Yato is a minor god whose dream is to have a lot of followers worshipping him and praying to him. Unfortunately, his dream is far from coming true since he doesn't even have a single shrine dedicated to him. To make things worse, the only partner he had to help him solve people's problems, had just quit the job.
His godly existence and luck just might change when he stumbles upon Iki Hiyori and saves her life; a feat which also leaves her in quite a predicament so she is stuck with him until her problem gets resolved. Together with Hiyori and his new partner-weapon Yukine, Yato will do everything he can to gain fame, recognition and just maybe, one shrine dedicated to him, as well.
Noragami has been published in English as Noragami: Stray God by Kodansha Comics USA since September 2, 2014; in Polish by Studio JG since October 26, 2015; in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga since July 2016; and in Spanish by Norma Editorial since October 2015.
I really, really do hope that the anime adaptation isn't messed up for this manga... so far, I have a bad feeling about it... anyway. A big and enthusiastic yes to Noragami. Believe me, I sure am glad that I stumbled across such a gem. It's not an overused or typical story, and it's very interesting. How so?
As said, this manga isn't a typical one. It's the type that keeps you wanting more and more. It presents some small feelings of mystery, and a bit of dread. Kind of like hidden dark parts to the plot. The first chapter was a disappointment to me. With how it was going, I didn't think I'd like Noragami. It was disjointed. However, once you past the first chapter, it feels different. There's a possibility that it was originally a one-shot chapter. Again, as MAL's guidelines say, for summaries, take a look at the synopsis. Continuing on.
The artwork is pretty amazing. It reminds me a bit of Bakuman's later chapters. Not the style, but the quality. Lines are done well, characters are expressive, eyes are drawn well, too. The hairstyles and the way they're drawn are also good. The biggest points are the lines and eyes. Unfortunately, there's fanservice in this. The character opposing our leading male character, Yato, is the sort of alluring (?) female character (I have mixed feelings about her, but moving on). According to MAL, her name's "Bishamon." According to the manga translation I've read, it's K-something; a long European name. Apparently, she has some sort of sickness, where she has to take herbal baths. I feel like this is an attempt to pull in male readers, considering how often those scenes are shown. I mean it -was- revealed that she's really sick, but I still feel that there were too many scenes with that whole shenanigan. It's not to the point where you'd drop Noragami, but it is pretty unneeded since the point was made. All in all, the art's fairly gorgeous, despite flaws. It's not perfect with its style, but still really good anyway.
I really adore most of the characters. The ones I don't particularly like too much don't frustrate you, and aren't characters who seem to have no role.
Our heroine, Hiyori, isn't your typical female character. She isn't a Mary Sue. She wanders based on what she herself wants to do and takes action of her own violation, and has a sense of justice. She's kind and caring, yet when angered, Yato and Yukine are subject to her violence. Basically the typical pretty girl, but she has a strong will and is independent. She's adorable and on the shy and innocent side, but she'll take more than enough action whenever she can.
Yato is a great main character. He's very goofy, but he has the typical tragic past. Even when alone, he's still goofy; he doesn't do that thing some characters do. As in acting easygoing with others, then all angsty when alone. He's a capable fighter, but he is nowhere near overpowered. He's seen as the underdog by most of the cast, but he'll keep trying, even with his self-doubt. You see, he's struggling to get by, but he doesn't give up. A very non-typical type of character, and he isn't of typical high school age, either.
Our third leading character, Yukine, I have a lot of issues with. However, there are reasons to why he was the way he is, even if he took very unreasonable actions and had a really selfish personality. He's pretty much a child in terms of age. More correctly would be a fairly young teen. He has progressed so far, and I am proud of his improvement.
Past the first chapter, it was all a great ride reading this ongoing and wonderful manga. Around the first half of twelve chapters, Noragami gained a place in my heart as one of my favorite manga (that's not exactly an easy feat). I'd recommend this to any manga enthusiast who wants some originality, good art and characters.
This manga is something you have to give a try to around twelve chapters. The series steadily grew in my heart. The story's not something you've seen a lot, the art's great, and so are the characters. I'm anticipating the thirteenth chapter, and I hope the anime aids it by gaining more recognition. Thank you for reading!read more
After watching the anime version of Noragami, i couldn't sit still. I absolutely needed to know more of the story! And as a result, it has led me to read the manga, and i can tell you right now, it has become one of my favorite mangas.
Out of all the Supernatural/God/Phantom genres i have read, Noragami has surprised me. Not because it had a original storyline, but the depth of the plot, and the overall lesson it teaches you at the end of each arc.The plot balances the amount of action, comedy and romance (yes there's romance) well and most importantly, flashbacks don't last an entire chapter! Overall, each chapter gave me the urge to want more and after each arc gave me shivers of excitement. The plot is very well paced and the genre of Supernatural suits me. So if you are looking for a Supernatural/Shonen anime with a bit a Romance, then Noragami is worth a shot.
One of the biggest reasons why I love Noragami is because it reminds me of myself. It reminds me of the human experiences every human has faced. For example, some of us want recognition. Some of us want friends and not be lonely. Some of us thirst for adventure. And that my friends, is Noragami's characters in a nutshell.
Our lead character, Yato, isn't our natural goofball. He's funny, but can get serious sometimes and has a strong commitment to helping others. Despite a bad reputation and constantly betrayed, he see's the good in people and appreciates what he has. "Even if things are painful and tough, people should appreciate what it means to be alive at all."-Yato.
