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Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

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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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Natsume Yuujinchou
Prequel: Natsume Yuujinchou San
Other: Natsume Yuujinchou LaLa Special: Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai
Sequel: Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni

Characters & Voice Actors

Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Natsume, Takashi
Natsume, Takashi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki
Okamura, Akemi
Okamura, Akemi


Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Deai, Otomi
Episode Director
Kuroyanagi, Toshimasa
Episode Director
Ueda, Hidehito

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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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Jan 2, 2012
Sometimes you don’t need to watch many episodes to know you found a true hidden gem. It’s rare to find a second season in a anime that will surpass an epic first one. But its even more rare to find the next following seasons that surpasses both. This is Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, the deserved fourth season of the series that keeps following the adventures and daily life of a young teenager, Natsume Takashi, a boy who can see spirits (youkai) and is protected by a lazy funny fat cat that is a fox spirit. If in the end of the first season, the series got read more
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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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Deals with the slice-of-life of our deepest fantasies in episodic form. This may not be as warm as Natsume, but just as moving
Well the story is completely different just the main character Natsume and Naruto both being hate by the people around them for some reason.

Natsume because he can see yokai while Naruto because he has some strange beast inside him.
Clannad is basically Natsume Yuujinchou, except that the main character helps people with their problems, instead of youkai.
-Both anime's moods, animation, and flow of the story/plot are very lighthearted.
-Both are slow-paced and centered around Slice of Life over Comedy.
-Both have the calming quality.
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.
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.

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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