Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Natsume Yuujinchou Four, Natsume Yuujinchou 4, Natsume Yujincho 4
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 肆
English: Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4
German: Natsume Yujin-cho Staffel 4
Spanish: Natsume Yujin-cho Temporada 4
French: Natsume Yujin-cho Saison 4
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 3, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:30 (JST)
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: 8.641 (scored by 106769106,769 users)
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Ranked: #732
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Popularity: #967
Members: 241,098
Favorites: 2,000

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Takashi Natsume, the timid youkai expert and master of the Book of Friends, continues his journey towards self-understanding and acceptance with the help of friends both new and old. His most important ally is still his gluttonous and sake-loving bodyguard, the arrogant but fiercely protective wolf spirit Madara—or Nyanko-sensei, as Madara is called when in his usual disguise of an unassuming, pudgy cat.

Natsume, while briefly separated from Nyanko-sensei, is ambushed and kidnapped by a strange group of masked, monkey-like youkai, who have spirited him away to their forest as they desperately search for the Book of Friends. Realizing that his "servant" has been taken out from right under his nose, Nyanko-sensei enlists the help of Natsume's youkai friends and mounts a rescue operation. However, the forest of the monkey spirits holds many dangerous enemies, including the Matoba Clan, Natsume's old nemesis.

Stretching from the formidable hideout of the Matoba to Natsume's own childhood home, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi is a sweeping but familiar return to a world of danger and friendship, where Natsume will finally confront the demons of his own past.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Matoba, Seiji

Suwabe, Junichi

Taki, Tooru

Satou, Rina


Okamura, Akemi

Fujiwara, Touko

Itou, Miki


Yukino, Satsuki


Sasaki, Reiko
Oomori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kojima, Masayuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Deai, Kotomi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Ima, Kono Toki. (今、このとき。)" by Hiiragi

Ending Theme


Jan 16, 2022
The season starts off strong with some more Matoba clan conflict. I think for the series' overarching narrative the Matoba clan are the primary antagonists. Since their introduction we've gotten glimpses at the dark side of exorcism. Natsume seems to exists as an outsider to the traditional rules of exorcists, and based on some statements about him by the mysterious clan we can assume that he has the potential to be far more powerful than any of them.

I really can't wait to see if they delve deeper into Reiko's backstory or if it's left up as a mystery until the very end, if it's ever ...
Mar 4, 2019
This season was so. freakin'. good. I did not expect this anime to go into such detail about Natsume's background-- and I loved it!

The way this anime tells his story is so awesome. It's difficult to explain without spoiling anything, but the mood this anime is able to set for Natsume's backstory without sacrificing the charm and tranquil nature of the anime is something I didn't expect to be done well, and it was. Another thing I've really been wanting out of this anime for a while is a continuous storyline that stretches for longer than an episode or two, and this season finally gave ...
Aug 2, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I can’t even begin to understand why this show doesn’t touch me that much at all. It has all the right elements from the get-go with a relationship-related theme absolutely relevant for someone like me and the consistency to carry that theme out in a multitude of storytelling approaches utilizing its format as an episodic story to its maximum advantage. Plenty of facets regarding connection are laid out in every episode. But still, despite it being my cup of tea, why do I not find it beyond the realm of “alright” and “just good”?

If I were to describe what I feel, it would be that ...

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