Noragami: Stray God

In times of need, if you look in the right place, you just may see a strange telephone number scrawled in red. If you call this number, you will hear a young man introduce himself as the Yato God. Yato is a minor deity and a self-proclaimed “Delivery God,” who dreams of having millions of worshippers. Without a single shrine dedicated to his name, however, his goals are far from being realized. He spends his days doing odd jobs for five yen apiece, until his weapon partner becomes fed up with her useless master and deserts him. Just as things seem to be looking grim for the god, his fortune changes when a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, supposedly saves Yato from a car accident, taking the hit for him. Remarkably, she survives, but the event has caused her soul to become loose and hence able to leave her body. Hiyori demands that Yato return her to normal, but upon learning that he needs a new partner to do so, reluctantly agrees to help him find one. And with Hiyori’s help, Yato’s luck may finally be turning around.

Noragami: Stray God Sypnosis

Episode 1: A Housecat, a Stray God, and a Tail
Yato answers a prayer worth five yen to defeat a Snake Phantom, using his Regalia, a divine weapon, named Tomone. However, Tomone terminates her contract with Yato due to his impoverished state. When Hiyori Iki saves Yato from being hit by a bus, she injures herself and briefly has an out-of-body experience. After she is taken to the hospital, Yato introduces himself as a God to her. The next day, Hiyori begins having drowsy spells despite full recovery. Yato encounters a Toad Phantom, but Hiyori helps him escape. Due to the bus incident, Hiyori has become a Half Phantom; her spirit can frequently leave her human body. Hiyori wishes to return back to normal, and Yato accepts the wish for five yen.

Episode 2: Snow-like
Hiyori tries to adjust to her new form, realizing her human body falls asleep when she leaves it. Yato says he cannot help her until he acquires a new Regalia. Hiyori searches for a new Regalia for him, assuming it can be a Phantom. Due to this misconception, she and Yato are chased by a Crab Phantom. Yato, protecting Hiyori, incurs blight, a wound that can spread if left untreated. He explains that Hiyori’s tail is her lifeline to her physical form; she would die if it was severed. After spotting an uncorrupt innocent spirit, Yato adopts it as his new Regalia and uses it to defeat the Crab Phantom. Yato gives his Regalia the name Yukine, who reverts to a teenage boy when his name is spoken.

Episode 3: Bidden Calamity
Yukine tries to adjust to life with Yato as his master. Yato reveals that he and Yukine share the same mind and body. They are summoned by Tenjin, the God of Learning, who commissions Yato to destroy a Hand Phantom at a railroad track that makes people commit suicide. Yato destroys it before a schoolboy kills himself. Although Hiyori was upset that Yato has contempt for those wanting to die, she realizes it is because he is angry that they do not value the simple blessing of being alive; he is unwilling to let suicide happen in front of Yukine or any Regalia, as they are the spirits of dead humans who wanted to live.

Episode 4: Where Happiness Lies
Yato brings Hiyori and Yukine to meet a fellow God named Kofuku and her Regalia named Daikoku. Yato is summoned by a suicidal office worker named Yusuke on the roof of a building and learns that Yusuke suffered misfortune after falling in love with a girl. After Yato realizes that this girl is Kofuku, revealed as the God of Poverty, he uses Yukine to sever Yusuke’s ties with her, saving Yusuke. Hiyori learns that Yato is a God of Calamity, one who would kill in the past if people wished it simply so that he would not be forgotten. Yukine and Hiyori encounter the mysterious Nora, Yato’s former Regalia.

Episode 5: Borderline
Yukine learns to draw a borderline, a barrier against Phantoms. Hiyori has Yukine stay at her house, since Yato cannot look after him properly. Yato reveals that Yukine has a fear of the dark. After Hiyori stops Yukine from stealing a skateboard, he runs away. Yato explains that Regalia like Yukine can feel pain, but this does not pertain to Gods, as they are all-powerful. Yukine encounters the spirit of a girl who was killed in a traffic accident. Although he tries to protect her, the girl becomes possessed by a Yeti Phantom, forcing Yato and Yukine to kill her against Yukine’s will.

Episode 6: Scary Person
Yukine’s conflicting emotions about his role as Yato’s Regalia affects Yato physically and causes his blight to become worse, since Gods are connected to their Regalia. Yato is attacked by Bishamon, a powerful God with many Regalia. Bishamon holds a grudge against Yato because he killed her former Regalia in the past, a matter that upsets both Yukine and Hiyori. In an attempt to stop the battle, Kofuku uses Daikoku, though Bishamon manages to severely injure Yato before retreating. Yato is saved in time by Nora.

