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Noragami Aragoto 4 – 6

Yato is pissed.

Who wouldn’t be in his situation? From his standpoint, Hiyori was done in by the underhanded tactics of Bishamon. Determined to destroy her through any means necessary, Yato rushes in a frenzied rage to confront her and finally settle things.

Meanwhile, Kazuma and Hiyori are captured by Kuguha, who has executed his plan to create a feud between the former god of calamity and the god of war with unceasing proficiency. The whole conflict between Bishamon and Yato was most certainly the biggest elephant in the room when it came to Noragami, but to see the emotional tension rise so high and stakes to surpass even that is jarring.

I won’t bother recapping everything that happened in these episodes (as I’ve made it clear since my captain earth blog post that I’m not interested in recaps anymore) since so many things happened. The way that Kazuma and Bishamon’s trial of trust played out was satisfying and lacking of ass-pulls, which was pleasing. It is clear by Bishamon’s answer to Kazuma’s seemingly earnest intentions that she has faith in her servants who seek to due the correct thing, even if it is not the same correct thing she might have been anticipating.

As powerful as the entire stage was leading up to and including the rage induced, nothing left to lose fight between Bishamon and Yato, perhaps the most powerful moments came from her picking herself up after the death of half of her family, reconciling with Yato over a long misunderstanding, and leading the rest of her family to victory against invaders despite her beaten, wearied state. This took true resolution and finally added some much needed characterization to her personality.

Kuguha’s story is certainly interesting. The only reason I can see why he’d bother belittling Bishamon after everything he did is because I believe he is actually quite selfish deep down. The show tries to make it seem as though “his intentions were good” but to be honest, he’s quite twisted and did everything for his own selfish whims – to see his idealized Bishamon. The ends do not justify the means.

Yato, Kazuma, and Bishamon can finally put this ordeal which was satisfyingly wrapped up behind them, with the most growth coming from Bishamon herself. I was duly impressed by the execution of this arc and I can say with certainty that this was the best arc in the show. The next 6 are entertaining enough but suffer from some strange pacing issues towards the end. More on that later!

Noragami Aragoto 1 – 3

Noragami returns! You might remember that there was at least one plotline that was briefly touched upon but never resolved from the first season. Why does Bishamon harbor a grudge against Yato, and did Yato really kill all her kinsman? What sort of debt does Kazuma owe Yato? What really happened way back then?

Prepare to have those questions answered.

The first episode spends its time reintroducing us to our main cast, that being Yato, Yukine, and Hiyori. Not much has happened since our last encounter with our heroes – Yato is still taking paltry, measly jobs, Yukine is still starving, and Hiyori is finally entering high school.

We learn a lot about Bishamon in these episodes – she is unsurprisingly a kind soul who ends up making every lost soul she finds her regalia in the hopes of saving them. IN this fashion, they enter a large family under her leadership, even if she never uses them for combat. This causes friction with her doctor/regalia Kuguha, who is planning a plot to seemingly usurp her or destroy her – we even see him plotting with Nora, Yato’s former regalia.

Yukine also meets a friend – another regalia like him, who belongs to Bishamon. Yato advises caution but does not stop the two of them from becoming friends. It isn’t long until Kuguha shows up to kill Suzuha, Yukine’s friend. It’s clear that Kuguha’s aim is to cause chaos between Yato and Bishamon. Long story short, a lot happens with Bishamon leading to a downward spiral for her, including her being seemingly blighted.

Yukine ends up in Takimagahara with Kazuma, Bishamon’s “guiding voice”. Bishamon finds out that Kazuma assisted in a ablution with Yato, and in her unsatiable anger banishes him. Aiha, one of Bishamon’s regalia who is working with Kuguha, ends up capturing Hiyori in an attempt to pin it on Bishamon, with the hopes that Yato will go to reclaim her. Let’s just say he’s not too happy about that.

Kuguha’s aim is obviously to stir trouble between Bishamon and Yato for the purpose of either birthing a new god or usurping her position entirely – that is not clear. Kuguha is our typical crafty motherfucker we often see in shonen, but I feel as though a lot of what he has orchestrated will be hard to explain even when things do eventually calm down. Without Kazuma, it’s hard to say if Bishamon will even be herself – in a lot of ways, he is what restrains her from acting wildly.