘cloaking’ spell (hence why Nora said, “She broke my spell!”) as oppose to it literally taken from her. By that I mean, her memories are still there, but she doesn’t realize is it. This is probably why Hiyori was able to regain them herself because her heart (soul) remembers and nothing can take that away unless her bond with Yato were to be broken. Yato of course unknowing helped her regain her memories because he was embracing her which allowed her to catch his fragrance.
THAT WAS SO FREAKING ROMANTIC ASKDJAKSDJHASKJDHAKSDHAJSHDAS SHUT UP, LET ME BATH THE YATORI GOODNESS THIS SCENE WAS FUCKING PERFECT AND I CAN’T AND I AM FLAILING AND AKLSJDKLASJDLAKSJDLKAJSDLAKSJDASD THE WAY THEY EMBRACED EACH OTHER I FUCKING CAN’T!!!! *THROWS SELF INTO THE SEA OF EMOTIONS*
I didn’t mention this last week, but it was in the back of my mind wondering how they were going to handle the whole cutting the bond matter. They did end up playing that card where Yato told Hiyori it’s probably best for her to cut their ties and her declining. However, I still think they can use it again in the future (when it was supposed to be happen) because while the context is the same, they are under different circumstances. So I don’t think it would be ‘repetitive’ if they were to do that again (especially since Tenjin is like “CUT YOUR BOND WITH HIYORI, IT’S WHAT SHE WANTS!!!11” over and over and over again!).
Overall, this was a pretty good original-content wrap up. The ending was so cute and precious that I was squealing. I loved it. It was a perfect way to wrap things up. While the adaption was certainly not perfect, it was at least good compared to the many train-wrecks I have seen in the past. One of the things I particularly liked the fact they did have Nora mention “father”, because that little detail is enough to leave things open for a second season. Speaking of which, I was terribly disappointed to see that there was no immediate announcement, now we must wait, support the merchandise and hope that we will get a second season because this series is too good to pass. And if they do, I sincerely hope they make it as dark as it should be.