Saturday Suggestion – Anime: Noragami

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Noragami (or Stray God) was a fantasy manga series adapted into an anime for our viewing pleasure. Equal parts funny, cute, and action-packed, Noragami will grab your attention. From the short plot episodes to the over-all scheme playing for twelve episodes, you will fall in love with the characters and be left wanting more.

Brief intro: Our main character, Yato, is a minor god without a single shrine to his name. Accepting jobs for 5 yen, his Rengalia (sacred weapon), Tomone, quitting, and scary phantoms and other gods after him, it’s safe to say Yato is down on his luck. Unbeknownst to him, a high school girl named Hiyori is about to change all of that when she “saves” him from getting hit by a bus, resulting in her becoming a half-phantom.

Review: I can’t say enough good things about this anime. Yato is as hilarious as he is powerful. He’s not just some tough guy killing off phantoms with epic Rengalias (un-corrupted souls that transform into sacred weapons). He’s homeless, sleeping in other gods’ shrines and taking small jobs just to eat and save for his own shrine yet he still finds time to scrawl his phone number across bathroom stalls, hoping to get his name out there as the “delivery god.” He’s silly and compassionate and hopeful. Our main character may be this jersey-wearing god, trying to find lost kittens and scrubbing bath rooms for 5 yen just to get his own shrine, but the supporting characters are just as full of personality as Yato.

Hiyori isn’t like some of the other girls in anime, falling all over the main character and constantly needing to be saved. After becoming a half phantom, she can kick some ass even though she does get herself in situations that Yato has to pull her out of. In her phantom form, it’s easy for her to fight, run, and leap across buildings if she could only keep up with her human body…. When Hiyori least expects it, her human body falls asleep, releasing her phantom form (complete with a cute cat tail). Many times she doesn’t even realize this which makes for hilarious moments for those around her when she spontaneously falls asleep.

When Hiyori is not helping Yato, she is helping Yukine, Yato’s new Rengalia. Yukine died young and has no recollection of his past life. As a young teen, he still acts and feels as if he were alive. Many times this causes problems for Yato and Hioyri. Every time Yukine “sins,” he hurts Yato as their bodies are connected once Yato had named him his Rengalia.

The episodes are cute and funny with a side of action every time the characters get into trouble. The short plots tend to be resolved quickly, leaving little room to be expanded upon later if this series continues. The main plot of the story is interesting but I feel as if there could have been so much more explained. Yato’s story could be so much more deeper with more details. His story weaves with other gods’ and it leaves you with questions that could hopefully be answered in a season two (but there is no confirmation on another season).

Speaking of the other gods, a few are in the series pretty briefly, spanning a few episodes or even a few moments per episode. Kofuku, the goddess of poverty, is seen the most as Yato’s good friend. I love her character a lot but want to know more about her and her Rengalia’s story. They own a small shop (despite her being the goddess of poverty) and have such a close relationship.

Bishamon, a goddess of combat, has several Rengalia’s that make up not only weapons, but her clothing. The riff between her and Yato gets crazy but I can’t help but want to know the whole story about what started it, flashbacks and all! Of course, we find out what started it but I want details!

Overall, I really loved this anime. Had it been more than 12 episodes, I believe so much more could have been explained and expanded upon. Hopefully, we can get a second season and get that detail and depth that I so desperately want to see.

Bottom Line: If you want a short, funny, supernatural anime to lose yourself in, Noragami is the way to go!

Official Rating: PG-13

Genre(s): Fantasy, Comedy, Supernatural

Geeky Gal’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars!

 

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