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Manga: Noragami
"You who would desecrate this land of the rising sun! With my advent, I, the Yato god, lay waste with the Sekki and expel thy vast defilement!...REND!"

A Studio Bones anime for the Winter 2014 Anime season; adapted from a manga written and illustrated by ADACHITOKA.

Yato, a minor god, dreams to become the most revered deity in the world with big shrine and all. However, being the penniless god that he is, he has a long way to go and his shinki leaving him doesn't help matters. 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 an 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.

This work contains examples of:

  • Above Good and Evil: Yato says that gods are not bound by concepts like Good and Evil. Thus everything they do is just. It is the job of the Shinki to guide the god.
  • Abusive Parents: Yato's "father", could be one. Yato admits if his father found out he has a shrine, his father would destroy it. As well as Yato being terrified when in his father's sight
  • Accidental Misnaming: Why Yato is called "Yato" and not "Yaboku". When he was young his father forbade him from speaking to other people. So when Sakura asked him his name, he wrote it out for her instead, but she misread "Yaboku" (夜卜) as "Yato" (夜ト) and began calling him that, and he was unable to speak to correct her.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Naturally occurs in the transition from manga to anime. Many stories are shortened, in particular, Mutsumi's, the first girl Yato is shown aiding.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A minor example, Yukine in the manga is much more a jerkass than in the anime. In the manga he regularly stole.
  • Artistic License - Biology: A minor one- both pupils should constrict if light is shone into one eye. If only one pupil does, it usually means there is some kind of nerve or brain damage.
  • Astral Projection: Hiyori's spirit frequently leaves her body against her will. While in her spirit form, Hiyori cannot be detected by the living, but can still interact with her physical environment, and has enhanced physical strength and agility.
  • Badass: Yato lives up to his title as War God quite well as we see in the manga. Also Bishamon.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Noras, or stray Shinki, are often employed by gods to perform less savory tasks that they wouldn't want to use their usual Shinki for.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: If someone is shown naked, their entire body will be featureless.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: This is shown with the real Ebisu. When Ebisu first appears, he is not very attractive and appears to be an antagonist. But as he is revealed to be Good All Along, his appearance improves.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Fujisaki, a senpai at Hiyori's school is Yato's father. He is actively trying to get Hiyori away from Yato
  • Body Horror: It is in the running for the title BODY HORROR, THE MANGA, due to the Yasumi. When a spirit starts to corrupt, eyes grow all over their body.
  • Butt Monkey: Yato, being a poor stray god, doesn't get any respect from almost anyone.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Whether it's in the middle of a fight or plummeting from a building, Yato will always make time for bantering.
  • Character Development: Yukine goes through a good amount of it. Shortly after getting picked up by Yato, he begins stealing money from people (including Hiyori), which by extension damages Yato's body due to their Synchronization. This goes on until Yato has been corrupted to the point of death, at which point three other shinki have to step in to punish Yukine for his sins to save Yato. Fortunately, Hiyori gives Yukine a good talking to and gets him to repent his wrongdoing, saving both Yato and himself. He becomes much more well behaved after this.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • Hiyori, who risks her life to save Yato, who was a complete stranger to her, and repeatedly endangers herself trying to protect humans from the Ayakashi spirits.
    • Bishamon has a lot of shinki because she will never hesitate to save a soul from being eaten by phantoms. Unfortunately, having so many of them strains her body badly, to the point she has to take drugs to keep herself going. Implied to be brought on by Yato killing her clan of shinki.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: How powerful a Shinki can make their attacks is based on their pride/confidence. If they get worried, it weakens them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hiyori doesn't like it when Yato gets a little too close to other girls. Nora is an extreme version of this trope.
    • Shinki both female and male, usually have a non-romantic version of this. Usually like children wanting attention from their parents.
  • Color Failure: Happens to Yato anytime someone disrespects him. Which is often.
  • Divine Date: Well, Divine Unresolved Sexual Tension at the very least between Hiyori and Yato.
