Noragami – Review

Synopsis

The world consists of two parts: the near shore and far shore. The near shore is the place where people reside, while the far shore is the place for deities and ayakashi, which are emotional fragments that can posses humans and cause trouble. So it is a deity’s responsibility to remove those ayakashi from the near shore with the help of weapons called Shinki, made from the spirits of dead people.

Yato is a minor deity of war without shrine. Together with his Shinki, Tomone, he runs a Delivery Wish Granting Service, granting wishes for only 5 yen. After his Shinki leaves him on less than agreeable terms, he decides to run simple errands that do not involve ayakashi-related matters. While on a mission to find a lost kitten, he is nearly hit by a bus, but saved by a girl named Iki Hiyori. Hiyori dies for a moment, but then comes back to life. This, however, causes Hiyori’s soul to become unstable, leaving her body frequently. So by offering 5 yen, she asks Yato to fix her body… but Yato cannot help without a Shinki, so Hiyori accompanies him on his journey to find one, in the hopes of becoming normal again. But behind Yato’s kind-hearted face lies a twisted past…

(Source: AniDB)


It’s been a long time since I made another blog, so here I am again. To start off, I’ll make a review of Noragami before I begin to watch the second season (Noragami Aragoto).


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Story

Noragami is a supernatural anime with a god-themed kind of plot. The main character of this anime is Yato, the god of calamity. Although Yato is a deity, he doesn’t have his own shrine, so he’s known as a stray god. Hence the name Noragami, “nora” means a stray shinki, and “gami/kami” means god.

The world here consists of two different parts: the near shore and far shore. The near shore is the place where people reside, which means this is where we can see normal people and normal things; the far shore is the place for deities and ayakashi or in another word, phantom. Phantoms are emotional fragments that can posses humans and cause trouble, basically they’re like ghosts.

The story starts to develop when Hiyori Iki was introduced. When Yato was crossing the street, he was nearly hit by a bus. Hiyori, the only person who saw Yato cross the street, saved him. Due to saving Yato, Hiyori’s soul became unstable. She’s now able to see the two parts of the world: the near and the far shore. But she can’t control when her soul will switch to another world.

Characters

Yato is a god that doesn’t have a shrine. Basically he’s a stray god. Although Yato may seem like he’s useless. Yato is considered as one of the dangerous gods. That’s why he’s given the title as the God of Calamity.

At first, Yato has a Shinki named Tomone. Yato runs a Delivery Wish Granting Service, granting wishes for only 5 yen. But after that, his Shinki decided to leave him. So, he just decided to do simple jobs, like cleaning the bathroom of other people, etc. He then found another Shinki named Yukine. But Yukine is really troublesome, whenever Yukine commits a sin, Yato is affected as well.

Hiyori Iki is the human main character in the story. Because of saving Yato, her soul can see both parts of the world. But she’s unable to control when her soul will switch to the other world. If her soul will go to the far shore, her body will remain asleep.

Other deities are: Kofuku, god of poverty; Tenjin, god of learning; Bishamon, god of war. I nearly forgot their character personalities because it have been a long time. So, I will just include their name.

Art & Sound

The art of this anime is really great. It’s perfect for the mood and for the genre of the anime, which the anime has a supernatural and an action genre.

The soundtrack is also great. Like in any another anime, if there is a fight scene, of course there’s also an awesome soundtrack. It fits the mood and the atmosphere of the anime

Overall

Overall, I recommend this anime if you’re into the supernatural genre. The first season makes you beg for more. But no worries, because there’s a second season currently ongoing. You’ll love each of the characters here of the story (well not all of them because there are also some antagonists). Of course in every anime, we can never forget about the ships. So, it’s a Hiyori x Yato for me. Now, for my rating. I want to give this anime a rating of 9/10.

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8 thoughts on “Noragami – Review”

    1. Glad you red my review 🙂
      I want to try to watch on Netflix, but it’s not available in my country yet :/
      Well, you should try it again if you feel like it. It’s great and really enjoyable to watch.

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