Natsume Yuujinchou: Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Nyanko-Sensei and the First Errand

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Synonyms: Nyanko-sensei & the First Errand, Natsume Yuujinchou LaLa Special, Natsume Yujincho LaLa Special, Natsume's Book of Friends LaLa Special
Japanese: 夏目友人帳新作アニメDVD
English: Natsume’s Book of Friends: Nyanko-Sensei and the First Errand
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 15, 2013
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: IyashikeiIyashikei, MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 22 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.651 (scored by 1750217,502 users)
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Ranked: #14492
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Popularity: #3776
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Madara, nicknamed "Nyanko-sensei," runs into two young children when he gets separated from his temporary owner Takashi Natsume. Unequipped to handle kids, Nyanko-sensei tries to wriggle his way out; but fearing for their safety around the ravenous forest youkai, he decides to escort the siblings to safety. However, even for an all-powerful youkai such as Nyanko-sensei, dealing with the playful and overly curious nature of children can prove to be an exhausting challenge.

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Natsume Yuujinchou: Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai was bundled with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni in Japan on February 5, 2014. It was originally included in a DVD special available in the August 2013 issue of LaLa to commemorate the manga's 10th anniversary.

The special was later broadcasted on November 16, 2016 due to certain circumstances regarding the broadcast of episode seven of Natsume Yuujinchou Go.

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May 24, 2015
These two OVAs were cute, as they're like yin and yang: in one Natsume does something for a spirit, in the other Nyanko-sensei does something for human children... they even return with either one or the other of Natsume's parents, just for the sake of equilibrium.

It's probably not as moving as other episodes, and since children seem to be both annoying and funny IRL or not, so is this episode, as is for the spirits within...

These series are beyond calm... some episodes almost transcendental. When it comes to art, that is.
Jan 16, 2022
Based on a couple other reviews I saw I'm guess that MAL used to have 2 of the OVA's as one entry but split them up at some point. So to clarify, this is a review for Nyanko-sensei's first errand.

It was a cute little story about Mr Fat Cat having to deal with the precocious personalities of two very young children. It's nice to see that despite the way he talks, Nyanko-sensei really does have a heart, doesn't he? He's a big lovable tsundere and I honestly don't know if he ever had any intentions of eating Natsume to get the Book of Friends. I ...
Apr 24, 2016
I like Natsume and love Nyanko-sensei, but this OVA lacked the traditional mellow, melancholic beauty of the series and replaced it with the exploits of two *epically* irritating children.

I'd have given this twice as many points if Nyanko-sensei had eaten them.

This episode feels aimed at a much younger viewer, (like, *much* younger; do sperm have televisions?) and relies on (a lot of) repetition and slapstick.

If you want a break from 'all the feels' you'll get it here; your heart won't be broken by a lovesick yōkai turning into fireflies, but your ears may be broken by the combined wailing of two larval humans.

There are cameo ...

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