Noragami – A Stray That Found a Shrine in America

Noragami Volume 1 cover.

In New York, publishing is a god here. There are many publishers who call the Big Apple their home and conduct business here on a daily basis. That being said manga publishers are no exception. This year at New York Comic-Con, there was a larger emphasis put on comics, especially manga. While Masashi Kishimoto of Naruto fame drew a lot of attention with multiple appearances in New York City leading to NYCC, Kodansha Comics continued to show off their plans for this decade’s giant hit (pun intended), Attack on Titan. They also brought attention to a manga series that’s become a surprise hit for them since its debut in the United States.

Adachitoka’s Noragami: Stray God debuted in America last year in print and the anime was streamed before the manga’s release on FUNimation. The 1st volume of the manga sold very well and surpassed sales expectations for Kodansha. This year, Kodansha brought the series’ editor, Yohei Takami, to New York Comic-Con for their panel and an autograph session at FUNimation’s booth. Noragami is a title that cleverly brings the world of Japanese mythology to a modern urban setting and makes gods feel more human than anything else.

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