Natsume's Book of Friends / Natsume Yūjin-Chō


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Natsume’s Book of Friends / Natsume Yūjin-Chō

Genres: slice of life, supernatural
Themes: folklore, Iyashikei, spirits
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 13
Vintage: 2008-07-07 to 2008-09-29

Plot Summary: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.

ANN Info Page

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Second Season / Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō

Genres: comedy, slice of life, supernatural
Themes: folklore, Iyashikei, spirits
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 13
Vintage: 2009-01-05 to 2009-03-30

Plot Summary: Natsume is again meeting new youkai and helping them. A lot of friends join him along the way, he meets others who can also see the spirits and at times they join forces to solve the latest mystery. As always, Nyanko-sensei is there to help Natsume on his quests.

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Natsume’s Book of Friends: Third Season / Natsume Yūjin-Chō San

Genres: slice of life, supernatural
Themes: spirits, youkai
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 13
Vintage: 2011-07-04 to 2011-09-26

Plot Summary: Takashi Natsume sees spirits, and with the help of his lazy and sake-guzzling bodyguard Nyanko-sensei he returns to spirits their names that were stolen by his grandmother Reiko Natsume. Not all of the spirits are peaceful though, and he often fights to keep himself and his family and friends safe while at the same time fighting the loneliness that plagued him before he found his home.

ANN Info Page

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Fourth Season / Natsume Yūjin-Chō Shi

Genres: slice of life, supernatural
Themes: folklore, spirits
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 13
Vintage: 2012-01-02

Plot Summary: Takashi Natsume continues to return the names of the spirits that have been written in the “Book of Friends” he inherited from his grandmother, Reiko Natsume. While Natsume is still aided by the chubby Nyanko-sensei, he’s now helped by some of the friends he had made in his journey; be it human beings or spirits. As he becomes closer to both, Natsume faces the inevitable question of the sides he has to take especially when there is a conflict between the two.

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Natsume’s Book of Friends: Fifth Season / Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go

Genres: drama, supernatural
Themes: spirits
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 11
Vintage: 2016-10-04

Plot Summary: Takashi Natsume is a boy who’s been able to see youkai ever since he was a child. Ever since he inherited the “Book of Friends” from his grandmother Reiko, he and his self-proclaimed bodyguard Nyanko-sensei have spent their days returning names to the youkai who are bound by the book. As he meets the different youkai and people, he finds himself with many more things that he cares about. He wonders whether it’s right to keep secrets to protect someone as little by little he works up the courage to build even more friendships.

ANN Info Page

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Sixth Season / Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku

Genres: drama, supernatural
Number of Episodes: 11 + 2 OVAs
Vintage: 2017-04-11

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Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni (OAV) Vintage: 2014-02-05
Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai (OAV) Vintage: 2014-02-05


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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Manga to be Animated for TV

posted on 2008-02-22 10:00 EST
Shōjo title about boy who inherits book that binds ghosts by contract

Crunchyroll to Post Natsume Yūjin-Chō Anime on Monday

posted on 2009-01-01 11:18 EST
Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō ghost story sequel to go online within 1 hour of airing

Zoku Natsume Yūjin-chō Promo Movie Streamed

posted on 2009-01-06 09:12 EST
Crunchyroll to delay ghost-story sequel’s English-subbed debut until Monday

Natsume’s Book of Friends Gets 3rd TV Anime Season

posted on 2011-02-21 05:00 EST
Director Takahiro Omori, Brains Base return to Yuki Midorikawa’s shōjo ghost story

3rd Natsume’s Book of Friends Anime’s Promo Posted

posted on 2011-06-28 17:45 EDT
3rd season based on Yuki Midorikawa’s ghost-story manga to premiere on July 4

Crunchyroll Streams Natsume 3

posted on 2011-07-02 14:02 EDT

Natsume’s Book of Friends Get 4th Season in January

posted on 2011-09-21 07:45 EDT
3rd season based on Yuki Midorikawa’s supernatural manga reaches climax next week

Natsume’s Book of Friends 4th Season’s TV Ad Posted

posted on 2011-12-22 16:30 EST
4th season based on Yuki Midorikawa’s supernatural manga to premiere on January 2

