Noragami Aragoto Episode 12
BONES, you had one job…
GOD DAMN IT BONES, YOU HAD ONE JOB!
I am quite infuriated with how they executed this episode. I mean seriously, BONES! You guys were doing so well up to this point, but what the hell were you thinking?! Last week I had a feeling they were going to make Yato witness Ebisu’s death in the anime edition- for the sole purpose to create more drama and angst. And I honestly had faith they were going to do it right. But holy shit, how wrong I was. What a disaster this episode was. In fact, I have to say they fucked up big time- and no, I am not exaggerating.
Let me tell you why and how they absolutely ruined it. They cut out such an important detail, just so they could drag out the fight- longer than it should have and have some anime-edition Yatori moments. Hell, it was not worth to prolong Ebisu’s the fight against the Heavens for as long as they did. At first I thought it was cool and fun, but the longer they dragged it out, the more ridiculous it became. I kept on throwing my hands up in the air, shouting at my computer screen in frustration, “JUST END THE FIGHT”. I just can’t wrap my head around why in the world they thought it would be a good idea to pointlessly drag out the fight in the first place! I felt it played a big part in messing with the emotional build-up of Ebisu’s fate was dangling on a thin thread. They absolutely RUINED his final moment all because they wanted Yato to witness it and have this big heroic moment. I couldn’t find it in me to feel a shred of sadness or appreciation, I was consumed by the frustration of how BONES messed it up. Ironically, part of this has to blame the decision to switch up the order of events. It looks like it is an inevitable to avoid having it come back to bite you at some point down the line.
Oh and the important thing I mentioned they had decided to cut out? It’s this little girl, a Goddess whom nobody knows of- but there are a lot of theories revolving around her and her potential ties with Yato, besides the hints she knew Yato’s true name: Yaboku. She was also the one who told them how to get Yato and Bishamon out of the underworld.
I don’t even know if Bones is going to make the decision to throw her into the finale next week. As far as I’m concerned the finale should be completely devoted to Ebisu and Yato, anything else will make me want to claw something.
But enough of the rant and more about the episode itself:
Yato’s true name is Yaboku. Hiyori figured it out as she was the one who carved the name into the shrine in the first place and recalled which form she carved his name in the first place. But it took everyone a long time since they were puzzled when they realized that Yato was not responding to the name they all knew him as. The problem was that Yato never opened up to them about his true name. He was afraid they would leave him because of his terrible history and the things he has done. But as Kofuku explains, it isn’t out of the ordinary for Gods to have a different name or title, as she herself uses another God’s title because she doesn’t like to be known or called as the God of Poverty. But both Bishamon and Yato could have also been goners had Hiyori not been there at the scene because it required a living human to call out their names in order to return to the surface.
And finally, we can all agree that the Heavens is a bunch of grumpy pricks who wouldn’t even give Ebisu a chance to explain himself. They didn’t like how he took in Noras, they didn’t like how he is trying to be a Conjurer by wielding the Phantoms, etc.. etc…
To me, The Heavens are like a bunch of butthurt Gods who are not productive considering the ones who attempt to make a difference are often the ones who are punished.
That’s it for this week, let’s see how the finale goes. What a shame they messed this one up, lets hope they can just do the finale justice with Ebisu and Yato.