Anime Spotlight: Noragami Aragoto

Noragami Aragoto is the second season of the Noragami anime, which is based on the manga series by Adachitoka. The series is produced by Bones, and is directed by Kotaro Tamura. It aired on Japanese television from October 2-December 25, 2015.

As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American distribution rights for Noragami Aragoto.

This series continues to follow Yato, a minor god who doesn’t have a shrine. He, his Regalia named Yukine, and a living Phantom named Hiyori find themselves involved with more adventures that include the other gods.

There are two story arcs that make up Noragami Aragoto. The first involves Bishamon, the god of combat. She is still haunted by her past where Yato killed off all of her Regalia expect for Kazuma. Yukine makes friends with Suzuha, one of Bishamon’s Regalia, but Suzuha is used by another one of Bishamon’s Regalia in other to launch his plot to overthrow Bishamon. It turns out that Yato ends up being the key to stop this renegade Regalia’s plan.

The second story arc focuses on Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune. It turns out that he uses Phantoms as his Regalia, and this causes problems for the gods and the balance of the world. Yato, meanwhile, is forced by Nora and his “father” to return to his darker side as a God of Calamity. Ebisu’s story and Yato’s story turn out to be intertwined.

I have to admit that I was a little unsure about how Noragami Aragoto would go, since the ending of the first Noragami series was on the weak side due to how ambiguous it was. But as I watched the first episode of Noragami Aragoto, I was able to get back into it very quickly. Watching the first episode of this series felt like an old and familiar friend had returned. The episode easily picked up where the previous series ended, and it had the same charm and humor that I remembered from the first series.

Overall, I have to say that I thought that Noragami Aragoto is a stronger series than the first Noragami anime. Bishamon had a great story arc, although it did kind of feel a little rushed. However, in order to keep this season to 13 episodes, half of the season was devoted to Bishamon’s arc while the other half was devoted to Ebisu’s arc. The Ebisu arc is also strong and keeps the audience’s interest. And both story arcs had very compelling emotional aspects to them, which made the viewer care about the characters and what was happening to them.

At the end of the final episode, there was a teaser scene that revealed a very shocking piece of information to the viewer. It definitely was something that I hadn’t expected, anyway. And the manner that this scene was done in makes it clear that there’s more to the story. I expect there will be a third season at some point, but as of this writing, another season hasn’t been announced.

If you watched and enjoyed the first Noragami anime series, then you need to watch Noragami Aragoto if you haven’t already. Not only is this series a worthy follow up to Noragami, I think it’s also a stronger series than its predecessor. Of course, it should go without saying that in order to enjoy and understand Noragami Aragoto, viewers will need to see the Noragami anime series first.

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