recently, i picked up this charming anime known as ‘noragami’ (nora=>stray; gami=>god). it was released early last year but somehow my animedar missed it then.
the story follows the exploits of down-and-out (stray) god yato, who’s trying to amass enough worshippers (more worshippers = more money) to fulfil his dream of building his own shrine. meanwhile, he bums around, tries hard to get jobs and being shrine-less (homeless), squats at others’ shrines at night.
however, finding work is tough. and each job gets paid only 5 yen. (somehow, they forgot to account for inflation). and poor yato couldn’t fill his sake bottle with enough 5 yens coins yet.
here’s some interesting titbits on the 5 yen coin.
5 yen is a small price to pay to have a god grant you a wish. but why 5 yen?
ご縁がありますように – that’s what japanese say when they pray. it means “I hope to get relations with good people and gods”.
ごえん が、ありますように (go en ga arimasu you ni) and
ご縁 = ごえん = 五円 (sounds like 5 yen).
in today’s term, 5 yen will be equivalent to 100,000 yen (almost usd 840).
really, yato should review his charges.
in these days, even the gods are not spared income disparity.
word’s out that season 2 is on the way. i’m looking forward to it.