Episode 7: Uncertainty and Destiny
Yukine now wants to leave Yato, feeling unimportant and angry at his condition. Tenjin explains to Hiyori that Regalia who abandon their God and serve other Gods are called Noras and are frowned upon, revealing Yato’s mysterious Nora from before. Kazuma, Bishamon’s Regalia, protects Hiyori from being noticed by Bishamon, aware of Hiyori’s ability. He tells her that Yukine’s immoral acts will eventually cause Yato to die. Yukine flees after being caught stealing charity money by Yato and the others. Hiyori tells Yato to consider Yukine as a person rather than just a tool. Yato later uses Yukine to take down a Moth Phantom.

Episode 8: Over the Line
Yato is summoned at Hiyori’s high school by a student named Manabu Ogiwara, who is being bullied by another student. Yukine grieves over the fact that he cannot have friends or experience high school like a living person. Manabu, encouraged by a Shadow Phantom with the intent to kill, confronts Hashimoto with a pocket knife. Manabu overcomes the Shadow Phantom, saving his humanity. Yukine succumbs to his anguish and shatters the school windows; this final immoral act causes Yato to collapse near death. Despite becoming contaminated by Yato’s blight after touching him, Hiyori carries him to Kofuku and Daikoku, begging for help. However, Daikoku shuts them out with a borderline.

Episode 9: Name
Kofuku and Daikoku only allow Hiyori to enter so she can be cleansed from blight. The only way to save Yato now is by Yukine receiving punishment through an ablution, requiring three Regalia. Daikoku enlists Mayu, who was previously Yato’s Regalia Tomone; Hiyori recruits Kazuma. The three force Yukine to endure pain until he repents and confesses his sins. His refusal causes him to start turning into a Bat Phantom. Hiyori begs Yukine to stop burdening Yato or else she will end their friendship, and Yato calls out to him. Yukine finally breaks down and apologizes, allowing the ablution to be successful. Yato and Yukine thank Hiyori for saving their lives. Nora awakens a God named Rabō.

Episode 10: Regarded with Hate
Yukine takes up a part-time job at Daikoku’s food stand to help repay what he stole, and wants to use Hiyori’s old textbooks to learn like normal students. Tenjin suggests Yato sever ties with Hiyori to return her to normal, which upsets him. Hiyori invites the boys to the New Year’s festival, but they get held up by a nest of Scorpion Phantoms that Rabō sent to test Yato’s strength. Hiyori is attacked by Wolf Phantoms from Nora, who tells her that Rabō wants to kill Yato. When Yato and Yukine meet Hiyori, they are surprised to find that she no longer remembers Yato.

Episode 11: Abandoned God
Yato and Yukine unsuccessfully try to find ways to bring back Hiyori’s memory. Nora reveals that she stole Hiyori’s memories of Yato, in the form of a jewel. Rabō attacks them with Nora as his Regalia; Yato is unable to beat him. Nora states that she will return Hiyori’s memory only if Yato can defeat Rabō. It is revealed that Rabō is a God of Calamity who answers evil wishes to kill, and Yato had worked with him in the past, once as powerful as Rabō. Yukine becomes devastated when Hiyori forgets him too, prompting Yato to decide to restore her memory despite the risks.

Episode 12: A Scrap of a Memory
Hiyori accidentally comes along with Yato and Yukine when they warp to Rabō’s shrine. Rabō destroys the jewel containing Hiyori’s memories, causing her to fall unconscious. At this, Yato unleashes a rage that delights Rabō, who wants to see Yato as the powerful depraved God of Calamity that he was in the past. Rabō absorbs and merges with a Storm Phantom, which was formed due to their fierce fight. Yato protects Hiyori from a boulder, and his scent brings back her memories, awakening her. Rabō dies, content that he died at Yato’s hands. Yato tells Hiyori that she will be happier if she severs ties with them. Hiyori refuses, stating she wants to be with Yato forever. Yato happily accepts her wish for five yen.

Episode OAD 1: God’s Possession, God’s Curse
Hiyori’s first day at high school becomes a nightmare when Yato possesses her body and does all sorts of embarrassing things to spread word of his services to the other students. Hiyori and Yukine come upon a perverted student who has been possessed by a Phantom. When the student attempts to commit suicide upon being discovered, Yato rescues him and subdues the Phantom, but ends up breaking his shoulder in the process. As such, Yato is caught and given punishment while Hiyori begins her next day of school with a bizarre reputation.

Episode OAD 2: A Promise in Spring
During the spring, Hiyori invites all the Gods and Regalia together for a flower-viewing party. Due to their feud, Yato and Bishamon are unable to get along and have a drinking contest. In their drunken state, Bishamon blames herself for the death of her clans, and Yato’s antics prompt a fierce brawl that ends the party. The next day, Yukine receives a magazine for Regalia that Yato had been hiding from him, which includes a questionnaire for Yukine about his job as Yato’s Regalia. Yato receives a subtle punishment for his misbehavior, but feels relieved when he sees that Yukine does not want to change his job.

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