Noragami is a manga written and drawn by the mangaka duo Adachitoka. It has been published since December 2010 in Monthly Shōnen Magazine and compiled into 24 volumes (plus 2 specials) as of 2022. An anime television series adaptation produced by studio Bones aired between January and March 2014. A second season, Noragami Aragoto, aired between October and December 2015. Several OVAs were also released. In this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 15 best anime series like Noragami you absolutely have to watch.
1. Gin Tama
Original Run: April 4, 2006 – March 25, 2010
Number of Episodes: 201
In the Edo era, Japan was invaded by aliens called Amanto, creatures of various shapes, but all more or less humanoid. These manage to defeat the samurai after long fights. From then on, a radical futurition cut with the classic decoration of Japan is set up and the Amanto forbid the wearing of the saber in public. Despite everything, there are still some who prefer to keep their bushido. In this completely anachronistic Japan, there are still people who refuse to give up their saber.
Among them is Gintoki Sakata, an eccentric former samurai who helps a teenager named Shinpachi Shimura, save his sister Tae from a group of aliens who want her to join a brothel. Impressed by Gintoki, Shinpachi becomes his apprentice and works with him as a handyman with the goal of paying Gintoki’s rent.
2. The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Original Run: April 4, 2013 – June 27, 2013
Number of Episodes: 13
The demon king Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. Following their confrontation with the hero Emilia Justina and her companions, after they kill Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan Jacob and Alciel escape from Ente Isla through a portal that leads them straight to Tokyo.
However, due to the lack of magic in the modern world, Satan and Alciel take the form of what represents their human appearance. In order to survive in this world, Satan Jacob takes a part-time job at a fast-food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his servant. One day, Satan Jacob, who now calls himself Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is revealed to be Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa.
The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. Other characters from Ente Isla also appear and also face new world dilemmas, often in comedic ways.
3. Kamisama Kiss
Original Run: October 1, 2012 – March 30, 2015
Number of Episodes: 25 (+ 5 OVA)
Nanami Momozono’s father has a thing for gambling, which causes them to live in misery. One day, her father runs away from home and abandons her, leaving behind his debts. Unable to pay the rent, Nanami is evicted from her apartment. She then wanders the streets until she meets a strange man, who gives her his house after hearing her story.
He leaves after kissing her on the forehead. When she goes to the address he gave her, Nanami realizes that the house is actually a temple, where spirits live, including a boy with fox ears and a tail. She learns that by kissing her, the man made her the new god of the Earth and she will have to face many situations to keep her place as a divinity!
Original run: October 16, 2000 – September 13, 2004 / October 3, 2009 – March 29, 2010
Number of episodes: 167 + 26
The plot featured in InuYasha is based on the adventures of a half-demon, a teenager from modern Japan, a pervy monk, a fox demon, and a demon exterminator from the Sengoku period, as they search for all the fragments of the Sacred Jewel and try to keep it away from criminals, especially Naraku.
Throughout the series, InuYasha is constantly torn between the desire to have the Sacred Jewel and his feelings for Kagome, considering that his demonic side is what gives him the most power; however, it is revealed that his human side is the strongest, the side exploited when InuYasha finds the Tessaiga sword.
It can only be wielded by a being who has compassion for people or tries to protect them, a skill acquired when Inu no Taisho made the sword to protect Inuyasha’s mother.
5. Bungō Stray Dogs
Original Run: 7 April 2016 – ongoing
Number of Episodes: 36 + OVA
The story centers around certain individuals with supernatural powers who use them for different purposes like running a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out armed detectives agency missions against the port mafia. It revolves particularly around the members of the “armed detective agency” and their everyday life.
The story revolves around a detective agency, each member of which possesses supernatural powers. This particular characteristic gives them the right to resolve investigations that are too perilous for the police. Nakajima Atsushi, a young orphan on the verge of starvation by a river, accidentally finds himself having to save a man from a suicide attempt. This one is none other than Dazai Osamu, a member of this strange agency.
6. Mob Psycho 100
Original Release: July 12, 2016 – present
Number of Episodes: 25
The story follows Kageyama Shigeo, a fourth grader with psychic powers. He can bend and lift any object with his mind. However, he slowly refused to exercise his abilities in public as his too much power can inflict negative consequences on “normal” humans. Today, the one and only thing he wants is to date a girl from his college: Tsubomi. With his mentor, who possesses no power, he continues to live peacefully trying to achieve his goal.
7. Soul Eater
Original Run: April 7, 2008 – March 30, 2009
Number of Episodes: 51
To fight the evil Kishin, which can “plunge the world into the abyss of madness”, Shinigami-sama creates The Academy is a place where Weapons and Overlords are trained together.
The former are the very weapons that will stop the death of the world; the second are those who will hold the weapon. The Scythe of Death will be obtained when the weapon eats 99 evil souls ready to become Kishin, and 1 witch soul, and therefore all overlords are actively competing in creating the Death Scythe.
The story takes place during the main events of the manga and anime, Maka and Soul at that time had not yet become known in the Academy and beyond.
