Kaminomi ep 9: Trespassing the realm of God

Can a normal human bear the weight of his gaze?


Wow, everything went totally as I wanted it. They kept up the pacing of the drama by having the issues coming from the target girl’s perspective, in this case, Jun-sensei. Unlike in the manga where Keima oversees everything, in this episode, we get to see Jun-sensei’s impression of Keima. I’m not saying that this is filler content but how they made it very dramatic really adds a unique flavor to the anime adaptation…

What i'm talking about is this scene

As mentioned, in the manga, Keima always has the most action when it comes to analyzing the situation yet we rarely get to see the girl’s feelings on the matter with the exception of Shiori and Jun who often does a monologue in order to appraise Keima’s presence. With how the anime has been revealing everything from the target’s side, I’m glad to say that this shifts the perspective totally from my manga experience with this interesting anime alternative.

Rereading the contents of the entire arc, I am reminded of how this capture made Keima mention one of my most favorite lines in the series and boosted my confidence (back then) as a loner. Indeed, Jun’s issues is that she is forceful with her ideals and while there is nothing wrong with this as a person, there is definitely something wrong with this as a teacher since teachers are supposed to understand their students rather than force them to live up with the norm and go with the flow which caused her to be possessed by a spirit, leading Keima to such a predicament where they are to “capture” one another.

As mentioned on my previous post, Keima has been changing and this episode gave another hint of his “flaw” as a human being that basically fucked up his plans as a “god” which, for some reason, compels us to agree with Nagase-sensei.

I’m not saying that Nagase is right but rather, can we blame her for assuming that Keima is lonely? From her point of view, Keima is alone, playing with his games because he doesn’t have friends. From the (our) viewer’s perspective, his actions indicate on how he’s reaching out to the world, coming out of his shell and planning to live a “normal” life.

Again, this isn’t a betrayal to Katsuragi Keima but rather, an understanding of Jun Nagase’s perspective and, to a point, an understanding of Keima’s transition. If anything, Keima’s godly skill to capture people as well as his understanding of himself and his human emotions makes him an inspirational character, defining what strength and weakness truly is.

p.s. is THAT really Aki Toyosaki voicing Nagase Jun? She sounds way different from what I used to hear =/

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  1. Keiri
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 13:00:37

    Jun’s issues is that she is forceful with her ideals and while there is nothing wrong with this as a person, there is definitely something wrong with this as a teacher since teachers are supposed to understand their students rather than force them to live up with the norm and go with the flow which caused her to be possessed by a spirit

    Ah, so that was why Jun was possessed? I was having trouble grasping the reason because she seemed like the kind of person who is enthusiastic and being enthusiastic doesn’t bring about weaknesses in most cases. However, thinking back on it now, excessive zeal can be a weakness in itself especially when you impose it on people who don’t necessarily share the same ideals and goals with you. I guess it becomes even more of a problem when there’s a lack of understanding between both parties as shown in Jun’s case when she assumed Keima was lonely and he was “not playing games because he wants to” when in truth, games are his very source of passion.

    Also, one of Jun’s lines intrigued me -> “I’ll stay true to my ideals! This time, for sure…“. I’m not sure but for some reason, that sounds like an indication that she actually has never stayed true to her ideals before. Either that or she has stayed true to her ideals but her efforts always ended in failure perhaps due to the aforementioned possible lack of understanding between her and other people. I wonder if Jun has a past; one that’s comparable to Shiori’s where she was bad at conveying her thoughts across and it caused frustration to others around her.

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  2. baka~
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 16:52:06

    “I’ll stay true to my ideals! This time, for sure…“

    perceptive as always… anyways, after Keima delivers his line next episode, a flashback ought to be in order depicting Jun’s life as a student. And to draw a comparison, I guess Jun is the opposite of Shiori but equally caused frustration to those around them. With one being silent and the other being too forceful but let’s leave this at the flashbacks. Considering how the animation have pleased me when it comes to the dramatic flavor of this anime, I’m hoping they’ll do a good job in fleshing out Jun’s past… hopefully with decent filler content to make us more sympathetic with her way of living.

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