Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisYato is a minor deity who lacks even a single shrine. In order to build his own shrine and gain recognition as a god, he scrawls his cell number on the wall of a downtown bathroom telling people he will help them in exchange for a 5-yen offering, becoming a self-styled "delivery god." Hiyori, the daughter of a respectable family, is almost killed in a traffic accident, but is rescued by Yato. This causes her to become a "hanyou," a person who can exit her body in soul form. She chases Yato down, and they begin to work together to help Yato be recognized. Yato also finds a boy named Yukine who becomes a Regalia, a "sacred treasure" that can be used by a god as a weapon to fight. The three of them battle phantoms who bring harm to humans as Yato's dark hidden history is gradually revealed.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Noragami
Side story: Noragami OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
Thunder Kings review no.1: Noragami
It seems that Noragami caught attention of many in this winter season, which is understandable based on the fact that it's produced by studio Bones, famous for their rather high production values. Additionally being an adaptation of rather famous manga certainly make it a high priority show for many. Is Noragami really worth attention it gets from the community? Well, it is definitely enjoyable show but it have its share of problems that keep it from being something special.
The Story 5/10
The story have some interesting concepts, mostly surrounding past of our main character(Yato) but many things are just introduced to us to be left out in the dark later on. Noragami obviously suffers from the same problem as other manga adaptations, parts of the story are just being left out of the anime. The ending is not that great either and do a poor job on summarizing everything up and giving us a decent conclusion. Still, story have some value to it. It's interesting enough to keep you engage so you can enjoy the rest of what the anime have to offer. It also include some good morals you can keep with you as you leave the show behind if you care for that sort of things. I know that I do.
The Animation 8/10
As expected of studio Bones Noragami is beautifully animated. Movements are fluid, light effects flashy and backgrounds full of details. Of course fight scenes are parts when the animation is on it's best. Even comedy parts of the show keep up the high quality of animation. Also I have to give a praise for character designs, they are quite memorable, mostly thanks to colour contrasts. There are just few short moments when animation quality drops for a moment and they are not easily found.
The Sound 9/10
Soundtrack in Noragami is different from what you will hear in other anime. It have original sound to it. There are few tracks that stand out which of my favorite is Noratan, it appear to pump up the atmosphere when something epic is about to happen. It's great, just listen to it:
Opening is very good, both when it comes to song(performed by "Hello Sleepwalkers") and the animation. In fact when I watched opening first time I thought that it was animated by SHAFT and that it's saying something about its quality. Ending was all right (girls with umbrellas getting really popular nowadays).
The voice acting was also top quality featuring some of the best in industry. Even Mr. Fukuyama known mainly for his role as Lelouch in Code Geass voiced one of the characters.
The Characters 6/10
There is a lot of interesting characters present, sadly we don't get to know much of their past. Even when they are members of the main cast. Nonetheless most of the characters are charismatic and fun to watch (despite one annoying brat). Everybody of the main cast goes through bigger or lesser development. It's rushed, it's forced but it's their. Hopefully we'll get second season that will explain backstory of the key characters more, or I would be forced to read the manga. When I think about it, it actually doesn't sounds that bad.
The Enjoyment 7/10
Thanks to great production values, decent comedy, amazing fight scenes and overall coolness of the show I enjoyed it quite a lot. If we would just get good conclusion at the end it would be great.
Noragami turned out to be a good show, definitely worth few hours of my cold winter evenings. When it's failed to give us story with good conclusion its high production values and overall coolness make it enjoyable to watch. read more
Noragami was simply decent, although if someone were to ask me whether I liked it, my answer to that question would lean more towards a "No, not really" oriented answer. Quite frankly, this show disappointed me, to say the least. And its unfortunate because I really thought I was going to like this one, but sadly, the hype just didn't cut it for this one.
Definitely not the best, and fails to be in many ways. It lacked too many major details, and I found it somewhat choppy in some areas. At first, I liked the whole, "stray god trying to make it big" idea, and the first half of the series was manageable, if not, enjoyable, but as it progressed further, I felt myself beginning to lose it. It lacked detail and sophistication, a show that would only be worth posing as a time-killer, just another thing to keep you semi-busy until you can find something more interesting to do.
