Anime Club: Noragami Aragato

Hello everybody! This anime club needs some more Noragami doesn’t it? Well this week we have the second season of Noragami, Noragami Aragato.

NORAGAMI ARAGATO

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CREATED BY: Kōtarō Tamura

NO. OF EPISODES: 13 Episodes

GENRE: Supernatural, Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Japan

The story is about an Underdog God Named Yato and his adventures. This Yato god, said to be a God of War and Calamity, is down to the earth poor and is not very popular and doesn’t even have a shrine for himself. He does any job from baby sitting to evil slaying for a price of just 5 yen. His goal is to become the most popular God and being famous amongst the humans. In the path to achieving his goal, his fate becomes intertwined with a high school girl called Hiyori Iki, who happens to be the only human with the ability to see him. So what Yato does in order to get rich and famous and what all adventures or troubles he gets into in the process with Hiyori Iki is the story.

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All I can say is that I am so glad that Noragami has returned for a second season, even if it was in the form of Noragami Aragato. I am not saying that I didn’t like Aragato, as it is actually quite the contrary. Aragato cemented my fondness for the series as a whole. This is especially the case for Yukine, as his development over the course of the series is what keeps me involved and interested. Yukine is actually my favorite character in anime at the moment, especially since I could throw Hiyori and Yato over a bridge.

52ee590d8299e7b45bd2026a940f7090Unfortunately, like with an series that I absolutely adore, it definitely isn’t perfect. My biggest pet peeve with Aragato is all of the cliffhangers. There is almost a cliffhanger and the end of every single episode, and it becomes even more ridiculous in the last three or four episodes. The suspense was even worse than normal, as after I thought the episode was the series finale, the producers would update the schedule to include another episode! This was absolutely frustrating. Before I go too much off of a tangent, I do also want to mention that Aragato is split into two separate stories. While it does actually work in the general flow of the story, I was not personally a fan. We spent way too much time dealing with Bishamon and Yato’s feud where it could have been wrapped up in a three episode arc.

PROS:

  • Character development.
  • YUKINE!
  • Awesome opening.
  • Well paced story.

CONS:

  • Two separate arcs.
  • Bishamon x Yato.
  • Too many cliffhangers.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Anime Club: Noragami

Hello everybody! This week on anime club we have a dark take on the world of gods and goddesses in Noragami.

NORAGAMI

 

DIRECTOR: Kotaro Tamura

EPISODES: 12 Episodes

GENRE: Fantasy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Japan

Hiyori Iki was a regular middle school student until she was hit by a bus while trying to save the life of a jersey-wearing person named Yato. This incident causes her to transform into a half-phantom. Soon after she learns that Yato is a god, her life is never going to be the same again.

Noragami is a modern Japanese fantasy with roots in the Shinto religion. There are two layers to the world of Noragami: the layer that we all live in, and the spirit layer that exists in the same place at the same time, invisible to normal humans. The spirit world is full of gods, ghosts, and monsters and has a society built mostly around gaining more followers in the human world.

Yato, one of the protagonists, is one such god. So poor and long forgotten that he doesn’t have a single shrine, he advertises on bathroom walls and will do any “job” for humans for five yen (around five cents). However, alone, he can do very little and thus needs a weapon to channel his power.

The weapons of the spirit world are the actual spirits of deceased humans and thus Yato finds the wandering spirit of a young boy, Yukine, to be his sword. The final main lead of the story is our audience proxy, Hiryori, who, after an accident, finds her soul slipping out of her body when she least expects it and hires Yato to fix the problem.

Noragami is one of my favorite anime I have seen this year, and I’m not exactly sure why. The animation is smooth and crisp with a nice artistic style,but nothing groundbreaking.

Yukine is an interesting character. He is a boy stuck in eternal puberty, never able to grow up. He will never truly live a full life. It is unfair, but he has to come to terms with the fact that the universe doesn’t owe him anything—that his misfortune doesn’t make it alright for him to do illegal and/or destructive things. He has to accept the hard truths of the world and repent for his sins.

The first eight episodes of Noragami were a pendulum of love and hate for me. I loved the world, the conflict, and the characters. But Hiyori’s inconsistent character plagued me. Yet, once her character developed beyond this issue for the final four episodes and OVA, I enjoyed the series immensely and consistently. It you are looking for a fun adventure with a colorful and memorable cast of characters in an engrossing modern-day fantasy setting,Noragami is well worth a watch.

 

PROS:

  • Yato and Yukine character development.
  • Setting.
  • Action.
  • Roots of Shinto religion.

CONS:

  • Hiyori inconsistent personality.
  • Length of show.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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