Noragami Aragoto: Season Two (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Life for minor god Yato isn't getting any easier. He's still broke, shrineless, and his partner-slash-sword-regalia has zero respect for him. Worse yet, Bishamon, one of the deadliest war gods, is after his life. Blaming him for the death of her past regalia, she won't stop until she kills him. But there's more to that story than she could ever realize. And as if that's not bad enough, there's someone working against her behind the scenes! Can Yato take on a god as powerful as Bishamon? Or will things take a more dangerous turn?
Right when he thinks things have settled down, Yato is forced into working with Nora and must brave the underworld in order to help a fellow god. The catch? He may end up stuck there if he can't figure out how to escape Izanami, queen of the underworld.
Between all of his godly drama, Yato still needs to figure out how to help Hiyori. But all options lead to losing her, and he's not willing to make that choice-no matter what.
Five yen doesn't even begin to cover his trouble!
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Episode 13 Commentary
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Now, as far as the story goes, this season delves into Yato's past; we're shown who he was in much greater detail, but we also come to understand his motivations a bit more. Not only is Yato reformed, he is also trying to achieve dreams that he has carried for his entire life; you want to see him succeed because you know he's been through Hell to get this far. We're also shown why exactly Bishamon hates him, and this leads to a conflict with an ending that I found to be something of a surprise. I won't spoil what happens, but the status quo is most definitely rewritten.
I also like how Yukine evolves over the course of this season; I didn't think all that much of him in the first season, but he really shines in Aragoto. He is more decisive, more sure of himself and his place in the world; he never really breaks down the way he did in the first season, he stands his ground more often than not. That's not to say that he becomes an unstoppable badass or anything, but it's always nice to see what was a hit or miss character come into their own. However, while Yato and Yukine are enjoyable as all Hell, I can't say the same for Hiyori. She's not a bad character and she's not annoying, but for the most part she just feels like she's there to witness what's happening; I feel she lacks initiative and is just kind of there for a lot of scenes. She has her moments, but if there's to be a Season 3, I'd really like to see them do something more proactive with this character.
As for the visuals, well, not a lot has changed since the first season. That's by no means a criticism since the first season was nothing short of gorgeous, so they were smart not to do a 180 and try something different since they already had a stellar foundation. The fights are well animated, color is used in dazzling ways, the environments are frequently beautiful, and our characters are detailed, expressive and overall stunning.
Since you'll most likely have already watched the first season, you'll know where you stand on the sub/dub thing. But come on, I think even the staunchest dub haters can admit that Jason Liebrecht does a great Yato; he really sells the character's inherent goofiness and charm.
If you're like me and you loved the first season, then Aragoto has a lot more for you to love. You gain deeper insight into some great characters, you're treated to visually astounding battles and you get watch everyone's favorite up and coming god do his thing. Now, when the hell are we getting a season 3?