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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


Score: 8.451 (scored by 51918 users)
Ranked: #1192
Popularity: #168
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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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Related Anime

Adaptation: Natsume Yuujinchou
Sequel: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou

Characters & Voice Actors

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


Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Ueda, Hidehito
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director
Takagi, Noboru

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Nov 17, 2008

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 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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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.
Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei.

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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