Our our second character Yukine, died an early death. He has no friends. he wanted to be loved and cared for. He is selfish. Despite saying mean things, he still has a caring heart. He eventually learns the importance of friends and how they can shape the way you feel and think. "It must be nice...having friends" -Yukine.
Our third character Hiyori is a typical person in the search for adventure. Like Yato, she loves everyone dearly and has a strong commitment to support her friends, even if it is dangerous. Despite the risks, she is a strong person and I admire her greatly. She also sees the good in every person and always tries to make new friends. "I will never forget you!" -Hiyori.
Overall, i believe the characters in Noragami were very special. It really related to experiences that I experienced myself. And having experienced these experiences, it was easy for me to relate to these characters and how they feel.
Now, for the Art, i can say one thing and one word only. Outstanding. The art is very good, and obviously, a lot of time put into it. The way the characters are drawn are eye-pleasing but nothing special.
Enjoyment? Really, is that even a question at this point? Of COURSE I've enjoyed this manga. I was hooked after Chapter 1 and continued on reading and I didn't stop until i was finished with the most recent chapter. Having a manga that was filled with my favorite genre (Supernatual/ Comedy/ Shounen) was one of the reasons why I loved reading this manga. However, having a manga that really relates to you was another. Overall, I really enjoyed this manga and if you liked the review, go check it out now! You wont regret it.read more
I'll say it straight - a good manga is very hard to come by these days, especially one which will keep you turning the pages without stopping. Good quality manga is now rare (with a few exceptions of course, I won't deny that) and those with good solid plots, balanced comedy and angst and good art are even rarer.
Noragami is one that pulls off all of these brilliantly, in my opinion. It's truly a gem.
Here are my thoughts on it.
I won't lie, I didn't start off with the manga. In fact I didn't even KNOW about the manga. I watched the anime first, because well... Yato caught my attention (he does, doesn't he? xD) and so it started. I ended up really liking the anime and after quite a bit of extensive research, came to know that the anime and manga differed in some respects. I'm not someone who will normally settle for an anime adaptation that's different from a manga, so I delved into the manga instead.
Boy, was I in for a joyride.
I won't say much here, but the things I came to love about the manga are these:
1. First of all, the art is clean and neat on the eyes. No exaggerated, over the top details - you see too much of that in shoujo manga these days, however Noragami is shounen - and it's very well presented.
2. The story is fresh, unique and one of a kind. I don't know about the originality since god-and-human interaction isn't a relatively 'new' concept in manga - but with the way Noragami is designed, plotted and drawn, you will definitely feel so. What i really love about this part is the mixing of modern day life elements with traditional shinto culture. It will make you laugh and fall in love with it, guaranteed. You want an example? A god is born from people's wishes, and their status is elevated with the amount of belief, trust and remembrance people put into them. A popular god has a home in the heavens. And a plot in the heavens is allocated to a god by the Office & Administration Department of Heaven. Sound awesome? It is.
3. The comedy. Oh god, the comedy. The days when you could actually laugh out loud while reading a manga are far and few in my opinion (again, there are exceptions) and well executed comedy in a storyline such as the one Noragami has needs some good effort. Well, I'll tell you that Noragami is FUNNY. The comedy is executed fantastically. It is FUNNY AS HELL so if you need some laughs, do read it. Adachitoka will not disappoint you.
4. The emotions. I have read a number of manga and somehow - maybe it's just me - but not a lot have managed to pull emotions out of me. Noragami certainly has. At the outset there is the emotion of loneliness. Yato's sadness will definitely touch your heart - does anybody like loneliness? Being forgotten by people someday is a pain we can all relate to. Though the manga is a shounen fantasy, the emotions Noragami draws out are universal. I feel them and you will too.
5. The romance. Hey hey hey, I said it was a shounen manga, so what's this doing here? Romance? Well, it's subtle, but it's there. Romance isn't the main focal point of the manga however, and I appreciate the romance - light as it is. However the thought of romance will also make you incredibly sad. You'll understand why as you flip the pages.
I'm not very good with reviews so I'll end it here. All in all Noragami is a delight to read, I laughed and I cried, and I think I'll continue to laugh and cry. I can't wait for chapter 60 to come out because this manga is one I'm sticking with. Noragami is worth everything.
If I had to say anything about Noragami it's that by far the best manga I've ever read.
Noragami's plot is fantastic. Personally I picked up this manga because of its unique plotline and it did not disappoint. Yato a minor god seeks to build a shrine and to become a famous god with a lot of followers. I do not want to go too into detail but I guarantee that the pacing of this manga will not disappoint; VERY GOOD pacing.
I enjoy the art style that the mangakan has. Very well drawned and very neat definitely something that won't hurt your eyes.
Each and every character in this series I have fallen in love with ESPECIALLY Yato if noragami does anything better than most manga's I've read thats character development. Almost EVERY single character in the manga grows with each chapter. Each character is interesting and so far noragami has yet to show a single character that was just dull.
Overall Noragami will keep you entertained, it might make you cry, it'll make you laugh, and it'll keep you wanting MORE. Please give Noragami a try because I've never loved a manga like this one. read more
Noragami revolves around a weird deity named Yato who makes a living by "ghostbusting" and doing other odd jobs. This anime is packed with funny moments that will definitely brighten your day! Here are 20 of the funniest!
In this episode of Noragami Aragoto, evil rears its ugly head when it causes trouble between two individuals that has forged a strong relationship. Yato also blushes in front of someone while Yukine resumes his role from the first season.