So, first of all let me say one thing: If you have not yet read the manga, watching the second OVA is not recommendable as it takes place immediately after the next big arc in the manga. It thus contains major spoilers for this arc.
Additionally you won't be able to understand the deep meaning behind these scenes under the cherry tree.
As many over OVAs, this one, too, is aimed at the manga readers and not the anime audience.
It is a very precise adaption from the manga. This goes for both OVAs. They both take place between two arcs in the manga, thus there is
no thick plot but instead they show hilarious scenes from the everyday lifes of the characters which sometimes have a deeper meaning if put into the correct context.
The art is as good in the OVAs as it is in the anime series.
No complaints here.
Opening and Ending are great, the voices fit the characters. The OST is used throughout the OVAs in a fitting way.
Well, I absolutely adore most of Noragami's characters. They are very unique - which is shown best by Yato in these two twenty minute OVAs. Every action is just such a typical thing for him to do.
I've loved it in the manga and I still love these scenes in the OVAs. The Second OVA was hilarious but sad at the same time, considering the previous events.
It's nearly perfect, but - as expected of an OVA - it does not have any real plot.
Wow, way to shit on a series. The OVA that should not have been.
The first episode just fucks up the series royally and after having watched the series it is hard to see that as canon.
The second episode is a bit better but in the end still feels off-canon and weird. Also, it includes spoilers since it skips quite a few volumes.
If you like Noragami, do yourself a favour and don't watch this till you've watched everything else.
Since this review was supposedly still not long enough, I'll have to write some more.
I really don't understand for who the second episode of the OVA was meant
for since it was in the middle of some situation which the viewer who came straight from the series wouldn't know.
First of all, do not attempt to watch this directly after or before the first season (Noragami), you MUST only watch these two episodes after seeing all first 6 episodes from the second season (Noragami Aragato), or else, major spoilers are going wrap. Make sure you watch the second episode of the OVA first, then the first. I know that's an odd order, but trust me, that's the right order to follow.
- Story (7.5/10):
Pretty decent side stories for fun, no particular big plot surprise or anything aside from containing spoilers of the first 6 episodes of Noragami Aragato.
The first OVA resolves around Yato taking over
Hyori's body while he goes into a carefree spree around her school doing all sort of stuff in her name, with the rest of the folks trying to stop him.
The second OVA contains some major spoilers, but let's say the crew in its entirety goes on in a picnic, and have some actual fun until Yato pulls off a surprising highly-wished-for stunt.
- Art (8.0/10):
The same slick and smooth art style and animation from the first season, really, nothing too spectacular and beyond decent I'd say.
- Sound (8.0/10):
I'm more happy to hear the first season's opening and ending theme songs, these OVA focused on a more comedic light hearted stuff, so there was no inclusion of the fantastic dark soundtrack, but the comedy makes up for that.
- Character (8.5/10):
I love the cast of these OVA, all lovable characters. and Hyori isn't as annoying as people see here so often. Everybody was easy going and invested in the comedy, good days to remember.
- Enjoyment (9.0/10):
Ahh, the time went by like a fly, and that only happens when you're having fun. I really liked these side stories and hopefully, I get to see more of these soon because nothing can make up for the sad fact of you ending a spectacular show like this than having to see some extras.
- Overall (8.2/10):
I could actually highly recommend watching these, not like most OVAs who provide dead content, these ones had a lot to offer, and I'm specifically talking about a certain moment on the second OVA, god bless.
The Noragami OVA's or, in this case OAD's were pretty decent. You all know already OVA's are usually fillers and in Noragami's case that concept doesn't change. While they are fillers they're not bad though, they don't really have continuity with the story but there is enjoyment here.
I personally really liked Noragami, and just the same I really liked these OVA's despite the fact that they aren't really story associated. Both episodes take place after the events of the anime i'm pretty sure, and that's actually cool considering OVA's usually happen sometime during the show in between episodes. While it isn't story heavy, the
first episode does explore a bit more of the God's lore. The first episode mainly showcases Yato's antics and it's pretty entertaining to see with some appearances from the anime's side characters which is nice to see. The episode wasn't anything special at all, but it entertaining and a fun watch nonetheless. The second episode was better, showing alot of chemistry and interplay between the other God's. While it didn't have action, i really enjoyed seeing the Gods all come together and interact with eachother. The characters are fleshed out a bit more and like I said it's nice to see them all hang out with eachother. There is a bit of a plot twist that makes things a bit more interesting but again it's nothing spectacular. It was funny to see things so light hearted and then take a crazy turn towards the end. The Gods all had funny moments and i'd say that and their interplay together entertained me the most. The animation and sound goes without saying, they are fantastic just as they are in the show.
Overall i enjoyed them, they're nothing that great but I did like them and I don't feel I wasted my time at all. If you liked the show i'd give this a watch. It's full of lighthearted funny moments and further develops the characters of the show.
If you agreed with my review give it a thumbs up (: