March 26, 2014

Anime Review - Noragami

Yato, a minor god, dreams to become the most revered deity in the world with big shrine and all. However, being a penniless god that he is, he has a long way to go and his shinki leaving him doesn't help matter. Later, when he does his job, a high school girl named Hiyori Iki pushes him out of the way of a speeding bus; unaware of his status as deity.
Things get complicated when this incident triggers abnormality in Hiyori's soul, causing her to make an Astral Projection whenever she falls unconscious. To turn herself back to normal, Hiyori must help Yato becoming a better god who can fix the problem, along with Yato's new shinki, Yukine.
(Source: TV Tropes)

Good Story : 7
I originally expected something along the lines of "kill demon, become powerful, and then save the girl's life". However, the story focuses more on the daily and political aspect of the gods in a light-hearted manner. The comedy and the romance, and the action is well-balanced and not over-bearing at all. The aspect of friendship and human bonds is explored and challenged, which mentally pushes the character. The negatives I have is that Yukine's character was explored a little too deeply in comparison to the other characters. The arc division is unbalanced; less time was given for the second arc. As well, they are several unanswered questions that hindered me from really understanding the show.

Delightful Art : 8
The character design in Noragami is simple yet effective. None of the characters truly stand out but their design is unique enough to differentiate from other anime characters. The animation during the battles are smooth and have a certain air of intensity to them. Also, those vivid eyes are marvelous.

Powerful Soundtrack : 8
The opening song and ending song are powerful and effective. The music in the action scenes add more intensity and a sense of urgency. The background music pieces during thoughtful scenes were quietly powerful, somewhat contradictory but that is the best way I can describe it.
The voice actors were well-selected. I keep thinking of Eren (Yuki) and Levi (HiroC) from Attack on Titan, and Shizuo (OnoD) and Izaya (HiroC). And Uchia Maaya does an excellent job at playing a somewhat aloof yet intelligent character.

Hilarious Characters That Make You Smile : 10
If you watch or have watched Noragami and you do not or have not fallen in love with the characters, you likely are a Heartless (yeah Kingdom Hearts!). The characters are the best aspect of this anime. They are enjoyable to watch and interact in a goofy manner. My only wish is that more background information was given about Yukine's past life, but I like the mysterious element.

Dat face :D
Enjoyment Level : 9
There are several unanswered questions but the mysterious elements make the show that more intriguing. The witty commentary exchanged between the characters remind me of my friend circle. On that same note, the desperation to belong somewhere also reminds me of my friend circle. For the longest time, I had similar feelings as Yukine showed in episode eight (though I was not as destructive) so that scene worked me up emotional. Funny how the little scenes impact your emotional state.

Overall : Very Good (8)
Noragami is an great light-hearted action and romcom anime. The show was enticing to watch during its every moment. The biggest negative about this show was the fact that it was twelve episodes. If it was twenty-five then I doubt this problem would have existed. Either way, I recommend this anime to viewers who enjoyed Blood Lad or Kyoukai No Kanata.

Until next time,