Will Noragami return for its third season? Here is the latest information on the release date, plot, and renewal status.
Recently, rumors were spread around that popular anime Niragami has been renewed for its third season. We would like to clarify that there is no truth in these rumors. A tweet spread this rumor and as a result, everyone started speculating that Season 3 of Noragami will release soon. We, therefore, kindly advise you to not believe in such tweets by non-verified accounts.
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Noragami 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.
Details about Noragami anime series
This anime television series is produced by the Japanese studio, Bones. It is directed by Kotaro Tamura and written by Deko Akao. The first season of Noragami had 12 episodes that originally 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 concludes with 13 episodes that started airing from October 2, 2015, and the last episode was aired on December 25, 2015. Season 2 also had 2 OVA’s that were aired on November 17, 2015, and March 17, 2016, respectively. Now that almost five years have passed, there is no official information on when the anime would return until now. So will there be Noragami Season 3? Let’s check this out.
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, popularity, demand for the sequel, and sales and profit of the anime. 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 of Noragami. Let’s discuss all these factors in detail:
1. Source Material Information for Noragami Season 3
Like every anime has its source material in the form of light novel series, virtual novels, manga, or a mobile game, Noragami has manga series of the same name as its source material. Noragami has 22 manga volumes yet along with two more special volumes named Noragami: Stray Stories.
The first volume of the manga series was released on December 6, 2010! The last, volume 22 was released on June 17, 2020, in Japan. The special volumes were released on November 15, 2013, and February 15, 2019, respectively. Noragami Season 1 adapted volumes 1 to 3 and Season 2 adapted volumes 4 to 9 of the manga.
Thus, the makers already have 13 more manga volumes to be adapted which is more than enough. So we can make up that season 3 of Noragami will adapt from volume 10. Thus, keeping the source material in mind, there is much more hope for Noragami Season 3.
2. Noragami Season 3: Sales and Profit Information
The possibility of another season of an anime series 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 it profitable or not.
If the anime performed well, then it’ll surely drive 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 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.
Volume 21 of the manga series sold about 120,000 copies. Released on Jun 17, 2020, Volume 22 sold around 48,000 copies as of the first week. Volume 12 of the manga series release on Nov 17, 2014, sold over 3,00,000 copies.
Thus, we can see that the series doesn’t accumulate much profit as expected. There was a 60% drop in the Blu-Ray sales between the two seasons. Also, the manga is the major reason why the series would not get its third season as it sold very fewer copies than it does at the time of Volume 11 and 12.
Will there be Noragami Season 3?
As of now, we can’t say anything for Season 3 of Noragami. However, it doesn’t mean that there will be no Season 3. There is a 60-40% chance of getting a sequel and for not getting a sequel. 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. Also, only the first season of Noragami was released on the OTT platform and as a result, it was not able to collect much profit from that.
The explanation for the series getting a sequel is that it has enough source material ready to be adapted. The other reason will be that the buzz and hype for Noragami are quite high as the fans are still waiting for its season 3. We will have to wait for a year or two and hope for good news.
What will be the plot/storyline of Noragami season 3?
In the third season, we will 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 who 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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