Noragami: Episode 12 – “A Scrap of a Memory”

Noragami is about a minor god named Yato, who doesn’t have a single shrine. One day, he spray paints on a wall that he will help people in exchange for a 5-yen offering; he’s trying to save up money in order to build his own shrine. One day, while he’s doing a job, a girl named Hiyori pushes him out of the way of a bus. She is hit by the bus, and now Hiyori is a living Phantom. She’s still alive, but her spirit has a tendency to separate itself from her body at unexpected times. At the end of episode two, Yato gets a new Regalia named Yukine.

Rabo and Nora go to Rabo’s shrine and they see how much it has declined. Yato, Yukine, and Hiyori’s spirit arrive; Yato and Yukine are surprised to see Hiyori, because they thought she hadn’t come with them when they teleported.

Rabo approaches, and he and Yato begin fighting with their Regalias in their sword form. At one point, Rabo is able to use this water ability to trap Yato in a bubble that Yato is unable to pop from the inside. Hiyori comes running up and successfully pulls Yato out of the bubble. Yato and Rabo continue their battle, and at one point, Yato tries to make a break for it with Hiyori.

Rabo catches up to them, holding a ball containing Hiyori’s memories. Rabo throws it, and Yato tries desperately to catch it. Rabo uses his power to slash the ball from a distance and causes it to shatter. Hiyori collapses. Yato becomes angry and starts attacking Rabo more ferociously. Rabo raises the stakes by merging with Phantoms. Rabo causes a bunch of large rocks to fall near Hiyori, and Yato does what he can to try to save her. Something surprising happens at this point, and the tide of the battle between Rabo and Yato turns…

Right now, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this final episode of Noragami, because I couldn’t figure out whether this was meant to be a series finale or if it was meant to be a season finale. The way the episode ended, it really could have gone either way. If it was an episode to end a season, I would say it was a decent ending; however, if it’s meant to be the end of the series, then there were enough loose ends left hanging that it would be a bit of an unsatisfying note to end a series on.

Now that I’ve seen the entirety of Noragami, I have to say that it’s a decent series. It’s not bad, but it wouldn’t necessarily rank as one the top three new anime that I started watching during the Winter 2014 season. Out of the six new series I watched this season, I would have to say that it would be at number four.

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