8. Rurouni Kenshin
Original Run: January 10, 1996 – September 8, 1998
Number of Episodes: 95
The story takes place in 1878 in Tokyo. Kenshin Himura, a former assassin nicknamed Battosaï, literally “master in the drawing of the sword”, during the time of the Tokugawa reign, hides a very heavy past. Become a wanderer since the establishment of the Meiji era, he travels the country equipped with his sword with an inverted blade, with the desire not to kill again.
Original Release: July 3, 2009 – June 25, 2010
Number of Episodes: 15
The Monogatari series centers on the story of Koyomi Araragi, a senior high school student who was attacked by a vampire (and then turned back almost fully human) shortly before the story begins. He meets other characters suffering from various paranormal illnesses and comes to their aid. Bakemonogatari is the first series in the franchise.
10. Blood Lad
Original Release: July 7, 2013 – September 8, 2013
Number of Episodes: 10 + OVA
Staz is not a vampire-like the others. Indeed, he does not feed on blood and rejects the fact of being a vampire. Staz is the leader of a territory that is part of the demon world. One day, a human named Fuyumi Yanagi accidentally lands in this mysterious world and meets Staz. Unfortunately, the young girl is devoured by a carnivorous plant and becomes a ghost. Staz, therefore, decides to resuscitate her by going on a quest where he will meet several rivals and enemies.
Original Release: April 6, 2006 – June 26, 2008
Number of Episodes: 37 + 4 OVA
High school student Kimihiro Watanuki has always had the ability to see spirits. Constantly trampled, jostled, and harassed by the ectoplasms he seems to attract, he wants more than anything to get rid of this annoying gift. It is by entering this singular shop one day that he meets Yūko Ichihara, a witch who turns out to be able to free him from this gift he hates so much.
However, with Yūko, everything has a price; she grants the wishes of her customers only if they pay her a payment of an equivalent value. Kimihiro will have to help the mysterious seer in her “wish trade” until the sum of her work reaches a value equivalent to her wish. Through this odd job, originally supposed to consist only of domestic help, he will meet many people and minds that he will see evolve according to Yūko’s somewhat particular sales policy.
The plot is organized according to different supernatural-type “cases” (most often related to Yūko’s clients and their wishes) presented in chronological order. Each of these events is an opportunity for the characters to learn different lessons, often difficult to accept, about existence and which allow them to evolve.
As the story continues, the intersections with the plot of Tsubasa become more and more numerous, to the point that it is often useful to read certain episodes of one of the two mangas to fully understand certain screenplay points of the other. It seems reasonable to think that the two works were in fact elaborated as two inseparable facets of the same narrative.
Original Release: April 4, 2015 – September 23, 2017
Number of Episodes: 75
The story is about Sakura Mamiya, a not quite ordinary young girl. The 16-year-old has had the ability to see ghosts since childhood. Accustomed to these strange appearances, Sakura begins to be bored by them but sees her life change the day she meets Rinne Rokudo, her mysterious classmate who is almost never in class.
We learn that the young boy is half-Shinigami, half-Human and that his job is to send wandering spirits back to the world of the dead. Knowing of his situation and in order to help him in his work, Sakura will pay him the various items which he needs to return these souls via the wheel of Samsara. On their way, our 2 friends will make several encounters, allies and rivals alike.
13. Beyond the Boundary
Original Run: October 2, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Number of Episodes: 12 (+ OVA)
Akihito Kanbara is a teenager, the result of a union between a human and a Yomu. One day, he sees a person on the roof of the school, who seems to want to end his life. She will admit to being Mirai Kuriyama, the last heiress of a power feared by the Yomu, that of being able to manipulate blood in order to make weapons capable of destroying absolutely everything. However, she is unable to destroy the Yomus due to an incident in the past. As a result, Akihito then decided to provide support to Mirai so that she overcomes her trauma.
14. Blue Exorcist
Original Run: April 17, 2011 – March 25, 2017
Number of Episodes: 37 (+ 2 OVA)
The world of Blue Exorcist is made up of two dimensions that oppose each other like two faces of mirrors. The first is the world in which human beings live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Normally, travel and even any form of contact between the two is impossible. However, demons can pass into this world possessing everything that exists within it.
Satan is the god of demons, but there is one thing he does not have: a vessel in the human world powerful enough to contain him. To this end, he fathered Okumura Rin and Okumura Yukio (but only Rin inherited Satan’s powers, Yukio being too weak), his sons, from a human woman, but are the latter in line with his plans, or should they become something else?
After killing the guardian father Fujimoto, in an attempt that should have allowed Rin to return to the demon world, he gives him a dream: to become an exorcist to defeat the god of demons.
15. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun
Original Release: January 9, 2020 – March 26, 2020
Number of Episodes: 12
In Kamome Academy, there are rumors that Seven Mysteries lurk in the recesses of the school. Nene Yashiro, a first-year high school student fond of occult stories, ardently desires a boyfriend. To do this, she tries to summon Mystery Number 7 “Hanako-san from the toilet”, a girl who died in the toilet a very long time ago and who can grant wishes if she pays the price.
However, upon summoning the ghost, Hanako-san is revealed to be a boy. After a few twists, Nene becomes his assistant. The story follows their adventures to maintain the balance between the supernatural world and the human world, and the mystery that hovers around the dark character of Hanako.