Right from the beginning, it was obvious that The Day I Became a God was going to be a bittersweet tale of fleeting relationships and lost youth. Although, based on the events of the first episodes and the title itself, even I couldn’t have imagined the direction this series would have taken in the final few episodes.
And I’m not sure how I feel about it.
This episode is a treat, right from the start you can tell there is a different weight of animation behind this one, as we dive right into a fight between the Sorcerers and Mahito. The curse creature’s ability to alter his shape makes for a battle full of surprises, as he continuously laughs and cackles his way through the entire fight.
Experimenting with his own powers and trying out new moves as he does so. There is a childlike mindset to this character, as though he found himself in a brand new body and it fall over himself to see all the different things he can do with it. He’s enjoying himself so much that he’s coming very close to dangerously underestimating his opponent.
This episode begins by jumping into a fight between Itadori and Junpei. Right away they’re going at one another, which surprised me. I’m so used to there being the dramatic monologue before the fight that us jumping right into this one seemed a refreshing change of pace.
Junpei is full of anger and pain, all built up over time and finally bubbling over with the death of his mother. The fight is cool, and one Itadori seems to have an advantage in right away. Junpei took the fast track to attaining his powers, through the help of Mahitoi, giving better control almost right away. Although that doesn’t seem to compare to old fashioned hard work.