Natsume’s Book of Friends Movie – Ephemeral Bond

Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu

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Ever since he was little, Takashi Natsume has been able to see what others could not, namely monstrous spirits known as Yokai. Natsume's late grandmother, Reiko, would challenge Yokai to contests and the ones that lost had to sign a contract with her, binding their names to her "Yujin-cho." Ever since Natsume has inherited the book, together with Nyanko Sensei, his self-proclaimed bodyguard, he spends his days trying to return the names within the book to their owners. Natsume has been busy, navigating between humans and Yokai when he coincidentally reunites with an old classmate, Yuki. It brings back painful memories of a certain Yokai. Meanwhile, Natsume also became acquainted with Yorie Tsumura, a woman in the memories of a Yokai whose name he had returned. Yorie knew much about Reiko, but now lived a peaceful life with her only son, Mukuo. Being with this family was comforting for Natsume, but apparently a mysterious Yokai has been lurking in their town. On the way back from investigating, a "Yokai seed" that had latched itself to Nyanko Sensei drops into the Fujiwaras' garden and grows overnight into a fruit tree. When Nyanko Sensei eats a fruit that is somehow shaped like himself, he suddenly splits into three! (Source: Aniplex USA)

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English: Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
Japanese: 劇場版 夏目友人帳 ~うつせみに結ぶ~
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2018
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Shuka
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Demons, Supernatural, Drama, Shoujo
Duration: 1 hr 44 min
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Hideki Itou – Director
Takahiro Oomori – Director
Sadayuki Murai – Script
Uru – Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance
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A wonderful film that can be enjoyed immensely by veteran fans, but even new fans may find something in it to make them stay for the rest.


Beautiful as always.


Beautiful, as with every part of the Natsume Series. The longer format allowed for a larger story that pulled at your heartstrings.


Works well adapted to film due to the series’ somewhat episodic nature. Also, Nyanko-sensei is best boy.




A meaty emotional story, that hits all of the highs of the series, while looking stunning with the big boy movie budget. 3x the Nyanko love!


So touching. Worth the wait.



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