i’m calmer than yesterday… not actually calm but my brain can definitely function a bit better
and i’ve now rewatched the episode so many times that i’ve managed to narrow down my favourite scene to just one
in fact it’s not even a scene, it’s one tiny 8 second piece of dialogue really
when aaron says “i know i keep saying that i’m fine but-” and robert replies “about tomorrow? but you’re not. i know”
that moment is literally everything to me. i’m not even sure i can put it into any kind of coherent structure because a lot of it has to do with the delivery as well as the lines themselves
it wasn’t just how soft they were both speaking, it wasn’t how raw aaron’s voice sounded and how gentle robert was in return. it wasn’t even that it was a slight subversion on their usual ‘but you know’ ‘i know’ tradition and somehow even more beautiful because of its differences
it was more the overarching meaning behind those two lines, because it basically encompassed everything that’s so pure and good about them together, something neither have experienced before
aaron could never open up to anyone about his fears, always pushed them down or let them out by hurting himself rather than talking it through. but robert was the first person he trusted with some of the most painful aspects of his life, the first person he felt comfortable enough with to talk about it to
and robert, someone who’s never been trusted, always the last person someone would go to if they needed help… suddenly he was someone’s go-to person. aaron had literally said it back in april: “i want to rely on you, robert” and robert had confirmed exactly how much that meant to him by answering “i want you to be able to rely on me, too”
and that’s it, isn’t it? they’re two people who each want to trust and be trusted, to love and be loved. and they’d never found it so completely before each other
and that’s what that tiny piece of dialogue summed up for me. aaron trusting robert enough to voice his deepest fears, knowing with absolute certainty that robert would be there to support and comfort him. and robert, held at arms length his whole life, suspected and accused and shunned, finally has someone who loves all of him, who wants him there through good times and bad, someone who absolutely relies on him for love and support
for such an understated moment, it really did say so much
just want everyone to know that allegedly i woke up this morning and asked my roommate to get me some zebra cakes from the store downstairs and when he came back and gave them to me i immediately went back to sleep
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Hey! Do you think Adachitoka could be setting Trash Dad up to be Izanagi? There have been some parallels such as TD supposedly having made his own trip to Yomi, and between Ebisu's musings on his origins, hints of a hierarchy above Amaterasu, parts of the Yomi arc, and even this last omake, we're establishing more and more that bit of Shinto mythology. It would definitely play into the Tsukuyomi theory (which I love the idea of but surely can't be endgame in cannon?) and
would explain a lot about how TD is unlike any human or god we’ve met… What do you think?
Hi! All my current thoughts on Father’s identity can be found here. I remember studying the possibilities of him being Izanagi, but I found several holes in the theory.
One of the problems is that Father doesn’t seem to be a God, he just has God-like powers. Why go through all the trouble of making us doubt whether he’s human or a God if he was a regular God all along? The only explanation I could see for that is that he’s a fallen God who was punished by Heaven and whose powers have been taken away. But then again, who exactly could punish Izanagi, creator of the Japanese archipelago and most Shinto Gods? Amaterasu is the one who reigns over Heaven, but she’s still Izanagi’s daughter, so she’d be below him in the Heaven hierarchy. And Izanagi and Izanami are only at the bottom of the Seven Divine Generations, but so far, there’s been no proof that they exist in Noragami. Don’t get me wrong - I like the idea of Father being a fallen God, but if that’s the case, I’d find it easier to believe he’s Susanoo.
As per the Yomi arc references, I’m not sure whether we should be reading much into Father’s actions. Yes, Father is very important in that arc, but most of what we see about him is very misleading. In the actual Shinto myth, Izanagi went to Yomi to retrieve his wife Izanami, but then he discovered she had become a vengeful monster, and had to run away from there. It was only after that that he gave birth to Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, and Susanoo. This seems like something that would have happened in ancient times. However, when we see Father’s flashback in the Yomi arc, his appearance (hair, clothes…) is that of the Heian era, when Yaboku was born. Besides, the reason why Father went to Yomi was to retrieve the Kotonoha, and he escaped thanks to the freckled girl calling his name (meaning, he already had another lover and he’d have no interest in saving Izanami). Adachitoka often take creative liberties when it comes to representing Gods, but to me this whole trip to Yomi seems more of a red herring than anything else.
Bottom line, Father could still be Izanagi depending on how much Adachitoka decide to change the lore, but given all the mysteries we’ve seen surrounding him (’the sorcerer’, his possible conection to the Emishi…), I’d rather him be something new, unexpected, and that’s original to Noragami.
Who knew that all I had to do to get unstuck on Fragmentia was to get rid of Piper as the protagonist and make Shrike the protag? Wacky stuff right there. Suddenly have the first 4 chapters planned in detail and got a lot more planned I need to write down.