Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014
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SynopsisIn times of need, if you look in the right place, you just may see a strange telephone number scrawled in red. If you call this number, you will hear a young man introduce himself as the Yato God.
Yato is a minor deity and a self-proclaimed "Delivery God," who dreams of having millions of worshippers. Without a single shrine dedicated to his name, however, his goals are far from being realized. He spends his days doing odd jobs for five yen apiece, until his weapon partner becomes fed up with her useless master and deserts him.
Just as things seem to be looking grim for the god, his fortune changes when a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, supposedly saves Yato from a car accident, taking the hit for him. Remarkably, she survives, but the event has caused her soul to become loose and hence able to leave her body. Hiyori demands that Yato return her to normal, but upon learning that he needs a new partner to do so, reluctantly agrees to help him find one. And with Hiyori's help, Yato's luck may finally be turning around.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Goya no Machiawase (午夜の待ち合わせ)" by Hello Sleepwalkers
Ending Theme"Heart Realize (ハートリアライズ)" by Tia
All of us have seen that one series or show or book that didn't seem to know which direction in which it was going. Noragami, however, manages to pull off all of its elements perfectly without even batting an eye. Keep in mind that this is my first review so anything I’m about to say may be incredibly biased or just inexperienced as a whole. With that said, let’s begin.
The story of Noragami begins with Hiyori: an average high school girl who has a fated encounter with Yato, a homeless god, but we'll get to them later. Hiyori, being the angel of a person she is, pushes Yato out of the way of an incoming bus when he suddenly runs into traffic. This results in not only an accident and her being taken to the hospital, but from then on she gains the somewhat troublesome habit of losing her physical body and taking on a similar form, but travels around as her soul seperated from her body. Deciding she can't live on like this, she begs Yato and pays him in advance to restore her back to her original form, and thus, the two connect and Hiyori is abruptly introduced to the world outside of our reality.
At least, that's what the show would have you believe from its broad overarching plot.
Noragami consists of several plot lines that all mesh in beautifully with each other both in terms of pacing and execution. It wastes no time in moving the story forward, save some of Yato's comic relief and character introductions here and there. It even has some realistic darker undertones thrown in smoothly. They make sure you understand the weight of loneliness and just how invisible those who are not of the living can be, how painful it is to be forgotten and wanting to be remembered. Having read the majority of the manga so far, the anime followed it quite well, had it not been for the filler arc that took up the remaining 3-4 episodes. But for the most part, I enjoyed the story very much and hope that it will follow the manga if it were to receive a second season, which is HIGHLY FAVORABLE.
The main reason why I love the characters of Noragami is not only how diverse they all are, but it seems to have a Hiromu Arakawa feel to it; no character is used solely for fanservice or comic relief in spite of their first appearance. Every person in this series is well fleshed-out, developed, and not one-dimensional in the slightest, though that's what you may get the impression of in early episodes.
Yato, our main character, is somewhat of an underdog aside from being homeless and having a strange fashion sense. He is definitely the real propeller of the show, providing us with not only mystery, insight, and of course, more comic relief than you can shake a stick at, but just such a fun time watching him in general. There wasn’t a moment I didn’t appreciate his presence on my screen. What’s not to like about a bratty, teenage looking god taking up job requests for only 5 Yen? Much about him is still to be revealed, though they’ve given us enough to go on for right now. His viewpoints on humans and life as a whole is somewhat irritating yet fascinating due to his experience of both and naturally, having lived for thousands of years as a vicious war god who has somehow faded to an insanely silly and docile version of that is still unkown. But to end his profile, Yato is a great character who differs from the typical shonen hero who still has plenty of development to go and is an amazing joy to watch at any given time. And personally, my favorite character of the series, so bias warning there.
Next up is Hiyori. I definitely don’t have as much to say here, as she is a pretty bland character until she meets Yato and gets caught up in the world of gods and evil spirits. Before that she is just the average high school student who goes to school with her friends, has a loving and rich family, and is just normal overall. Her most defining trait is without a doubt, her extreme levels of kindness that most female protagonists seem to ooze with these days (hence the reason why she pushed a complete stranger out of the way of an oncoming bus because she’s a female and therefore is /just /that /nice.) But of course, she isn’t simply that customary for no given reason. Her main purpose is to serve as more of a window into the hidden reality we see that is so different from our daily lives, since she lives the everyday life that most of us do either as well or similarly to a fair extent. She reflects more of the confusion and shock the average human being would feel upon having a million revelations thrown into her face via Yato, and I suppose if you really don’t care for her she could be more of a wish-fulfillment character into an alternate universe. Unlike other leading characters, she’s determined and knows when to take the initiative when the situation is tight. But alas, she starts out as the badass female lead and then ends up getting damseled like some million-dollar-prize in the last couple episodes, which I hate with the burning passion of a million suns. But moving on.
Last of the main three is Yukine, Yato’s sarcastic, stubborn fourteen-year-old Regalia who serves as his weapon for 98% of the show and also adds some more comic relief to (but mainly against) our poor underdog god. Out of those already mentioned above, he undeniably undergoes the most drastic character development in the entire show and /all of it/ is so, so, so satisfying. It surprises me how much hate he gets from the fandom, though not only is that a) more personal bias, b) not the time to bring this up in a review, and c) a time to complain about the fandom giving him crap, but I thought all of it was well justified, mainly because it is so simple to see what it is he wants, where he’s coming from, why he wants all these things that he can never have. Plus he actually acts similarly to how an actual fourteen-year-old boy with raging hormones and inner angst would. The show finally starts to get into a rhythm of a plot with his introduction, which is majorly important as well. The only complaint that I would have is that I felt that the episodes just took a /little/ too long having the buildup to his extremely Paramount conclusion, though it was so intensely satisfying in the end that I completely forgot about it. It added a sense of desperation to the entire thing, which, when I think about it, is not necessarily a bad factor now. But of course, since he is a part of this show, he is a brilliant and extremely adorable character to watch if you can understand him, which should not really be a problem at all.
The rest of the supporting cast is also great, each to their own with their own stories, pasts, and different sides, but are all also incredibly fun to watch as they give the show so much colour and variety. The only reason why I wouldn’t give the character aspect a full-on 10 is because of Yato’s rather-late-introduced arch-nemesis from thousands of years ago (who just happens to be a filler character because of the unfortunately short length of this series right now) and Hiyori’s demotion of “Prize to Be Won After We Win Because we Love Her”.
