This anime is a very quiet, warm, gentle, and kind anime! Don’t you want to watch anime like this?? If you haven’t watched anime like this type, I definitely recommend you to watch Natsume’s Book of Friends(夏目友人帳/Natsume YujinCho)! It is a traditional Japanese Yokai(ghost) series. If you want to know, click on my other post Yokai? Yurei? Obake? What are They? I will be glad if my review would get you to watch this anime! Let me get started!(People who have already watched this anime, go ahead to scroll down all the way until little bit above “Leave a reply”area and mark rating as stars!
Contents ε=ε=┏( >_<)┛
This is about a high school boy named Takashi Natsume, he has had the ability to see Yokai(ghost) since he was a kid. Personally that is a great talent that not many people have! But the ability he has interfered with his childhood. People around him couldn’t understand what he was seeing or what he was experiencing, that caused people around him not to communicate with him, people looked at him like he was strange. He really didn’t know how come he can only see Yokai, he thought that is what everybody sees and that it was normal.
He has started figuring out that it is unusual to see Yokai as he grew up, he naturally stopped socializing with people because of these factors. He even started to hate Yokai because they annoyed him, once they noticed he could see them, being able to see Yokai made him look strange to other people. He didn’t have a mother or father, his mother passed away shortly after giving birth to him, after he was a little older his father passed away. After that Natsume was passed around from family to family. One day he attended a family’s funeral, he met up with a distant family by the name of Fujiwara, they felt bad for him and decided to take care of him. He moved with the Fujiwara family and starts his brand new life. Fujiwara family couldn’t see Yokai either but they try to understand Natsume with kindness.
The Fujiwara family lived in the house where his grandmother grew up, when Natsume was putting his grandmother’s things away, he finds her diary book, Natsume didn’t realize what trouble finding that diary would cause in his life. One day he was running away from Yokai and he accidentally broke the spiritual barrier, that accident awakened a Yokai that looks like a fat cat. Come to find out this Yokai knows his grandmother Reiko and her diary too, he told Natsume that he looks exactly like his grandmother. The diary has the names of the Yokai that were beaten by Reiko(But this anime is not like Dragon Ball lol). She wrote the names of the Yokai in her diary to keep them control of those Yokai.
The diary was like punishment for the Yokai, Reiko was like Natsume and used to be looked at by other people as strange, this annoyed Reiko and caused her to be alone. This fat cat tries to take the diary from Natsume but Natsume wants to give the names back to each Yokai. After the fat cat later on he is called Nyanko Sensei heard what Natsume wants to do, he liked his spirits and changed his mind to take the diary from Natsume. He starts to live with him at home as the bodyguard of Natsume, because Natsume looks so much like his grandmother the Yokai keep mistaking him as Reiko. He begins to make friends in high school and finds that they are willing to accept him and to tries and understand him. What will happen to him next????
Takashi Natsume – Main character. He has an ability to be able to see Yokai which normal people can’t see. This causes him to be recognized a weird person by people. With Nyanko Sensei, he gets busy to deal with many Yokai.
Nyanko Sensei – Natsume’s bodyguard. He is a Yokai who likes human’s food like candies and Sake so on….. He is a high class Yokai so he tends to look down on lower Yokai. He is a cheerful Yokai who has a short temper.
Shuichi Natori(center) – He is an actor who is also an exorcist. How will Natsume be able to get along with this guy? He looks like Natsume little bit. lol
How to find this anime
Anime Studio : Brain’s Base
Season 1 : 13 episodes
Season 2 : 13 episodes
Season 3 : 13 episodes
Season 4 : 13 episodes
Season 5 : Coming Soon (Autumn of 2016)
Opening and Ending Songs
Issai no Koe -Syuhei Kita (一斉の声 – 喜多 修平)
Anohi Time Machine(あの日タイムマシン) – LONG SHOT PARTY
Boku ni Dekiru Koto(僕にできること) – HOW MERRY MARRY
Ima, Konotoki – Hiiragi (今、このとき。- ひいらぎ)
Natsu Yuuzora – Kosuke Atari (夏夕空 – 中孝介)
Aishiteru – Korin (愛してる – 高鈴)
Kimi no Kakera – Kosuke Atari feat Emiri Miyamoto (君ノカケラ – 中孝介 feat 宮本笑里)
Takaramono – Marina Kawano (たからもの – 河野マリナ)
Mishi’s top picks for Otaku
This anime makes you feel nostalgic. The countryside scene makes you forget about real life, this anime moves so smooth and makes you feel like you can watch forever. It is so addicting! Anime itself is so quiet so as you are watching and hearing this anime, you will get drawn by the atmosphere of this anime world.
Talking about character, you can get to see the growth of Natsume. Remember I said that he didn’t like Yokai? I think it was more about being different and people not understanding him is what he hated the most, Natsume definitely tries to connect with Yokai and tries to help them out by giving them back their names. As his mind is changing, he starts to be able to communicate better with Yokai and with people too. This anime is not just an anime it teaches you about coping with situations that are out of your control in life, it also helps with social situations, and talks about different relationships with something or someone, just maybe you might be able to learn something from this anime.
Above all, this anime lets you feel softness and warmth. Anime characters and Yokai, scenery, story, even opening songs, ending songs are so touching. It will make you sleepy if you watch this anime late at night ○ｏ｡..:*･(ｕωｕ人). I meant good way you know what I mean!! Why don’t you watch this anime?