Natsume’s Book of Friends

Natsume Yuujinchou

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While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, 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. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume's possession, the book gives Reiko's grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom. Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy. Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother's contract.

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English: Natsume’s Book of Friends
Japanese: 夏目友人帳
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
Premiered: Summer 2008
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:00 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Nihon Ad Systems, TV Tokyo Music, Sony Music Entertainment
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Brain’s Base
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Demons, Supernatural, Drama, Shoujo
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p
Type: Eng Sub, BD


Masanori Miyake – Producer
Takahiro Oomori – Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Tomoyuki Kawamura – Episode Director
Harume Kosaka – Episode Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Issei no Sei (一斉の声; Simultaneous Voice)” by Shuhei Kita
ED1: “Natsu Yuuzora (夏夕空; Summer Evening Sky)” by Kousuke Atari

Episode List

01: The Cat and the Book of Friends
02: The Dew-God’s Small Shrine
03: The Mysterious Person At The Eight Fields
04: Shigure and the Girl
05: Heart-Colored Ticket
06: The Swallow at the Water Bottom
07: The Little Fox’s Hat
08: Fleeting Light
09: Ayakashi Exorcism
10: Asagi’s Koto
11: Nyanko’s Book Of Boredom
12: Five Day Mark
13: Autumn Banquet


As a wise woman once said. “Protect that smile”. A story of a gentle boy with the ability to see the yokai in the world around him


“These demons are trying to kill me but I just wanna settle this over a nice chat.”


This is my favorite series, bar none. Natsume has made me feel so much more than anything else. Loneliness, love, friendship. Beautiful.


Emotionally engaging and gentle tale of friendship, kindness and love, infused with warmth and appreciation for life, nature and family.


A perfect show to watch on a rainy day with some really emotional moments makes the series fantastic


A sweet story of a young man finding out what friendship is and how to maintain the relationships around him.


Wonderfully relaxing. For the 20 minutes that I watch an episode, everyting is great and no stress exists.



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