I definitely don’t have any complaints here. For the most part the animation style is typical Bones fare, with the art looking approvingly alike to that of the manga’s. Each character design is bright and interesting to the eye, from Yato’s cat-like blue eyes and strange scarf to the brighter colours of the giggly Kofuku and the other personified gods. Scenery is also well done and detailed, though I wish there were more fight scenes included because this is where the animation /really/ shines through. (Yato’s Rend attack in particular, and mainly since this little cut is re-used multiple times in each episode.) Naturally there are times when the quality would dip here and there, but it does its job and doesn’t fail to please. Solid 8 here.
The soundtrack for Noragami was composed by Taku Iwasaki, the genius who had previously created OSTS for the famous Black Butler and Soul Eater, both of which were known for their very prominent themes varying from rock ballads and pop to Victorian-era themes. Most of the music is light-hearted and a bit repetitive in its loops, but it sets the mood extremely well and never feels out of place. It occasionally mixes in a few classical Japanese themes into it too, and that never feels unnatural either. The battle music is the main point in this entire OST along with a few other tracks that will make you go, “Oh, this played when ______ happened and it sounded awesome!” because honestly it is just that great. No complaints.
As if it could possibly add onto the already existing 10, the voice acting of Noragami is simply SUPERB and there is no other way I can say it. The casting of the actual god Kamiya Hiroshi as Yato was an absolutely perfect choice that would be practically impossible to imitate by anyone else. I wasn’t used to hearing him play such a wide range in a single role, but I have faith in that man. I got used to it, and he was simply amazing. In fact, even if I didn’t have any interest in Noragami’s story I would still watch this anime just because this guy is present in the cast. I don’t even think I need to mention Yuki Kaji, but I will anyway just for the fact that he pulls of Yukine’s pre-teen angst and personality so intensely well that I almost burst out sobbing the second he spoke a single line. Both of them are really what pull off the characters and that goes for the rest of the cast too. Having seiyuu regulars such as Sawashiro Miyuki, Fukuyama Jun, and Daisuke Ono were all great choices as well, and again, no complaints at ALL. Don’t even talk to me about the OP and ED.
Enjoyment & Final Verdict: 9/10
Now, even though I’d like to call it as such, Noragami is not perfect, as is anything else out there. But though it has its problems, I was never once bored or dissatisfied with this show to a large extent. The only thing that would make this bump up to a ten would be the confirmation of more to come. Though the anime had its happy (if not rushed) ending, there is still so much manga content to be animated, including the /incredible/ arc focusing on Bishamon, Yato’s other arch-nemesis from centuries ago, but now’s not the time to mention that. Noragami is a great blend of comedy and the supernatural, a character-driven show that really gets you to feel and has a tone that tends to capture. Beneath it all are underlying tones of darkness and grief, but still manages to put on a lighthearted tone when it needs to. But all in all, I had a great time watching the ride and grew attached to it. This anime will most definitely have a little reserved corner in my heart as one of the greatest animes of the Winter 2014 season and I’m looking forward to the possibility of a future season. And with that, I leave you.
“May our fates intertwine.”
I, like most everyone on this planet, like things.
The things that I like come in many different shapes and sizes. One such thing that I like is the Winter 2014 show Noragami, a 'feels' shounen brought to you by Studio Bones, that brings together elements of shows like Soul Eater and Rurouni Kenshin to give you a 'family-centric' journey exploring what it means to be alive.
Or rather I wish it did. At its best you've got tear jerking moments of mortality, family, and the struggles of existence. You have a cast of characters you care about, the voice acting encapsulating each character almost perfectly, flowing between emotions and the changing tone beautifully. At its worse you have long 'bouts of 'struggle of the week'. Slow buildup to something with mediocre story telling until the conclusion. And foreshadowing that is either so obvious it hurts, or massively fascinating and never really answered.
This show's strengths are in its characters, mainly Yato - who consistently brings out the best interactions of the entire show, be it his sweetness or his harshness - and are the primary reason that I want more and more of Noragami. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the cast are all better than average. Certainly better than what I expect from a battle shounen. And when the show is being a harsh drama I am utterly entranced, fulfilled and cathartic.
But. When it is not being amazing. It is mediocre beyond belief. Slow pacing, which ,whilst forwarding the overall plot, could easily have been something else more in line with the show at its best. This is further exemplified by the animation quality which just seems disappointing. The art style deserves better than what it got. The art style on its solid and certain 'Phantoms' (The primary antagonistic beings for most of the series) just ooze awesome. Others look about as cool as a blue frog can look. And whilst I couldn't call the animation terrible, for the most part it does nothing good, the creepiness is not exemplified, the sadness is not exemplified, the little details are simply absent. I'm never impressed and at my worse I'm disappointed by how often the shounen “Power up to kill shit” is copy and pasted. Sure it is cool the first couple of times, but with the amount it is reused it loses its power quickly.
The soundtrack takes some interesting steps. Using more electronic and dubsteppy tracks than your standard rocky shounen. I personally found it kind of bland, but I can easily see others enjoying it far more as the tracks are not out of place and certainly match the moods of the scenes. Being unique in this regard should be applauded, but whether it really works or not is something we can question heavily.
However the biggest and most substantial flaw of this show is where the overall plot goes. This is a 12 episode series that does not buckle down and focus. Most of what fascinated me in the earlier episodes was not really built upon. Instead I have a Kenshin-esque fight scene and a re-establishment of the strange 'friend-family-esque' trio, which was only broken up an episode earlier. I want more exploration of Yato and Yukine's character depth and backstory. I want my weird romance subplot between a kinda human and a deity. I want the three main plot lines to be resolved.
