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
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
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
This volume has two stories and both were in the anime and pretty awesome. Then again, any story that involves matoba is sure to get my attention and the fur ball in the other story is all kinds of cute.
We're back with another fantastic volume of Natsume's Book of Friends. The story just keeps getting better and as Natsume has more and more encounters with yokai he becomes a more nuanced and interesting character. With each volume better than the last I just have to wonder where this series will peak.
Volume 5 of Natsume's Book of Friends gives us a wide variety of characters and stories and really does look at the influence of the past on the present. We also meet Taki in a double chapter story that is as superb to read as it was to watch. It feels like a lot of … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 5 Manga Review: Friends Past and Present
Natsume Volume 4 takes a slightly different turn. In this volume we get three chapters and then three short stories. Admittedly, one of those short stories is featuring the Little Fox so I was super happy to read it but it was an interesting change where the first three volumes had four chapters fairly consistently. … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 4 Manga Review: The Pain of Farewell