In Midnight occult civil servants episode 11, “The Ears of Sand and the Guts of a New Employee,” the kaikogami (a patron god of silkworms) was furious with Satoru Kanoichi and all humans for burning over half of the silk cocoons and the little silk weavers within. The metropolitan bosses called Reiji Senda and begged to “borrow” Arata Miyako, but he’s reluctant to say yes. After all, Satoru seriously disrespected Arata, and what’s to say the he wouldn’t do it again — further dooming both Satoru and his entire team? Will Reiji relent? And even if he does, can Arata do anything to appease the kaikogami that’s on the verge of becoming a tatarigami (a spirit that brings death and destruction)?
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Best Moment in the Show
Talk about making a grand entrance! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
After Reiji’s seriously astute political maneuvering to get the case placed in his jurisdiction, he led his team (Arata, Seo Himezuka, and Kyouichi Sakaki) to the stadium. Once there, they found that Satoru had cut himself free and was trying to murder Manari-sama, the huge moth Another who had produced the silk cocoons. Arata had to physically knock him out of the way until Reiji could get the governor of Tokyo to order Satoru to stand down.
Arata approached Manari-sama, who was still blackened by the purging flames Satoru had used. She was understandably angry; actually, she was about to launch into a destructive rage (i.e., turn into a tatarigami) against the entire country. Not even counting the harm he had done her personally, Satoru had also destroyed half of her silk cocoons and the little creatures within — who were to spin the silk when they “hatched.” Without that silk, she could not make her offerings to the Japanese gods. If she didn’t do that by dawn, the gods would then not grant them “the power of the sun” (8:54).
Which means they were on the verge of a country-wide catastrophe.
Arata offered her a deal: He would help harvest the silk and bundle it into bales that she could transport at sunrise. Dubious, yet seeing no other way, she agreed. This is when Arata demonstrated some admirable initiative.
Impressive team effort. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
With the backing of the governor, Arata and his team brought in all of the Nocturnal Community Relations Division staff to begin harvesting. Everyone worked hard (with Satoru continuing to passive/aggressively mope), but it became clear that they didn’t have the manpower. Arata disappeared.
This sets the stage for my favorite moment. Dawn approached relentlessly. Satoru quipped that the Ears of Sand had failed when everyone heard something from the sky (12:40). Looking up, they saw a fleet of gigantic angels followed by smaller but more numerous flying humanoids. Guess who was in the vanguard, riding in the arms of one of the angels? Yep. It was Arata.
Remember the angels and the tengu from the first episode? Using his Ears of Sand, Arata had convinced them to help.
I haven’t been so happy to see the arrival of airborne assistance since the arrival of the Eagles when Frodo and Sam were dying on the slopes of Mount Doom.
And that’s saying something!
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