  • Driven to Suicide: Plenty of humans, usually due to a depressive Ayakashi spirit. Many of Yato's cases involve saving people from their despair.
  • Evolving Credits: Very subtle in the anime's opening. At episode 4, still images start moving, and they improved the animation quality at some parts.
    • Until Episode 7, when introducing the gods and their Shinki, Yato's Shinki is Nora. Near the end of the opening, Nora and Yato face each other in front of a big tree. From Episode 8 onward, Rabou takes Yato's place as Nora's master, and near the end, faces Yato in front of the big tree as Foreshadowing.
  • The Exile: Noras are Shinki that have been either abandoned by their god, or ran away from them. Having never been formally discharged, they still retain their past weapon tattoos, which carry a negative stigma, and are seen as untrustworthy by most gods.
  • Expendable Reincarnation: How the real Ebisu views himself. If he dies, another Ebisu will take over
  • Eye Motifs: Eyes are heavily focused on in the manga. In the anime opening, eyes are one of the few things given color, the rest is mostly monochrome.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: To become a great god, you must have a lot of worshipers.
    • Later chapter shed more light on this. Gods themselves were created by belief. Based on Daikoku, they are dependent of them to stay alive. If a god/goddess dies then they are reborn if they have enough followers.
  • Good All Along: Ebisu. His desire to manipulate Ayakashi and use of Strays made him antagonistic. He later revealed his manipulation of Ayakashi was to help humans. And he truly cares for his Strays; taking them in when they had no where else.
  • Hellish Pupils: All the gods have these, possibly to indicate their supernatural abilities.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Hiyori throws herself in front of a bus to save Yato...
    • Senseless Sacrifice: ... without knowing that the bus couldn't have hurt him anyway, since he's a god.
  • Hope Crusher: The malevolent Ayakashi phantoms, which instill depression onto humans. Once they detect a miserable person, they all congregate to the individual, eventually making them so depressed they commit suicide.
  • I Fell for Hours: Happens in Episode 4 when Yato, Yukine, and Hiyori are talking to a client as they're falling from the sky. Yukine even lampshades it.
  • Ill Girl: Hiyori becomes prone to fainting after the traffic accident.
  • Imagine Spot: Yato has them about his future shrine, sometimes with an Art Shift to bright palettes with colored outlines.
  • Imagine Spotting: In Episode 4, both Yato and Hiyori are able to witness and even criticize the memories of a suicidal man as he explains them.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Kofuku, despite being a goddess, acts very childishly most of the time.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Both Hiyori and Yukine
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Yato can "sever" relationship ties and certain memories, allowing people to forget their problems and start over.
    • It's a lot more like removing any kind of emotional attachment people may have, be it positive or negative.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Some of Yato and Hiyori's arguments are like this.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Hiyori's astral projection has a long cat tail. It's actually a chord that anchors her spirit to her real body, and she will die should it be severed.
  • Mayfly-December Friendship / Mayfly-December Romance: Discussed when Suzuha tells Yukine about the girl he met every summer who would forget about him every year. Yukine then wonders to Yato if Hiyori will eventually grow old and forget about them, too.
  • Meet Cute: Hiyori meets Yato by pushing him out of the way of an oncoming bus... and quickly discovers that she's left her body behind in the process.
  • Morality Pet: The Shinki for their patron gods, in a particularly dark sense. See Synchronization below.
  • No Body Left Behind: Ayakashi spirits, upon being defeated, disintegrate into nothing.
  • Nobody Poops: Yato mentions that gods actually don't poop, so they can binge eat as much as they want.
  • Now, Where Was I Going Again?: Most people will completely forget about having interacted with a God or Shinki after a certain amount of time, leading to this.
  • Pals with Jesus: Hiyori becomes acquainted with quite a few Shinto deities, and Yato would technically count, too.
  • Panty Shots: With Bishamon and occasionally Hiyori
  • Parental Abandonment: It was stated Yukine had troubles with his father, and the anime gives us flashbacks showing this.
  • Perception Filter: Yato. He's surprised that Hiyori can see him. He later explains that people can see him if they focus but they'll forget him, similar to a random stranger that walks past.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Yato, and by association his shinki, Yukine.
  • Physical God: Most of the gods that appeared so far are more akin to this.
  • Power of Friendship: Shinki can change form and grow stronger if they are absolutely loyal to their god/goddess. It is very rare, only Yukine and Kazuma have shown to do it.