Crunchyroll to Stream Natsume Yūjin-Chō Shi Anime

posted on 2011-12-30 17:06 EST
4th season based on Yuki Midorikawa 's supernatural manga to premiere on January 2


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NIS America to Release Natsume Yūjin-Chō Anime

posted on 2011-12-30 17:44 EST
Company has license to all 4 seasons of TV anime series based on Yuki Midorikawa’s supernatural manga

NIS America Outlines Natsume’s Book of Friends Release

posted on 2012-07-03 21:59 EDT

NISA Puts Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 3 on Blu-Ray

posted on 2012-12-06 22:55 EST

Natsume’s Book of Friends Gets New Original Anime DVD

posted on 2013-05-24 12:40 EDT
DVD with all-original story, chibi figures offered to LaLa magazine readers

Natsume’s Book of Friends’ New Anime DVD Has 1 Full Episode

posted on 2013-05-27 18:39 EDT

Natsume’s Book of Friends Gets New Original Video Anime

posted on 2013-09-27 12:45 EDT
February’s “Sometime on a Snowy Day” Blu-ray to also include stage production by cast

Press Release: NIS America Announces Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 1 & 2

Jan 13th 2014

Press Release: New Installment of Fan-Favorite Title Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 1 and 2 Out Today in North America

Feb 5th 2014


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Natsume’s Book of Friends TV Anime Gets Season 5 This Fall

posted on 2016-03-20 13:00 EDT
Returning staff includes chief director Takahiro Omori, character designer Akira Takata


#5

Wow, a 5th season. I should watch Natsume’s Book of Friends. I feel like I’m missing out on something great. At least I have time to catch up before Fall 2016.


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“Natsume Yujin-cho” Season 5 Teased in New Promo

March 26, 2016 1:54pm CDT
Series returns after four years this fall


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Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 5 Unveils New Visual, October Premiere

posted on 2016-07-23 04:00 EDT


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Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals October 4 Debut, Theme Song Artists

posted on 2016-08-23 01:51 EDT
Marii Sasano performs opening theme, Aimer performs ending theme

“Natsume’s Book Of Friends” Season Five Visual Published With Preview Event Plans

August 23, 2016 3:30pm EDT
The supernatural shoujo from LaLa returns in fall 2016 with Takahiro Omori back as chief director


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^^different visual

Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 5 Reveals Visual, Returning Cast

posted on 2016-08-24 00:31 EDT
Cast returns from previous seasons


#10

Yokai Spirits Gather For “Natsume Yujin-cho Go” Fall TV Anime Commercial

September 22, 2016 10:52am CDT
Series returns for fifth TV anime on October 4th


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TV Tokyo Preview Prepares For Fall’s “Natsume Yujin-cho” Season 5 Anime

September 24, 2016 1:58pm CDT
Series returns for fifth TV anime on October 4th


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Crunchyroll Adds “Natsume Yujin-cho Go” to Fall Anime Lineup

October 04, 2016 12:30pm CDT
Series returns on October 4 at 12:00pm Pacific Time


#13

The Fall 2016 Anime Preview Guide - Natsume Yujin-cho Go

Oct 5th 2016


#14

TV Tokyo Broadcasts 2013 “Natsume Yujin-cho” OAV on November 15

November 09, 2016 5:39pm CST
Fans speculate that the most recent season of fantasy manga adaptation may have hit a production snag


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The Beginner’s Guide to Natsume Yūjin-Chō

by Lauren Orsini, Nov 16th 2016


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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Gets 6th Anime in 2017

posted on 2016-12-20 12:36 EST
5th anime series currently airing on Crunchyroll


#17

Awesome news! Looking forward to more.


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6th Natsume’s Book of Friends Anime Slated to Air in Spring

posted on 2017-01-24 00:00 EST


#19

Singer/Songwriter Tomohisa Sako on Board for “Natsume Yujin-cho 6” Theme

February 12, 2017 10:25pm CST
Cover artist and “Pokémon” lyricist to sing for fantasy series’ next season.


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6th Natsume’s Book of Friends Anime’s April Premiere, Theme Song Artists Revealed

posted on 2017-02-24 00:45 EST
Tomohisa Sakō performs opening theme, Rei Yasuda performs ending theme