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 kaminote , dreams to become the most revered deity in the world with big shrine and all. However, being the penniless kami 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 - which is painfully often since said condition makes her capable of dropping to sleep at the drop of a hat! 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.

A second season of the anime, titled Noragami Aragoto, is part of the Fall 2015 anime season, and its first episode was released online on October 2nd, 2015.

FUNimation currently has the home video license to the first season, and currently has simulcasting rights to the second season.


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" meets the entire checklist. For example, Yato admits if his father found out he has a shrine, his father would destroy it. In general, Yato is terrified when in his father's sight.
    • Ebisu's mother Izanami abandoned him because he was deformed. And when Ebisu came down to the underworld, she didn't recognize him though he still remembers her and remarks he was happy to see her, even as she and her beldams attempted to kill him.
  • 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. In general, the pacing of the anime is much better, fitting entire arcs into episodes without missing any major emotional beats.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A minor example, Yukine in the manga is much more a jerkass than in the anime. In the manga he regularly stole.
  • Adult Fear: In chapter 18, Hiyori in her spirit form was kidnapped, leaving her physical body behind. Her parents, not knowing what is happening, could only helplessly watch as their daughter slips further and further into a coma.
  • Alternate Character Reading:
    • This is the entire basis of how shinki/regalia are named. Their "person" name uses the kun-yomi (Japanese reading) of the symbol they're branded with, while the weapon name uses the on-yomi (Chinese reading).
    • Yato is this to his true name, Yaboku. This becomes a plot point in the Underworld arc when Hiyori's realization that his name must have been written correctly on the shrine she made, even though Yato was the only name she knew, allows her to guess his real name and recall him.
  • Another Man's Terror: When a god names a new shinki, he sees the shinki's memories, including how they died.
  • Answer Cut: In chapter 40, Hiyori wonders who Yato's father is. Cue a shot of Fujisaki.
  • 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.
    • The blu-ray release fixed this. Both of Hiyori's pupils contract.
  • 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.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Yato is a self-centered Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Hiyori is a Type B Tsundere that usually gets annoyed around him. They constantly bicker and she beats him up, but they soon develop obvious feelings for each other.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kouto 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.
    • This is Sakura's eventual fate, after she regains her memories of dying and turns into a monster.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Applies to the gods. If they die, they are immediately reincarnated. This isn't necessarily a good thing, as at least Ebisu takes quite some issue with the fact it doesn't really matter if he dies since he will be replaced right away. And this only applies to gods that are known well enough...
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Okuninushi is a gruff and rough character but absolutely adores bunnies.
  • 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. Drugs that don't work if she's being deliberately given the wrong ones...
  • 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.
  • Cool Car: Mostly pops up in the background, but Kofuku and Daikoku drive around in a Hummer H2 (which could also count as Improbably Cool Cars for them) whereas Bishamonten is seen riding in a Toyota Century, which, among other things, is the official car of the Japanese Royal Household.
  • Cooldown Hug: Yato gives one to Hiyori as the latter undergoes transformation into an ayakashi in the aftermath of Yato's father unleashing ayakashi into the Iki family hospital.
  • Cue the Sun: After Yukine's ablution is completed.
  • Divine Date: Well, Divine Unresolved Sexual Tension at the very least between Hiyori and Yato.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scorn that Noras face for having more than one master/mistress in their lives without going through the releasing ritual may remind some of Slut-Shaming.
  • 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.
    • In episode 13 of the second season, Yato is smiling at the end of the opening sequence instead of his previous serious expression.
  • 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 they are seen as untrustworthy by most gods.
  • Expendable Clone: 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.
  • Fall Guy: Yato's father sets up a situation that Ebisu appears to be the Sorcerer (although Ebisu was attempting to tame ayakashi for well-intention reasons), leading to heaven to issue his execution.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Ebisu and Yato become close after their adventure to the underworld. Sadly cut short due to Ebisu's execution by heaven.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: To become a great god, you must have a lot of worshipers. Gods themselves are born from wishes, and are dependent on them to stay alive. A god wish no worshipers will die, and if a god/goddess dies for any other reason, they are only reincarnated if they have a sufficient number of believers praying to them. This is the reason Yato is so reluctant to fight his father.
  • 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. Additionally, 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.
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: Yukine ends up wearing the hakama Yato made from scratch. It's pretty well made except for the fact that it says "hafuri". Yato also gives him a sweater made from the wool of a sheep Yato sheared himself, and Hiyori a wedding dress made from silk Yato spun from silkworms. It's heavy with love.
