Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisYato, a minor god, dreams to become the most revered deity in the world with big shrine and all. However, being a penniless god that he is, he has a long way to go and his shinki leaving him doesn't help matter. Later, when he does his job, a high school girl named Hiyori Iki pushes him out of the way of a speeding bus; unaware of his status as deity.
Things get complicated when this incident triggers abnormality in Hiyori's soul, causing her to make an Astral Projection whenever she falls unconscious. To turn herself back to normal, Hiyori must help Yato becoming a better god who can fix the problem, along with Yato's new shinki, Yukine.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Noragami
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About 4% of people aged 18 and above suffer from suicidal thoughts in the western world. That number for those below 18 is thought to be around 20-25%. It's a shocking statistic about mental health and age. What it means if you sit in the middle of a classroom, one of the four people sitting immediately to your right, left, front or back currently wants to die.
Noragami is not an anime that throws such a fact in your face. But ever so subtly it draws a viewer closer to the fact that beneath the cheerful facade everything is not well within society. For those who can recall such thoughts it would be hard to watch and so too for those who cared for someone who did. There have been more than many clumsy attempts to bring such a story to anime. And while there are a handful that actually created a heartfelt story (e.g. Colourful (movie)) I think Noragami does the best job of it. Below is why:
A few episodes in it's easy to mistake Noragami as another anime about fighting demons and ghosts and whatnot. But even from the first episode there are subtle hints towards the series true purpose and as episodes go by those hints grow larger, but thankfully it never tries to smack the viewer on the face with them. Suicidal people don't yell out that they want to die, at least not until the last moment. But they all leave clues towards their inner thoughts. Noragami does the same very thoughtfully.
One thing I really like about Noragami is how rather than portraying a sad story in animation it makes a sad story anime styled. By this I mean there's a lot of things that are characteristic of anime/manga in it: panty flashes, cool fighting, situational and tsukkomi comedy, silent glances, etc. These are all things one would only find in anime/manga and it feels like someone took a standard idea for anime/manga and weaved a great story in it. It keeps the mood from getting heavy and keeps us on our toes. In my opinion being able to juggle two very different thing this well is a mark of great story telling.
Personally I find watching 3D movies migraine inducing, the same can be said for Bones' other anime this season. Noragami though is good, the animation is sharp, well directed and flowing. The character designs also have a hint of Ao no Exorcist to them that I like.
This is the only currently airing anime whose ED and OP I like a lot. The rock of the OP and the melody of the ED, it suits Noragami. I also really like the voice-acting, not something I have ever said when the cast included one Yuki Kaji. The man single-handedly angst me off Attack on Titan. Here is angst however is kept in check unless needed, and I admit that no one sounds better as a sulking child than that man.
Clearly Yukine and Yato's pasts are the centerpieces of Noragami. While Yukine is more a character development study, Yato is a mystery that we watch unfold. The other main character Hiyori acts primarily as the audience's point of view and though she influences the story at times she mostly watches it unravel. The character dynamics between these three and several other godly figures is also both entertaining, mysterious and comedic. One of Noragami's biggest strengths is that it can easily mix comedy and drama together and that the characters act very naturally when this happens. Nothing feels forces. Compared to slice of life animes, this story of gods, demons, ghosts and familiars feels more real.
A typical anime with comedy and action but with a solid core of heartfelt drama. Very common but done this well, very rarely.
I can't keep pointing it out but Noragami's biggest selling point is that it can maintain a cheerful face but with a mind filled with darker purposes. People who suffer depression are usually the same. You have to look deep to realize the truth. And Noragami portrays this so well that at this rate it'll be favorite anime of the season. read more
"Even if things are painful and tough. People should appreciate what it means to be alive at all." -Yato
Noragami is a supernatural anime, first off, but don't get the wrong idea here. You may think there's a ton of demon/god-based anime's out there, however, this is one of the best I've seen. Noragami is an anime about humans, gods and phantom's (the inbetween) and the struggle between them all.
The main character is a god named Yato, although he's a god you could compare to say a starving artist. He's still trying to get recognized and become stronger. The gods in this anime use lost souls as weapons called shinki or regalia. The other main characters are Hiyori Iki, a high school girl who "saved" Yato from an oncoming bus, and ended up triggering some problem with her soul where she can lose her body and walk around as her soul. She ends up with this tail in her soul form, and that tail is actually her lifeline, if it were to be cut, gameover. The other main character is Yukine, he's Yato's shinki(regalia), he was an abused child and a lost soul, he has a hard time expressing his feelings and therefore acts out without thinking about consequences. However, any child his age would want what any child wants, and that is friends. Yukine was ripped from his childhood without having the chance to experience what a real one felt like, so after Yato chose him as a Regalia he was having a hard time seeing all the kids his age living happy "normal" lives with their friends. Yukine represents all of those kids, including myself, who didn't have very many, if at all any, friends growing up. He represents loneliness. And that is the very reason Yato fought so hard for him. Yato fought through the pain of being repeatedly stung by Yukine's wrong doings, because he saw the real Yukine, he saw the same lost boy that he saw when he first picked him.
Although Yato seems like a total ditz at times, more often than not he truly has his moments and he can become a very inspiring character. He's a very smart person, and he's trying really hard for people to believe in him. However, he just can't catch a break and that's why he's relatable. He proves that even though you may try your hardest, yes you may not succeed but if you keep at it and keep at it, you'll meet new people and those new people will help you succeed and finally catch a break.
Yato, with the help of Yukine, are helping battle Phantoms. These Phantoms are stemming from negative thoughts that are building within a person. More often than not these thoughts turn into action and these Phantoms lead people to kill others or even make that person kill themself. Phantoms are the essence of depression. Depression stems from being unhappy and when someone is pushed to their breaking point, Phantoms step in and seal the deal. They're the ones saying "jump" when you're standing on the ledge of the building, they're the ones saying "pull the trigger" with the gun cocked on your temple, they're the ones ruining lives and Yato intends to end it. He intends to end the suffering, the hate, the trauma that surrounds most peoples lives. Look around you, when you're at a bus stop, who's alone, how do they appear? Sad? Happy? How would you even know if a few moments later they were going to step off the platform in front of an oncoming bus? You wouldn't. This is sad to admit but often times humans don't even understand each other. A fake smile can go along way. That girl that sits in the back of the classroom that smiles when called on but is otherwise silent, that boy that's shoved into his locker everyday after school but then laughs it off like it's nothing. Face it. We're all weak. Humans can't handle negative emotions. However, Yato looks at it differently. He believes that even though times may be tough, even though you have negative thoughts or feelings, you should be happy you have a life. You should be happy that you didn't end up like Yukine, being ripped from your life. It all goes back to that old saying:
You don't know what you've got until it's gone. read more
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.
Both Anime have main powerful, supernatural characters
In both Anime Girl turns into a ghost
Both anime are equally funny
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 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.
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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