You might be wondering why this sweet slice of life anime, Natsume Yuujinchou is getting featured in a month where I'm looking at spooky and creepy titles. Well, Natsume has well and truly earned his place here and let's be real: sometimes life is scary, particularly when you can see yokai.
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
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
For a character who has been mentioned in Natsume Yuujinchou since season one, Reiko remains the character most shrouded in mystery. For every flash back or memory Natsume has of Reiko dealing with yokai we're presented with just one more puzzling piece of a complex character who died a long time ago. Yet she remains … Continue reading Up Close With Reiko
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
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
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
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
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.
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