But I don't have that. Instead I'm left here waiting and hoping for a season two that takes everything amazing about this show and continues, without the flaws of the first season. Which in itself is an issue, because the ending track is completely and utterly gorgeous. Easily amongst one of the best EDs, based on track alone, that I have had the fortune to listen to in my lifetime. But a single music track alone is not something most people will watch a show for. read more
(This is a spoiler-free review adapted for this site)
[Synopsis]: Lacking both recognition and a shrine, Yato (Kamiya, Hiroshi) is a god down on his luck, forced to take on mundane requests in order to earn his meager offerings. On one of these menial tasks he is rescued from the path of a racing truck by Iki Hiyori (Uchida, Maaya) who subsequently is subjected to inconvenient out of body experiences when her soul leaves her body. After Hiyori requests for Yato to fix her condition they meet Yukine, (Kaji, Yuuki) a wandering spirit who becomes Yato’s divine weapon. The three fight ayakashi and do odd jobs in order for Yato to one day become a recognizable god with both a shrine and followers.
Noragami has a fairly small cast which can be nice in terms of simplicity however it can also lead to the show feeling over-reliant on only a few characters. Yato, the penniless god who dreams of becoming a well-respected deity, is a fairly lighthearted and comedic character however is perfectly capable of becoming serious given the proper conditions. He’s not afraid to take on simple jobs in order to earn his 5-yen donations however I also felt that this trait was somewhat troublesome as the character has high aspirations but only progresses towards them at a snails pace.
Iki Hiyori is a generic enough school girl (outside of her interest in professional martial-arts). She isn't a very intricate or even interesting character however her place in the show is well situated enough as she acts as a sort of layman for the viewers so we can have an introduction to the implications and concepts of Noragami‘s world. She is a good source of comedy however I don’t think she holds much intrigue within the story.
Lastly we have Yato’s divine weapon: Yukine. He was a wandering spirit when Yato found him and by nature of this was once human which makes for a good deal of the shows drama as well as Yukine’s own internal anxiety. I found him to be rather irritating as a character – it is eluded to that he had a tragic or traumatic past as a human however his conflict with Yato and his lot in the show is not tied to this and therefore feels needlessly whiny and unpleasant. He is often at odds with Yato however there didn't appear to be any unique character qualities within Yukine that would give way for this and so his discomfort feels petty. He doesn't exhibit very good character development either and while he does become less unpleasant after a point, it is not even his own doing that leads to this near 180 of attitude. All in all, I felt he was rather annoying and I thought his poorly written character exploration took up much too much time.
The character designs in Noragami are fairly simple except when it comes to the more supernatural characters like other gods or the ayakashi – Yato himself is best visually characterized by wearing a jersey and sweat pants. The character designs tend to get a little relaxed or lazy if the scene is not of great import or when the characters are depicted as far away however they never become outright terrible.
The combat in the show could almost entirely be described as single-strike or clash based because many of the battles are between Yato wielding Yukine against an otherworldly monster. This isn't necessarily bad however if one was to look into the show for action reasons then these scenes leave a bit to be desired in terms of choreography, length, and overall complexity.
I think this is where Noragami falls short for most people – not because the story is poorly written or because the characters act stupid but because there doesn’t seem to be much there to begin with. The premise of the story – that Yato wishes to become a famously worshiped god and that Hiyori wants her body fixed – is not something that the story spends much time chasing after. Yes, Yato takes odd jobs in order to increase his recognition and earn his offerings however, as I stated in the [Characters] section, he seem to have much actual ambition and therefore hardly progresses towards his dream within the course of the 12 episodes.
The content that the show actually covers, concerning primarily Yukine’s emotional disposition and later Yato’s dark history, I didn't find as interesting as if the show pursued its original premise more actively. In all honesty, because the show is primarily lighthearted for a good deal of its episodes, I would say that the comedic interactions between the main cast of characters is ultimately of more interest than the plot the show shallowly explores.
The music was pretty good and some people may recognize a similar approach and style as to that of Katanagatari as the composer is Iwasaki Taku. I wouldn't say that the music is nearly as good as his other work in my personal opinion however I would say the soundtrack is one of the show’s better appeals. The music mostly occupies a BG-type quality whereas Iwasaki’s work normally takes more of a center stage role in my experience – the action scenes do play up the music accordingly so I generally enjoy these parts of the music more than others.
[Final Thoughts and Rating]:
While there is a second season now confirmed for Noragami, these 12 episodes felt forgettable to me. The characters weren't very interesting and there were so few of them that the cast of the show felt pretty lackluster.
I gave the show a 5 because its well enough animated and has decent music but the show spent its 12 episode run quite poorly in the progression department and had a few actively annoying elements such as Yukine’s dialogue and characterization.
Because the show offers very little in overall content – I have a hard time recommending the show to anyone for genre purposes however someone that’s looking for a supernatural anime would not go amiss as the ayakashi and gods are fairly present throughout the show. The action in Noragami i felt was pretty lackluster save maybe the final confrontation in the show however I don’t think it was a worthy payoff and wouldn't recommend it for this reason. I would say that the show’s strongest point is its comedy and so anyone looking for a good few comedic reaction faces and decent gags would do fine in watching the show however there is a fair amount of drama as well so its not a pure comedy by any means. read more
You know, when I first heard of this anime and read through the synopsis, I thought that this was kind of interesting; it also seemed to be somewhat hyped so I obviously decided that I’d better watch it.
… That happened months ago and only by being pushed by my brother to watch it with him did I ever get into this and really, I guess it was kind of meh… Yeah, just meh.
I have to say that the story showed potential as many cool concepts were being showed and some explored in good length (an example of this would be the Regalias, spirits that serve the Gods that can turn into whatever-the-majigs to support them and kill phantoms) and it would make you wonder in what direction said story would be taken in from the beginning.
As I got to the middle of the show though, I was not-so-pleased with what it was doing. To be fair, it was probably a better choice than to focus on the phantoms, the recurring monsters that influence people on bad levels that only the people on the Far Shore (read: afterlife) can see: after all, an episodic approach would not be a good idea and there wasn’t anything of interest with them.
Even so, spending your time developing a character from an internal conflict fueled by stupidity and inconsistencies was also not a good idea! If you really think about it, the whole thing which went on for most of the show could’ve been easily solved if both parties just sat down and talked for a while, you know, “Hey, since we’re partners and all, let’s talk about our issues with each other.”
Pfft, yeah right, as if that would ever happen, nooo: we are treated to various events, some good and others completely nonsensical, that fuel the depression of said character who really could’ve stopped being like that if he had realized what was around him instead of being stupid and getting depressed about nothing. But then again, if a certain character had gotten off of his high horse and started being somewhat respectful, the dramatic conclusion (of that part of the story) that I could not ever be invested in would never arrive and that would be awful!
