Natsume Yuujinchou
Natsume's Book of Friends
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Natsume Yuujinchou

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Natsume Book of Friends, Manabiya no Sumi, Natsu ni wa Tameiki wo Tsuku
Japanese: 夏目友人帳
English: Natsume's Book of Friends
German: Pakt der Yokai. Natsume's Book of Friends
French: Le Pacte des yôkai
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jun 10, 2003 to ?
Genres: Drama Drama, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Iyashikei Iyashikei
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: LaLa
Authors: Midorikawa, Yuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.671 (scored by 1084810,848 users)
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Ranked: #612
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Popularity: #380
Members: 43,652
Favorites: 2,191

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Takashi Natsume is a 15-year-old boy who wants nothing more but to live a normal life like everyone else. But to his dismay, like his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he possesses the ability to see "youkai," or spirits. Natsume eventually discovers that Reiko had bequeathed to him a book of contracts in which she had bound youkai—the "Book of Friends." However, without Reiko ever calling upon the spirits' names, they have been left in a confined state. Now, these spirits continuously pursue Natsume in the hopes of having their contracts dissolved for freedom.

While there may be gentle, harmless spirits which come to Natsume for help, there are also malicious, hostile spirits that threaten him. This is where Madara steps in, a spirit disguised as a rotund cat. Commonly referred to as Nyanko-sensei by Natsume, Madara is a self-proclaimed bodyguard who has his own motives for accompanying Natsume.

Natsume Yuujinchou is a supernatural slice-of-life series about a boy who struggles to live a normal life while balancing the spirit and human worlds and acquiring important life lessons along the way.

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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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Mar 27, 2022
Preliminary (107/? eps)
Before I start, I have to preface that this is not a detailed breakdown but instead a description of what this manga encompasses emotionally, as I think that's far more fair and appropriate to the story -- as such this might be all over the place, sorry. Applies to both the manga and the anime -- the anime elevating it even further with it's unforgettable soundtrack.

Natsume Yuujinchou is the only story I can wholeheartedly tell was and can only be created by a truly kind and loving person. I yearn to be able to put that much soul, emotion and love into a story to ...
Jan 23, 2021
Preliminary (102/? eps)
Reading Natsume Yuujinchou feels like crossing into a mushroom circle. There's magic and mystery, and charm in the natural feel. The story has been going on for about eighteen years now, and it's nice seeing how themes and details will build on each other in small ways. If you love slice of life, especially the kind that makes you feel like your sitting in a forest on a sunny day, enjoying time as it passes, this is a great manga! It's also fun because it dances amongst many different feelings. It balances light comedy with darker moods, energetic scenes and calming scenery.

Oh! And I ...
Jun 16, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (99/? eps)
Natsume Yuujinchou - the poor man's Mushishi.

On a paper, the concept looks good. Youkai are great source of inspiration for a story - their variations can lend to a distinct feel and even their most basic form appeal as something unusual to a western reader. Sadly, it's something you can keep milking only for so long if you don't improve the staleness of the story itself. Yes, the main weakness of Natsume Yuujinchou is that it's going on for way too damn long without much change of variety. Yes, it is episodical, but unlike the forementioned Mushishi that is still highly creative with it's variations ...

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