Noragami Season 3 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. The second season aired in October 2015, but Noragami Season 3 has yet to be confirmed. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a third season.
What are the odds that Noragami Season 3 will ever get announced?
Will Noragami Have A Season 3?
To figure out if Noragami season 3 can happen, we need to find information about three critical factors that can determine if the continuation can be green-lit. Those are the status of the manga and if the second season was profitable and popular.
There can be other reasons why a third season would not get approved, but I would say source material, money, and popularity are the main obstacles usually to a sequel. Here is a short explanation of why they are so important:
Most anime are just adaptations from existing source material like manga or light novels. In the case of Noragami, it’s the manga, so figuring out the status of it is essential. If there is nothing left to use for the 3rd season, then that would be an obstacle to the sequel.
Well, this one should be obvious why it’s essential. Anime is not cheap to make since a one cour series like Noragami can cost up to 3m dollars. Not to mention the whole point of making it in the first place is to make a profit. So looking at the sales of Noragami is vital for us.
Since the first season did get a sequel, then it’s safe to say that it was popular, but what about the Noragami Aragoto sequel? There is no point in making the third season for Noragami if the second one lost a lot of fans. That’s why we need to check popularity as well.
Now let’s examine each of these factors for Noragami to give us a more solid idea of what happened and if we can still hope to see Yato animated again.
Noragami Season 3 Source Material Information
For source material, the stuff that interests us is how many manga volumes of Noragami are there and if the story is still going on. Then we need to check how many volumes got used for the anime adaptation and what is left for potential continuation.
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 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 there is a way to continue the series.
The English translation of Noragami manga from Kodansha USA is already at volume 21, so they are up to date with the Japanese version.
Noragami sales information
Well, we did check the source material, and now it’s time for the sales. 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%, so let’s see how much did Noragami sales drop.
Noragami Blu-Ray Sales
The average sales per volume are around 5,000 for the first season of Noragami. The first season got a BD-Box in September 2015 that sold 400 copies as well. The second did fare so well and sold approximately 2,000 per volume.
The second season Noragami sold a lot worse than the first one when it comes to Blu-Ray. There was more than a 50% drop between seasons. I would understand such a significant decline if it was a long waiting time between season, but it was just one year.
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 around 120,000 copies. 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 for those reasons. That’s again more than 50% drop of people who did read the manga.
Four 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.
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 merchandise dropped even more than the Blu-Ray and Manga sales for the sequel.
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 Noragami – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, international license for Funimation, streaming on Hulu and Funimation, various collaborations, and more.
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 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. And the official twitter account for this franchise with 108,000 followers did tweet last time in December 2019 about the same thing.
the Interesting thing is that according to Google, the second season was 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.
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 season 2 because the author had health issues as well.
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 check-in 2020, and there is no new merch announced sadly.
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 no One Punch Man Season 3 that could afford a significant drop.
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, Looking at Noragami as a franchise in 2020, not much has changed.
Studio Bones seems bussy with My Hero Academia and few other projects, so I doubt they would even have time for Noragami Season 3 this year.
The two main problems for season 3 are still there. The most significant issues are the sales for the second season dropped a lot and that the author still has health issues, as this article showed you.
There were two new manga volumes of Noragami released in 2019, so maybe the author is feeling a little better now. I wonder how will 2020 look in terms of release schedule.
So to answer the question, if there will be Noragami season 3, the answer would be most likely not. Another season is definitely not happening in 2020, at least.
I won’t say there will never be season Noragami season 3 because all the problems can be resolved.
For example, you can replace the Blu-Ray sales by streaming revenue. Merchandise sales and manga sales are dropping because there is no anime. And maybe the health of the author will improve.
I will update this again in 2021, and we will see if anything changed by then. For now, support the series if you can and hope for the best. It has better chances than something like Accel World season 2 at least.
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