The last episodes weren’t much better (Oh, didn’t I tell you that said conflict lasted until episode 9?! Welp, it does) as a completely different conflict was presented to us that almost sucked the life out of me: to prevent that from happening, I had to try my best to not take this show seriously so that I wouldn’t flip tables.
I guess that it was a pretty sad development that they had to go through in regards of the main character and it could be pulled off well while still coming out with a good ending, but this ending was not the one: the conflict and how the characters deal with it is what happens before it builds up to this climax action scene in the final episode that ends up solving it and making everything fine again, which, in theory, would work pretty well.
… Let me tell you why this ended up not working:
- Although our interest in the one cooperating with the villain is high (I hope), almost no backstory is revealed about her. Not only had she been presented to us as a character of interest for probably having an important backstory but she was also a great part of what triggered this conflict and you tell us basically nothing about her?!
- Although our interest in the one cooperating with the villain is high, our interest in the actual villain (I guess) is low as he is neither unique nor at least enjoyable to watch. To be fair, there’s really nothing wrong with him in a technical aspect but you’d expect something… grand for a villain that shows up at the end and there’s really nothing to him that makes you interested in him, even when you get his backstory;
- Speaking of action scenes, that action scene was pretty boring: “Oh man, look at that cool fight between the villain and the main character as they fight with… swords and do… no special moves whatsoever and I guess… power-ups and stuff.” I guess that since the battle is a high stakes battle, you’re supposed to care about what happens in it but I really didn’t… and I’ll develop on that on the characters section but you get the idea. Besides… wait, didn’t it stop being a high stakes battle midway and became an ‘I’ll kill you for ze revengeance’ thing? By the way, that could’ve been avoided as I’m pretty sure that teleporting was a thing; oh consistency!
- Remember what I told you about sad developments and that it could’ve been pulled off well while making this a good ending? Yeah, as the high stakes became revengeance (you can tell that this is on purpose, right?), the seemingly obvious yet not technically bad way to be saved became a bullshizz way to be saved (as the main characters literally tried much better ways to get this solved and failed miserably while this succeeds for stupid reasons) that can be resumed as, “I smell dudes!”. Do I really have to tell you why I was not satisfied?
Needless to say that I did not like the ending of this series, solidifying my score of this anime as my brother actually thought about rating this higher at the start but completely agreed with me after we finished this.
Well, there’s really no ‘problem’ with these characters; most of them were pretty likable and did their jobs I guess.
… And that’s really why I have no attachment to them whatsoever: there’s really nothing very ‘unique’ or some sort of ‘twist’ (at least an actually cool or well-executed twist) or really something that made them stand out to me.
Honestly, that describes the show well: it’s watchable and enjoyable but that’s really it; the rest is meh.
Our ‘main character’, or at least at first introduced as such is Hiyori Ikki, presented as a girl that has a thing for wrestling and idolizes pro wrestlers that happened to die and kind of become what I like to call ‘half-dead’ (not the actual term for it): she goes unconscious often and loses her body because she really is… half-dead.
She is shown to us as a decent heroine that had interests of her own and kind of a bright personality: after the beginning though, she is reduced to ‘just being there’ and cannot at all handle herself unlike her introduction in which she was somehow able to copy a move of her favorite pro wrestler; now she has no such abilities and cannot fight, even against enemies of the same caliber as the one that she managed to knock out (not defeat though) before.
Seriously, at most events she just seemed to ‘be involved’ as she really did nothing of great importance and when she did, I would actually be surprised: “What? She isn’t being thin air now?” And I’d curse myself whenever she’d completely pwn Yato for ‘being indecent’ as humor: if you can do it with this dude, you can do it with the phantoms, like, I don’t know, the one in the first episode!
Even when she tried to actually do something she would be stopped and she got to damsel status by the ending of the show: seriously, what the hell?
As far as I’m concerned, she’s not a protagonist.
Then there’s Yato, the King of God (in his fantasies) that pretty much does anything in exchange for 5 yen in hopes of collecting enough money to build his own shrine. At first he seemed to be pretty cool with his cheerful, loveable personality and funny moments (if ‘King of God’ didn’t give you any ideas) and I was intrigued with whenever he presented himself as a serious character with what seemed to be an interesting past.
… Unfortunately, we don’t really get to know much about said past beyond the fact that he has many girl acquaintances and that he killed stuff and whatnot (Man, who’d expect that from a God of War? This is not even a spoiler); basically nothing of interest. Besides, he seemed to be acting cool when he should’ve just gotten off his high horse and fix stuff properly while he was confusing me with his, “Yes, I am a cold person that doesn’t care about you nor the dude that I use as a sword” only for that to be immediately dropped as he did care a whole lot as shown afterwards. Mmmkay, whatever dude, I guess you were just pretending too hard.
Speaking of dudes used as swords, the other main character is Yukine, Sekki as the sword, Yuki as the… official servant name I guess, Regalias kind of work like that when it comes to naming. Yeah, he became Yato’s Regalia later in the show and really, I don’t hate the guy, I really, truly don’t hate him at all. Strange, right? I mean, I just came from ranting about his part of the story and now I’m telling you that I don’t hate him at all?
Well yeah, I really don’t: while he was really whiny for no reason I found that part of his conflict (only part of it though) was actually pretty good and that Yato should’ve made them sit down and talk since that would’ve solved the problem; really, Yato only made it worse. Besides, it did make for some decent development although it wasn’t a particularly necessary development and said development did come from a conflict fueled by mostly stupidity but it was development nonetheless.
So really, Yukine was not my problem when watching this show: if anything, he’s really the victim of a not-so-well-written development.
As for the supporting characters, they’re mostly girls that have a past with Yato (if you know what I’m saying) and that one villain dude that also… has a past with Yato.
… Basically everything has a past with Yato, wow.
Anyway, as I mentioned in the story section, my investment in whatever was happening with these characters was low as I really didn’t care at all about them: they weren’t bad, just meh.
