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BONES Animates Noragami With Cowboy Bebop's Kawamoto

posted on by Sarah Nelkin

The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is announcing the staff for the anime of Adachitoka's Noragami manga on September 6. The anime is being directed by Kotaro Tamura (Wolf Children assistant director, Baccano! episode director) at studio BONES from scripts by Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream). Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Golden Boy, Gosick) is designing the characters. The next issue of the magazine will announce the cast and others details for a drama CD that will be bundled with an upcoming compiled volume of the manga.

The story follows Yato, a poor minor god living an insignificant life in the human world whose dream is to someday be worshiped by the masses. In hopes of garnering more of a following, he spends his time trying to spread his name by writing his cell phone number on the walls of bathrooms across the city and aiding those in need (for 5 yen). He is, as he likes to call himself, a "delivery god." Hiyori Iki, a daughter from a respectable family, saves Yato from a traffic accident, but is hit instead. Because of this, Hiyori becomes a "Hanyō" — someone whose spirit comes out easily. Hiyori pursues Yato to get her body fixed, and the two begin their journey together with Yato's shinki (a tool gods use), a young boy named Yukine. As the three fight against demons who would seek to harm humans, Yato's past is gradually revealed.

Adachitoka launched the manga in the Monthly Shonen Magazine in 2011, and one-shot manga stories have also run in the spinoff publication Monthly Shōnen Magazine + since that same year. Kodansha released the seventh compiled volume of the manga in June.

Adachitoka's first manga project was the art in the Alive - Saishū Shinka teki Shōnen (Alive - The Final Evolution) manga, which Del Rey published in North America. Alive was also slated for a television anime, but the project was suspended and eventually cancelled in 2009 due to the delisting of the Gonzo anime studio from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Update: Updated summary.

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