  • Power Tattoo: While contracted, Shinki receive a brand somewhere on their person.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Obviously all the gods are much older than they look. Yato looks about Hiyori's age and has lived at least hundreds of years. Some Shinki are the same.
  • Revenge: Bishamon originally wants this against Yato, because he killed her shinki.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: The real Ebisu doesn't care for common opinions, as long as he can help people. He has plenty of Nora, but treats them very kindly and they are loyal to him. Also he is actively attempting to control Ayakashi to manipulate them away from the living
  • Secret Test of Character: Yato issues one to two clients in the manga, as well as to Yukine, allowing himself to be corrupted to the point of near death to make the kid realize his desire for money is born of his resentment about being dead. It takes a good speech from Hiyori to make Yukine turn a new leaf, though.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Shinki, which are Equippable Ally spirits contracted to be used by gods.
  • Ship Tease: A lot between Yato and Hiyori. As well as Bishamon and Kazuma.
  • Sleep Cute: Yato and Yukine during the Ending Theme.
  • Sleepyhead: Hiyori after getting hit by a bus; player for laughs, but Truth in Television as head trauma can cause narcolepsy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Yato, as demonstrated in his Imagine Spot scenes.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In the spinoff, Yato gets one. It is not played for laughs.
    • But when Yato becomes to Hiyori, it is played for laughs. And he does stop later.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Kazuma's screens close with the Star Trek TNG comm chirp.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: Yato is disgusted by suicidal individuals. He sees them as wasting a life a Shinki (dead person soul turned into a weapon of god) could only have wished to live.
  • Sword Lines: Bladed Shinki always give off this effect.
  • Synchronization: Whenever a shinki commits a sin of any sort (i.e. Yukine's stealing), their patron god's body is 'stabbed' or corrupted. If not stopped, this can lead to the god's death unless A. The god expels or kills the offending Shinki, or B. the shinki confesses their sins during a punishment ritual (which requires 3 other shinki to perform).
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Yato manages to hold a rather lengthy conversation with a man as they both plummet off a building.
  • Theme Naming: All gods do this for their Shinki, using a common letter. Yato uses Ne, Tenjin uses Yu and Bishamon uses Ha.
    • Bishamon once used Ma, as shown in Kazuma's name. But she switched after Yato killed her Shinki except Kazuma
  • Took a Level in Badass: A Shinki can become a blessed regalia changing their shape and growing stronger. But this is very rare, only Kazuma and Yukine have shown to do this
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Yukine becomes much kinder after admitting his sins.
  • True Companions: Yato, Yukine and Hiyori become this by the end of the first arc. Forming a family of sorts, with Yato and Hiyori acting like parents to Yukine.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Aiha to Kugaha. He manipulated her depression from not getting attention from Bishamon, to kidnap Hiyori to start a war between Yato and Bishamon with the added bonus of corrupting Bishamon to weaken her enough that Yato could kill her.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Malevolent spirits are attracted to Hiyori while she's in her spirit form.
    • Spirits are attracted to Gods, as their smell is very appealing to the spirits.
  • What Have I Done: After realizing Kugaha's plans. Aiha goes through this, and assists Kazuma and Hiyori to stop Yato and Bishamon.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After finding out that Suzuha is dead, Yukine lets Vaisravana have it for not noticing his troubles and letting him die despite the fact he and the rest of her shinkin are always forcing themselves to put on a smile for her.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: After talking to another Shinki, Yukine starts feeling this way. He is scared of the idea that one day Hiyori will grow up and forget him.
  • The Virus: Yasumi. It can turn dead spirits into Ayakashi and can affect Gods as well. But for Gods, it can be easily cured by using divine water from a shrine. Unless it comes from a Shinki, which is much harder to get rid of.
  • Yandere: Nora, a Shinki to many Gods/Goddess is this to Yato. She has asked for Yato to kill Yukine and has tried to cut Hiyori's tail.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Heaven and Yomi work like this. So when Yukine and Yato are in Heaven and Yomi respectively, Hiyori nearly forgot about both of them due to time flow difference.
No. 6Creator/Studio BonesProduction Reed
NobunagunCreator/FU NimationPing Pong
No Game No LifeAnime of the 2010sNotari Matsutarou

alternative title(s): Stray God
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