Art and Animation:
I have to admit, the animation was pretty cool and I really like the art style, finding really no problems with anything. I guess I really don’t have a favorite character design either so leaving that aside, I really should address the phantoms: I guess they were going for this creepier and ‘darker’ design that would look cool and whatever but I was pretty indifferent to it; adding the strange voices also didn’t help out at all but that has nothing to do with this section.
By the way, panty shots were definitely not seen in this show, nope, not at all ESPECIALLY at a very serious moment like the ending too. Yup, none at all.
Were we (my brother and I) the only ones that didn’t really like the soundtrack of this anime? These action BGMs of this techno beat and this dude singing out vowels (one of them had this Japanese style to it too) would usually stand out to us and we didn’t really like them at all. Since this is personal preference though, I guess I’ll be more lenient on its scoring. As for the opening and ending, they were pretty solid but I like the opening way more just because it sounded cooler to me.
As for voice actors, Hiroshi Kamiya does a good job as always, Yuki Kaji was chosen for an unfortunate role as always and Hiyori’s voice was somehow growing to annoy my brother. In other words, it was pretty cool, I guess.
This show is pretty enjoyable beyond the flaws pointed out, not making me surprised at all of its praise and hype; the fact that my brother was basically forcing me to watch this with him (Even though I’m the one that makes him watch anime with me) is proof of that.
Due to the things that I pointed out in this review though, I was pretty meh toward this, already expecting to give this a 5 early on. Even so, I can see why people would enjoy it more than I did, as I have to admit that I was also fairly intrigued on many aspects of this anime.
Noragami is a fairly enjoyable show that brings some promising and intriguing things for us to come back to it in anticipation: unfortunately, not much is actually revealed to us and we’re put through a conflict that was basically caused by stupidity and an ending that could really be called a huge missed potential.
The characters, like the story, are enjoyable and seem to have interesting elements to them at the beginning only for them to not be executed properly and everything ending up as, again, a huge missed potential; Hiyori stepped down from being the protagonist halfway through the show.
The music, although I didn’t like it, was at least fitting and the animation and art were great, making for an even more enjoyable experience.
Seriously, this show could be summarized as enjoyable and watchable but pretty much meh for everything else.
As for recommendations, I’d recommend it to… anyone that feels like watching something to spend their time as this show is pretty enjoyable in itself; there’s really no one that I wouldn’t recommend this to as a way to kill time.
Both have the same girl to deity plot and the same scenario where the deity has to deal with other deities. The girl in one anime is a weakling, while the girl in the other anime can kick ass. The deity's job in one anime is to protect the girl, while the deity in the other anime wants to be famous because he isn't that popular.
Both plots involve a girl who accidentally falls into the world of spirits and gods, particularly a spirit/god that has a dark/ menacing past...
The same topic: GOD on the human earth.
Fantasy. A little romance.
The same plot where girl meets god and relationships form, except in the old anime the girl is a damsel in distress, while in the new anime the girl can put against an opponent.
Girl accidentally becomes a supernatural entity with guidance (and problems) from a sarcastic, argumentative (but sweet) godly-powered pretty teen, and tagged after by a sweet but slightly broken boy.
Lots of purification rituals to ward off blights and miasmas, lots of toxic spirits stinking up the place; a lot of shared territory with KH.
Silliness + humour + action + hints of romance, and with a surprise darker twist beneath the fluffy surface in season 2 of both shows.
Both anime have a female protagonist who once was a normal girl, but is now dragged into the world of gods and shrines.
Both are about a girl who means a supernatural deity. Kamisama Hajimemashita reverses the roles, so that the girl is the god and the boy is like a "shinki." It's a bit more comedic, though, and more shoujo-y.
Both shows feature a normal girl entering the world of minor deities (in Noragami, the girl becomes a half-phantom and befriends a little-known deity; in Kamisama Hajimemashita, the girl becomes a little-known deity herself).
Both shows feature a romantic thread and have a moderate (IMO the correct) amount of comedy.
Both feature the folk culture of japanese religion most especifically Gods and Servants.
If you liked Noragami, then you should check out Kamisama Hajimashita, they both have some sort of Spiritual/Godlike/Demons theme, the main character of Kamisama, Nanami, deals with the daily struggles of being a Godlike figure with the help of Tomoe her familiar and Noragami relates to a regular teenage girl, Hiyori, who becomes a partial Spirit and deals with Yato a God, they both contain a lots of laughter and some romance
The main similarity is that they both involve Shrine gods but Kamisama is more into the romantic comedy type while Noragami is more into action and comedy (though I really hope the romance in the story would progress, that's why I'm planning to see the manga). The characters of both anime have dark pasts (that I shouldn't mention cause it's for you to find out. Don't know what to add anymore so.... Thanks for the time and I hope this helps to whoever is reading it. :)
Both the main characters are deities or "gods".
Both male protagonist have a more savage past.
Both main characters try to become better gods, although in noragami yato is a little more serious about being a huge god.
Both are romances, although the romance development is stronger in kamisama hajimemashita.
Both are comedies.
And they're both a good watch.
1) Both Noragami and Kamisama Kiss main male characters have a very dark past.
2) Both male characters have supernatural powers and abilities.
3) Both about Gods and has shrines and spirits.
But the stories have different pathways. how?
1) Noragami has less romance and more action, thoughts and drama going on.
2) Noragami's main character, which is the God, doesn't have a shrine or a familiar.
3) Kamisama Kiss is more of a comedy-romance show felled with feelings.
4) Each episode in Kamisama Kiss has a new story that may not relate a lot to the previous episode.
Each show follows an endearing deity (Yato in Noragami and Nanami in Kamisama Hajimemashita) who tries to perform their godly duties to the best of their abilities, but ultimately they end up falling short, which usually results in hilarious situations for viewers. However, each show still tackles more serious personal issues such as feelings of abandonment, feeling unloved, and a desire to prove oneself. Yato and Tomoe (Nanami's familiar) also have certain aspects in common, in that each character has a mysterious past. If you want a feel-good fantasy anime, look no further than Noragami and Kamisama Hajimemashita.
Both animes feature gods that are worshipped. Noragami is a bit darker, and Kamisama Hajimemashita is focuses more on the humor aspect of it
One can never go wrong with supernaturals, gods, and deities as part of an epic plot. Kamisama Hajimemashita is lighter and romance-centered than Noragami. But don't be deceived, Noragami has a fast-paced, interesting story line that will leave you gasping for air. That, or the fact that person who voiced Noragami's MC and Levi of Shingeki no Kyojin is the same.
