Ever since he was little, Takashi Natsume has been able to see what others could not, namely monstrous spirits known as Yokai. Natsume's late grandmother, Reiko, would challenge Yokai to contests and the ones that lost had to sign a contract with her, binding their names to her "Yujin-cho." Ever since Natsume has inherited the book, together with Nyanko Sensei, his self-proclaimed bodyguard, he spends his days trying to return the names within the book to their owners.
Natsume has been busy, navigating between humans and Yokai when he coincidentally reunites with an old classmate, Yuki. It brings back painful memories of a certain Yokai. Meanwhile, Natsume also became acquainted with Yorie Tsumura, a woman in the memories of a Yokai whose name he had returned. Yorie knew much about Reiko, but now lived a peaceful life with her only son, Mukuo. Being with this family was comforting for Natsume, but apparently a mysterious Yokai has been lurking in their town.
On the way back from investigating, a "Yokai seed" that had latched itself to Nyanko Sensei drops into the Fujiwaras' garden and grows overnight into a fruit tree. When Nyanko Sensei eats a fruit that is somehow shaped like himself, he suddenly splits into three!
This movie is essentially a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode, with all the same flair albeit improved art and animation. It has a little bit of everything from the series and every character makes an appearance. If you enjoy Natsume Yuujinchou, you'll enjoy the movie too. If by some chance you haven't seen the series yet, watch it before watching this movie.
I enjoyed it very much.
Now, where's my 7th season?
Because MAL is a butt and wants me to write a longer review, I just want to say that Nyanko-sensei is the most precious anime character to every exist. I want my very own Nyanko-sensei to hold
and snuggle. Hopefully he doesn't drink all my beer though.
Natsume yuujinchou never fails to amaze me, no matter how old I am or how I personally changed, I can never find myself unable to enjoy it, it is a work of art that continues to this day and I hope I can see more of it.
Whenever there is a movie made for an anime it usually has some random action and mainly flawed plot but thankfully this is not the case, this feels more like a longer episode of natsume rather than a movie, it is soothing, relaxing and it personally made me very happy considering I didn't like part 6 as much
as the rest.
The story is great and unique and the fact that this is a movie after 6 seasons with each season having 12/13 episodes with ovas for every season yet there is such a good idea like this still being presented for the first time makes me happy, I won't spoil anything but it sure was a very fun ride though I will say the fact that we got to know that not every human despised reiko was so heartwarming.
The art is phenomenal as well as the animation but it felt a bit lacky in that part but I know a 100% flawless animation is extremely difficult to obtain anyways so it wasn't a big problem or anything.
The OSTs/Ending song were great as ususal.
Overall a 10/10, it helped me forget about my other worries and was an incredibly fun ride.
Would recommend it even as a stand-alone movie and not part of a series.
Ah, it's nice to be back in the world of Natsume Yuujinchou. Legitimately, within the first few minutes of experiencing this lovely story, I just felt instantly relaxed and calm. I missed that feeling, so I'm glad I finally got to watch this movie.
Every time I review something from Natsume, I feel like all I do is gush about the same things over and over, but it really is such a great anime series that it's hard not to give it praise for the things it does really well. For example, the art style in this anime has always been really interesting to me.
I didn't really find it completely appealing at first since I'm so picky, but it's honestly the only art style this anime could ever have. The colors being dull yet colorful as they are, the character designs being simple and mundane, and the landscapes being expansive and entrancing are all reasons that this sort of art style works so well for a calming and magical anime such as Natsume.
The story in this film specifically was very interesting. The whole film felt like a long episode of Natsume, which was great because all the little stories we got in this film were connected. The only bit of narrative that we didn't really get this go around was a more in depth look at Natsume's past and his mindset at the time of some of his harder encounters with people. That was something I really enjoyed about the most recent seasons of Natsume, and I was hoping that this movie would really delve into it, though the story we got was still pure Natsume, and I loved that.
The one thing that I will always love above all else in this anime are the characters themselves. This story of the Book of Friends is able to open such a broad pathway for us, as viewers, to experience some really lovely narratives that-- while short-lived-- make us feel a multitude of emotions, almost as if we've spent a lifetime in them. This film was no different, and maybe even better since we got to spend a little more time here than we normally get to.
It's always been really difficult for me to talk about Natsume Yuujinchou because there's not a whole lot TO say as it speaks for itself. It's a series that'll make everybody feel at peace and happy, but it's still got a wealth of depth and things to teach the people that watch it. The world, the stories, the people-- it's all so unique when it comes to Natsume's Book of Friends, and it's not something you'd regret getting into at all. I'm really looking forward to spending more time in this world, should the opportunity arise, and I'm glad I've gotten to spend so much time there already. This is definitely my go-to anime for a rainy day.
GASP! DON'T LOOK AT ME MY WHILE BIAS IS SHOWING!!!
I waited 6 long months to watch this movie! The wait was ever so justified by a solid hour and forty four minutes of Natsume and the Book of Friends feels train. I am quite obviously a fan of the series, and while I feel this feature film is very watchable as a stand alone media; I do recommend
watching the series in its
entirety first. It will only make this gem shine that much brighter.
The story for Utsusemi ni Musbu plays along like an extended episode of the Book of Friends regular series. There are quite a few events and multiple tangent lines laid delicately together in this bonus time, including extended visits into both Natsume Takashi's and Natsume Reiko's past. Even with the plethora of content, the film brilliantly says true to "Natsume" story telling format. I even dare to say the plot line is almost even predictable, but in a very familiar giving the fans exactly what they want sort of way. In the film you will be privileged to a few bits of life lesson grade material, and the emotional train ride will have you appreciating life, as your heart gets trapped in the pseudo nostalgia the film creates. Natsume and the Book of friends is a fantastic fable, and the Natsume Movie a brilliant chapter to be counted among the media. For the content, as well as pairing with the franchise the story gets a [10/10] from me.
While anyone could argue about the art for the film being "dated", this is the only style I would have accepted a full length Natsume film to be animated in. In my heart it will always be as that world should, and I would probably feel scorned if they attempted to "modernize" the content. That being said its not terrible by any means. The landscapes are consistent, and the moving animations are fluid. A lot of effort went into creating this film and it shows. [9/10]
That ending theme song, queue the water works. Once I was done sniffling, I felt super content. It was the perfect dessert for the multi course feast that was this movie. The voice actors brought their best work in as a few of the scenes were laid on a little thicker than others. Oh the spoilers I could mention, but any fan of the franchise will find them, and first time viewers will be immersed by the commitment. [9/10]
Characters get a [10/10]. This is where I am particularly bias. The individuals of this series and the relationships they share are what carry the viewer through an often episodic format. To get to spend time with them again in this film, is just a very satisfying familiar feeling. Probably the biggest reason I will once again recommend watching the show before this film. If you cant be convinced, there is a drunkard glutton kitty of bad ass and fluff.oozing sarcasm. You will be a fan, guaranteed.
I definitely enjoyed it, [10/10] but this is a shōjo, drama type film, so if you are going into it thinking to find epic fight scenes or a sinister/victorious type power arch. You might want to think about checking out a different film.
With my predisposition confessed, I still give the BOOK of FRIENDS movie, a [9/10]. It's a safe watch if you are a fan of the series, and even though I say a third time, "watch the series first", this film could serve as a good hook into the franchise. Either way, not a bad waste of time.