Noragami Episode 8 – Crossing the line

Noragami yukine
Crossed.

Sometimes, we can’t help it.
Noragami Episode 8 Review
“Over the Line”
“Issen o Koete”
(一線を越えて)

Everyone faces difficulties in life, and sometimes those difficulties push us over an edge that we should never cross. Other times, we become stronger by using our will to not cross over that edge.



Noragami Episode 8 Impressions and Review

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SMACKING GODS IN THE FACE WITH TOILER PAPER.
LIVING THE DREAM.

Yeah, he’s just a pervert.

PRESENTING THE PERVERT.

He’s just trying to get some sexy time.
Chill.

She’s so understanding…

Problems no matter where you go.

Haters gotta hate.

NO SEXY TIME.

PEOPLE DON’T DIE WHEN THEY ARE KILLED.

Yukine school uniform

No, you went to school naked.

BUSTED FOR COSPLAYING.

Noobspls.
Hearthstone is where it’s at.
Yeeeh.

I don’t really want to repeat that cliche.

HOW2DEALWITHBULLIES101.

Shouldn’t those plants be absolutely ruined?

Bishamon hot

Dayuumm..

Noragami Kofuku and Bishamon

BEING WORN BY BISHAMON-

Oh, it’s a girl.

EVEN BETTER.

Kofuku anime badass

Oh.

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!



BADASS AS FUCK.

I thought he’d be super jelly that she’s trying to protect Yato.

Noragami Hiyori and Yato

LIVING THE DREAM.

Iki Hiyori punches Yato

THE DREAM.

Can’t you tell? He’s ready to make you piss your pants.

Got to put these people in their place.

And you know what’s sad? This isn’t far from what happens in Japan at all.

That’s how you do it.

REKT.

CRYING AND PISSING.
LIVING THE LIFE.

Awww…
Well, he is unique.
He’s pretty good at smashing windows.

Because life.

Except beside the most awesome God that is Yato.

Yo.

MONEYMONEYMONEY.

Yukine crying Noragami Yato near death

Yukine episode 8 baseball bat

See? He’s pretty good.

Yukine Regalia crazy

Yato suffering from blight

Welp…

Being a God is suffering.

Iki Hiyori angry

She’s actually mad for once.

Can’t taint that Kofuku, bra.

Yato dying

Don’t worry, he’ll be fine.
SOON.
TM.

In this episode, Yato is accomplishing both his job regarding Manabu’s bullying and Yukine’s despair over the loss of his life. The cases are parallel in that they are both despairing over the fact that misfortune befell them, but they are also unparallel in where the source of that misfortune is from. For Manabu, it is from his everyday life, the life that Yukine now longs for. For Yukine, it is his death and his inability to be a normal human being like Manabu. It goes to show that no matter which side you’re on, misfortune can befall upon you at any time. That’s just how life is at times, and this comparison and contrast highlights this fact quite well. Yato’s method of helping both of them is worthy of note as well. He could simply cut Manabu’s ties with everyone so he can start anew, but that will not solve his problem as that would only solve external factors and not the internal factors. For both Yukine and Manabu, Yato gives them a decision. And that decision is either to step over the line or steel oneself against misfortune and not only wallow in self-pity. That’s not to say that self-pity is “bad” or unnecessary. It’s a form of identification of oneself that let’s us recount our painful experiences so we grow as people. Sometimes this self-pity can become hatred or acceptance. Other times, we become depressed for prolonged periods of time where no progress is made. By doing what he does, Yato gives a clear decision that must be made by Manabu and Yukine.



It’s interesting to note how Yato tells Manabu to give the bully a knife too. If I had to guess why, it may be because he’s trying to make it seem like he’s not tempting him just to mindlessly murder someone. He’s trying to make the “line” before Manabu very clear. Heck, he does make it very clear even without doing that by saying, “If you want to give up your humanity, that is.” The strange thing is, he doesn’t give Yukine the same treatment. He never explicitly tells him of the dangers of doing what he’s been doing this whole time. At the very least, he never explains how grave his actions really are. Is it because he’s too trusting? Is it because he simply wants, as he says, “A completely unique someone?” Or perhaps, his words will have little effect unless he puts himself at so much risk that Yukine will truly realize the gravity of his actions? This episode portrays what happens when one barely manages to pull oneself back from crossing over the line, and what happens when one actually does cross over the line. What’s clear is that the closer to the line one gets to, the more difficult it becomes to resist the urge to. Nevertheless, being able to stop oneself at such a precarious position will be able to strengthen that person greatly. It can bring great growth. It is, however, still a big gamble especially with Yukine and Manabu at a wild and uncontrollable age.

I’ve seen some people hating on Yukine, and I completely understand how one can be frustrated by Yukine’s behavior. Even taking into mind his age and his position, it’s still nonetheless frustrating to watch regardless of his position. Is it his fault? Partially, yes, but it’s ridiculous to say that it’s completely his fault. I can at least give him a bit of room for not experiencing the pleasure and pain of being young and dying far too soon. But all I’ll give him is some room. The fact remains that what has happened, happened. Life will not let you roll the dice again no matter how unfair it may be. That is the cruelty of life, and it is up to one’s own ability and spirit to be the foundation of redemption, change, and acceptance. Yato trusted that Yukine will not cross a line that only let’s one succumb further into despair. Yato believed that great change could occur within Yukine. But a risk is a risk for a reason. What does failure mean for both of them though? Well, since Yato is the main character, we all know that there’s almost no chance that he really will die. By the looks of the preview, a painful process will have to be undertaken so that death can be avoided. If you’re tired of Yukine acting this way, you’ll probably be glad of the progress he’ll make by the time this is all over. Next time, the pain will involve both Yato and Yukine, and together, they can pull themselves back from the line that Yukine crossed, growing stronger and closer as God and Regalia.

