This Week in Anime: Natsume’s Book of Friends / Natsume Yuujinchou


Catherine, Art Director:

Natsume’s Book of Friends follows the story of Natsume, a boy who is able to see youkai, an ability inherited from his grandmother, Reiko. Along with his inheritance came the Book of Friends, a book which contained the names of all the youkai Reiko crossed paths with in her lifetime.

Although fictional, Natsume’s Book of Friends contains many real life struggles with in its episodes that each and everyone of us would have experienced. Each story is wonderfully thought out and beautifully portrayed. An anime I think everyone can related to one way or another.


Soothing animations and calm music, but do not let this fool you, it is by no means a slow paced and boring anime. (Although at times you wish that epic scenes could have been just a tad more dramatic because of how epic the situation is). Each episode is a gem in its own right and the storytelling is superb. Set into 4 seasons (they’re season season too 😀 how cool is that) they are easily the most easy going and entertaining 50+ episodes you’ll ever watch.

Not to mention the way Nyanko-sensei walks reminds me of a cockroach ._.