(The review covers all seasons, even though I also talk about the latest.)
After six seasons, Natsume Yuujinchou excels as much in the art of conveying powerful emotions during each episode without ever giving the impression that the series becomes tiresome. If I were to describe this series most appropriately, I would say it's heartwarming, moving and (personally) exotic.
The synopsis is simple. We follow Natsume Takashi, a 15-year-old orphan boy who can see supernatural creatures called "youkai" or spirits, a capacity he inherited from his grandmother Reiko, who had died for many years. He also receives his grandmother's "Book of Friends" which contains all the contracts
she has made with youkai. With the powerful youkai Nyanko-sensei or Madara, Natsume gradually releases the various spirits that were linked to his grandmother.
Natsume Yuujinchou has a simple structure. Each episode relates a new story featuring relationships between youkai or youkai-human relationships, and generally a difficulty concerning youkai(s). Each story is well written, sprinkled with mystery while disseminating hints enabling the viewer to arouse his curiosity. Some episodes focus only on Natsume, his adoptive family and friends. In all cases, the interactions between the different characters are very well-developed and in a natural way. The episodic format might suggest that in the long term it would become repetitive, but the diversity of stories is impressive with a relatively unpredictable style, sometimes resulting in a happy ending, sometimes a separation. It depends.
Even if the universe is fictional, the relationships are real. Natsume understands that youkai aren't so different from humans. They also have qualities, defects and feelings of all kinds: regrets, love, sadness.
The storytelling is executed masterfully. Usually we follow the story from the point of view of Natsume. We have therefore access to his thoughts, remarks on what he sees, other characters, etc. But at times, it happens also that the story is told to us by other more secondary characters. This season, there were Natsume's two friends: Kitamoto and Nishimura. It was interesting to have their opinion on Natsume and generally their point of view when they surprise Natsume helping a youkai (which they can't see of course).
For the characters: Natsume is a truly endearing character. Each of us can identify with him. I think at some point in life, we all spent moments isolating ourselves from others. (It was my case) And his kindness and timidity can't leave you indifferent and... it's impossible to hate him !
His relationship with Nyanko-sensei is very fun to see. Nyanko-sensei can be seen as the pet of Natsume but thanks to its very powerful powers, Nyanko-sensei is also present to protect Natsume against a possible danger. Although this aspect isn't explicit in the series, I think it's really the key figure that has filled (at least partially) the solitude of Natsume.
Concerning the supporting characters, I can say that after six seasons, they have received a complete development and are very endearing. Whether Natsume's friends, his adoptive family or his friends youkai, all have a real involvement in the plot and have their own personality. None of them is actually unidimensional and can't be classified in the "dere-dere personality". There are some runnings gags as when Taki is in ecstasy when she sees Nyanko-sensei because she finds him cute. But overall I can't define the characters with basic archetypes. The entourage of Natsume is undoubtedly composed of people who are fundamentally good (although Natori ...) since Natsume is himself a kind and caring person. I suppose the good people draw attention of the good people.
The atmosphere of the series is marvelous. Whether its splendid soundtrack with comforting music and others more adapted to the action scenes or its backrounds representing a calm, peaceful and mysterious countryside. The animation of the series is satisfactory without being exceptional either: mostly traditional animation. To come back to the scenery, I can say unequivocally that I have rarely seen such beautiful scenery in anime. Each image of the opening deserves a screenshot.
Rei Yasuda's ending song is magnificent. This is probably my favorite ED for this past season. The melody and the lyrics correspond perfectly with the themes of the series.
I also add that there is a new OST in this season that I appreciate very much: the one we hear during the preview after the ending song.
Finally, this narrative tells of self-fulfilment of Natsume. At the beginning of the series, Natsume is a lonely character who doesn't really have friends and is often suspicious when he meets new people, youkai or humans. It's difficult to open to others because of the feeling of rejection that he has known since his childhood. But then, thanks to the "Book of Friends", Natsume meets different spirits with which he become friends. We can notice that the opening of this new season emphasizes the evolution of the character especially when we see the "current" Natsume watching the "child" Natsume. He also became friends with many of his schoolmates. Whether it is his friends who know his abilities or his friends who do not know the existence of spirits, everyone will encourage Natsume to go ahead and support him if he needs help. Similarly for his adoptive parents, the Fujiwara, who really take care of him. Natsume doesn't wish to break his relationship with them and they never informed them either of his capacity or the Book of Friends. I hope one day Natsume will reveal them. Maybe in season 7?
In short, the series succeeds brilliantly from a simple plot to show us gradually what I can call a masterpiece. Each story, whether tearful or joyful, offers a life lesson to its viewers.
