Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.
This series will grab you from opening to ending and will not let go. There are portions, especially the first season, where character and background development are slightly lacking. However, when you combine the first and second season most of the blanks are filled in nicely, this gives the series a more complete feel while leaving the ending open for a third season, which from the way the second series ended could end up being the most intense season thus far.
As the series just came out in 2014/2015, and was developed by one of my favorite studios, BONES, it is no surprise that I really enjoyed the animation. The character designs along with the environment were all crisp and smooth. While in some series the animation during action sequences are scaled back in definition due to complexity, there is no noticeable drop in quality in Noragami. The animation from the first episode of the first season through the final episode of the second season are all very well done, with the second season being slightly better than the first, if anything.
The Opening and Ending themes of both seasons are amazing. The soundtrack during the episodes is organized in such a way that it doesn’t overshadow what is happening on the screen, unlike some other shows.
The characters, in my opinion were the only real area where something was left to be desired, at times. During the first season the character back story development is lacking. While we do get character development from the point where we meet everyone, we do not know why certain people are at odds, and why some seem like life long friends. Some of this is better explained and put to bed during the early parts of the second season. However, there are other questions that are left unanswered, or not fully explained and the viewer is left to just accept that is how it is. None of the loose ends reduced enjoyment of the story, they would only help build a stronger foundation for a very exciting and enthralling series. On a much brighter side, the casting and acting of the VA’s is spot on. Throughout the series the viewer comes to find one character that they relate to.
This series is definitely in my top list of shows I would recommend to anyone, whether this would be their first or their 100th. The show knows where it is going and it gets there without any distractions or fillers. The characters are relatable, the animation is crisp and the plot is very intriguing. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a fun show that has a little bit of everything packed into it.
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