Will Noragami return for its third season? Here are the latest updates on the third season’s release date, plot, cast, and renewal status.
- Noragami Season 2 started airing on October 2, 2015, and concluded on December 25, 2015.
- Noragami Season 3 has yet to be officially confirmed, so there is no release date for the third season.
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Coming to Noragami, it is an exceptionally amazing action, adventure, fantasy, and comedy anime series. It portrays the story of a minor god seeking to gain widespread worship, teams up with a human girl he saved, to gain fame, recognition, and at least one shrine dedicated to him.
Noragami anime series
Noragami, which is known as Stray God, is an anime based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Adachitoka. The anime TV series is produced by the Japanese studio, Bones. It is directed by Kotaro Tamura and written by Deko Akao. The first season comprised of 12 episodes aired from January 5, 2014, to March 23, 2014, along with 2 OVA’s (original video animation) that aired on February 17, 2014, and July 17, 2014, respectively.
The second season of 13 episodes started airing on October 2, 2015 and concluded on December 25, 2015. Season 2 also had 2 OVAs that were aired on November 17, 2015, and March 17, 2016, respectively.
Now that almost six years have passed, we are still awaiting an official update on the third season. Will there be Noragami Season 3? In this post, we will answer whether or not Noragami Season 3 will happen in 2022. What are the chances of its renewal after six years?
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the availability of source material, popularity, demand for the sequel, sales, and profit. We have analyzed these factors for Noragami Season 3. Based on our research, here is what we feel about the possibility of the third season. Let’s discuss all these factors in detail:
Is there enough source material available to adapt Noragami Season 3?
For Noragami, the source material is the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Adachitoka. To date, 24 manga volumes have been released. The latest manga volume by the author Adachitoka was released in Japan on Oct 15, 2021. Noragami manga volume 25 release date hasn’t been revealed yet, but it should come out in 2022. There are also two spinoff manga stories titled Noragami: Stray Stories.
The first volume of the manga was released on December 6, 2010. The special volumes were released on November 15, 2013, and February 15, 2019, respectively. The first season of the anime adapted volumes 1 to 3 and some part of the fourth volume while the second season adapted volumes 4 to 9 of the manga series.
The first OVA adapted manga chapter 25 and some random stuff, while the second OVA adapted manga chapter 24 and some part of Noragami: Stray stories. The 3rd OVA also used the same stuff, and the 4th OVA adapted chapter 41.
The previous two seasons of Noragami used around four volumes each. So, the start of season 3 is volume 10, and the end is likely volume 14 or 15.
The creators have around 15 manga volumes available as source material. So, there is more than enough source material available to produce at least two more seasons.
Noragami Season 3: Sales and Profit Information
The possibility of another season of an anime series hugely depends on the profitability as well as the sales of its source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, and viewership on OTT platforms. So, we need to analyze how the first and second seasons of Noragami performed and were they profitable or not.
If the anime performed well, then it’ll surely encourage the makers for another season but if the anime didn’t gain much profit for the producers, it’ll cease the makers from going ahead with more seasons. Like in the case of Tokyo Ravens that’s why we don’t have Tokyo Ravens season 2 yet.
Coming to the sales, the first season of Noragami sold approximately 5000 Blu-Ray per volume, and the second season sold around 2000 copies per volume. This is not a big number as hit animes like Overlord and Demon Slayer had huge Blu-Ray sales.
However, Blu-Ray sales have dropped significantly for all animes as streaming has emerged as a favorable option. Users aren’t buying expensive Blu-Rays as they used to a few years ago. Streaming has replaced Blu-Ray as a primary source of revenue in the last 5 years.
Volume 21 of the manga series sold about 120,000 copies. Released on Jun 17, 2020, Volume 22 sold around 1,00,00 copies. Noragami Volume 23 sold around 55,000 copies, and the latest volume, Volume 24, sold only 45,000 copies.
Volume 12 of the manga series released on Nov 17, 2014, sold over 3,00,000 copies. So, there has been a continuous drop in manga sales over the years.
Thus, we can see that the series doesn’t accumulate much profit as expected. There was a 60% drop in Blu-Ray sales between the two seasons. Also, the poor manga is the major reason why the series would not get its third season as it sold very fewer copies than it does a few years ago.
Even the Accel World manga series is also witnessing the same downfall in sales, and that’s why Accel World Season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.
Noragami’s popularity and demand for a new season
Let’s have a look at how Noragami fared on the popularity charts since it first aired in Japan.
The social media accounts of the franchise are still active. The official Twitter account for this franchise with 109.1K followers tweeted last time in May 2021 about celebrating 100 million views of the Noragami Opening.
According to Google search engine data, the second season was more popular than the first one worldwide. However, in the origin country, Japan, the search volume for Noragami dropped for the second season. Talking about the current trend, the searches for Noragani in Japan are just 3% of the peak.
In terms of popularity, it is a mixed bag for Noragami. The second season was not as popular in Japan as season one was. However, the situation is just the opposite worldwide.
Will there be Noragami Season 3?
As of now, we can’t say anything about Noragami Season 3. However, it doesn’t mean that we will not get new episodes. There is a 50-50 chance. The reason why it won’t get a sequel is that it sold very less copies of manga and didn’t perform well for Blu-ray sales as well.
The explanation for the series getting a sequel is that it has enough source material available for adaptation. The other reason will be that there is a demand for the third season.
Another problem is that the studio that worked on the first two seasons is super busy. Studio Bones is currently working on My Hero Academia Season 6 scheduled for release in 2022. They also have a few other projects for 2022 and 2023 already lined up.
We will have to wait for a year or two and hope for good news. If season 3 is not announced in the next two years, then the chances of renewal would be almost zero.
When is Noragami Season 3 release date?
There is no official release date for Noragami Season 3 because it hasn’t been announced yet. Assuming that the studio announces the third season next year, we could get it by the end of 2023.
If you really want to know what will happen after the second season, you can read the manga from volume 10. You can purchase Noragami Manga from Amazon.
What will be the plot of Noragami season 3?
In the third season, we would witness Yato’s true identity, his dark side, and his dark past as well. Bishamon, whose first family was killed by Yato, forgives him and Yato wants to become a God with millions of followers worshipping him to get the golden shine. He will start assembling his allies for the same. We will also see, Yato’s ex- Regalia, will oncoming to take her revenge on Yato and we will also know the reason for that. Yato has no idea how powerful is Nora.
Also, we will get to know about Ebisu who is the God of Fortune in the parallel world and used ghosts for the improvement of the parallel world and is later stated as a felon. No God would be happy on seeing his way of doing work and many of them will plan to kill him. Meanwhile, Yukine will help Yato in becoming the God of Fortune. The third season would also portray how the friendship between Hiyori, Yato, and Yukine would develop with the story.
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