With this, I take leave of you and I hope we'll see the sequel in the future.
The story is a masterpiece since season 1
the everyday life of Natsume while protecting the Book of Friends inherit from his grandmother.
His character become great he gain more trust to his friend he still learn a lot from the everyday experience (Story 10/10)
Art is great too the animation better and better from season 1. they portrait the characters really well (Art 10/10)
The Opening and Ending Songs are great have deep meaning and its perfect for the characters in the anime
The characters are great even there are small cameo roles in some episode but they portrait it really well
The Enjoyment watching the
anime is great I cant get enough with it I will miss them . (Enjoyment 10/10)
I really recommend this anime the story is a masterpiece I think this is the anime that I watch with this many season and hopefully many more to come
The 6th Season of Natsume's book of friends, First of all I'm proud of how far this series has come and just how consistent it is with it's quality. It's an anime that has never disappointed me, And I hope it gets a lot more seasons.
Like every season, Natsume Yuujinchou plays to it's strengths. It's a very relaxing anime. It's quiet, slow(for good reasons), full of lovable characters. It's a vibe, a very spirtual vibe that it gives off through it's country side atmosphere and it's fantasy elements. It sometimes gets pretty dark and mysterious which adds a lot of flavor to this show. The
storytelling in every episode is superb, It's always fresh and simple, The use of symbolism and Goblins to tell a new tale every episode shows how well scripted and cohesive it is.
Every season it slowly pushes the story, this time it got to a point that a lot of people were biting their nails for a pretty long time, and they kinda ended it there, so I can't wait to see what happens next, I might read this manga before Attack on titan if they don't make any announcements soon.
I honestly don't have anything major to complain, sometimes it's a little unbelievable how some people react to Natsume, But it happens very rarely and it's something I can slide because of the characterization. That's it. The animation is good too, it's not anything crazy but it works very well for it's environment and the vibe that it gives off, The music is always spectacular, I'll say this, during exam times or if you have any stress, just listen to this OST it'll help. It's just beautiful.
Overall just another amazing season of my most favorite slice of life ever, Some people might not find it interesting but I would definitely recommend watching this and all it's previous seasons.
My first impressions for this show after watching the first two episodes, I felt that the season would focus on motifs of Natsume growing up with unique capabilities and what life was like for him during these difficult times. It turns out that I wasn’t too far off on my hypothesis! Woot.Very much like the previous season, this new addition has been quite reflective in regards to Natsume’s past, mostly in relation to the obstacles that he faced as a child. We get to experience more concrete glimpses into the core facets via contemplative thoughts that our protagonist has about the person he used to
be and the person that he’s become. This breathtakingly puts into perspective the character growth that he’s undergone over the span of the past 72-episodes.
Every single aspect about Natsume’s Book of Friends is a stunning masterpiece and a subtle ode to Japanese culture and spiritual beliefs. It’s presented in glorious animation, infused with the aesthetics of tradition and history. From the mannerisms and etiquette, to the way that everyone interacts with another-supernatural or otherwise-to the common dilemmas involving dysfunctional and complicated familial bonds, friendships steeped in misunderstanding, and the simple emotions of loneliness that’s blossomed from a deep loss–all of these come together in a marvellous, fluid way to create a story that’s highly engaging and compassionate.
Visually, the anime is just as lovely, if not more, as its predecessors. The natural surroundings of the forests, neighbourhoods, and mountainous regions are depicted with great detail while retaining an air of ordinary beauty. The characters are all natural and easy to differentiate from one to the next. Whenever it calls for it, the suspense, laced with ethereal affects, conjures just the right amount of tension without feeling heavy, forced, or insufficient.
The soundtrack continues to be wholeheartedly magical with melodies composed of piano, shamisen, and wood instruments that work together to instil warm-hearted emotions and empathetic responses. It’s tasteful, sophisticated, and so easy to listen to, making it the absolute perfect accompaniment to the classic aura of Japanese culture.
Regardless of all of these things to love and appreciate, the best parts of the season were the themes of friendship and family, the bonds that tie people together, which is inherent in every new instalment to the serial. It’s a show that really peels away all of the layers that make humans such complex creatures and reveals us for the simpletons that we are: individuals who fight our own realm of loneliness; people who just want to love and be loved and accepted, whether it’s romantic, familial, etc.
In conclusion, Natsume’s Book of Friends was one of the best shows out there for the Spring 2017 Anime line-up, and it will always be a masterpiece for me. It’s the kind of genuine feel-good series to pick up when you need it the most. I highly recommend this to all fans of anime, especially if you’re new to the medium. It can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a beautiful story.