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. Continue reading
Finding something new to say about this show is not easy, especially in light of how it basically portrays Natsume Takashi’s young adult life and how it reached its current state through the kindness of his relatives and the friendship he made with both human and youkai alike. Continue reading
It’s more than a bit ironic that I find myself looking back on this show now that I just completed this third season because that’s also largely what goes on in season 3. To be sure, the whole show has always been about our titular character Natsume reflecting on his situation, but up until this point, it’s been more of a remembrance for Natsume how things used to be a lot worse.
Natsume’s Book of Friends continues to be a quiet slice-of-life drama based on the adventures of a young man who carries a special ability few people share. The transition is as seamless as any of the aforementioned shows, each episode as self-contained as the others (with one of the stories-of-the-moment stretching over two episodes this time around.)
When I read the synopsis to Natsume’s Book of Friends the first time, I admit I rolled my eyes and muttered “I can see dead people” before moving on to wondering just how close to shows like Bleach this would end up being. And if not that, how big of a Gary Stu would our main character end up becoming. It Only took one episode to shatter those thoughts and the second episode to grip my attention.