Why is the Natsume Yuujinchou Anime Still Endearing After Six Seasons?

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Natsume Yuujinchou is one of those anime that I just love. Here I am revisiting the reasons I feel this anime is still going strong despite the episode count.

Discussing The Horror and Joy of Anime Sequels, Prequels and Spin-Offs

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When it came to movies, I was always wary of sequels growing up. It was more or less universally accepted that the sequel would be weaker than the original with a few exceptions (which of course proved the rule). I was less aware of prequels until the Star Wars franchise essentially hacked the heart out of their own series by delivering 3 very underwhelming movies that pretty much told us nothing that we hadn't already figured out from watching the original series. Since then we've had plenty of other examples in movies of prequels and sequels just not quite hitting the mark. So how does this translate when discussing anime sequels?

Natsume’s Book of Friends Manga Review Volume 16

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Helping Our Friends We're back with the next volume of Natsume's Book of Friends and I absolutely loved this one. Okay, I love all of them, but this one seemed extra-special. Natsume always feels like he is taking without giving anything back, which isn't true but it is how he feels, and he's incredibly grateful … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Manga Review Volume 16

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 15 Review

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Striving Toward Impossible Goals With most of my reviews of the various volumes of Natsume's Book of Friends I've tried to find a common theme that links the stories or ideas. Unfortunately I came up short in volume 15. Not because the volume isn't great, but because each story has its own distinct tone. That … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 15 Review

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 14

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What is precious to you? Another volume of Natsume and another delightful read. This volume focuses very much on losing things which are precious to you, or trying to protect them, and the result is a lovely and warm read as we see once again how Natsume has to balance his life in dealing with … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 14

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 13 Review

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Available on the Book Depository (Affiliate Link) It has been awhile since I've written a Natsume review and I've now got quite the stack of books to catch up on as I'm now at volume 17 and hungry for more. That said, I absolutely loved volume 13 (big surprise). I will admit, my most recent … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 13 Review

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 12 Manga Review

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Relying on and Reaching Out To Others We all know Natsume is a bit cut off emotionally. Volume 12 does an excellent job of showcasing the relationships he's forged as well as pushing him to realise he cannot do everything alone and nor does he really want to. It is a great collection of stories … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 12 Manga Review

They Can’t All Be Natsume – Nor Do They Need To Be

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As a reviewer I try to avoid comparison where possible between one story and the next (and previously wrote a feature about it - comparing apples and oranges), but it is kind of inevitable that comparisons will be made. Partly that is because similar characters or stories will remind you of the previous one though … Continue reading They Can’t All Be Natsume – Nor Do They Need To Be

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 11 Manga Review

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Two stories in this volume. The first has Taki, Tanuma and Natsume all together and facing a yokai at Taki's house. The second takes us on a journey to see Natsume's past.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 10 Manga Review

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Natori is back and that always makes things complicated. Volume 10 of Natsume's Book of Friends is divided into two stories. The first covers chapters 37 and 38 and is called 'False Friend' and the second, covered in chapters 39 - 41 is 'The Harvest Festival'. Both of these stories appeared in the anime and … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 10 Manga Review