Natsume Yuujinchou San

Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3

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Synonyms: Natsume Yuujinchou Three, Natsume Yuujinchou 3, Natsume Yujincho 3
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 参
English: Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2011 to Sep 27, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Sakura Create
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: IyashikeiIyashikei, MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.571 (scored by 115169115,169 users)
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Ranked: #942
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Popularity: #935
Members: 246,643
Favorites: 1,391

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Natsume Yuujinchou San follows Takashi Natsume, a boy who is able to see youkai. Natsume and his bodyguard Madara, nicknamed Nyanko-sensei, continue on their quest to release youkai from their contracts in the "Book of Friends."

Natsume comes to terms with his ability to see youkai and stops thinking of it as a curse. As he spends more time with his human and youkai friends, he realizes how much he values them both and decides he doesn't have to choose between the spirit and human worlds to be happy.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Matoba, Seiji

Suwabe, Junichi


Yajima, Akiko

Taki, Tooru

Satou, Rina


Okamura, Akemi

Fujiwara, Touko

Itou, Miki


Sasaki, Reiko
Oomori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Takahashi, Hideya
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hisagi, Akitsugu
Episode Director, Storyboard


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"Boku ni Dekiru Koto (僕にできること)" by HOW MERRY MARRY


Aug 8, 2011
Natsume Yuujinchou San builds on its solid foundation, continuing to weave a heartwarming tale for all viewers. The over-arching theme has evolved from one of loneliness, to acceptance, and finally to warmth over these three seasons, and this one seems to be the most gentle, most stirring, and most impactful yet.

The storytelling remains largely episodic, and while each episode may be rather unconnected to the previous, they all reveal much about the protagonist. This season has seen a clear shift, from the more Youkai-centred storytelling of the first two seasons to one focused on the exploration of Natsume's character and his past, giving viewers ...
Feb 3, 2012
NOTE: Since the content in all three seasons is similar enough that they don't warrant separate reviews, they will all be covered here. The fourth will be edited in when it finishes, unless it differs heavily from the first three by the end of its run.

Natsume Yuujinchou covers a familiar kind of story. We are presented with a teenage boy, who is unusually airy and doesn't socialize much, and frequently seems to be looking intently at things that aren't there. As you may have guessed, Natsume sees dead people. Well, not exactly... he can see Youkai, a kind of spirit told of in Japanese folklore.

Many ...
Apr 16, 2019
If you were to summarize Natsume Yuujinchou San in one word it would be boring. After the first couple of episodes you have basically watched them all as Natsume Yuujinchou San is repetitiveness in its purest form.

The story and characters themselves lack any kind of depth. When watching the show I wondered what this show actually had going for it. Action scenes with the youkai? No, even the worst action type anime can match it. Pathos heavy storytelling? No, none of the stories were emotional enough to actually make any impact. I can't think of a single redeeming factor for this show, it just ...

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