Wasn't too bad, especially since I also watched this on in high quality (I always watch my animes in HD in order to give it's visuals a better judgement). The anime was also filled with many scenic parts, which proved to be beautifully colored and detailed, as well as decent looking effects. However, during most, if not, ALL the fight scenes, the animation dropped by at least 50%. This isn't particularly uncommon in most anime, but that certainly doesn't mean it isn't a problem, especially since this is a shorter series. Most short anime series I've seen lately (ones that have aired around the same time as Noragami) have all managed to keep a steady and nice animation quality, even throughout moments where most animators would get lazy and throw in some half-assed frames or cheap looking CG animation, which is what I saw in this series at many points. Examples of some short series who stayed consistent with crisp looking visuals would be Stein's Gate (well, this one's actually 23, but this only further proves my point), Psycho-Pass S2, Angel Beats, Black Butler S2, and Baccano (this one came out sometime earlier, but I can easily compare its animation qualities to Noragami).
The soundtrack wasn't too bad either, honestly. It was very unique and had a very nice touch to it. The music in this particular show was quite different form the typical rock-ish J-pop you usually hear. It was mixed with some dubstep qualities and, how should I say it... funk? which in my opinion is a plus. My favorite track from the series, however, was Harmony. I for some reason really enjoyed it when this particular one was playing, so soothing~
Hm, I think it's safe enough to say they weren't the best. I mean, as whole, they were funny with the way they interacted, and the the relationship Hiyori and Yato gradually developed wasn't too bad either, especially because it wasn't forced, it made sense, and it was, for the most part, practical. But other than that, I found the cast very mediocre. Many of the problems that arose in this anime were basically the fault of the characters not being able to communicate their feelings in a sensible manner. They were in fact selfish, only thinking about their own needs and what they thought they wanted, without giving a thought of "Gee, I wonder how 'so and so' feels about me doing this/acting in this way? Maybe I should ask them..." But in most cases we got, "I do what I want because I'm 'so and so' or because I deserve 'this and this'. Screw you." (this is 110% directed towards the poor relationship Yato and Yukine had among themselves, just so you know. But keep in mind, Yato brought into the show the things that made it watchable, to say the least, and was definitely one the few reasons why I decided to complete the series) If they had just taken the time to tone down their bitching about 'xyz' and just, I don't know, TALK about how to improve their partnership, many of the problems that occurred in the anime would've been solved or prevented, easily. And then there's Hiyori. She was an okay character at first, her being a half-dead phantom and having to pursue (I guess you can say) Yato in order to be changed back to a full human. That was a story line I didn't have many qualms about, but for some odd reason unknown to me, as the series progressed, she was pretty much demoted as a main character to a petty damsel in distress for some villain we only got to know anything about during just the last 2 episodes of the series... hm... how unsatisfying.
And then that brings me to the villain, whom I found extremely random and unappealing to the story. Honestly, my reaction to the last-minute introduction of this character was "Oh look... a random villain with little to no back story appeared... yay." It felt so misplaced because the time in which we began hearing even a hint about this Rabou character was, I believe, episode 10 or 11, and this is like what, a 12 episode series. I mean, you've just gotta be kidding me on that one. Not only that, the information we finally learn of him is nothing too special, nothing that would or should make you think his debut was anything to be particularly excited for. Additionally, he was an idiot. Like, I don't know whether it was just a petty pride thing, but for some reason, he was so hell-bent on fighting against his partner after what, hundreds of years, after Yato had clearly moved on and even told him to move on as well. But nah, this Rabou dude decided consuming himself with Ayakashi was a swell idea, which there was no real point in doing. Which then brings us to the ending fight scene, which was also unsatisfying. Yeah, we saw some waterbending and water Jutsu stuff going on, but that was it. We experienced nothing different from Yato, EVEN when he switched to rage mode after Rabou had broken the orb containing Hiyori's memories. I honestly expected Yato to have some hidden ability, something much cooler and unexpected than Rabou's, but all we got was a generic 'last one standing" ending where the villain was easily defeated, and therefore had no business being a villain in the first place. Villains like that are for kids shows, not more elaborate ones, but then again, this was not an elaborate anime.
