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Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou

Alternative Titles

English: Natsume's Book of Friends
Synonyms: The Natsume Book of Friends, Manabiya no Sumi, Natsu ni wa Tameiki wo Tsuku
Japanese: 夏目友人帳

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jun 10, 2003 to ?
Authors: Midorikawa, Yuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: LaLa DX

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Score: 8.771 (scored by 5366 users)
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Ranked: #302
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Popularity: #277
Members: 17,581
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Synopsis

Natsume's just an ordinary kid, except he can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the "Book of Friends." Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. With the help of a spirit "cat" (who really just wants Natsume to die so he can have the book), Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits and trying not to get killed.

(Source: Storm in Heaven)

Background

Natsume Yuujinchou was nominated for the first Manga Taishou Award in 2008.

The series has been published in English as Natsume's Book of Friends by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint since January 5, 2010.

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More reviewsReviews

StreetFighter
Aug 11, 2011
Pleasantly spurred on by the recent reviews and attention this beautiful work has received, I thought I perhaps could toss my hat into the ring and speak a little about Natsume Yuujinchou. Stunning in it's simplicity, meaningful in it's message, this is a manga that I believe always could use a little more love.


At it's heart, Natsume Yuujinchou presents a rather simple story depicting the day to day life of Takashi Natsume, orphan and loner from a very young age. In almost every way, Natsume is a normal fifteen year old child, shy and somewhat cut off from the people around him. The one read more
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sweeny
Jul 17, 2011
Why is there no review?

I really enjoy the story of Natsume. It is, I guess, a supernatural slice of life. It has a gentle feel, and it manages to tweak on all the emotions - I laugh, I cry, I sigh, I feel angry, and through it all, I enjoy the story. There are underlying themes of loneliness, but ultimately, I feel that is about finding your place in the world.

Our protagonist, Natsume, can see spirits (yokai). This has been a bane in his life, as when he was young people thought he was a liar. This wasn't helped by the fact that he moved read more
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goodbyefornow
Jan 1, 2014
Story
I find the story fascinating in regards to how Natsume has been able to see spirits (ayakashi/youkai) and having to deal with all the problems in regards to returning the names from the 'Book of Friends' back to their rightful owners. Personally, just the fact he can see spirits drew me into the story, however, some of the spirits aren't exactly friendly, which is what makes the story overall enjoyable to read.

Art
I absolutely love the artwork by Midorikawa Yuki. It probably isn’t one of my top favourites, but I definitely love how the characters and scenery are drawn. What I enjoy about read more
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setogirl2
Aug 10, 2011
strange that i see only one review on this manga although it`s such an amazing manga

story : natsume yuujinchou talks about a boy who can see youkai the main idea might sound so not original but i advice you not to give up on it just because of that the story progress and the themes of the chapters are the description of originality itself (the book of freinds , good youkai , bad youkai ,the ugly fat cat lol ,freindship , love ) the manga is full of different themes and different situations also what differentiates this from the normal youkai mangas is that read more
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