Both are comedy shows about a normal teenage girl having to get involved with the gods. You can also learn a lot about Japanese culture from both of these shows. Both are also seriously funny.
"An ordinary girl gets in touch with the world of Kami&Ayakashi (or God&Spirits) by accident" makes a start for both stories.
Both are mixture of Shounen Manga and Shoujo Manga. Although Kamisama is totally a romantic story adapted from Shoujo Manga, it also has complicated plots about the complex relationship between Kami and Ayakashi (mostly in Season 2). Noragami is the opposite (adaption of Shounen Manga but also contains romance).
What's more, we can know about Japanese culture while watching Noragami and Kamisama as both stories are based on Japanese traditional myths.
both have a deity, both supernatural and both have romance although kamisama hajimemashita is more romantic.
Both series deal with spirits and youkai and the exorcism of them but Noragami is perhaps more entertaining
Both are about spiritual powers, youkai etc. and in many parts of both series you'll find lots of familiarity. Perhaps Yato's social awkwardness is nothing aganist Akihito's pervert self, but in any case both of them are quite entertaining. Kyoukai is has more dark side story compared to Noragami thought.
These two shows are both popular examples of a certain type of supernatural stories that have become a staple of anime in the past few years. Mixing the mundane, calming feeling of the slice-of-life genre with a very distinctive supernatural element that you find only in anime and manga. The world is not as one-dimensional as you think and a roaming spirit might lurk in every corner. Only few humans can see them and only fewer are gifted enough to fight them, But drifting to the other side is not all fun and games because while our beloved heroes might have good intentions, there are people (or gods) out there whose intentions are not so pure and it is a protagonists responsibility to stop them! There are a lot of anime of that genres that you can watch but I personally find Noragami and KNK to be some of the most fun-to watch series this genre has to offer. With sleek visual styles courtesy of Kyoto Animation and Studio Bones, a balanced mixture of drama and action, and a dash of romantic undertones, Both shows will keep you entertained and maybe manage to make you chuckle and/or shed a tear in the process.
Both have the same type of vibe to them, I feel. Both seem to contain happy and shallow characters at first, then you fall in love with all of them and learn of their struggles and want them to be happy. Both are great and I recommend both!
Noragami and Kyoukai no Kanata are supernatural theme series involving spirits and apparitions. The main characters gets themselves involved in a variety of ways that changes their lives while helping others.
Throughout both series, there's internal struggles explored regarding the main characters, in particular with their pasts that are reflected by flashback scenes. At the apex of the story, these internal struggles manifest and brings out feelings that are reflected by our characters' reactions.
There's a small cast of characters with strange interactions between them. Expect comedy, drama, and action.
These are really similar anime. Only a handful of people can see the supernatural events and monsters. The characters fight against evil. The story setting and characters are more interesting.
Both series are about a 'boundary' between two realms/worlds, where evil spirits are coming into the real world. Both have protagonists that have superhuman powers (Yato and Mirai) that are funny characters who are hiding an important issue, and both have a 'normal' friend (Hiyori and and Akihito) who try and lead them in the right direction, morally.
Both series have to do with the supernatural (i.e. yokai, spirits). The two also share a fair bit of drama, subtle comedy, and even brief romantic undertones.
They're also similar in the sense that you're allowed to watch characters develop and grow stronger together as they help one another reach their goals.
Both main character got terrible past story. Fight against supernatural creature to get money.
the art and general theme of the plot are very similar.
they both have hints of comedy, but mainly deal with fighting youkai, etc.
Both have supernatural themes regarding fighting of spirits, I found both beautiful and soulful with emotional ties. Highly recommend both series.
Though obviosuly different in many ways, they do share significant similarities. For example, both give off the same fantasy vibe, and they both involve a character that gets caught up in something to do with the supernatural.
Both series have supernatural elements, but more than that they have the same elegant and sincere approach to deep inside of human soul. Both made me smile and cry at the same time.
Both animes have spirits where only a handful of people can see them.
Both main characters have "bad" pasts.
Both deal with a term they call a "boundary"
Both have a supernatural theme where they fight spirits.
Both are comedic in some ways.
Both have a romantic feel that's not totally canon at first but seems like it might be.
Both animes deal with a theme similar to fantasy; they both contain otherworldly creatures. They also both have protagonists who fight said creatures.
Both rely on humour and plot alike.
Viewers be warned that I enjoyed Noragami far more than KnK.
Noragami and Kyoukai No Kanata resemble each other a lot. If you like one of them then you will like the other one for sure!
1. At the beginning of both series the female protagonists are saved by the male protagonists
2. Both center around exorcising spirits called youmu and ayakashi that attacks humans
3. In Noragami they use shinki/divine instrument while in Kyoukai No Kanata they use blood sword, youmu etc to fight against these spirits
4. In Noragami shinkis can create a barrier "Boundary (Kyoukai)" and in Kyoukai No Kanata they create "Glaciate Barriers" that prevents youmu and ayakashi from coming past it
5. In both of the anime there are some characters that come forward to save the protagonists because they also helped them in the past
6. The episode 9 of Noragami and episode 4 of Kyoukai No Kanata are a lot similar. In these episodes Yukine and Akihito were locked up in cages of borderlines in order to purify their souls and go back to their old normal self
7. Both of them has plenty of humor. Their genres are almost same: Fantasy, Comedy, Action, Supernatural, Romance. Though Kyoukai No Kanata is dark fantasy
But then again while having similar story lines both of these shows have their own aspects. Noragami is great for it's sound track and character development and Kyoukai No Kanata follows it's own story
(NOTE: This entry keeps messing up no matter what I do. I am recommending KYOUKAI NO KANATA for fans of NORAGAMI, not the other way around.)
While Noragami is undoubtedly the more popular of these two, both are supernatural action series featuring a distinct variation on similar subject matter: battling against creatures unseen by the general public and focusing on those charged with the task of defeating them.
Kyoukai no Kanata a.k.a. Beyond the Boundary has perhaps slightly more slick animation, but just as humorous and action packed; with great characters and slice of life segments that don't feel much like filler.