And then I must also mention Bishamon. Not too sure what her purpose to the story was other than the fact that one of her shinki was killed by Yato, and now wants to kill Yato for doing so. We know nothing about her, her past, and who her deceased shinki even was. She also wasn't given sufficient enough screen time, which only made me more irritated about trying to figure out who exactly this woman was. But of course, this may have been intended, as a second season may be on the way (whether another one is actually needed is debatable).
I enjoyed the comedy and the visuals of the anime. The comedic aspect of it was childish (sometimes mature), but I laughed, and I tend to have a soft spot for shows that manage to make me laugh, seriously. That's a always a plus. However, that is only the surface, most of the things that went underneath the series in terms of story and characters wasn't very appealing, and these are all important factors that are meant to add to the watching experience, not take away from it.
It was simply... decent, a show that clearly fell below the hype level. Many aspects of the show seemed bland and unfinished, always building up to some interesting ideas, only for it to be discontinued later on, a reoccurring trait I observed in this series. The characters weren't very interesting and sometimes irritable, and the ending was unsatisfying. But even so, they had great visuals and music, and the series was nonetheless an enjoyable one, even if how enjoyable it was was all the series had to begin with. So fellow denizens reading this review, all I can say to you about this series is, if you have free time with absolutely nothing to do, I guess you can give this one try, just be sure not to expect much, especially if your the type who prefers well thought out, detailed storylines with great characters and supporting details... which Noragami didn't exactly have.
*I apologize for any grammatical errors*
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
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 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.
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.
both have similar story, with spirit fighting and super powers
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 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.
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
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.
[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.
Both are mix of action and comedy. Both have people turning into weapons.
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.
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."
Weapons turning into people and people into weapons? Sounds a lot like Soul Eater to me. Both anime include a protagonist who has a weapon or person that changes form. In each world they fight off other creatures or spirits and in both series they are gods. Also the protagonists weapon/person have a pretty good personality and attitude of their own.
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 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.
If supernatural is an ingredient, then it be part of a recipe for both Bakemonogatari and Noragami. Not only do they involve supernatural beings but also legends that blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
Both series involves action, drama, and comedy with humorous dialogues. Bakemongatari focuses more on word play and narrative dialogues while Noragami uses gags for comedy. The main protagonist in both series gets involved with events that puts their lives in danger. There is also a bit of influence from folklore and legends relating to various cultures to some degrees.
Both involve around folklore and supernatural beings. In fact, the supernatural aspect is smoothly and naturally incorporated into the show.
There are humorous contents found in bakemonogatari and noragami. Bakemonogatari has more sarcastic and witty dialogue while Noragami depends more on gags.
Both anime have relations to gods, and the characters resemble each other. Like Araragi, Yato tries to help out humans afflicted by supernatural causes.
Both are supernaturals with similar style main character (Yato, Koyomi), and even the same seiyuu.
Both anime have similar environments and deal with the supernatural. There's also a religious influence in both anime, and humor is used extensively in both.
-Both shows are about gods, spirits, etc.
-Delivers the thick plot in a comedic way
-The main character has the same voice actor. :)
Supernatural beings are often targeting by humans for unknown methods. However, are they helpful, or hostile? In the story, the main male character usually help these people in need when they are in danger or considers them a threat to his friends. Conflict arises when the supporting characters are often possessed or being chased by these "monsters," forcing them to talk, or by battling them out.
Bakemonogatari is often more descriptive talking and often follows character arcs. Noragami usually battles it out with a comedic personality male type person.
Eerily similar in both theme and story, and to some extent the characters.
Both have somewhat similar looking spirits that they have to fight. Both have quirky, fun characters. The dialogue in Noragami is almost as good as in Bakemonogatari. They are both simply pleasant to listen through.
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.
Both anime have a female protagonist who once was a normal girl, but is now dragged into the world of gods and shrines.
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.
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 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 :)
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
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