Yato is a minor deity who lacks even a single shrine. In order to build his own shrine, he will need some help. Hiyori, the daughter of a respectable family, is almost in a traffic accident, but is rescued by Yato. This causes her to chase Yato down, and they begin to work together. Yato also finds a boy named Yukine who becomes a "sacred treasure" that can be used by a god. The three of them battle "you" who brings harm to humans as Yato's hidden history is gradually revealed.
Hiroshi Kamiya (神谷 浩史, Kamiya Hiroshi?, born January 28, 1975 in Matsudo, Chiba) is a Japanese ...
Yato is often very playful and sneaky, doing silly and childish things such as buying good luck items that are obviously a scam, giving Yukine a childish jacket, and other things. He is very determined to become more popular as a god, often either placing his cell phone number everywhere or doing a job. However he also sometimes slacks off somewhere. There are also times, however, when Yato appears very serious and mysterious, like when he meets with Nora or other certain situations.
Yato can be crude and unpredictable, although it is hinted that he can also be a cruel and merciless person. This is strongly implied by Kofuku, who introduces the rumor that he once killed a Shinki and several humans (according to Daikoku, this happened a long time ago, where the rule was "kill or be killed."). These actions might have been motivated by his need to at least exist in people's memories. He answers people's prayers and demands money in return for his help (5 yen, the amount that is traditionally placed in a shrine before praying). He graffitis his cellphone number in various places, but it only appears to people who are in desperate need of his aid.
Yato is seen to have a very low tolerance for weak spirited people and if they want to commit suicide he has little motivation to help them. This is mostly because shinkis like Yukine did not experience a full human life, and because they've died from an accident, killing them at a young state.This low tolerance usually causes those around him to become upset. Yato also appears very materialistic when it comes to money, when Hiyori mentions her job request he claims he'll definitely do it because he intends to keep her money and holds his bottle full of coins.
Yato will often indulge in fantasies of himself being a very successful god with more followers than any other god and lots of shrine maidens at his fingertips. Despite his aloof and often idiotic personality, Yato is a god that is seen to be quite wise and very serious when the situations requires it.
It is shown that in the past, when he was more like a god of calamity (Magatsukami) than he is now, he seems to have a much more serious, merciless and cruel personality. However, his personality changed for the better through Sakura's influence. He also used to be much stronger in the past, according to Rabō.
In Chapter 40, Fujisaki Kouto revealed that Yato is a "God of Depravity" meaning that Yato only knows how to steal and not to give, and that those people around him will suffer terribly.
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