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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
Premiered: Summer 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.441 (scored by 66,222 users)
Ranked: #1292
Popularity: #188
Members: 155,344
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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.

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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
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
Kawamura, Tomoyuki
Kawamura, Tomoyuki
Episode Director

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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Nov 8, 2015
I watched this anime basically on a whim. I read the name somewhere and just started watching it. I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed by this series by the first episode, but that certainly changed later on.

Please note that this is a review of all four seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou. However, my feelings towards this show have changed significantly over the course of watching this. So here is the rough draft of my experience:

Season One: Wow, this is totally above my expectations. Pretty good. 7/10.
Season Two: Well shit, I accidently marathoned this. I fear that I’m falling in love with this show. read more
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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

"Thank you... for not read more
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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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Sep 14, 2015
Natsume Yuujinchou is a touching, thought-provoking and sweet anime. It leaves you with a warm, content feeling after each episode, and a wish for more of it when it's over (luckily there's some sequels :)).

Natsume, the protagonist, is one of the loveliest I've come across (although he does pack a mean punch when necessary). Natsume can see youkai, something most cannot, and due to this, in childhood, he was ostracised and shifted from house to house (a little something explored more in the anime). Despite these difficulties caused by his ability, Natsume continues to be kind and wants to help the youkai, and humans troubled read more
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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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Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei. 
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similiar style of heart-warming supernatural story with similiar facinating ghosts characters. Touching scenes & stories.. 
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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
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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. 
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