Ranked #44

Natsume Yuujinchou San

Alternative Titles

English: Natsume's Book of Friends Three
Synonyms: Natsume Yuujinchou Three, Natsume Yuujinchou 3, Natsume Yujincho 3
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 参


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2011 to Sep 27, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Aniplex, Sakura Create
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Brains Base
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.681 (scored by 41,680 users)
Ranked: #442
Popularity: #555
Members: 78,447
Favorites: 571
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Natsume Yuujinchou San follows Takashi Natsume, a boy who is able to see youkai. Natsume and his bodyguard Madara, nicknamed Nyanko-sensei, continue on their quest to release youkai from their contracts in the "Book of Friends."

Natsume comes to terms with his ability to see youkai and stops thinking of it as a curse. As he spends more time with his human and youkai friends, he realizes how much he values them both and decides he doesn't have to choose between the spirit and human worlds to be happy.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Natsume, Takashi
Natsume, Takashi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Natsume, Reiko
Natsume, Reiko
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko


Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Hanada, Jukki
Hanada, Jukki
Murai, Sadayuki
Murai, Sadayuki
Script, Series Composition
Oonogi, Hiroshi
Oonogi, Hiroshi

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Name of a Monster
Ayashiki Mono no Na (妖しきものの名)
Jul 5, 2011
2 Ukihara Village
Ukihara no Sato (浮春の郷)
Jul 12, 2011
3 False Friend
Itsuwari no Yuujin (偽りの友人)
Jul 19, 2011
4 Young Days
Osanaki Hibi ni (幼き日々に)
Jul 26, 2011
5 The Thing That Lurks In The Storeroom
Kura ni Hisomu Mono (蔵にひそむもの)
Aug 2, 2011

Opening Theme

"Boku ni Dekiru Koto" (僕にできること) by HOW MERRY MARRY

Ending Theme

"Kimi no Kakera feat. Miyamoto Emiri" (君ノカケラ feat 宮本笑里) by Kousuke Atari

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Aug 8, 2011
Natsume Yuujinchou San builds on its solid foundation, continuing to weave a heartwarming tale for all viewers. The over-arching theme has evolved from one of loneliness, to acceptance, and finally to warmth over these three seasons, and this one seems to be the most gentle, most stirring, and most impactful yet.

The storytelling remains largely episodic, and while each episode may be rather unconnected to the previous, they all reveal much about the protagonist. This season has seen a clear shift, from the more Youkai-centred storytelling of the first two seasons to one focused on the exploration of Natsume's character and his past, giving viewers read more
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Jul 6, 2011
We continue to view the journey of Takeshi Natsume, an orphaned teenage boy with the ability to communicate with spirits (not dead people?).

Natsume inherited a 'book fo friends' from his lat, also psycic grandmother. This book is a product of his granny's mischeif, who made a hobbie of seeking out and sealing the identity of spirits to gain control over them; since this book harbours so many glorified slaves, Natsume is a target for:
- spirits who want their identity back
- spirits who wish to do harm
- spirts who want control over sealed spirits
Whilst Natsume works hard to free the pleasant ones from the book, he read more
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Feb 3, 2012
NOTE: Since the content in all three seasons is similar enough that they don't warrant separate reviews, they will all be covered here. The fourth will be edited in when it finishes, unless it differs heavily from the first three by the end of its run.

Natsume Yuujinchou covers a familiar kind of story. We are presented with a teenage boy, who is unusually airy and doesn't socialize much, and frequently seems to be looking intently at things that aren't there. As you may have guessed, Natsume sees dead people. Well, not exactly... he can see Youkai, a kind of spirit told of in Japanese folklore.

Many read more
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Jul 4, 2013
Although many believe a happy ending is most often times not a "good ending" I would beg to differ. In this season, Natsume not only presses towards the future, but shows flashbacks of the past. I was thrilled to see more of Natsume's past because it enabled me to fill some of the mysteries behind his past.

I can't help but praise this anime on it's ability to take repetitive situations, and make them unique. Natsume almost always gets into trouble, but not in a logical way. The scenario is often the same, a youkai wants to hurt him or request his assistance. Yet each read more
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The girl, Hotaru, in Hotarubi no More e and the boy, Takashi (mostly referred to by his family name Natsume), both see demon and spirits and they both befriend them. Both the film and the series play with a melancholic feeling and the relationship between humans and spirits. 
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Both of these animes are about the world of youkai and a boy trying to hide them from his friends. Otheer than that the plot are different but their both amazing 
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The stories maybe very different, one is about romance while the other is about supernatural. But both animes give a very similar feeling-warming and touching. The 2 main characters, Natsume and Sawako are very lonely at first and later make friends that changed their life. 
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