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Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #1402
Popularity: #179
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Since he was young, a teenage boy named Natsume Takashi has been able to see youkai, but keeping this ability a secret has now become a heavy burden for him and has made his life difficult.

This begins to change when Takashi inherits his grandmother's "Book of Friends." He discovers that she, Natsume Reiko, shared the same ability as him and starts to understand why he was always targeted by both good and bad youkai.

After learning the true meaning behind the Book of Friends, which allows him to manipulate the spirits listed within its pages, Natsume undertakes a journey with his bodyguard, the infamous spirit Madara, to free the spirits of their contracts with Reiko.

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Adaptation: Natsume Yuujinchou
Sequel: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou

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
Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko


Miyake, Masanori
Miyake, Masanori
Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Ueda, Hidehito
Ueda, Hidehito
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kosaka, Harume
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director

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Episodes  13 / 13
Aired  Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
Status  Finished Airing

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Nov 17, 2008 11:29 PM

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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Mar 3, 2009 2:55 AM
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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Mar 4, 2012 5:29 PM
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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Aug 7, 2008 11:26 AM
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 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. 
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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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