No, I’m not going to talk about the OST – if you want to discuss it there are plenty of places where you can do so, but I’m not going to let this one degrade into what I’m seeing in those places. Besides, there’s plenty to talk about with the episode itself – which was, BTW, one of the best of the season. And certainly my favorite of the Ebisu arc (are we calling it the Ebisu arc?). So let’s just move on and focus on that.
I don’t know about you, but I found the scene where Yukine was speaking to Hiyori and she couldn’t see him strangely moving. I may have been reading too much into Fujisaki – he could jut be a smitten teen rather than an agent of deceit – but that’s irrelevant to the effect his kiss had on Hiyori. She clearly feels in her gut that it was a betrayal, though until Yukine makes his appearance she can’t say why – or of who.
Poor Yukine… One hug is enough to put him on tilt, but then he is at that age – and the sad thing is he’ll be at that age forever (or until he re-dies anyway). The whole question of Yukine’s age and feelings is part of a larger issue that I assume the manga will have to deal with eventually, which is that both Yato and Yukine are in love with Hiyori. Setting aside the fact that they’re denizens of different shores, it’s an interesting conundrum because you know, Yukine is actually closer in biological age to Hiyori than Yato is. But she’ll keep growing, and she’s already taller than he is (among other things). Poor Yukine (did I say that already?). I would think Yato and Yukine have to have a face-off and or falling out over this sooner or later, but that’s obviously a matter for down the road.
For now, the focus remains on Ebisu – and as I mentioned last week, he’s a surprising character. It’s always interesting when a character’s appearance so belies their nature, but Ebisu has definitely turned out to be a different sort of chap than first impressions indicated. He may look the part of a sinister and suave tycoon or even a Yakuza, but Ebisu is a man-child – an idealistic and naive loose cannon whose bad decisions lead to his being reincarnated over and over. He’s nothing like the antagonist of this arc – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of them to go around.
Ebisu has always been a source of trouble it seems – and a bit of a headache for the other six Lucky Gods – but his current dalliance with naming phantoms has finally pushed the pantheon of Kami too far. They declare a death sentence against him, imprison the other Shichi Fukujin and lock down Ebisu’s mansion. When some very powerful concerned Regalia get involved (and Tenjin’s Tsuyu, who’s actually not a Shinki but rather the spirit of a plum tree) what we have developing seems to be no less than an all-our war between the Gods. Which makes me wonder if that’s what Yato’s “father” (and perhaps Nora) wanted all along.
It’s easy to see why Bones chose to close the season with this arc, which touches on some very fundamental elements of the story as it currently stands. That’s especially true when it comes to Yato, who’s trying to do no less than redefine himself as a respectable God – and of course, it’s for Hiyori that he wants to do so. This is the crossroads moment for Yato and while he seems to have made the right choice, it looks like he’s going to need some rescuing. That means a trip to the underworld for Hiyori and Yukine, but I suspect it’s the involvement of the now freed Shichi Fukujin that’s going to make the difference.