Saddest looking snake ever.
I suppose it says something for the place Kamisama Kiss holds in my regard that I decided to make this the episode I’d try and blog to get myself kick-started during my bout with constitutional misery. I went to my inbox and while shows the H x H and SSY are sitting there – both of which I consider among the best of the year – there’s just something about this show that makes it incredibly easy to enjoy.
I’ve mentioned in the past in regard to shows like Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun how much I appreciate it when a series takes the trouble to make every character more interesting than they have to be, and it really applies here as well. Even the throwaway bit parts like the goofus from the mixer (tee hee) always come across as just a little more distinctive than you expect, and as for the main cast, It’s really in the growth of characters like Mizuki and Kurama that we can see how everyone in the main cast is a fully-developed person with their own dark side, but surprising levels of empathy for each other.
That certainly applies to Tomoe, who’s effectively the center of the series even if he’s nominally not the main character. Tomoe is a trope, undeniably, but he’s one of the most interesting examples of this one I’ve seen in quite a while. With an incredibly complicated past and a personality that makes him impossible to pin down, Tomoe provides an interesting nexus for the show to rotate around. Both halves of the episode – the flashback to his meeting with Mikage and the more light-hearted mixer chapter – shed some light on his feelings for Tomoe and why he’s having such a hard time coming to terms with them.
I’ll also be interested to see how Mikage factors into the resolution of things, which of course are going to stop in the middle of the story as told by the manga. He’s probably the biggest mystery in the cast at this point, starting with the real reason he up and left the shrine – and Tomoe with it. A simple matter of boredom, or is there something more there? He seems a benevolent character on the whole, but he’s a God – and like all Shinto Gods, it’s perilous to try to capture his motivations in simple terms. For a show that’s a straightforward and easy to watch as Kamisama Hajimemashita, it’s surprising just how much is going on under the surface.