Ranked #132

Natsume Yuujinchou

Alternative Titles

English: Natsume's Book of Friends
Synonyms: Natsume Yujincho
Japanese: 夏目友人帳

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
Premiered: Summer 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Brains Base
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.431 (scored by 69,248 users)
Ranked: #1322
Popularity: #195
Members: 163,849
Favorites: 6,322
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Synopsis

While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume's possession, the book gives Reiko's grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.

Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother’s contract.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Natsume Yuujinchou was licensed for an English release as Natsume's Book of Friends by NIS America, Inc. It was released October 9th, 2012 as a Season 1 and 2 DVD Premium Edition followed by a DVD Standard Edition release February 4th, 2014. It is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Natsume, Takashi
Natsume, Takashi
Main
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Japanese
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Japanese
Fujimura, Ayumi
Madara
Madara
Main
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Japanese
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Kobayashi, Sanae
Japanese
Kobayashi, Sanae
Natsume, Reiko
Natsume, Reiko
Supporting
Kobayashi, Sanae
Japanese
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kogitsune
Kogitsune
Supporting
Yajima, Akiko
Japanese
Yajima, Akiko

Staff

Miyake, Masanori
Miyake, Masanori
Producer
Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawamura, Tomoyuki
Kawamura, Tomoyuki
Episode Director
Ueda, Hidehito
Ueda, Hidehito
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Cat and the Book of Friends
Neko to Yuujinchou (猫と友人帳)
Jul 8, 2008
2 The Dew-God's Small Shrine
Tsuyukami no Hokora (露神の祠)
Jul 15, 2008
3 The Mysterious Person At The Eight Fields
Yatsuhara no Kaijin (八ツ原の怪人)
Jul 22, 2008
4 Shigure and the Girl
Shigure to Shoujo (時雨と少女)
Jul 29, 2008
5 Heart-Colored Ticket
Kokoro-iro no Kippu (心色の切符)
Aug 5, 2008

Opening Theme

"Issei no Sei (一斉の声; Simultaneous Voice)" by Shuhei Kita

Ending Theme

"Natsu Yuuzora (夏夕空; Summer Evening Sky)" by Kousuke Atari



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Takai
Nov 17, 2008
-INTRODUCTION-

I've been looking forward to this anime ever since I saw one of the promotional images -- Natsume sitting on a tree branch with his foot slightly touching the water underneath, and an unusual looking cat by his side. I fell in love with that image alone and could not stop thinking about it. Needless to say, I watched Natsume Yuujinchou while it was still ongoing and waited eagerly for the subtitles to come out. Now that it's over, I can say for sure -- it was a short but beautiful experience, and became one of my very special personal favorites.

-STORY- 10/10

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Okazaki93
Mar 4, 2012
Natsume Yuujinchou is possibly the most powerful, thought-provoking anime I've ever seen. The amount of emotions you'll experience is nothing short of incredible, especially when you consider the anime's 13 episode length.

Pity, anger, sorrow, astonishment, and absolute elation are to name a few.

And some tears on the side...Manly tears, obviously.

Story- 10/10

Natsume Yuujinchou is episodic, there is no defining plot line. The most common, unifying theme is Natsume's ultimate goal to return all the Youkai names that his Grandmother Reiko took and stored in the Book of Friends. The episodes range from various Youkai simply wanting their names back, to far more complex issues such as read more
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thepinkangel
Mar 3, 2009
Oh my goodness, where to start.

Natsume Yuujinchou is a small gem of a series, and I'm glad I followed a friend's recommendation to watch it. This small, often overlooked series is so beyond charming that I wonder how anyone could pass it up!

The story is simple, because there's no overall arcing plot. The series basically consists of self-contained episodes where Natsume looks to help youkai with their problems and give them back their names. Sometimes he seeks to help out humans troubled by youkai. In any case, Natsume is always trying to help someone while "Nyanko-sensei" scolds him for his human stupidity.
Each story serves as read more
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Akaike
Aug 7, 2008
It might seem that I'm jumping the gun a bit here when I'm writing a review so early into this anime. But in all honesty, I've been meaning to write a review of Natsume Yuujinchou for quite a while now. Despite seeing a slightly familiar format here e.g., A boy who can see and communicate with spirits (think Bleach), the anime is actually rather refreshing in it's nature. The plot line is pretty easy to follow: Natsume inherits a book from his grandmother (whom could also see spirits). The book contains the names of all the spirits that said grandmother read more
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Both of the main characters can see spirits. Both series are episodic, they can be watched in almost any order. Both have a lot of drama packed into these short stories. 
reportRecommended by Chicken008
Anime: xxxHOLiC
Same basic idea - a guy that can see the supernatural. Natsume Yuujinchou is little more touching and lighter, while xxxHolic is a bit funnier. 
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Anime: Hotarubi no Mori e
Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei. 
reportRecommended by edwarx
Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
similiar style of heart-warming supernatural story with similiar facinating ghosts characters. Touching scenes & stories.. 
reportRecommended by sabgian
Anime: Kimi to Boku.
Both are slice of life, very easygoing and heartwarming stories. I definitely felt that Kimi to Boku reminds me of Natsume Yuujinchou without any supernatural elements. Both also have very soft and sweet ED themes. There are cats in both series that play a definite role. The one major difference is KtB focuses on a group of friends, while Natsume Yuujinchou focuses on just a few characters. 
reportRecommended by webkid94
Anime: Tactics
Both animes deal with supernatural powers (youkai) and in both animes the main characters are young men who have power over those youkai. Natsume Yuujinchou leaves a way more positive feeling, though. 
reportRecommended by Juxian

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