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
Genre Supernatural, Action, Comedy
Manga
Written by Adachitoka
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Monthly Shōnen Magazine +
Original run December 6, 2010 – present
Volumes 17 + 1 special (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kotaro Tamura
Written by Deko Akao
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio Bones
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, TVA
Original run January 5, 2014March 23, 2014
Episodes 12 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Noragami Aragoto
Directed by Kotaro Tamura
Written by Deko Akao
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Kayo Konishi, Yukio Kondoo (MOKA☆)
ELECTROCUTICA
Studio Bones
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, MBS, BS Fuji, RKK, AT-X
Original run October 2, 2015December 25, 2015
Episodes 13 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
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Noragami (ノラガミ?, lit. "Stray god") is a Japanese manga series by Adachitoka. It began serialization in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine in January 2011's issue. This series has been collected in seventeen tankōbon volumes as of July 2016. 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, entitled Noragami Aragoto, aired in Japan from October 2, 2015 to December 25, 2015, with a total of 13 episodes.

Plot[edit]

As a minor god of calamity, Yato not only has no followers but does not even have a shrine to his name. In an attempt to become known, he charges only five yen to grant the wishes of Near Shore dwellers (the name given to the living) to save up for his shrine. Through his missions, Yato encounters a Near Shore girl named Hiyori Iki, whose soul frequently slips out of her body, and Yukine, a wandering spirit whom he adopts as his Regalia (weapon). Together, they work to kill off corrupted spirits (Phantoms) while Yato continues in his quest to become a famous god.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Noragami started as a manga series, authored by Adachitoka and published by Kodansha. The series premiered in Monthly Shōnen Magazine's January 2011 issue, released on December 6, 2010,[1] and has been compiled into seventeen tankōbon volumes between July 15, 2011 and July 15, 2016.[2] The ninth volume was released simultaneously with a limited edition, bundled with a drama CD.[3] Volumes 10 and 11 were released simultaneously with limited editions, each containing an anime episode on DVD.[4][5] Extra chapters of the series have been published in the spin-off publication, Monthly Shōnen Magazine + since 2011 and as of November 15, 2013, they have been compiled into one volume under the title Noragami Shūishū (ノラガミ拾遺集?).[6] Both the main series and spin-off series have been licensed in North America by Kodansha Comics USA, under the title Noragami: Stray God and Noragami: Stray Stories respectively. The first volume of Noragami: Stray God was released on September 2, 2014, with 17 volumes released as of October 25, 2016.[7][8] The first volume of Noragami: Stray Stories was released in December 2015.[9]

Anime[edit]

The Noragami television series adaptation is produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura with character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto.[10] Prior to the series' television premiere, its first episode was screened at 2013's Anime Festival Asia on November 10, 2013.[11] The anime began airing in Japan on January 5, 2014, 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.[10] Funimation licensed the anime for streaming in North America.[10] Madman Entertainment licensed the anime for distribution in Australia and New Zealand.[12]

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.[13][14]

Reception[edit]

Noragami was the 14th top selling manga series in Japan during the first half of 2014.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 「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. 
  2. ^ 製品検索: あだちとか [Product search: Adachitoka]. Kodansha (in Japanese). Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Noragami 17". Kodansha Comics USA. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kodansha Comics Adds Fairy Tail Ice Trail, Noragami: Stray Stories Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Noragami: Stray Stories 1". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Funimation to Stream Noragami Supernatural Anime". Anime News Network. December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "AFA: Anime Festival Asia 2013". Anime Festival Asia. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Noragami (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "iOS version of the Noragami ~Kami to Enishi~ released! Login bonus campaign!". Senpai Gamer 先輩. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  14. ^ "Noragami ~Kami to Enishi~ Smartphone Game Slated for Fall". Anime News Network. August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Top Selling Manga in Japan By Series: 2014 (First Half)". Anime News Network. June 3, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 

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