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  • James Du

    I see you’ve fallen for this series.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      With this slow season it was inevitable. It’s mostly due to the fact that I can write a decent amount about almost every single episode. Shows that do that to me tend to be shows I enjoy quite a bit.

      • James Du

        Slow season?

        For great shows its got Natsumoe & Bakatora, Log Horizon, and… and…

        Okay, it’s pretty slow.

        • Drig

          Gin no Saji and HxH are pretty stellar.

          YowaPedal and KlK has lost a bit of steam but it’s still pretty damn good. Space Dandy might be pretty good as well. ( Has been mostly hit and miss but is pretty unique I must say )

          And for those who like cute anime, Inari and Mikakuni.

          And if you like sports anime as well, there’s Diamond no Ace.

          Not a terribly weak season. There just isn’t too many A+ anime right now. A lot of B- or B+ stuff.

          • James Du

            Say Log Horizon isn’t at least grade A material and I will…

            Show you a teary Akatsuki pic.

          • Lim Cheng Yi

            okay,

            “Log Horizon isn’t at least grade A material”

            So how about the picture?

            but seriously though, i really enjoy log horizon, sure we arent having boss raid every episodes but it was really fun to watch them figure out what has happened to their world and what has changed, still, that unknown adventure at minami, will we have a pvp between that adventurer and shiro?

        • The Atomic Dwarf

          A lot of good comedies, but there isn’t much to talk about in them.

          Even Log Horizon who has some epic episodes like no 20 also winds down a bit. It’s the pacing of the show: stellar, but a bit slow. The Devil’s in the details with that one. If you didn’t pay enough attention to ep 21 you missed a lot of stuff regarding Minami, the other main Adventurer town.

          The same goes for Kill la Kill. Not much to talk abou…. wait a minute GAMAGOORI WENT TSUNDERE AND BASCIALLY RECOGNIZED HE HAS A THING FOR MAKO. HOW COULD YOU NOT COVER THAT? But still not much else happened compared to the fast paced ep of last week.

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            Shhhhhhh… I’M TRYING TO LET THAT SLIDE.

  • MgMaster

    I’m a bit surprised that I felt sympathy towards Yukine when he isn’t exactly a character I like. Also,I’m very pleased with the fact that the show didn’t chicken out and had Yukine cross that line. It’ll get him a lot of hate(along with some sympathy from some viewers) but it makes Noragami even more interesting.

    Also,lol @ the Heartstone comment. I must be one of the few MOBA players(LoL in my case) that doesn’t play that game. So Entrav,Dota or LoL? :D

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I prefer Dota whether it be playing or watching.

  • zztop

    Noragami’s first OVA is up already, with body-swapping fun! :)
    There’ll be another one in released later this year, although I have been warned it’s very spoilerish and more for the manga followers.
    How do you find the recent developments in Tokyo Ravens’ and Strike the Blood’s plot, entrav?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Both are… at least more interesting than what the plots previously were. Tokyo Ravens feels really rushed though, and while I enjoy the mystery side of things, it’s not executed very well at all. As for Strike the Blood, it’s nice to see it take a more serious turn and all with the harem still being as awesome as ever. The worldbuilding in that show, and the fights themselves are still lacking as usual. Still enjoy them both though.

      • zztop

        Tokyo Ravens: Some parts do feel rushed,although I think it’s a side effect of cramming the plots of 9 out of 10 source LNs into 24 eps. That said, I think the studio did a very good job on making the action scenes majestic and exciting, especially for eps 3 and 9.

        Strike the Blood: The studio is adapting 6 of 9 LN volumes(10th comes this March), although many LN readers say a lot of worldbuilding detail and gore have been removed from the anime.
        A limited budget is the most likely explanation for the poor fight scenes( clearly Tokyo Raven’s budget has no such problems for action).
        Plus Kojou’s backstory which covers many worldbuilding details won’t debut till vol 7-8.
        However, STB vol 1’s BD has sold very well compared to Tokyo Ravens, so if things keep up a Season 2 is very likely to occur.

        • zztop

          PS. If STB gets a season 2, I hope the studio gets a higher budget to play with, especially for their action scenes.

      • niknasr

        Well, with the recent development of Tokyo Ravens (which tbh I found really good), things will keep getting more interesting, I heard the last 4 episodes will cover vol 9 of LN, so there will be no rush scene I hope..

        p/s: although there was rushed here n there I must admit it is a really good adaptation so far, better than some LN adaptations that I knew.. *cough*KnK&IS*cough*

  • Shiina

    Why must yato suffer? I feel sad for him (come aboard to the yukine hate train….choo choo!!)

  • Flaiboy

    To my surprise I feel a good deal of sympathy for Yukine. We don’t yet know the circumstances of his death but we do know that his adjustment to death is pretty tough. Imagine being that young and being immersed in a world that you were living in but are now unable to interact with. Couple that with the immaturity of both Yukine and Yato and it’s no wonder there’s suffering.

    I think Yato is putting up with his struggles with Yukine because he sees something unique in the kid. I think he wants Yukine to come to him willfully. Yato’s method will probably work since that seems to be the thrust of the plot, but judging by his past Regalia it may in fact be the first time it will have worked.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yep, I can totally see why Yukine is acting the way he is. That doesn’t make his actions any less frustrating though.

      I wonder if Yato did try the same thing with other Regalia or if this is his first attempt to give so much freedom to his Regalia? Maybe in the past it was because he didn’t give enough freedom that things ended up not working out. We’ll have to wait and see.

      • SylvieLass

        Part of this is definitely answered in the manga. I won’t spoil you, but another reason why Yato doesn’t give up on Yukine is because the two have a more similar past than you might think.