After a couple of weeks of idols, I’m back on the Serious Anime Writing train with my analysis of the Bishamon Arc of Noragami Aragoto. The nature of Noragami‘s gods and the way they interface with the humans in the show has always been the most fascinating element of Noragami for me, so being able to find the material to write this article was quite a pleasure. This arc articulated a bunch of things I’d kind of half-said about the first season of the show, and as it happens having the second half of the show around to finish articulating what Yukine arc started helped a lot in that regard.
Bonus Content: I had a few extra paragraphs of stuff I wanted to say about the relationship of this arc to the non-2D world, but I ended up feeling that they were probably stretching the limit of what I ought to tackle on a non-personal site, so I’m dumping them here (with a few additions) for you guys to read:
So what, if anything, does this arc mean for those of us watching it? For those not particularly religiously inclined, all this may be somewhat interesting intellectually, but fail to seem relevant to their lives. For the Regalias, this is a dynamic that is unavoidably part of their lives—Noragami‘s gods are intensely real to them and sustain their very existences. But depending on the religious beliefs you subscribe to (or not), this complex relationship may or may not be a part of your life.
I actually once started a post on this very topic, drawing from the first season of Noragami—it was titled “The Inconvenience of the Gods” or something along those lines. The intent there was to point out how oddly inconvenient it is to even maintain a belief in a god, as illustrated by the difficulties Hiryori has with plumbing the depths of Yato’s seemingly schizophrenic personality. Why even believe in a god like that?
And this is where that other post started to fall apart, but hey! At least you got some bonus content, amirite?