Everyone believes that the shrine is abandoned, and in order to resolve the problem, Nanami decides that she will hold a festival. This episode consists in seeing Nanami prepare for this with decorations, invites and planning activities. She eventually decides that a kagura dance will be perfect for it, and so Tomoe puts her through rigorous training, since she only has a week to master it.
Meanwhile, Otohiko stalks her for a little while (as he has been doing for the past 6 episodes), concludes that she shouldn’t be a land god, and decides to test her in order to see if Mikage chose her right. He spawns a bunch of miasma around the shrine, leaving Nanami to exorcise it, which she attempts to do with her minimal powers. Unfortunately, none of her charms work, and she is the told by Tomoe that she’s useless and should stay back while doing nothing. This causes her to run away and quit being a God, since “she can’t do anything anyways”.
Well, shit. Looks like everything’s going to hell.
Nanami has a good will, she has everything to be a land god, the only thing she is missing is for her to actually realize that she is one. Like Tomoe said in this episode, this girl thinks herself too much as a human. The more she thinks this, the more her powers will weaken, which is quite obvious when you think about the fact that God powers defy all human laws. She still has much to learn, but I believe in a while from now she will have the capability to do something awesome as a God. Her heart is good and her will is strong. Don’t give up yet, Nanami!
Fortunately, the fact that she has left Tomoe like Mikage has before leaves Tomoe at a complete loss, and will probably trigger some kind of flag for the next and last episode. I would love to see a kiss, but that might be a little to much. We’ll see about that next week, but if I don’t see some lovely time between Tomoe and Nanami, I might just flip a table. This shouldn’t be only manga advertisement and should definitely end with something good! Hopefully…
At least we have the premise for it. An evil-thing-sealed-in-a-box-which-is-probably-a-demon has been released, miasma invades the whole shrine, Nanami has given up on everything and Tomoe is desperate over her departure. Moreover, there is a festival planned, which would give a nice and sweet ending to everything. Now all we need is lovey times.
My last concern with the possible Kamisama Hajimemashita ending is that there seems to be a lot of empty plot holes which we will never have time to see. The motive of Otohiko to want to stalk Nanami forever, for example, will always remain a mystery. It’s possible that he might do this because he is a good friend of Mikage and believes he has not made the right choice, which was mentioned a bit in this episode, but nothing was ever clear and it’ll be even less clear for Nanami, who doesn’t even know who the guy is.
Another empty plot hole will be Mikage’s leave, which is something that I’m guessing can be eventually read in the manga (but I stopped reading it some time ago so I don’t know about that), and the fact that the anime actually added scenes (not included in the manga) where Mikage showed up, caring for Tomoe and Nanami, makes it weird that they wouldn’t conclude anything in the end with his presence. It renders him useless and just adds in another plot hole.
In the end, I thought this episode would be a bit boring, but it turned out to be quite interesting, and I was pretty satisfied with the dramatic ending where everything goes to hell. The beginning was entertaining since Tomoe showed a lot of consideration for Nanami, and finally I’m glad Mizuki is learning to play the flute because his “Wheeze” was absolutely glorious every time.
P.S.: I’d also like to add a short comment about Nanami’s dramatic run. It’s always the same, always unrealistic, and entertains me the greatest. It totally represents well the way any girl would leave when they feel sad…