OP: 「午夜の待ち合わせ」 (Goya no Machiawase) by Hello Sleepwalkers
「家猫と野良神と尻尾」 (Ieneko to Noragami to Shippo)
“A Housecat, a Stray God, and a Tail”
For only 5¥, what would you wish for?
Well, our heroine chooses to enlist the help of Yato (Kamiya Hiroshi), a lower-grade God who’s trying to save up enough money to build his own shrine. Since saving Yato’s life (from an oncoming truck), Iki Hiyori (Uchida Maaya) starts to sporadically become phantom-like. Her spirit leaves her body (after she falls asleep), she grows a tail and she resides within “limbo”. Hiyori bumps into Yato on more than one occasion and for 5¥, she asks for his help to return her to normal. This all sounds nice and dandy, but Yato has his own problems; he’s weaponless. Tomone (Imai Asami) got up and quit and now, Yato has no way to defend himself against phantoms (that manifest from negative human emotions). But have no fear!
Something Someone’s coming their way soon…
There’s not a lot of shows this season that I’m excited for, but I also haven’t been this excited for a show since last summer. Noragami is simply fun to watch with characters that are captivating without being too exaggerated. I think the story is one that’s not completely unique, but the characters definitely bring it to life. Yato is quite a pitiful God… he’s not the typical strong protagonist that’s just waiting for something to happen. A little tidbit for those that haven’t read the manga, Yato actually works on a lot “small” cases just to make his earnings. So he helps high-schoolers being teased at school, he returns pets to their owners and he tries to “advertise” his business everywhere possible. He’s not exactly your definition of a God, but I think it works in his favor sometimes. All the help that he does provide, is well appreciated and that makes me happy for him.
On the other hand, Hiyori is who I expected her to be. Her reaction to her very unfortunate situation makes her quite empathic from my point of view. In fact, I actually got the shivers when the scene featured her alone in the hospital (and then Yato appeared!). She’s not your typical damsel in distress and she can pack quite a kick. I’m impressed by her secret closet hobbies and I think this brings more individuality into her character. The only thing is – I’m not sure what she can do for Yato. Usually the main couple of a story is forced together and they benefit one another in some way. In this case… I don’t really understand how Hiyori plays into the Yato’s career of becoming a God. He needs a lot more dough than that to make a shrine for himself.
As for the production value of this show, I’m very impressed so far but also not surprised. I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore BONES fan, but I have high expectations of them (not to mention that they’ve consistently amazed me year after year). I love the fluid animation, and simply how well it adapted – the characters and scenes look exactly like I envisioned it to look. The opening sequence is also very well done and there are a lot of subtle foreshadowing sequences embedded within it (as most OP does). I’m indifferent to the song right now, but I can picture it growing on me. The ending was very reminiscent to me of Eden of the East’s ED, but the song was very true to supercell and reminded of Shaft too. Funny how that all comes together in a one-minute sequence. Overall, I simply think show is very pretty to watch and the seiyuus do a great job in their roles as well. So far, there are no flaws with the show that deter me from continuing onwards.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: #Noragami’s first episode was to be expected. Sticks to the manga fairly well but it’s lacking more background info on Yato =S
ED: 「ハートリアライズ」 (Haato Riaraizu) by Tia