Did you know that it can take hours of rigorous research to learn everything about why Noragami season 3 didn’t happen yet and if there will be one?
Well, now you know, and you don’t need to waste time because I did it for you. This article will provide you with the best-detailed analysis of Noragami in 2019. And more importantly, answer the questions of why there is no sequel and if you should expect one in the future.
So, here is some of the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there a Noragami Season 3
- How to determine if anime can get another season
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Why there is no Noragami Season 3
- Will there be Noragami Season 3
Is there a Noragami season 3?
Noragami season 3 has yet to be confirmed, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2019. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a continuation to Noragami, because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
What are the factors that determine if anime can get another season?
Anime sequels usually depend on source material, money, and popularity. There are plenty of other causes why continuation may not happen, but these are the three primary reasons. And here is a summary of why the three factors are so crucial to a series that wants to have another season:
Source Material – This one is important because most anime are just adapting from existing source material like manga or light novels. If there is nothing left to use or the adaptation did catch up to the source material, then it becomes a problem.
Money – One cour anime television series like Noragami can cost up to 3 million dollars to make. And if a series want’s to have a continuation it needs to earn back a lot more than the budget it did cost to produce.
Popularity – There is usually no point in making another season of anime that is not popular enough. Another season for anime only makes sense if it can create new fans or there is enough big fan-base to support it going forward.
Noragami Source material information
What we need to look at in the source material is how many volumes are there and if the story is still ongoing. After that, we need to figure out how many books got used for the anime adaptation.
How many volumes of Noragami are there?
There are currently 20 manga volumes of Noragami released in Japan. There are also two spin-off manga stories. First one follows the god Yato and his encounter with a society called Noragami: Stray God. The second spin-off manga is called Noragami: Stray Stories, but it’s just one volume, and it’s on hold.
Is Noragami still ongoing?
The Noragami manga is still ongoing. The latest volume 21 by the author Adachitoka will get released in Japan on December 31, 2019. The author wrote only one book in 2017 and 1 in 2018. And for 2019 it looks like there will be two volumes.
Which manga volumes does the anime of Noragami cover?
The first season of Noragami that aired in 2014 adapted volumes 1-3. The second season did cover volumes four to nine. That means manga volume 10 continues after anime. So that gives us eleven books that can get used for Noragami season 3. That should be enough for another two seasons.
How to read the Noragami manga in English
Kodansha USA officially licensed the series for the English market so you can purchase them. The English translation of Noragami manga from Kodansha USA is already at volume 20, so they are up to date with the Japanese version.
Noragami sales information
Sales and profit are probably the most important of all three factors for an anime continuation probability. If there is one reason why 95% of anime never get a season 3, it would be because the second season dropped a lot.
Noragami Blu-Ray Sales – Noragami average sales per volume are around 5,000 for the first season. The first season got a BD-Box in September 2015 that sold 400 copies as well. The second season average sales are approximately 2,000 per volume.
Noragami Manga Sales – I looked at the sales of the latest Noragami manga volume 20, and it sold around 140,000 copies. Manga volume 21 will be out at the end of this year, so I will update this later.
Noragami Merchandise – 4 figmas available for Noragami and the four figmas are all for different characters, and those are Bishamon, Iki Hiyori, Kofuku, and Yato. There are also 450 goods manufactured for Noragami. Here are a few examples of what you can find for this series: Keychains, Badges, Mousepads, Shirts, Posters, Wall scrolls, and many more items.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can generate profit, but there are more ways anime makes money. I won’t post all of them here because the rest are usually only a small piece of the profits.
But here are a few examples for One Punch Man – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, international license for Viz Media, streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, various collaborations, and more.
Blu-Ray – The second season Noragami sold a lot worse than the first one when it comes to Blu-Ray. There was more than 50% drop between seasons. I would understand such a significant decline if it was long waiting time between season, but it was just one year.
Manga – Noragami used to sell a lot more with around 300,000 copies for volume 12, but the manga keeps selling less and less each year.
I can only assume that the slow release speed and no anime are part of the reason for that. Still, it’s a significant drop in people who were reading the series even with those reasons.
Merchandise – The Merchandise numbers would be great, but the problem is that 80% is from the first season. Only around 20% is from the second season Noragami Aragoto. The merchandise dropped even more than the Blu-Ray sales for the sequel.
Noragami popularity information
What we are interested in is if the series is still popular and active. That means looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, new merchandise, and stuff like that. That will help us understand the current popularity and activity of Noragami franchise after season 2.
Social Media – The official website for Noragami, was last updated in September 2019 with news about the Noragami and Noragami Aragoto re-broadcast. And the official twitter account for this franchise with 107,000 followers did tweet last time in September 2019 about the same thing.
Google Trends – the Interesting thing is that according to Google, the second season was much more popular than the first one. I was expecting the opposite considering the sales for season one were much stronger. Noragami popularity in Google is now around 15% of what it was at the peak with the second season.
Manga – Did you know the author of Noragami Adachitoka consists of two female mangakas? And did you know one of the authors has some health issues? Because that’s is probably the reason why the manga release rate is so slow recently. Something similar happened to No Game No Life author.
Merchandise – Noragami had healthy release rate of new goods until 2016. From 2017 it got only a few new things like phone cases, and in 2018 and 2019 it got almost nothing new released or announced.
Why there is no Noragami season 3
I think there are two significant reasons why there is no Noragami season 3 so far. The main reason is that the second season did much worse than the first. It sold fewer Blu-Ray and merchandise. The manga boost was additionally tiny the second time.
The second reason is that one of the authors has medical issues. The manga went into the year-long break and never recovered from it. The author used to release three volumes per year, and now it’s just 1 for the past few years.
Will there be Noragami season 3
Well, I won’t say it’s not possible, but questionable that there will ever be a Noragami season 3 from studio Bones. The biggest problems are the sales for the second season dropped a lot and that the author has still health issues as this article showed you.
There are two new volumes of Noragami released this year, so maybe the author is feeling a little better now. And the Blu-Ray sales drop can be replaced with streaming revenue. Merchandise sales and manga sales are dropping mostly because there is no anime.
I would say that if there is no news in 2020 about the third season for Noragami, then it’s not happening ever. One year from now, it will be five years since the anime ended, and only monstrous franchises can endure such a significant break.