Noragami

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Noragami
Noragami volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Noragami volume 1 by Kodansha featuring Yato (left) and Hiyori Iki (right), along with Yukine in his sword form (middle)
ノラガミ
GenreAction, supernatural, urban fantasy[1][2]
Manga
Written byAdachitoka
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Magazine
Monthly Shōnen Magazine +
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 6, 2010 – present
Volumes21 + 2 special (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKotaro Tamura
Written byHitomi Mieno
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioBones
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, BS11, TVA
Original run January 5, 2014 March 23, 2014
Episodes12 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Noragami Aragoto
Directed byKotaro Tamura
Written byHitomi Mieno
Music byTaku Iwasaki
Kayo Konishi, Yukio Kondoo (MOKA☆)
ELECTROCUTICA
StudioBones
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, BS Fuji, RKK, AT-X
Original run October 2, 2015 December 25, 2015
Episodes13 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
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Noragami (ノラガミ, lit. "Stray god") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Adachitoka. It began serialization in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine in January 2011's issue. The series has been collected into twenty-one tankōbon volumes as of March 2020. An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in Japan beginning from January 5, 2014 to March 23, 2014, with a total of 12 episodes. The second season, titled Noragami Aragoto (ノラガミ ARAGOTO), aired in Japan from October 2, 2015 to December 25, 2015, with a total of 13 episodes.

Plot[edit]

Hiyori Iki was a normal middle school student until she was involved in a bus accident while trying to protect a stranger. This incident causes her soul to frequently slip out of her body, and she becomes aware of the existence of two parallel worlds: the Near Shore, where regular humans and creatures reside, and the Far Shore, where demons and human souls linger. Through her soul, she meets the strange, nameless god without a shrine, Yato. Yato is determined to make a name for himself out there by accepting any wishes for 5 yen, including Hiyori's to fix her body. Along with Yato's Regalia — a weapon from a dead human’s soul, and named by the god in question — Yukine, the trio go through many adventures struggling with their friendship, identity, and pasts.[3]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Noragami started as a manga series, written and illustrated by Adachitoka and published by Kodansha. The series premiered in Monthly Shōnen Magazine's January 2011 issue, released on December 6, 2010, [4] and has been compiled into twenty-one tankōbon volumes between July 15, 2011 and October 25, 2019.[5] The ninth volume was released simultaneously with a limited edition, bundled with a drama CD.[6] Volumes 10 and 11 were released simultaneously with limited editions, each containing an anime episode on DVD.[7][8] Extra chapters of the series have been published in the spin-off publication, Monthly Shōnen Magazine + since 2011. In November 15, 2013, the first seven chapters were compiled into one volume under the title Noragami Shūishū (ノラガミ拾遺集).[9] Several other chapters were bundled as add-on content to volume 20, released on February 15, 2019.[10]

Both the main series and spin-off series have been licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, under the title Noragami: Stray God and Noragami: Stray Stories respectively.[11] The first volume of Noragami: Stray God was released on September 2, 2014, with twenty-one volumes released as of March 10, 2020.[12][13] The English release of volume 22 will be released on November 24, 2020.[14] The first volume of Noragami: Stray Stories was released in December 2015.[15] Stray Stories 2, which comes with the special edition of volume 20, has not yet been released in English, and there are currently no announcements of a planned future release.

Anime[edit]

The Noragami television series adaptation is produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura with character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto.[2] Prior to the series' television premiere, its first episode was screened at 2013's Anime Festival Asia on November 10, 2013.[16] The anime began airing in Japan on January 5, 2014[17][18], on Tokyo MX and later on MBS, BS11 and TVA, running for 12 episodes.

Besides the television series, two additional episodes were released on DVDs bundled with limited editions of the 10th and 11th manga volumes, published February 17 and July 17, 2014.[2] Funimation licensed the anime for streaming in North America.[2][19] Madman Entertainment licensed the anime for distribution in Australia and New Zealand.[20][21]

The opening theme song is "Goya no Machiawase" (午夜の待ち合わせ, Overnight Appointment), performed by Hello Sleepwalkers. The ending theme song is "Heart Realize" (ハートリアライズ, Hāto Riaraizu) with composition by Supercell and performed by Tia.

Season two, Noragami Aragoto, has 13 episodes, and began airing on October 2, 2015. The opening theme song is "Kyōran Hey Kids!!" (狂乱, Hey Kids!!) by The Oral Cigarettes, and the ending theme song is "Nirvana" (ニルバナ, Nirubana) by Tia. The second season's finale aired on December 25, 2015.

Game[edit]

A mobile game titled Noragami ~Kami to Enishi~ (lit. "Noragami ~Gods and Fate~") was released by developer Sakura Soft for Android devices in October 2015. An iOS release became available on November 16, 2015.[22][23]

Reception[edit]

Noragami was the 14th top selling manga series in Japan during the first half of 2014.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sarah (June 14, 2017). "Noragami Aragoto Review (Episodes 1-13)". Anime UK News. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Funimation to Stream Noragami Supernatural Anime". Anime News Network. December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Noragami: Stray God". Kodansha Comics. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  4. ^ 「アライブ」あだちとか新連載、主人公は気分屋の自称"神" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. December 6, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  5. ^ 「ノラガミ」既刊・関連作品一覧 ["Noragami" List of previously published and related works]. Kodansha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "CD付き ノラガミ(9)限定版 (講談社キャラクターズA)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "DVD付き ノラガミ(10)限定版 (講談社キャラクターズA)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "DVD付き ノラガミ(11)限定版 (講談社キャラクターズA)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  9. ^ ノラガミ拾遺集 壱 (月刊マガジンコミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  10. ^ ノラガミ(20)拾遺集 弐 付き 特装版 [Noragami (20) Special Edition with Stray Stories 2] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  11. ^ "Kodansha Comics Licenses Noragami Manga". Anime News Network. February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "Noragami: Stray God Series". Penguin Random House. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Kodansha Comics Adds Fairy Tail Ice Trail, Noragami: Stray Stories Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "Noragami: Stray God 22". Penguin Random House. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "Noragami: Stray Stories 1". Penguin Random House. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  16. ^ "AFA: Anime Festival Asia 2013". Anime Festival Asia. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  17. ^ "VIDEO: Latest "Noragami" Ad". Crunchyroll. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "'Noragami' Anime Debuts Latest Commercial". The Fandom Post. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  19. ^ "FUNimation Offers Subtitled 'Noragami' Anime Promos". The Fandom Post. January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  20. ^ "Noragami Series Collection - DVD". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  21. ^ "Avex Sets 'Noragami' Japanese Anime DVD/BD Release Schedule". The Fandom Post. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  22. ^ "iOS version of the Noragami ~Kami to Enishi~ released! Login bonus campaign!". Senpai Gamer 先輩. November 16, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Noragami ~Kami to Enishi~ Smartphone Game Slated for Fall". Anime News Network. August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  24. ^ "Top Selling Manga in Japan By Series: 2014 (First Half)". Anime News Network. June 3, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.

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