Funimation is now streaming the English dub of the first episode of Noragami online for free.
The episode, entitled "A House Cat, a Stray God, and a Tail," is now available on Funimation's official YouTube channel. Fans of the series are now speculating that the episode's release may tease a possible new season, despite the anime's six-year hiatus. Currently, no announcements about a third season of Noragami have been made, and it is unclear if Funimation intends to release the anime's other episodes on YouTube.
Based on the manga series of the same name by Adachitoka, Noragami made its debut in Japan on Jan. 5, 2014, and its second season, titled Noragami Aragoto, premiered on Oct. 2, 2015. The story follows middle school student Hiyori Iki, who becomes aware of the existence of two parallel worlds. She gains the ability for her soul to slip outside her body and meets Yato, a god without a shrine, who attempts to gain followers by accepting any request for a fee of five yen.
The first two seasons of Noragami were produced by animation studio Bones (The Case Study of Vanitas, My Hero Academia) with Kotaro Tamura (Bungou Stray Dogs, Baccano!) serving as director and Deko Akao (The Detective Is Already Dead, Pokémon Journeys: The Series) overseeing the series composition. Taku Iwasaki(The Honor Student at Magic High School, Soul Eater) composed the series' music, Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Gosick) designed the characters and Kumiko Sakamoto (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes) served as the show's editor.
Noragami's English cast features several popular and experienced voice actors, including Bryn Apprill (Fruits Basket, Zombie Land Saga), Jason Liebrecht (How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Fire Force), Micah Solusod (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Snow White with the Red Hair), Alexis Tipton (Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Moriarty the Patriot) and Elizabeth Maxwell (Person 5: The Animation, Ghost in the Shell: Arise)
Funimation has released free episodes of several other fan-favorite anime series like Assassination Classroom, Ouran High School Host Club, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, High School DxD, Fairy Tale, Witchblade, Overlord, Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn and Psycho-Pass. Crunchyroll has also started releasing free episodes of its series, including the first episodes of The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat and The Aquatope on White Sand on its YouTube Channel.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Noragami are available to stream through Funimation's streaming service and on Hulu.