When it comes to minor Shinto gods, they don't get any lower on the totem pole than Yato. He has no one to worship him, no money, and doesn't even have a shrine to live in. Desperate to earn enough money to get his own shrine and worshippers, Yato dares to take on any wish made to him no matter how strange the request. However his luck may finally be changing when he is saved by a high school girl named Hiyori Iki from being hit by a bus. The accident results in nearly severing Hiyori's soul from her body, which will occasionally slip out when she isn't looking. It is only when she seeks out Yato's help to return her to normal that she begins to learn about the life of a god and their daily struggles. Will accepting Hiyori's request be the key to helping Yato find the reverence he has been looking for?
I'll admit, what initial drew me to watch Noragami was the animation and character design. Thanks to it's amazing pedigree, which I have listed above, it certainly didn't disappoint. Expressive characters, impressive backgrounds and great lighting, it made watching each episode a feast for the eyes. However, much like a good anime should, the animation drew me in but the story and characters kept me riveted enough to marathon all twelve episodes in one go. I've seen my fair share of supernatural anime (Blue Exorcist, Bleach, Soul Eater, etc) and I wouldn't even go so far to say that Noragami is the best example of the genre. However what it does accomplish is a nice blending of various elements of the genre into one cohesive hole that somehow still feels fresh.
If you're a newcomer to anime, Noragami is a good short series to get your feet wet and experience a small sample of Japanese supernatural genre. Seasoned anime fans will enjoy the high quality animation work and the fresh twist taken with the story and characters. Given the series general success thus far, trailers of a sequel series have already started to air at the time of writing this article. So fans looking for more Noragami may be getting their wishes granted sooner than they think.
Noragami is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from MANGA ENTERTAINMENT in the UK and FUNIMATION in the US. BUY FROM AMAZON or BUY FROM AMAZON UK