It's an easy recommendation for any fan of the former. read more
similarities of the anime:
-fighting supernatural creatures/ spirits in which only protagonists see and normal humans can't
-protagonists doing the job to earn money
-protagonists having dark hidden pasts
-protagonists having similar abilities and power
-protagonists "purifying" their friend/s
i personally like kyoukai though because of its humor. but noragami, on the other hand, has a cool soundtrack. :))
Both consist of supernatural themes and contain similar action. Beyond the Boundary and Noragami have crossovers between people and animals as well. So if you like one, then you would definitely like the other.
Both anime are about "gods" (Soul Eater: Shinigami). In both anime, some characters can change into a weapon and be used by their partner. In both anime, the "gods" (can) fight some sort of a monster that isn't human or another normal animal. They're also fun to watch. :)
1 person weilding another person who can turn into a weapon, It has that Bones humor where its really animated but really tries to put away the humor for serious moments. Animation is subpar for todays standards in noragami's case
Both anime have protagonists that fight against supernatural monsters and human weapon partners. Both have kickass characters. They also use the same type of humor.
Taking on a supernatural perspective, Soul Eater and Noragami deals with Gods and powers beyond our imaginations.
In battle, characters are able to wield weapons that are incarnations of their partners. As flashy as it sounds, they offer a host of powerful abilities that can turn the tide of a battle.
The main characters from both series has a hotblooded personality but is down to earth when it comes to casual conversations. At the same time, they do truly care about their partners and the people around them.
Both anime are very similar to each other, since both MC's have a partner that can transform into a weapon (swords, knifes, guns etc.) Thought Soul Eater is definitely a more serious and horror themed anime while Noragami not so much.
People can turn into weapons and be used by their master.
Though Soul Eater has more of a dark concept, both these series have great action and comedy. Their characters are super lovable and their development will make you feel more attached to them.
[x] Deep exploration between friendship and partnership
[x] Weapons and humans
[x] Comical relief
[x] Supernatural causes
[x] Colourful cast of characters that act neither black or white to add complexity
[x] Solving cases to make the world a better place
[x] Carry action packed scenes in each episode
Watch Soul Eater if:
You want a story about learning and changing oneself and dealing with other characters relationships. It follows different characters and each having their own unique perspective. It is more heavier on action, and the art style is more simple, but it has a nice halloween feel to it.
Watch Noragami if:
You want to match comedy and action, and are interested on focusing with a few characters. This one also deals feelings from the current and afterlife, along with vulnerability of Shinto gods. The art style is colourful, and bright. read more
Both anime has the same "style". there are people who turn into a weapon and the owner tries to kill the soul/phantom. Also the art has big meaning in both anime. We can find something special in every characters appearance in Soul Eater (for instance, Soul's teeth or Maka's eyes), the same is with Noragami's characters (Yato's eyes, Yukine's hair and eyes, Hiyori's "tail").
And they are enjoyable too.
Same humor, same animation studio and in both animes, a "person" become to a weapon.
Like Soul eater Noragami follows the idea of the power to turn into weapons whiles not copying each other at all. Like Noragami Soul eater also puts a lot of work into characters giving the anime a great variety of character types and personalities! Both series have the main plot of destroying corrupted souls and also solving the main problem in the series. They both also don't only focus on the main plot but have some good comic relief and side stories!
Both contain the idea of having a person be able to turn into weapon, and using that weapon to slay some kind of spirit. There's also the possibility for corruption in both shows, as well as both portraying the relation between master and weapon.
Similarities: They both contain almost the same battle scene structure "human like" turns into a weapon.
The one that holds the weapon both are the "masters"
Both are related to some sort of "God/Demon/Spirit" themes story
They both contain comedy and a love story of some kind.
The differences are that Soul Eater involves a group a kids going to a particular school to be train for a job and Noragami deals with a God doing particular jobs and hunting demons while trying to help the Human/Spirit "friend."
Both involve a person who can use another person as a weapon. Both have solid character development, although Soul Eater's takes a little longer (it is 51 episodes). Good action sequences.
Both are funny stories that deal with the main characters using other people's soul as a weapon.
Both series have weapons that are humans capable of turning into weapons.
Blue exorcist is also similiar to Noragami.
Great balance between comedy and action, led by main characters based on supernatural entities.
The great main characters in both animes are feel the same.
The world that contains magic also very similar.
And the comedy and action is great in both.
Similar to how a devil works at mc Ronald's a god does some small time jobs in order to gain more power.
Both of these titles have a mix of comedy and more serious themes.
Both of them involve interactions between humans and being from other worlds/planes of existence.
Both portray higher beings carrying out basic human jobs in order to further their life goals.
And both have a fair share of action.
Both are about gods, who started living in earth meeting a human girl
Both are about other worldly beings trying to make a living in the human world, and both have action comedy vibe to it. Hataraku maou sama has a more comedic and light hearted tone than noragami and both have likeable characters, an interesting world, and overall plot looming in the background.
-Both have action blended with slice of life
-Both have some main characters gods and they get familiar with humans
-Both of the main males are somewhat shallow and stupid but cheerful and lovable
The usual city setting with loads of comedy and actions sequence and both of these main chars get a lot of friends for the sake of fighting and they're both overpowered and neither of them are normal humans with a different past from usual
Both are funny stories, that deal with "otherworldly" people living with/around humans.
Both have the same concept of a goofy guy living modern day Japan being something much more than human with a dark past. Maou and Yato are a bit alike and they just seem to have the same sort of feel. Mostly comedic with more action than I was expecting and a bit of implied romance. Overall, both great shows.
Yato and Maou are extremely similar protagonists. Their personalities are very similar, they're both working for small amounts of cash, and they both have large dreams/ambitions.
maou and yato are supernatural beings (satan & god) who approach life in a very similar manner. they're typically seen as frisky and playful individuals who take things very lightheartedly often to their companions dismay. however, they once were individuals who lived life by exerting violence and force in order to get the job done. despite their care-free altitudes, they both will act calculating, cunning, and serious when the situation requires them to (protecting their friends from enemy threats).
friendship also becomes an important factor in both anime that allows yato and maou to hold onto their humanity. there's also subtle hints of comedic romance between the female and male leads. not to mention, the humour in noragami and devil is a part-timer are both refreshing, and art styles are somewhat similar as well!
