Oh man, I'm so beat. The funny thing is, it's not from working on Noragami, although that was far from easy. I said it in the review and I'll say it again, it took us an hour just to get through the gag manga at the back. Oy.
No, what has me tired is writing the review for this volume of Noragami. Oh man, there was just so much to write about, and I'm not even sure I covered it all. This series is just so full of everything! It's so good! Seriously, if you're not reading it yet, check it out, because it's amazing. I only hope we do it justice, because man. It's awesome. Also, if you're a Saiyuki fan, you really do need to check it out. We think you'll like it.
But speaking of Noragami and reviewing stuff,
I was going to talk about the Capyper Land episode of the anime. Not the one in the series. The OAD that came with the special edition of volume 16. It was...not as good as the muder mystery OAD. I might say it was better than the Capyper Land episode of the series, but it pretty much has all the same problems.
Problem 1: This is the most important to us, and that is that they always mess up the Splash Slider scene. Why do they insist on making it more boring? Is there something wrong with posing with a chess set on the drop? I'm pretty sure they make magnetic chess sets that would still work. But more importantly, Yato's proposal! Why would they take that out? Is it because the anime staff clearly ships Hiyori x Yukine? Be that as it may, they kept all the shoujo manga sparkly bits from the Elekiter Parade, except for the part about Yukine being jealous, so who are
they shipping? The lack of consistency is confusing, but more importantly, we're sad that they toned down Yato's mayhem. (Okay, so Yukine was more annoyed at being left alone than jealous.)
Problem 2: Just kidding, this one is even more important. The scene where Yato meets Capyper. They did keep the beautiful expression on his face, but they made it less beautiful by bringing it into the scene later, and by not putting as much heart into it. But worst of all! Capyper just IGNORED him!? What!? No, no, no, no, no. The magic of Capyper Land is that Capyper notices all of them! And that he's a friend to children of ALL ages. Ha, ha, Yato's not a kid so he doesn't get to take a picture with Capyper. Ha. Ha. Ha. In the manga, he notices Yato first, because (as per our interpretation) Yato is just a big kid who loves Capyper as much as the little ones do. Then he notices Yukine...likely because Yukine actually took the picture. But the thing is, one of the things that Yukine struggled so hard to come to terms with (and almost didn't, hence the need for an ablution) is that he knew nobody would notice him no matter what he did. That
is what makes Capyper so magical, and that's what snapped him out of this "this is stupid, I'm too old for this" mood.
And speaking of that! Problem 3: The shifted all of Yukine's punk teenage comments onto Ebisu! What! Why would you even do that? First of all, it ruins the effect of Yukine falling under Capyper Land's spell. In the anime, it's like Yukine is indifferent then suddenly he's not, but in the manga he kind of hates it, then he's suddenly really into it.
And they didn't have Kazuma wearing the girl Capyper ears. He was so cute in them, too! And they spelled Capyper wrong! (They spelled it "Kapipa~". Argh.)
So ultimately, it seems like they added the Ebisu storyline and the Kazuma/Bishamon date to fill up time, when what they should have done was spend more time on the disasters caused by Kofuku, to make them more dramatic. At least in the coffee cup ride where it first shows up.
And I might have had more to say about the whole thing, but I think I've used up all my review energy.
ETA: There was one good thing worth noting, though! When Hiyori did the Capyper puppet thing at the end, her voice sounded just like the Japanese voice of Mickey Mouse! ...Well, if Hiyori were doing an impression of him, anyway. But it was a really good impression!
Today I'm thankful for finishing our Noragami translation, hope of more Noragami in the future even though it's not as near a future (it's for the best), getting to have Cadbury Creme Eggs for a snack today, having finished our translation list, and our loom arriving today!