Yato is a homeless god. He doesn’t even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he’s set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he’ll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can’t afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school.
Loved the rigid character building the most. The story is very interesting and appealing and I hope for a conclusion at some point. The manga is a monthly released one, and at the last years, the released chapters where even fewer. This could be a bummer to eager readers, but I believe that it's worth the patience. If I could find something negative to conclude would be that the fighting scenes are not depicted very detailed and they can be quite bewildering. If you have seen the anime it helps visualize the characters' fighting styles and the atmosphere. I have read the manga after watching the anime, which I absolutely loved! The anime adaptation was, in the most part, facsimile. For someone that wants to continue the story from the anime season 2 end point, the manga volume would be 10. But because some points of the story are different, I would suggest this post from Andrew in otakuspirit.com: "http://otakuspirit.com/2016/04/noragami-a-journey-from-manga-to-anime/", which is very helpful in pinpointing the exact differences.
This manga is criminally underrated but it's soooo good. I love so many things about it: the way everything seems to have been planned out from the start but is revealed little by little, the perfect mix of slapstick gags and serious moments, the multidimensional characters, the brilliant wordplays and the amazing art. Every time I reread this manga, I find something new to love about it. At first glance, the characters and the story may seem cliche: Yato is the underdog, the bad boy with a sad backstory and a heart of gold. Hiyori is the plain looking female protagonist who, despite being completely underpowered in a world of gods, somehow through her winning personality always ends up saving the day. Bishamon is the tits, Kofuku is the ditzy waifu material, Kazuma is the glasses. But that's not it at all. All of the characters are layered and complex and have deeper stories and feelings and intentions than it appears at first. Even though I'm 25 volumes in, the story has not gone stale yet and nothing has felt like a filler. In fact, the storyline that's been building since chapter 1 is only now about to come to a head. But the long buildup hasn't been boring because the story has been revealed little by little and there have been multiple smaller arcs building up to this big one. I could talk about this manga forever but I do want to mention one very important thing before I wrap up this review: the art, man. It's so incredible. The fight scenes are detailed, the characters have distinct faces, the garments are intricate, even the backgrounds are amazing. It's a shame that the anime was so short and didn't stick to the source material because this manga deserves so much more love.
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