Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4

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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: 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 109602109,602 users)
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Ranked: #752
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Popularity: #998
Members: 246,852
Favorites: 2,009

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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



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

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Mar 28, 2014
*This review encompasses all four "seasons" of Natsume's Book of Friends*

There is a wide variety of adjectives you can use to describe an anime series; hilarious, dramatic, romantic, horrific, and the like. Natsume's Book of Friends is best described using the words beautiful, heart-warming, and emotional. It is rare to find a series that evokes such powerful emotions in each episode without dropping the ball for four seasons, but Natsume's Book of Friends makes it seem effortless with masterful storytelling along with a strong cast of characters.

The premise of the story is supernatural: our protagonist Natsume Takashi can see "youkai" or spirits, a trait inheritedfrom ...
Jul 12, 2013
What? It's over already?!

Those thoughts never left my head while watching this season. Although I'll have to admit, I was slightly disappointed in the lack of "big events" during this season. However, the anime has always kept a relaxing mood, whilst gently adding action and drama in small amounts. It'd be weird if something completely crazy and big were to happen anyways. I found myself wishing Natsume would say more things, admit more things, yet how realistic is it for him to actually do everything we as the viewers want him to do? In reality, Natsume has always acted in character, even when he ...
Jan 1, 2024
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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