Both main characters are very similar despite one being a god and the other Satan. Both are really funny & laid-back and it is humorous to see these deities do regular guy things like work at McDonalds or fulfill wishes for 5 yen worry about things like clothes and food. I would recommend these animes for anyone who just wants to take a break from story driven animes and watch something funny and not get too psychologically in depth. I personally think The Devil is a Part Timer is funnier but you can decide for yourself.
Aprt from the fact that norigami is centerd around gods and spirits and hataraku maou sama! Is about the devil. The two anime plots differ quite a bit. However the blend of comedy, drama and a smidge of romance make both anime a must watch in my opinion.
Both anime are about a girl who can turn into a ghost (but in Noragami it isn't as permanent). The main male character is helping the girl out to turn back to normal.
Both anime have similar genres and have a similar story line even though they're completely different. The male lead sets out on a journey or search to save the female protagonist who tags along and later develops feelings.
Set in a modern time setting, the main female character's life is changed forever one day thanks to the handy dandy work of a supernatural being.
But that's not all that's changed. Her life becomes involved with supernatural beings that revolves around cases that puts her life in danger. The male protagonist strives to protect them and hopefully restore things back to order.
Expect action, drama, comedy, and humorous dialogues.
These two anime both deal with super natural creatures (in Noragami, youkai and spirits, while in Blood Lad, demons). There are a lot of fighting scenes, and both have female protagonists who want to go back to normal.
Note that this recommendation is based on the first episode of Noragami. It involves a supernatural Male protagonist, a Female Protagonist who enters into their supernatural world, ends up "dying" in some way and getting the Male Protag to help bring them back to normal. Yato as a character is also similar to Staz in some way, pale skin, black hair and a somewhat nonchalant manner
Both are trying to save the female protagonist and search out how to save the Girl
also both involves a supernatural and Both Male Protagonist have same characteristic
- Both anime's have easy going yet serious at times main characters
- Both anime's give off the same chilled vibe with a bit comedy and action thrown in
- Both anime's involve a power but lazy main
- The main Heroine in both anime's are very alike
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ANIME!
Both are helping what used to be a human girl become human again.
Supernatural action comedy is the order of the day here, something which both shows manage to pull off pretty well. In each case we have a powerful male lead who thrives on being strange, a little selfish, lazy, and on their complete lack of common sense.
The action in each show is really nicely animated, with Blood Lad going for a mere stylized approach than Noragami does, but both definitely a lot of fun when they choose to let loose. Noragami is perhaps the more serious of the two shows, but never forgets to lighten up the mood with some well placed, and amusing comedy.
Both Anime have main powerful, supernatural characters
In both Anime Girl turns into a ghost
Both anime are equally funny
Both anime have a heavy comedy aspect yet also possess a serious side and decent plot. Main characters are quite similar.
Both animes are quite similar the plot is about a girl who turns into a ghost and the main character is trying to help her to return to human again.Also both MCs are powerful.
Noragami is similar to blood lad because of its plot. They both contain male protagonist that personalities are quite amusing that have to help a 'dead' girl retreve her body back.
Cute blue eyed boy fights supernatural evil with a sword, and despite being a goofball he has tremendous power and is protective of his friends.
With a supernatural setting, Noragami and Ao no Exorcist comes from similar backgrounds in a modern life setting involving otherworldly begins.
Both series' main protagonist's life changes forever after one faithful day after they learn more about what's in stored for them. They meet both friends and foes while helping out others along the way. Their signature weapon are sacred to them and takes the form of a sword to battle against adversaries.
Throughout both series, there's also elements of mystery related to the main characters' past that correlates with present events.
Even though Ao no Exorcist deals with demons and Noragami deals with gods, the two have a very similar setting. Both MCs are relatable to each other, and the fighting styles are also similar in both series.
PHANTOM/DEMON SLAYING: Main characters, Rin and Yato, are both powerful supernatural beings as Rin is the son of Satan and Yato is a god. They both try to restore their honour and a place in the world, even for such goofs.
The phantoms/demons in both worlds show a lot of similarities.
Both set in modern day with supernaturals run the world.
Both MC are similar~ blue eyes, they fight with swords, both are a bit silly :D
The two series manage to balance the comedy - action - supernatural genres.
Both series are about dramatic, black-haired, blue-eyed boys who fight demon-like creatures with the help of their friends. More importantly, they have a similar formula of action with a large dose of humour and friendship. The characters in both series are immediately likeable and the plots are easy to get into.
Both anime include a world with demons, the only differrence is that in Noragami they are called phantoms and in Ao no Exorcist demons. And in Noragami the phantoms come out at night and are only visible to gods, spirits or half-spirits and in Ao no Exorcist there is a demon world where the demons can only be seen by other demons or people who are scratched by a demon.
Both main characters have a sword as weapon and similair fighthing style.
Both anime have supernatural and action with here and there a bit of comedy.
Except for the blue eyes of both MCs they give the same vibe though Ao no Exorcist is somehow darker. This probably maybe due to their difference in the character's background (i.e. Rin being a demon and Yato being a god). Both have action (slaying demons/phantoms or whatever they are called) and comedy (Noragami, in my opinion, has more to laugh at than Ao no Exorcist). It would be good seeing them fighting side by side. Hope this helps! Thanks for reading :)
Both series ahve similar protaganists as both of them are comedic but get strong when they need to protect someone close to them. One is the son of satan while the other is a god which makes them a powerful foe against there enemies.
Initially these two anime don't seem too similar to each other, but I believe the comparison needs to be made;
The color schemes.
Both anime have somewhat similar animation and completely unique and diverse colors that define their art styles. The character designs and eyes leave an impression of dazzlingly vibrant and fascinating to look at. If nothing else, the action scenes are also similar. Don't expect their stories to be similar however, one of the only narrative comparisons you can make is that both main characters use a katana of sorts.
Blue eyed-boy fights supernatural evil with a sword that has special abilities.
-Both feature supernatural characters fighting malevolent forces.
-Both feature a protagonist fighting against their nature.
-Both mange to expertly balance goofy hijinks and deep, serious stories.
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