And now I have to decide if I want to take a break to go write a review of Let's Dance a Waltz 2 before going on with this post, because the idea was to post about Noragami today. So can we transition from Noragami back to Let's Dance a Waltz? Probably, but it might be better to write about Let's Dance a Waltz first and them come back. Hold on a sec.
We now just named it "shuumatsu-kibunshou" (weekend mentality disease) ...And back to that review.
...Okay now we're done!
So about Noragami 3. Wow, now I'm not sure I can change gears into Noragami. Let's see...
The main thing is the ablution. It was my favorite episode of the anime, and it's a great part of the manga, too (except that you have to imagine Kaji-kun's amazing voice acting, instead of hearing it). The way Adachitoka portrays Yukine's progression is pretty great. It pretty much starts with him asking "why me?" Then he keeps asking that until he snaps. I mean, you don't see it starting with the "why me" until the chapter with Manabu, where it's made very obvious. But the point is, Yukine kept dwelling on the negative and dwelling on it and dwelling on it until...well, you know what happened. (Or you will, if you read it! Seriously, read volume three. It's the best of the first three volumes. But then, it's only the best if you've read the other two volumes leading up to it.)
I'm not sure I have a whole lot more to say about the book itself. I already talked about the wording of the ablution ceremony...I think? I also find it fascinating how ablution basically involves confessing and forsaking your sins. Just more evidence that Shinto (or at least Adachitoka's version of Shinto) is more closely related to Christianity than you might expect. I guess all religions are more closely related than you might expect, but that's another discussion.
There is one more thing. The gag manga! Oh my goodness, I think we had a little bit too much fun translating the TV show that the ayakashi were watching. Speaking of that, the title of that gag comic should be read in a creepy whisper. "They're watching..." See how funny that is? (When combined with the comic itself, of course.) And the way they make fun of Kuraha! Poor Kuraha. It is hilarious, though. Oh man, we're looking at them again now and they're all so funny. I wonder if anyone would really color that picture of Yato... Then he'll look like Dragon Kid from Tiger & Bunny! ...Or Bruce Lee. I guess.
Well, that turned out to be slightly less substantial than I'd hoped, but the point is, everyone should read Noragami. It's awesome.
Today I'm thankful for finishing work early today (sort of), having a fun time writing reviews (I wonder which one of them will end up getting posted first!), the way Zack just randomly does squats in Birth by Sleep, salted pretzel Milano cookies, and having plans to try double hot chocolate tonight (chilled, of course).