Noragami is an excellent supernatural shounen anime series with bits of a slice of life comedy, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get Noragami Season 3?
Without the third season, we will never learn if Yato manages to get millions of worshippers to get his grand shrine. And we won’t get to see Hiyori and Yukine again.
The only way to learn that without a sequel would be to read the manga, but most people will never do that. Studio Bones did a fantastic job with the adaptation, so everyone hopes for a season 3.
The problem is that Noragami Season 3 didn’t get officially announced yet in 2020, and we don’t know what the chances are that another season of Noragami will get announced.
So how can we figure out the possibility that Noragami Season 3 will get announced?
I’ve examined hundreds of anime series in the last six years to discover why they got a sequel green-lit or why they didn’t get a continuation.
I found out that the most reliable way to find out if a continuation will get green-lit is to look at the sales, source material, and popularity.
You can tell from the information 95% of the time if there are any plans to continue the franchise. I did the same for Noragami, so if you want to know if there will be another season of Noragami, you’ll love this article.
Now let me give you the information I found in 3 parts and tell you if you should expect that Noragami Season 3 will get announced in 2020.
Let’s start with an in-depth look at the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information For Noragami Season 3
Most anime are just adaptations from existing source material like manga, mobile games, visual novels, or light novels.
In the case of Noragami, it’s the manga, so figuring out its status is essential.
We need to examine how many volumes of manga got released so far and if the manga is still ongoing in 2020. If the story concluded or is approaching end, that could be why another season for Noragami won’t happen like what happened with the Air Gear Season 2.
The next step is to check how many manga volumes got used for the first two seasons of the Noragami anime. There are occasions when the anime does use all the available source material like in the case of No Game No Life Season 2.
How many volumes of Noragami are there?
There are currently 21 manga volumes of Noragami released in Japan. There are also two spin-off manga stories. The 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 Manga still ongoing?
The Noragami manga is still ongoing. The latest volume 21 by the author Adachitoka got released in Japan on October 17, 2019.
The author wrote only one book in 2017 and 1 in 2018. And for 2019, it looks like it was two new 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 of the manga continues after anime. So that gives us eleven books that can get used for Noragami season 3.
Conclusion for Source Material There is more than enough manga volumes left for at least another two seasons of Noragami. The fact that the manga is ongoing does improve Noragami Season 3 chances because there is something to promote for the anime.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For Noragami Season 3
Anime is not cheap to produce since a one cour series like Noragami can cost up to 3 million dollars. Not to mention the whole point of making it in the first place is to make a profit.
Looking at how well did the second season of Noragami did in terms of money is vital for us to understand another season’s chances of getting green-lit.
Most anime never get a 3rd season because there is usually a drop from season to season in terms of profit.
A good drop would be less than 25%, as in the case of Konosuba, and that’s why there will be Konosuba Season 3, so let’s see how much the Noragami sales did drop.
Noragami Blu-Ray sales
The average sales per volume are around 5,000 for the first season of Noragami and 2,000 for the second one. The first season got a BD-Box in September 2015 that sold 400 copies as well.
That’s more than a 60% drop between season for the Blu-Ray, but I said it for One Punch Man Season 3, and I will say it for Noragami as well. Blu-Ray sales don’t matter anymore since streaming is where the money is.
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 sold approximately 120,000 copies.
Noragami used to sell a lot more with about 300,000 copies for volume 12, but the manga keeps selling less and less each year. A similar drop is occurring for Accel World, and there is still no Accel World Season 2.
Four figures available for Noragami and they are all for different characters. Those are Bishamon, Iki Hiyori, Kofuku, and Yato. I honestly needed to double-check this because I couldn’t believe there are only 4.
It’s more than Tokyo Ravens since that got 0 figures, and you can guess if there is Toyko Ravens Season 2. However, Noragami is mid-tier shounen series with decent popularity, so I expected at least 20.
There are also 450 goods manufactured for Noragami. The Merchandise numbers would be fine, but the problem is that 80% is from the first season. Only around 20% is from the second season Noragami Aragoto.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can generate profit. 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 Noragami – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, international license for Funimation, streaming on Hulu and Funimation, various collaborations, and more.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit The second season of Noragami sold a lot worse than the first one. There was more than a 50% drop between seasons. Even the manga is selling less than half than it used to. I would understand such a significant decline if it was a long waiting time between season, but it was just one year.
Part 3: Popularity Information for Noragami Season 3
Since the first season did get a sequel, then it’s safe to say that it was popular, but what about the sequel Noragami Aragoto?
There is no point in making the third season for Noragami if the second one lost many fans. That’s why we need to check popularity and hope it’s more like in the Overlord case. Overlord Season 4 is happening because the popularity is increasing from season to season.
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 similar to that. That will help us understand the current popularity and activity of the Noragami franchise for 2020.
The official website for Noragami was last updated in September 2019 with news about the Noragami and Noragami Aragoto re-broadcast. The official twitter account for this franchise with 107,000 followers did tweet last time in December 2019 about the same thing.
According to Google, the interesting thing is that the second season was more popular than the first one. I was expecting the opposite considering the sales for season one were much more substantial.
Noragami’s popularity in Google is now around 15% of what it peaked with the second season.
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? That’s is probably the reason why the manga release rate is so slow recently.
Noragami had a 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.
I did recheck this in 2020, and there is no new merch announced sadly.
Conclusion for Popularity From the popularity stand-point, it’s nowhere where it used to be with more than 50% drop in sales. No new merch and slow-release speed of the manga aren’t helping the popularity either.
Why There is No Noragami Season 3?
After all my research, I believe there are two main reasons why Noragami season 3 was not announced 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, and Noragami is not a massive seller that doesn’t need to care about the manga sales increase.
Noragami now sells less per volume than Goblin Slayer, and it used to outsell it 3:1 in the past. Goblin Slayer Season 2 has low chances of ever getting green-lit with such a small sales after anime, and it doesn’t look good for Noragami either.
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.
Noragami manga used to release three volumes per year, and now it’s just 1 for the past few years.
Will There Be Noragami Season 3
There is a low chance that we will get the Noragami Season 3 released in the next 1 to 2 years. I would give even Kenja No Mago Season 2 better chances than Noragami Season 3 in that regard.
The studio that worked on the first two seasons is busy for the next year. Studio Bones is working on My Hero Academia Season 5 and a few other projects for 2021. I doubt they will be doing Noragami Season 3.
The manga release speed is still not like it used to be. There were two new manga volumes of Noragami released in 2019, so maybe the author is starting to feel a little better now, but we will see.
To answer the question, if there will be Noragmi Season 3, then it’s possible, but I don’t see it happening this or next year.
I will update this again next year, and we will see if anything did change. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category for more sequels.
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