English: Natsume's Book of Friends Sequel
Synonyms: Natsume Yuujinchou Two, Natsume Yuujinchou 2, Natsume Yujincho 2
Japanese: 続 夏目友人帳
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2009 to Mar 31, 2009
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.681 (scored by 32182 users)
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SynopsisZoku Natsume Yuujinchou is direct sequel to the original Natsume Yuujinchou anime.
As with its prequel, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou is about Natsume Takashi, a boy who has had the ability to see youkai since he was young, and his bodyguard youkai, Madara, nicknamed Nyanko-sensei. Natsume attempts to return names written in his Book of Friends, which he inherited from his grandmother Reiko, to youkai in his village. Throughout these adventures, he meets some youkai that are friendly, some that want to steal the Book of Friends, and some that want to kill him. Natsume learns about himself and his relationship with youkai along the way.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Natsume Yuujinchou
Prequel: Natsume Yuujinchou
Sequel: Natsume Yuujinchou San
Other: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou: 3D Nyanko-sensei Gekijou
Characters & Voice Actors
I put off finishing Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, the sequel to Natsume Yuujinchou, only because I didn't want it to end. I had really enjoyed the first season, and this one was even better.
Like it's prequel Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou has a very gentle feel to it. It's heavy focus on loneliness and longing, is evened out with cheerfulness of love and friendship that Natsume experiences not only with the youkai he encounters but with his foster parents, school friends, and other humans.
You can see Natsume growing stronger bonds with characters introduced in the first season. It's enjoyable to see the almost sibling love between Natsume and Madara, along with a growing friendship with Natori.
More characters are introduced and the human characters have a stronger role as well. Natsume is growing into someone very different from the first season, and it is very noticeable that it is because of what he experiences with his fellow cast and the problems that he helps the youkai solve along the way.
Madara of course is the main source of humor, be it his comments and bad habits, or bantering with Natsume, he sometimes steals the show. It is also interesting to see how this season changes his relationship with Natsume, definitely not disappointing.
And the most pleasing is the better look into the past and character of Reiko; Natsume's grandmother. However, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding her, leading to fans hoping for the series continuation, if only to have the biggest questions about Reiko answered.
The show could only go so far with it's fascinating characters and heart catching stories. The art and music really help to pull everything together. With the light colors and almost paint brush feel of the scenery, along with the gentle soundtrack playing in the background, it just helps cement the feeling that the creators tried to create and pull off.
Sadly, one of the last episodes got a little sloppy,'little' being the key word as it is barely noticeable. Other than that the animation is smooth and pleasing to the eyes.
The opening and ending really complement the over all feel and message of the show. I especially liked the ending 'Aishiteru' by Kourin, her voice gave the lyrics a lonely but hopeful feel, it is very nostalgic.
Some might say that this show is boring because of how mellow it can be. This is not true, and the reason is that most of the series is focused more on 'themes' as the main plot, with one story episodes; rarely does a story or conflict go on for more then one episode.
The ending of the season is especially pleasing. While it clearly shows some bridges have been crossed as far as story development, it was left open for either the viewer's interpretation or a third season.
Over all, this series really makes one think about the workings of the heart, friendship, and trust. I recommend that everyone give this series a try, there is so much that it offers, and it would be sad to miss out on it.
---PS. This is my first review on MAL. Let me know what you thought. read more
"Continuing the path that must be done"
As the first series continues, Natsume Takashi learned that many youkai have different powers with different purposes.
It’s a continuation of the first series as they made a slightly different way of development because it shows more involvement of youkai and his capability to use his own power. It focuses of using the same method of youkai solving as new tale to tell and to discover as it goes deeper in its arc. The drama and mystery here became more interesting and entertaining than before as they add some twist to cope up viewers on watching.
Definitely a different way of continuing the preceding series as it really goes very well.
Art & Animation...
Beautiful backgrounds, detailed character designs, and impressive scenery just like the preceding. Noticing the difference from before, it’s jibing better and more appropriate in its settings.
The OP and ED theme is just truly wonderful… better than before.
The OP and ED song is lively, dramatic, calm. Both of them matched its theme that contains such wonderful and harmonious art and BG sounds adds up the enjoyment through the show.
Hmmm… Natsume Takashi, he's kind of weak in physical appearance, a compassionate type among youkai, not that free spirited among human beings but reverse among youkai, and improves a lot in this series. As for Madara the other main or the best supporting character on the series that keeps the level of boredom on the bottom became sillier, and more knowledgeable in puns.
And for the other characters who sometimes make an appearance in this series, they help the series to be complete and entertaining.
It's quite redundant in its case; it might be an anime that will keep you interested in their arcs, art & animation, sounds, but not quite in the characters. It has a plain and calm feature.
Recommended for those who wants a slice of life with different style of maintaining its peaceful feature. A style where people tend to communicate in other species for resolving what must be done to solve its problem.
It is a mixture of drama, supernatural, and slice of life that will give you depth in life. read more
While the first season of Natsume Yuujinchou was already compared often to Mushishi, Natsume Yuujinchou was always a lot more gentler and less that's-the-way-life-is than Mushishi. Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou for the most part is just like the first series, but it's a tad bit darker and closer to Mushishi, with its theme being confronting with reality and making a choice rather than the changing of the main character of the first season. Otherwise, watch both series for the reasons stated by others for natsume Yuujichou.
(Zoku) Natsume Yuujincho and Mushishi both share that gentle pacing, along with being for the most part episodic (in a positive way), and a similar main character (though Ginko would be a 10 years older and more mature Natsume, if that's even possible). While Natsume Yuujincho deals with ayakashi and Mushishi with a most basic type of lifeform called mushi, you will likely find something in both that will tug at your heartstrings.
Opening Theme"Ano hi Time Machine" by LONG SHOT PARTY
Ending Theme"Aishiteru (愛してる)" by Kourin
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