Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu

Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond

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Synonyms: Gekijouban Natsume Yuujinchou, Natsume's Book of Friends Movie: Ephemeral Bond
Japanese: 劇場版 夏目友人帳 ~うつせみに結ぶ~
English: Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
German: Natsume Yujin-cho The Movie: Ephemeral Bond
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2018
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Shuka
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: IyashikeiIyashikei, MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.411 (scored by 2200922,009 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1632
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2409
Members: 63,739
Favorites: 179

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Preliminary Spoiler
Jun 2, 2019
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 ...
Jun 22, 2019
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 ...
Aug 21, 2019
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. ...
Aug 22, 2019
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 ...
Feb 7, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I'm going to go against the grain and rate this move poorly compared to other people as well as compared to how I would rate the Natsume series overall.

Spoilers below.

This movie would have been a lot more effective if it had been reduced to one or two ~23 minute episodes. It was only about an hour into the film when the film finally decides to tell you what the film is actually about: Mukuo and Yorie.

It's not super difficult to find ways to shorten this film. For instance, a putative episode could have opened up with Natsume's mom asking him to go to Gochou (sp?), ...
Jun 22, 2019
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.

Art: 8
The art for this movie is better than what we saw in season 6, even with season ...
Jun 22, 2019
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 ...
Mar 21, 2020
Basically it's a regular series episode that's a bit longer, with even better drawn environments, which is awesome.

The story is pretty great, although I can't help but feel teased into thinking maybe we'd learn more about Natsume's grandfather in this - not by marketing materials, but by the plot. It's still lovely without it, but it's annoying that they keep doing that. It does the usual OVA thing where it has basically the entire cast show up and they aren't that important to the story at first, but it actually uses all of them in important story ways, which is unique. It also has the ...
Jun 24, 2019
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 ...
Jan 19, 2022
A really great story that follows typical trends set by the series so far. The movie is a slow start for long time fans as it spends a good 20 minutes re-establishing the setting as though you aren't already familiar with it. With that out of the way, though it goes into a unique story that blends a lot of different elements together. At first I thought the movie was trying to do too much and it was just throwing a bunch of new plot ideas at you for no reason but it actually did a decent job of tying it all back together in ...