Kaminomi ep 3: KNOW. THY. GOD!!

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Tackling three chapters from the manga, we finally get introduced to the tsundere demon, Haqua, voiced by Hayami Saori, and as mentioned by the above manga chapter cover, “The first appearance of the knowledgeable demon”, her appearance ignites a progression to Kaminomi’s major story. I’m not saying that everything will start getting serious (not at this arc at least) but the fact that she’s a knowledgeable demon gives more idea to the viewers of the demon-side world of Kaminomi. Since Elsee has been practically useless when it comes down to business, Haqua is the best ally that Keima can have since he is still uncertain of how this capturing game goes. Quoting from his statement in this episode, he only uses the information he has to asses his situation but he has yet to see the bigger picture and purpose of all his conquests.

The revelation about the demons becoming the woman's offspring was actually tackled back in Mio's arc in the manga timeline

For some reason, I am delighted with this episode. I guess, having someone witness and realize Keima’s strength is a refreshing feeling considering the setup of this shounen-battle anime. Let’s take Bleach for instance, whenever Ichigo gets a power-up, readers can’t help but be simply amazed at his development but I personally think that what constitutes such emotion is how the other characters muse out our feelings as the readers. Take Ichigo’s encounter with Aizen, when Ichigo blocked Aizen’s sword.

Aizen wondered how it was possible for Ichigo to block his swing while finding it reasonable to for Ichigo to have dodged it instead. This emphasizes that (1) Ichigo is powerful enough to hold his ground and (2) Aizen’s expression exacts admiration from the viewers.

Going back with Kaminomi’s shounen-battle setup, since all successful captures would result in the opponent’s memory-wipe, the mere witness of Keima’s strength has always been Elsee and the viewers. Sure, Elsee has been able to appreciate Keima’s capability and skill but it gets tiresome in the long run and this would often compel the viewers to question this series’ credibility. Is Keima really strong? Are his methods applicable in real life?

With no verification coming from any of his opponents, Keima’s talents are put into question that’s why, Haqua’s appearance is not just a means to put the perspective into a deeper detail of hell but to affirm of Keima’s strength, which has been evident in this episode, considering how he was able to predict everything about Haqua and used the information she had shared to draw a tentative conclusion to his current situation. The feeling of Keima being able to show off his skills to a demon who will never forget his existence is quite an overwhelming emotion from this Kaminomi fan. As the title dictates, KNOW. THY. GOD!!

But wait...

WHERE THE FUCK IS THIS THEATER SCENE?! GAWD DAMN IT!! ヽ(`Д´)ノ

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Keiri
    May 03, 2011 @ 15:52:33

    Since Elsee has been practically useless when it comes down to business, Haqua is the best ally that Keima can have since he is still uncertain of how this capturing game goes

    Ah… Was that why Keima seemed so keen on helping Haqua? I thought it was a bit strange given how he’s usually rather unenthusiastic about tackling a possessed girl until Elsee pushed him into it, let alone chase after a rogue spirit.

    On another note, Haqua looks to be an interesting individual and it feels refreshing to have a more responsible character from their side of the world. With Elsee being too much of a goofball most of the time, I’ve begun to wonder whether the story was going to continue following the pattern of merely capturing loose spirits without knowing the background and purpose behind it. I also liked that they touched on graver matters relating to a spirit’s possession of a girl – the issue of the weiss being reincarnated as the girl’s child once it fully matures. Based on what Elsee remarked before in the manga scans, I had the misconception that the weiss would be reborn as a (harmless) child of the host after its capture. Never knew it was actually a more serious case of the spirit maturing within the host and then being reincarnated as her offspring. So this “child” is a full and proper demon? I wonder how does the offspring come about… Pregnancy??? (o_O)

    As for Haqua, I recall you mentioned the capturing squad members who have been introduced in the series so far either are considered a handicap by their partner or considers their partner a handicap. So Haqua being an elite, does she consider her partner a handicap? In that case, did she make a mistake in assessing her partner’s character and choosing that person as her partner?

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  2. baka~
    May 03, 2011 @ 22:35:32

    So this “child” is a full and proper demon? I wonder how does the offspring come about… Pregnancy??? (o_O)

    I think the demon will possess the human child but will still manifest its evil as well as its full powers such as… er… well, in the future encounters, there will be much stronger spirits to be captured and their powers rival that of the absurd. So far there have been no spirit that have been reborn as a child so it’s safe to say that the capturing spirit squad are doing their best

    So Haqua being an elite, does she consider her partner a handicap? In that case, did she make a mistake in assessing her partner’s character and choosing that person as her partner?

    Haqua’s partner made a cameo back in season 1 but we’ll get to that in later episodes. I really have no idea how the heck the capturing spirit squad choose their partner. The following demons to pop up after Elsee and Haqua have unusual partners themselves so it makes me wonder who decides what.

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