Kaminomi ep 5: Going under and beyond the sidelines


A faithful adaptation with the manga save for this unnecessary shit that took up a lot of screen-time. Who cares how many seasons passed ever since Keima confined himself?! In the end, it all happened in a day! Don’t exaggerate goddamn it! The manga content exaggerates itself fine. Any more exaggeration and Kaminomi will turn to shit in no time!

With that out of the way, this episode covers chapters 28 and 29 of the manga, skipping the Haqua supplementary chapter after last episode’s events. Oddly enough, aside from some minor rants such as the one posted above, this episode turned out good as watching this reminded me of Keima’s agony. Sure, the comedic moments were still there but in the end, this is a painful reminder of how Keima is treated. No matter how many of the girls he saves, this is still the fate of Katsuragi Keima at the hands of society. That’s why I am disappointed with how they ended this episode. I was hoping for a more dramatic feel as this episode reintroduces Ayumi Takahara as she “saves” Keima from his utter stupidity… Ah well, I would’ve really liked it if they didn’t waste time in that nonsense change of seasons and probably used it to better Ayumi’s reintroduction but I digress.

Just to inform viewers, starting from Chihiro’s arc, in the manga, Tamaki Wakaki began his method of recycling previous characters. Albeit he does this subtly, their reintroduction will prove vital in furthering the current arc’s capture target which, in this case, is Chihiro. We can even say that Ayumi’s reintroduction is pivotal in that she’ll be bridging the reluctant Keima with Chihiro, triggering the event needed in order for him to continue with the capture.

Now as much as I dislike Chihiro, the good thing with her arc is that it reverts Kaminomi’s flow into handling the unknown (as well as a good climax closure). Looking back, Ayumi and Mio’s problems weren’t easily figured out and with this season starting with Kusunoki who had obvious issues, somehow, the excitement coming from character analysis of Kaminomi felt stale. As for Chihiro’s issue, the hints are there in this episode (despite Keima mentioning that she’s JUST a background character) but will be identified more clearly after Ayumi’s divine intervention 😉

The information about 60,000 spirits was revealed by Haqua at chapter 27 of the manga

Gaming reference it may be, true enough, a heroine's love is never superficial

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tsuki
    May 12, 2011 @ 08:43:03

    You know, I feel that the issue here is still the pacing. The pacing may have improved quite a bit from the first season, but now I’m starting to suspect that even the faster pace we have now doesn’t really fit with some of the character arcs.

    I remember saying that the 2 episodes per heroine arc would be perfect, but now I feel that even that may be too much for certain arcs.

    Gah, I don’t know for this show anymore. I should just try to enjoy it for what it is =_=;

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  2. baka~
    May 12, 2011 @ 22:30:02

    Well, some arcs have fast developments like Kusunoki’s yet others have exceptionally slow ones

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  3. Keiri
    May 14, 2011 @ 00:39:13

    Who cares how many seasons passed ever since Keima confined himself?! In the end, it all happened in a day!

    Oh? It was just one day? Man, that exaggeration sure had me fooled. It actually made me think along the lines of at least several days or something, even after assuming all that seasonal change was obviously intended to exaggerate the time. (o_O)

    That’s why I am disappointed with how they ended this episode. I was hoping for a more dramatic feel as this episode reintroduces Ayumi Takahara as she “saves” Keima from his utter stupidity…

    Kindly pardon my dumb and ignorant question – after comparing the scene in the episode with the manga scan above, I couldn’t quite see the difference so um… How did the manga portray the sequence which led to that moment and at the same time, gave it a dramatic feel? ^__^?

    As for Chihiro’s issue, the hints are there in this episode (despite Keima mentioning that she’s JUST a background character)

    Oh? Was that a hint in itself? That part of Chihiro’s problem was of her being a nobody but a plain Jane? Then again, I could be wrong XD. Still, the thought of Chihiro’s problem not being as straightforward as Kusunoki’s had me excited and looking forward to the developments in her arc even if I find her somewhat annoying compared to the other girls. I kinda miss watching Keima figure his capture targets so it’ll be nice to witness his GAR analytical skills and battle schemes once again. What makes it more exciting is indeed the fact that Ayumi is reintroduced and she will be helping Keima in his quest. I really like how despite the rescued girls forgetting the romance part, their emotions still cause them to subconsciously remember Keima. It would be sad if he was completely forgotten by all of them after the troubles he went through in winning their friendship and their love.

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  4. baka~
    May 14, 2011 @ 01:48:24

    How did the manga portray the sequence which led to that moment and at the same time, gave it a dramatic feel?

    During the scene where Elsee was talking with Chihiro, where Ayumi stepped in, she was concealed well within the panels, giving that mysterious feel of “who is this character who became interested with Keima?”. Of course, in the anime, the biggest giveaway would be Taketatsu’s voice. So I was hoping they’d put in more effort, or whatever dramatic effect they could pull to emphasize her reappearance. I guess I am being unreasonable considering how I believe they wasted a few minutes of this show’s pacing in showing Keima’s season change. I would’ve preferred if they took off the time from that and deviated from the manga in order to stress the effect.

    For instance, instead of having Ayumi pop up and chime in with Chihiro and Elsee’s conversation, would it hurt if they animated her actions instead? listening to their conversations then feeling concerned upon learning what has become of Keima? But I digress. I guess I simply wanted to convey the feeling as I read Kaminomi back then which contains a lot of unpredictability, of surprises and more of Keima’s logical awesmness which feels to be weak in the anime. You can compare this feeling with how you read and give reviews to your Railgun chapters. Seeing as how badass Touma or Misaka was yet not retaining this “quality” in the anime is a form of disappointment for fans =/

    I really like how despite the rescued girls forgetting the romance part, their emotions still cause them to subconsciously remember Keima.

    This is actually a debatable issue once Kaminomi reaches a certain revelation. But to start it off, some people argued back in the forums saying that perhaps, Elsee’s explanation of this (should be seen in the next episode) phenomenon (where Ayumi seem to have retained her ‘feelings for Keima’) is the more reasonable approach considering how Keima uses love to ‘capture’ spirits (which the spirit capturing squad considers to be ‘unique’). But after the events of a certain arc, some argued that perhaps, Elsee’s explanation was not the case and the reason for their retention came from a different source. But it’ll take a 2-3 seasons before we get to that so maybe, during that time, we’ll tackle this issue again 😀

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