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.
At last, after almost 9 months from the original release, this movie was subtitled. This movie was honestly really cute, and really gave off that Natsume vibe! So, here I am with my very first review.
The story: 8
The story was well executed and easy to follow. It was fun to see how all the different aspects that don't seem connected slowly intertwine to make one whole story. Now it wasn't anything mind boggling, but it still left me feeling warm on the inside when the story was over.
The art for this movie is better than what we saw in season 6, even with season
6 having much improved art compared to the very first season. It's great watching the art for this show get better over time! It was also consistent, and it didn't feel like there were too many short cuts, or still images. Although the style can be simple, it's still well animated.
I have always loved the soundtrack for this show. Whether it's the nostalgia, or the fact that I will easily listen to just about anything, I have always loved this shows soundtrack. The movie was no different and the soundtrack felt just like it always did. I also loved the song Remember by Usu at the end of the movie. A must listen!
The characters were also quite good. Natsume was, well, Natsume. And Nyanko was as silly as ever and made me laugh! But I would like to focus on the movie only characters! The red youkai was particularly interesting to me, and I honestly thought his personality was kinda cute. Mukuo was likeable, and hearing about his life made me feel for him. He was not the most interesting, but likeable nonetheless. I liked his clumsiness! Yorie was sweet, and i'm always a sucker for sweet elderly anime characters. I didn't really connect with her as much as I wanted, but she was good despite that. I loved the 3 Nyankos, the were utterly ADORABLE! It was nice seeing everyones interactions! Yuuki was also a character I found interesting, even if he didn't that big of a part.
My overall enjoyment was a 7! Which for me, is good! It didn't connect with me as other stories from Natsume Yuujinchou did, but it was still very good! It did leave that heartwarming feeling that I wanted, but I think I expected for that feeling to be stronger. Thats not to say it was a bad movie, though. It was very good!
Overall, the movie is worth it to watch, especially if you are a Natsume fan like me! Hopefully my first review was helpful to some people! Thanks for reading!
The movie is basically an arc equivalent to 3-4 episodes of the series.It starts with Natsume returning a name of a youkai from the yuujinchou which initiates a turn of events leading into the plot of the movie.
The story leaves you with a fuzzy feeling like the original series does.The art though is better than the 6th season and the characters seem more clear than ever.The ED song is one of the most beautiful songs i have heard and would definitely give the AIMER EDs a run for their money.
I truly enjoyed the movie and would definitely recommend to watch the movie to those who
have been following the anime.
I'm going to save you from reading the usual fuzz that you can read in every other review ever on Natsume Yuujinchou. I mean, it's Natsume. You already know what Natsume Yuujinchou is.
That brings me to the good thing about this movie, it doesn't do anything wrong. It's good because it's Natsume, and if you're thinking about watching this movie, chances are you've already watched the last SIX SEASONS (!!!) that precede it. By this point, you probably like Natsume and know what to expect. What you expect is exactly what you'll find in this movie: the good old usual Natsume Yuujinchou.
Describing it as
an arc you'd see from the show is perfectly accurate. That’s quite literally what it is, it's an arc in the form of a movie. It’s Natsume. If you're figuring out that Natsume isn't your type of thing after six seasons, I'd be concerned about the fact that you stuck around for so long lol
On the other hand, this movie isn't anything particularly special either, and other than presenting a new story, it certainly doesn't bring anything new to the table. There are some anime movies from other franchises that are utterly elevated from their parent series because of multiple aspects (ex: Haruhi), but I can’t say the same here. I’m not going to say this lack thereof is a detriment, it’s just the lack of something newer and special. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with that, though!
After a long wait, here it is, the subbed version of the movie we've all been waiting for. (Spoiler-free)
• Story: (6/10)
So many of Natsume Yuujinchou's stories have become rather repetitive over the years, not to say it does not pack a punch still. Anyone who watches it would be more than likely to guess the outcome of the story, yet when the end arrives it still leaves a bittersweet tang in its path, reminding viewers of the fugaciousness of life, be it human or yōkai.
Although it did not bring on the full-on bawling earlier seasons did (refer especially to Natsume's past), the pacing
and setup of the story was fairly good. The scriptwriters definitely did their best to keep the airy feeling of the Natsume Yuujinchou universe whilst bringing to fore the latest yōkai mishap.
The flashbacks, though well-timed and elicited nostalgia, felt rather burdensome to those who have remembered the unfolding of events, and lends a sag to the plot.
All in all, considering it's a slice-of-life anime, the plot is quite well done.
• Art: (8/10)
Compared to earlier seasons, the animation has definitely become smoother and its fluidity lends a sense of realism to the show. Expressions are well crafted though they sometimes seem without much variation, and can increase the emotional impact of the story.
What I was personally amazed about this time were the beautiful drawings of scenery. With most of the story taking place in Gochou, the tranquil backgrounds of sunsets over fields, of flowers blooming vividly amongst greenery, of a lovingly worn bus stop, of sunlight dappling through leaves in a forest, etc. None of it is spared from a quiet beautification, so close to reality yet so far.
Of course, the cuteness of Nyanko-Sensei this time around gives fans extra delight and would especially appeal to younger audiences (and the selling of merchandise).
• Sound: (7/10)
Nostalgia is the keystone, with soundtracks seen in almost every season. The background music still is extremely suitable to the situation, again emphasising tranquility and otherworldliness. Certain parts the music could have been lowered in relation to the dialogue, and sadly there were hardly to no new tracks, but overall it was a job well done.
Uru's ending song brought tears to my eyes, more so when you relate it to the plot. It was a good pick in continuation with Natsume Yuujinchou's bittersweet image.
The voice acting this round was outstanding as usual. Kamiya's soft-spoken Natsume radiates kindness and compassion while I imagine Inoue must have had a hard time voicing the very high-pitched Nyanko-Sensei. The supporting cast too continues a good job of portraying their characters without fault, and Koura's voice becomes the magnetic lynchpin of the movie's main yōkai.
• Character: (8/10)
As usual, all the original characters have already been well fleshed out so this is a continuation of their story. The character development in Natsume should be particularly noted, in that he now trusts his friends (Tanuma, Taki, the yōkai troupe, etc) without hesitation, that he cares so much for his family (Touko, Shigeru, Nyanko) and that although he has been hurt immensely, he can still forgive his former schoolmate with a smile on his face.
New characters are also given a spotlight of their own; Mukuo's past is a parallelism to Natsume's and Yorie confiding about her thoughts to Natsume about Reiko marks a poignant chord in the movie.
• Enjoyment: (8/10)
While it may not have been an all out bawl, Natsume Yuujinchou: Utsusemi no Musubu highlights once again the ephemeral bonds of relationships, teaches us that we should cherish it while we still have the chance. If or when it is lost, rather than despair, we should continue holding tight to the memories of warmth left in our hearts, only then can we do them justice.