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Natsume Yuujinchou


Alternative Titles

English: Natsume's Book of Friends
Synonyms: Natsume Yujincho, Natsume Yujin-cho
Japanese: 夏目友人帳

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
Premiered: Summer 2008
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:00 (JST)
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.401 (scored by 99,821 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1622
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #219
Members: 259,769
Favorites: 9,460
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Synopsis

While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume's possession, the book gives Reiko's grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.

Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother's contract.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Natsume Yuujinchou was licensed for an English release as Natsume's Book of Friends by NIS America, Inc. It was released October 9, 2012 as a Season 1 and 2 DVD Premium Edition followed by a DVD Standard Edition release February 4, 2014. It is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Natori, Shuuichi
Supporting
Ishida, Akira
Japanese
Hinoe
Supporting
Okamura, Akemi
Japanese
Hiiragi
Supporting
Yukino, Satsuki
Japanese
Fujiwara, Touko
Supporting
Itou, Miki
Japanese
Tsubame
Supporting
Yuzuki, Ryouka
Japanese

Staff

Miyake, Masanori
Producer
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director
Kawamura, Tomoyuki
Episode Director


Edit Opening Theme

"Issei no Sei (一斉の声; Simultaneous Voice)" by Shuhei Kita

Edit Ending Theme

"Natsu Yuuzora (夏夕空; Summer Evening Sky)" by Kousuke Atari




More reviewsReviews

Nov 17, 2008
Takai (All reviews)
-INTRODUCTION-

I've been looking forward to this anime ever since I saw one of the promotional images -- Natsume sitting on a tree branch with his foot slightly touching the water underneath, and an unusual looking cat by his side. I fell in love with that image alone and could not stop thinking about it. Needless to say, I watched Natsume Yuujinchou while it was still ongoing and waited eagerly for the subtitles to come out. Now that it's over, I can say for sure -- it was a short but beautiful experience, and became one of my very special personal favorites.

-STORY- 10/10

"Thank you... for not read more
Mar 4, 2012
Okazaki93 (All reviews)
Natsume Yuujinchou is possibly the most powerful, thought-provoking anime I've ever seen. The amount of emotions you'll experience is nothing short of incredible, especially when you consider the anime's 13 episode length.

Pity, anger, sorrow, astonishment, and absolute elation are to name a few.

And some tears on the side...Manly tears, obviously.

Story- 10/10

Natsume Yuujinchou is episodic, there is no defining plot line. The most common, unifying theme is Natsume's ultimate goal to return all the Youkai names that his Grandmother Reiko took and stored in the Book of Friends. The episodes range from various Youkai simply wanting their names back, to far more complex issues such as read more
Mar 3, 2009
thepinkangel (All reviews)
Oh my goodness, where to start.

Natsume Yuujinchou is a small gem of a series, and I'm glad I followed a friend's recommendation to watch it. This small, often overlooked series is so beyond charming that I wonder how anyone could pass it up!

The story is simple, because there's no overall arcing plot. The series basically consists of self-contained episodes where Natsume looks to help youkai with their problems and give them back their names. Sometimes he seeks to help out humans troubled by youkai. In any case, Natsume is always trying to help someone while "Nyanko-sensei" scolds him for his human stupidity.
Each story serves as read more
Feb 8, 2016
tommyandolli (All reviews)
Honestly, I don't really understand why this anime has so many amazing ratings. This isn't the worst anime i've ever seen- no, but I certainly do not think it's anywhere near the best.

Now, let's talk about the story.
3/10
One of the things I hated the most about this anime was the fact that it's episodic, and it doesn't work. In my opinion, this only makes it painfully predicable and underdeveloped. Honestly, you've seen the first three episodes you've seen the whole show. A youkai comes. Cool. They want Natsume's help. Oh. They get their help. There's a revelation. Ok. The majority of the episodes read more

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