Noragami S1 & S2 (Review)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen

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What is it about?

In times of need, if you look in the right place, you just may see a strange telephone number scrawled in red. If you call this number, you will hear a young man introduce himself as the Yato God.

Yato is a minor deity and a self-proclaimed “Delivery God,” who dreams of having millions of worshippers. Without a single shrine dedicated to his name, however, his goals are far from being realized. He spends his days doing odd jobs for five yen apiece, until his weapon partner becomes fed up with her useless master and deserts him.

Just as things seem to be looking grim for the god, his fortune changes when a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, supposedly saves Yato from a car accident, taking the hit for him. Remarkably, she survives, but the event has caused her soul to become loose and hence able to leave her body. Hiyori demands that Yato return her to normal, but upon learning that he needs a new partner to do so, reluctantly agrees to help him find one. And with Hiyori’s help, Yato’s luck may finally be turning around.

What did I think?

Since Noragami S3 has been announced as “it will definitely happen” and we can probably (hopefully) expect it somewhere in 2021. (Which is amazing and happy news!) I decided to rewatch S1 and S2. And I still liked it as much as the first time I watched it!

About the story: the whole ‘there are demons/monsters all around us, you just can’t see them’ concept is not really new, but still this storyline felt new and different to me. I think it is because they don’t put that much emphasis on that part on the story and more on all the other parts of the anime.

This anime has a lot of story (definitely if you watch both s1 AND s2), so naturally the characters have enough depth to capture your attention and affection.

The story also has some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, which keeps your attention with the show.

The male MC (Yato) is so so likeable and funny. His absolute unfounded optimism is just amazing to watch. The female MC (Iki Hiyori) is maybe a bit ditsy and naive, but in a cute, adorable way so you’ll take a definitely liking to her.

Next to that there a few supporting characters that I loved, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself.

I also love how this anime is not afraid to, from time to time, completely embrace the anime weirdness. (See picture below 😉 )

And I know it doesn’t really has much influence on how much somebody likes the anime, but the intros are just amazing (definitely the intro of S2 is so bad-ass)

My conclusion: if you feel like just binching a whole season (or two) of the same anime in one day/night, this one would be amazing choice.

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