  • 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.
  • Hope Spot: In episode 12 of Aragoto, there was a moment where it seemed like Yato and Yukine successfully stopped the Purification Ring from killing Ebisu. It didn't work.
  • 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.
  • I Know Your True Name: A god's "greatest secret" is their Shinki's real name. If the god reveals the name or their Shinki remembers it the Shinki will immediately become corrupted and become an Ayakashi.
  • 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.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Seems to apply to most of the gods. Yato, Bishamon, Ebisu, and Kofuku are all depicted as initially manifesting in the form of children, then at some point growing to adulthood at which point they maintained their young adult form for the rest of their lives. Should they die, they're reincarnated as children and the process starts over (provided they have enough believers).
  • Interspecies Friendship: Hiyori (human) and Yato and Yukine (god/spirit).
  • It's Personal: Bishamon and Ookuninushi both made it clear that they want Yato's father's head for what he did to Ebisu and Bishamon's clan.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Biashamon may have delivered it brutally but she was right that Yato's case of Poor Communication Kills regarding his father could have saved the others a lot of grief. She also called him out for continuing to see Ebisu if Yato was still contacting his father (indirectly betraying Ebisu), especially since Ebisu's last interaction with Yato's father led to Ebisu's death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Love Dodecahedron: So many possible couples. The opening for Aragoto can possibly make this worse. Nora and Hiyori circling around Yato? Bishamon with her head on Kazuma's lap? What is going on here?!
  • Mayfly-December Friendship: 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.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Discussed when Fujisaki berates Hiyori for making Yato rely on her when she'll die long before him.
  • 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.
    • Ebisu's body disappeared with a splatter of blood upon their death, leaving only their bloodied clothes behind.
  • Nobody Poops: Yato mentions that gods actually don't poop, so they can binge eat as much as they want.
  • Nonindicative First Episode: The first chapter of the manga revolves around Mutsumi, whose detailed character design makes it seem like she was originally meant to be the protagonist. However, she was Dropped After the Pilot and never mentioned again. The anime adaptation acknowledged the general irrelevance of the first chapter and only used a single scene from it as the first episode's pre-credits sequence, then based the remainder of the pilot episode on chapter 2.
  • Odd Friendship: Yato and Ebisu. Yato is loud, goofy and often self-centered. Ebisu is calm, solemn and seeks to improve humanity. This friendship started after their trip to the underworld. It continues with Ebisu's newest incarnation after his execution by heaven.
  • 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.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Ebisu is held like this by Bishamon before the former's death. In the anime, it was Yato who held them.
  • Piggyback Cute:
    • Yato carries Hiyori on his back at the end of the first episode.
    • Hiyori also carries Yato like this when his Yasumi infection gets too serious because of Yukine's bad behavior.
  • 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.
  • The Promise: Hiyori vows to Yato that she will never forget him. Inevitably called back when Yato is dragged back to work for Nora and his father and Hiyori really does start forgetting both him and Yukine. She gets better and feels awful for forgetting about them. Naturally, the upholding of this promise becomes a regular plot point.
  • 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.
  • Red String of Fate: In one of the colored illustrations, a red thread is tied to Yato's pinky finger and it winds its way to what looks like a silhouette of Hiyori.
  • The Reveal: Yato was actually helping Bishamon when he killed her regalia, seeing as its corrupting her and turning her into a monster.
  • Revenge:
    • Initially, Bishamon wants this against Yato because he killed her shinki.
    • She currently wants revenge against Yato's father for his corruption of Tsuguha and her death.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • One of Ebisu's Shinki Takami was forced by Heaven's sentinels to choose to either betray his master's whereabouts and know that they will execute him or allow the Mi clan to die one by one while allowing Ebisu to feel the deaths of each of his Shinki.
    • Done twice to Kazuma. He was forced to ask Yato to Mercy Kill the corrupted Ma clan or allow Bishamon to die. And again, he had to choose to either kill the corrupted Tsuguha (who had turned into an ayakashi due to regaining her memories) or let Tsuguha kill Bishamon..
  • 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.
  • Second Episode Introduction:
    • We meet Yukine in the anime's second episode.
    • Similarly, we don't meet Hiyori until the second chapter in the manga.
  • 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.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Hiyori throws herself in front of a bus to save Yato... without knowing that the bus couldn't have hurt him anyway, since he's a god.
  • 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.
    • However, when Yato becomes this 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 desperately wished to have.
  • Sword Beam: Sekki can produce these by using borderlines in sword form. It's unclear if this is a unique ability to him, or if all bladed Shinki can do this.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bishamon have it for not noticing his troubles and letting him die despite the fact he and the rest of her shinki 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.
  • Yandere: Nora, a Shinki to many Gods/Goddesses, 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.

Alternative Title(s): Stray God

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