I don’t think I will ever get tired of that opening song…
In this episode of Kamigami no Asobi, Yui attempts to teach the gods about humans through club activities. Baldr and Apollon want to try tennis. Dionysus wants to try gardening. Loki’s into the home club… as is Thor (who probably just wants to tag along to his brother). Hades is into astronomy but refuses to join a club. He seems the most reluctant to participate in anything concerning others.
Yui goes to ask Thor for help. He once again goes all menacing on her and basically tells her to figure it out on her own. Melissa encourages Yui is to take it slowly with the gods. Hades is really not a people person but Yui insists on tagging along when he goes stargazing but just as he wants to set up his telescope, it begins to rain. Hades blames all misfortunes on himself. Yui runs after him in the rain and ends up falling into a river. Hades saves her but blames the incident on himself.
The next day, the other gods are participating in their own activities…
Hades’ self-deprecating misfortune bouts are getting a little repetitive and annoying but Yui seems unfazed by it and continues to approach him. But after being hit by two different tennis balls and splashed by water, Yui begins to wonder if Hades’ misfortune aura is contagious. Despite Hades’ gloom and doom behaviour, apparently he likes rice cakes with strawberries… hard to believe this is the god of the underworld. Still, this is a pretty sweet moment before Hades and Yui.
Hades shows Yui the mark on his chest, a symbol of the grudge of the dead who have fallen into the underworld. He once again rejects Yui’s kindness and isolates himself away. Somehow, Yui is able to empathize with Hades’ situation and brings Baldr, Apollon, Dionysus and Tsukiyomi along with her to stargaze with Hades. Once again, it begins to rain… but this time Yui stops Hades before he can leave, the guys end up stripping into their bathing suits and running into the rain. Yui muses that what if misfortune isn’t always a bad thing? Rain doesn’t have to be bad. Even if unfortunate things occur, everyone can still enjoy one’s company. I have to hand it to Yui for being this convincing.
Apollon, as Student Council President encourages Takeru to gives the club activities a try despite Takeru’s passive attitude. Thoth sensei is starting to get impatient. I LOVE Thoth’s nicknames for all the gods. It’s absolutely hilarious. Thoth presses Yui to be quicker with the gods. After all, none of the little vials in the chandelier are lit up yet.
Takeru is immensely rude to Yui and refuses any of her help because he perceives her selfish desire to leave. He claims that she’s only trying this hard because she doesn’t want to be trapped in the garden with them at the end of the year. Takeru spies Yui practicing her kendo at night, they talk about clubs. Takeru challenges Yui to a kendo match; if she wins, he’ll join a club, if she loses, she’s not allowed to speak of clubs with him again. Inspired by Yui’s bravery, Takeru starts to participate in some activities with her. All in all, he seems to be settling quite well into school life with Yui’s help. Yui accidentally slips off a cliff and when Takeru sees a glimpse of a priestess who also fell to her doom in this manner, Zeus’s seal breaks and his divine powers return.
Yui and Takeru are summoned by Zeus and Takeru is punished for using his powers on school grounds. Zeus tells Takeru to reflect on his punishment. Those who are expelled will spend the eternity as statues. Tsukiyomi tells Takeru about the story of when a goddess fell from a cliff before Takeru’s eyes. He failed to save her because he was too young and weak but those who misunderstood thought Takeru had pushed the goddess himself. Gosh, Takeru is such a great character; just as he’s about to cave and apologize, Yui runs in and makes her case. Everyone else arrives in the throne room. Yui asserts that the gods with her are learning about humans the most and claims that the one who understands humans the least is Zeus. Her entire spiel shocks everyone. Hades calls out his older brother for setting up this ordeal to test them. Zeus doesn’t say anything but allows Takeru to rejoin the class. Everyone heads back to homeroom.
I really enjoyed Takeru’s story in the series, it has quite a bit of depth considering that this is an otome anime adaptation and there are only twelve episodes and they had six routes to cover (potentially eight but they’ve probably cut out Anubis and Thoth in the anime). They took a little piece from the overarching themes in both Hades and Takeru’s routes for the anime so it wasn’t like they completely changed the character’s storylines. I’m excited to see how Yui will get closer with the other gods next week.
What are you pondering today?