Noragami is a very popular anime series that first aired in 2014 in the action and supernatural genre. Although it is the anime that made it known worldwide, Noragami, like many other animes, is an adaptation of manga. The original of the series has been written and illustrated by Adachitoka since 2010. The anime was created by the successful studio bonesfeatured in animes like Kekkai Sensen and Mafia Psycho 100† The second season of the anime, which made fans happy with the renewal right after the first season aired in 2014, aired on leading local TV channels such as Tokyo MX and MBS between October 2, 2015 and December 25, 2015. Also licensed by Funimation, the anime attracted worldwide viewers, but a third season was far from being confirmed. So, would there be a third season of the series?
What is the storyline of the anime?
Noragami is another anime production that takes its subject matter from Shintoism, the national religion of Japan. The religion, believed to have 8 million gods, has subsequently spawned many legends. In our god-inspired story, the main character is Yota, a lost god. While some souls serve the gods between the real world and the afterlife, some of them turn into Ayakashi and meddle in people’s affairs. Yota banishes these restless spirits by granting people’s wishes in exchange for 5 yen. The lost god Yato wants to save money and build a temple for himself and gain respect, but things don’t go his way. After giving up his sacred weapon (Shinki), which he used to destroy the Ayakashis, Yato, left defenseless, spends the rest of the day escaping the ghosts.
Another main character, Hiyori Iki, is a cute girl in high school. Her fate changes when she and Yato, who is searching for a missing cat, cross paths. While trying to save Yato, Hiyori is the victim of an accident. It is neither a whole person nor a complete Ayakashi. She begs Yato to return to her old self, even though she is a lost god in sweatpants. We saw the next adventures of Yato and Hiyori, whose wish is granted.
Will there be a third season of Noragami?
More than six years have passed since the second season of the anime. Unfortunately, from Nov 12, 2021Bones studio or manga publisher, Kodansha not yet renewed the anime for one third season† To be realistic, although the elapsed time limits the capabilities of the new season, the possibilities are still alive when we consider that the manga is still in progress. Sometimes, despite all the elapsed time, we can see that animes surprise the audience with the new season. There are some key factors for an anime to get a new season, and usually the decision to renew is made with these key factors. However, there is another situation for Noragami† Islamic prayer words were used in the second season of the series as a song, and it got a great response from the Islamic world. The team later apologized. For a while it was thought that the anime would not be renewed for a third season for this reason. However, a long time has passed and the renewal of the new season may not bring a response to this issue. Let’s speculate about the third season among some key factors.
Manga status of the anime (main source material)
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the original manga series was written by Adachitoka. Kodansha has published the series since December 6, 2010. Thanks to Kodansha USA, it is also possible to follow the series in English. The manga series has now reached a total of 26 volumes and includes 2 special “stray stories” volumes. The good news is that the manga is still going on and this brand is still alive.
The first 9 volumes were adapted for the first and second seasons of the anime. Since an average of 5 volumes are adapted per season, there is still enough source material for a third season. The fact that the manga continues and has sufficient source material is one of the factors that increases the possibilities of the third season, but it is not enough on its own.
Disc (BluRay & DVD) sales and popularity
Due to the above events, Noragami sold the disc later than it should have been right after the anime airing. The expected success in disc sales did not materialize and an average of 1,821 units were sold. (6 parts in total). In general, an anime is expected to sell at least 4,000 units on average to be renewed for another season. Disc sales have fallen in recent years with the increase in online video viewing, but discs were quite popular considering the year Noragami went on sale. Kekkai Sensen, another product from the same studio that went on sale during the same period, managed to sell an average of 17,254 units. In addition, Osomatsu-san achieved successful sales of 66,770 units during the same period. Looking at the disc sales figures, a new season does not seem possible. Usually, when a game of an anime is announced, the signals for the new season are amplified, but Noragami doesn’t have a game on a platform either.
However, if we evaluate the popularity other than the disc sales, the results are promising. According to Myanimelist, anime is the 19th most popular anime of all time, which is unbelievable. Plus, Google’s search volumes prove this. The anime’s search volumes are comparable to successful productions such as Boku no Hero Academia and Food Wars. On the other hand, the anime’s Twitter page is also followed by 109,000 people and is still up to date. If we evaluate the popularity, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that there is a large audience waiting for a new season.
3rd season chance at Noragami
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (7.98 on MA, 7.9 on IMDb)
Major distributor like Hulu
Extra income with Smartphone Game
No success in disc sales
No extension since 2015
When is the third season of the anime?
There is no confirmation for the third season of the anime yet. However, the result of our review above is not bad. Although CD sales have not fared well for the second season, it still has a strong fan base and popularity. On the other hand, the manga is still in progress and could yield enough stock material for another season. (We see a 60% chance of a new season.) Bones studio is expected to take charge again for a possible third season. There is no Noragami between bones studios 2021 plans, and there are no leaks about renewal this year. We hope to hear something official about the series in 2021. If there is an extension towards 2022, it might be possible to see the new season of the anime in 2022-2023† If you don’t want to wait that long, you can read the ongoing manga series from the 10th part, or we can recommend you Kekkai Sensen, a similar type of anime. Stay tuned!