“A Promise in Spring”
And we have yet another lovely OVA from one of my favourite shows of Winter 2014, Noragami, and if the first OVA wasn’t hilarious enough, this one had me giggling for pretty much the entire 24 minutes.
It’s cherry blossom viewing season and Yato, Hiyori and Yukine have got themselves a lovely spot by a large and lovely tree. Unbeknownst to the boys, though, Hiyori has invited all the gods and their shinki to share this special day together and have a nice little picnic by the tree. ‘Nice’ being the intended outcome but, well, Yato didn’t count on Hiyori inviting Kofuku and Daikoku, as well as Tenjin and all of his shinki, AND Bishamon and the whole lot of her shinki. Oh Hiyori, my darling girl, as much as I know your heart is in the right place, this was never going to work, haha! Still, there was much entertainment to be had – if Kofuku’s egging on was any indication – and it was literally like a huge family get-together, with all the drama, hilarity and rivalry. Needless to say neither Yato nor Bishamon got along throughout the entire occasion, despite how hard Hiyori, Yukine, Daikoku and Kazuma tried. And in trying to be civil with one another they just ended up getting drunk within the first half hour, leaving Hiyori and Kazuma to clean up the aftermath. The two had a moment of respite when they left to get more food and drinks and Kazuma admitted that while he adored Yato, he still wanted to make Bishamon the best god around, which involved a lot of weird fantasies with his patron in weird outfits much to Hiyori’s bemusement. So that was interesting! The funniest and craziest situation happened once the two got back and Yato and Bishamon finally drunkenly decided they’d had enough of one another. In her depression Bishamon finally admitted that nothing that had happened in the past had been Yato’s fault and that the death of all the clans under her protection had been her own fault. Leave it to Yato to ruin a deep and meaningful moment as he leans over, slaps a hand around her mouth and then proceeds to ‘kiss’ her in order to catch her off guard. And that’s pretty much when shit hits the metaphorical fan and the two proceed to beat each other up. *sigh* Well done, Yato, well done. Kofuku’s drunken glee and the other shinki and Hiyori’s reaction was hilarious, though. Especially when Tenjin tried to interfere and break up the fight but the two ganged up on him and called him the laziest god ever, to which he responded first with shock and then with burning rage. Ohhh, dear. XD
So, once each shinki had got their respective gods home, leaving what should have been a delightful picnic that turned downhill behind. So, a day later and both gods are unwilling to talk about or remember the incident of the day before, but that doesn’t reflect well on their characters when their shinki are handed the yearly questionnaire to rate their employee satisfaction. While Yato would happily tear it up, at least Daikoku is on Yukine’s side and literally keeps the god tied up while Yukine fills it out. He also seems to derive a sadistic glee in filling out, writing all sorts of bad things about Yato – who isn’t the most highly-rated god around anyway – and Hiyori watches on in concern from the background. The next day they’re back at the tree again and Yato is weeping over the fact that his symbol’s been changed to a piece of poop, but it’s not all bad as when he’s sent Yukine’s questionnaire he realises that while he may be the most inefficient, reckless god around, with the worst financial planning, Yukine still enjoys working for him.
The Characters/Episode Highlights
The first half of the episode was amazing; I loved the picnic and all the gods and shinki getting together and being so silly. I love how one of the shinki was a member of Japanese Alcohol Anonymous but kept on being piled with drinks by the other shinki. That was probably the funniest part for me. The shinki and Hiyori really made this episode, I thought, especially with their reactions to Yato and Bishamon’s fights and then their impromptu almost-kiss. They had me in stitches and it’s just kind of nice to see all the characters come together. One of those feelgood episodes, definitely. One of the downsides to this episode for me, though, was that I felt the second part with the questionnaire came too abruptly after such a funny segment so it felt almost like stepping into another very short episode. I think it would have been better had the two segments been single episodes but that’s just my opinion…
I love Noragami so much so it was really nice to be able to watch just a little bit more from it. I don’t know whether they’re coming up with a second season – I’d love it if they did – but for now these OVAs, as far and in between as they are, do satiate my Yato craving. ^^