Ranked #34

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Alternative Titles

English: Natsume's Book of Friends Four
Synonyms: Natsume Yuujinchou Four, Natsume Yuujinchou 4, Natsume Yujincho 4
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 肆


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 3, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Brains Base
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.751 (scored by 36,677 users)
Ranked: #342
Popularity: #587
Members: 75,203
Favorites: 888
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Takashi Natsume continues to return the names of the spirits that have been written in the "Book of Friends" he inherited from his grandmother, Reiko Natsume. While Natsume is still aided by the chubby Nyanko-sensei, he's now helped by some of the friends he had made in his journey; be it human beings or spirits. As he becomes closer to both, Natsume faces the inevitable question of the sides he has to take especially when there is a conflict between the two.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Natsume, Takashi
Natsume, Takashi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Natsume, Reiko
Natsume, Reiko
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Tanuma, Kaname
Tanuma, Kaname
Horie, Kazuma
Horie, Kazuma


Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Deai, Otomi
Deai, Otomi
Episode Director
Kuroyanagi, Toshimasa
Kuroyanagi, Toshimasa
Episode Director
Yoshinaga, Aya
Yoshinaga, Aya

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 Natsume Captured
Torawareta Natsume (とらわれた夏目)
Jan 3, 2012
2 The Eastern Forest
Touhou no Mori (東方の森)
Jan 10, 2012
3 The Little Ones
Chisaki Mono (小さきもの)
Jan 17, 2012
4 The Stand-In
Dai Kotae (代答)
Jan 24, 2012
5 To You, From Bygone Days
Sugishi Hi no Kimi ni (過ぎし日の君に)
Jan 31, 2012

Opening Theme

"Ima, Kono Toki. (今、このとき。)" by Hiiragi

Ending Theme

"Takaramono (たからもの)" by Marina Kawano

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Mar 28, 2014
*This review encompasses all four "seasons" of Natsume's Book of Friends*

There is a wide variety of adjectives you can use to describe an anime series; hilarious, dramatic, romantic, horrific, and the like. Natsume's Book of Friends is best described using the words beautiful, heart-warming, and emotional. It is rare to find a series that evokes such powerful emotions in each episode without dropping the ball for four seasons, but Natsume's Book of Friends makes it seem effortless with masterful storytelling along with a strong cast of characters.

The premise of the story is supernatural: our protagonist Natsume Takashi can see "youkai" or spirits, a trait inheritedfrom read more
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Jul 12, 2013
What? It's over already?!

Those thoughts never left my head while watching this season. Although I'll have to admit, I was slightly disappointed in the lack of "big events" during this season. However, the anime has always kept a relaxing mood, whilst gently adding action and drama in small amounts. It'd be weird if something completely crazy and big were to happen anyways. I found myself wishing Natsume would say more things, admit more things, yet how realistic is it for him to actually do everything we as the viewers want him to do? In reality, Natsume has always acted in character, even when he read more
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Jul 25, 2012
Anime about goodbyes.
It's that kind of piece that breaks your heart into shards, and eventually bends it into something harder and more fragile at the same time.
It's that kind of series that leaves you smiling and crying hysterically to the melody of the ending.
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Oct 14, 2012
Hmm..... how do you review an anime considered to be a sleeper masterpiece? How do you place a rank on the underdog? How, I ask those who are reading this review, How?

I am a man of neutralness. I find both good and bad in all animes... all except this. For all 4 seasons, 50+ episodes, I cannot find a single fault with this anime. The story is exceptional... each episode withholds a magic of uniqueness. There's literally no telling where the particular episode will lead to (unless it is an continuation). And although the characters are introduced in a random order, they contribute to the read more
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Although the genres are pretty different, both of these animes are really heartwarming pieces of slice of life. Each episode just makes you feel so calm and happy. Both Natsume and Akari go through every day helping others and learning more about themselves. 
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Clannad is basically Natsume Yuujinchou, except that the main character helps people with their problems, instead of youkai. 
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-Both anime's moods, animation, and flow of the story/plot are very lighthearted.
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I'd recommend the whole xxxHolic series. It's also about a boy who can see the supernatural and spirits bother him. Natsume Yujinchou is more focused on interaction with youkai though, while xxxHolic focuses on supernatural cause and effect. xxxHolic also has more action and is a bit darker. 
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Not only do Natsume Yuujinchou and Hotarubi no Mori e have the same original creator and similar setting, they are animated by the same studio, with the same director and even the composer is the same. Without any doubt there is more than one that these two would both be liked by the same people.

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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