Thursday, January 9, 2014

[New][January 2014] Noragami

Summary: At the boundary between this realm, 'The Near Shore' and the afterlife, 'The Far Shore', there live eight million gods, souls of the dead who serve the gods, and other assorted spirits who help and meddle in the affairs of humans. Yato(gami) is a low tier god, aspiring to be the greatest god of Japan. While searching for a lost cat, he passes by Hiyori Iki, who sees him, and tries to save him when he runs in front of a bus after the cat. Hiyori is hit by the bus, and her soul is knocked loose from her body, now stuck in the divide between the Near and Far shore. While trying to figure out what has happened to her, she pieces together her memories of seeing Yato, and ultimately makes a wish to him.

First Impression: Action-oriented, Comedy Spice, a good quality Shounen'y feel so far.

First Opinion: Right out of the gate, they open with a flashy set of animations and a fight. I'm not too fond of that particular way to open a show, but there's nothing wrong with it. The first episode was very .. mm, Refreshing? .. to watch. I enjoyed it, even if there wasn't anything that really blew me away or seemed especially original. The opening credits featured a name and logo I've never seen before, or at least don't recall seeing, Shochiku. Perhaps this is one of their first works? Honestly not the kind of thing I care enough about to go looking for.

Out of the gate, my standing is that as long as you're open to things with a Shounen'y feel, and even if you're slightly opposed to Shounen, this has a nice balanced tempo currently, nothing especially radical but good fun to watch. I rather like Yato so far, his daydream of becoming the greatest god in Japan was hilarious.

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