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For all of Takashi Natsume's life, he's been able to see spirits, or "ayakashi," thanks to a power he inherited from Reiko, his grandmother. When Reiko's end draws near, she hands her Book of Friends over to Takashi. This Book contains all sorts of contracts that Reiko had made, in her favor, between herself and a multitude of spirits. Due to the Book's nature and history, Takashi is constantly harangued by spirits by merit of being its new owner.

While Takashi's grandmother spent time binding spirits to contracts, Takashi seeks out ways of dissolving each one in both penance and a genuine desire to help the spirits. As some of these spirits are rather violent and homicidal toward Takashi, the cat-like spirit Madara appears. Madara, whom Takashi affectionately refers to as Nyanko-sensei, decides to protect and aid Takashi, while also seeking ownership of the Book for his own purposes.

Natsume's Book of Friends, or Natsume Yujin-cho, is a 13-episode fantasy series written by Yuki Midorikawa, directed by Takahiro Omori, and produced by Brain's Base studio.

Natsume's Book of Friends is a Anime series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (52 episodes). The series first aired on July 7, 2008. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

Natsume's Book of Friends is available for streaming on the NIS America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Natsume's Book of Friends on demand at Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

NIS America
4 Seasons, 52 Episodes
July 7, 2008
Cast: Ryouhei Kimura, Miyuki Sawashiro, Sanae Kobayashi, Akira Ishida, Junichi Suwabe
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Natsume's Book of Friends Full Episode Guide

  • As Natsume's heart succumbs to the yokai from his past, he begins to recall distant childhood memories. Natsume is unsure where to call home, but while seeing the picture of his parents still brings pain, he reassures himself that he's no longer lonely.

  • Natsume decides to visit his old house one last time, and goes to get the key from a relative. Natsume used to live with the relative's family, and when he arrives, his memories come flooding back, along with a yokai he never thought he'd see again...

  • Natsume gets a call from a relative named Tachibana, who tells him a buyer for his parents' old house has finally been found. Natsume seems unaffected by the news, but when he loses an old photo of his parents the next day...

  • Natsume and Natori continue to search for Hozuki, when Natsume senses his dim presence. The god is imprisoned in a stone, and the team must find a way to unseal him before it's too late...

  • At a festival that takes place once every ten years, the gods Hozuki and Fuzuki compete for dominance. But this year, Hozuki is nowhere to be found. Natori is ordered to find him, while Natsume is enlisted to imitate the missing god.

  • Through a series of events, Natsume runs into Nanase of the Matoba clan. She's in search of a yokai she sealed away years before, and reflects on the days when she was still new to the act of exorcism.

  • The imprisoned Natsume is offered as a gift to a powerful yokai, Omibashira, but Tanuma and Natori come to his aid. As Omibashira begins devouring other yokai to gain strength, Natsume and the others attempt to flee.

  • Natsume finds himself trapped inside a glass bottle that was placed in his room by a yokai. Nyanko-sensei decides that only the owner of the bottle can open it. He decides to transform into Natsume and pretend to be him to avoid suspicion, but...

  • A former classmate of Natsume's, Yuriko, thinks back to when he first transferred to her middle school. Meanwhile, Natsume is reunited with a yokai he saved years ago, causing him to recall the same memories as Yuriko.

  • As Natsume treats an injured yokai, it accidentally poisons him. The yokai is part of a larger flock which is coming dangerously close to town. Natsume must also find the ring that a yokai has accused him of stealing, or suffer the consequences...

  • Hinoe and Misuzu head out in search of the monkey yokai leader to try and reclaim Natsume. Natsume has been imprisoned by Matoba, who wants him to join them. Natsume can't contain his anger, and makes a daring escape with Nyanko-sensei.

  • Natsume has a dangerous run-in with a group of yokai clad in monkey masks. They lure him into their forest lair, where the border between the human and yokai world is blurred. It's here that Natsume once again encounters the Matoba clan of exorcists...

  • The day of the "Spirit Moon" has come, and all the local yokai have decided to throw a party in Natsume's honor. Natsume takes this chance to indulge in a part of childhood he never experienced when he was young, and grow closer to his yokai friends.

  • An encounter with a power-hungry yokai leaves Natsume poisoned and feverish. As he recovers, he reflects on his childhood, when he had to stay with a local family and encountered a terrifying yokai living in their house.

  • Tanuma has been possessed by a yokai searching for shards of a magical mirror. Natsume wants to help find them so the yokai will release Tanuma, but can't control his anger at her selfish actions and the danger she's put his friend in.

  • While in the forest, Tanuma is struck in the eye by an unknown object. It seems to be yokai-related, and he begins acting strange and distant. Natsume tries to find out what happened, but soon finds himself under attack from a hammer-wielding yokai...

  • Natsume is confronted by a talking pebble, and Hinoe warns him of the possible danger. The pebble makes its way to his school, forcing Natsume to deal with the problem while trying to act normal around his fellow classmates.

  • Natsume goes with Shigeru to visit a pottery workshop, where Natsume searches the nearby forest for an herb to heal the injured Nyanko-sensei. The fox child happens to live in the area, and he vows to reconnect with Natsume.

  • In pursuit of the blood-stealing human, Natsume is captured and brought before the exorcist Seiji Matoba. Matoba wants to use yokai blood to unseal a powerful yokai, and Natsume escapes, looking for a way to put an end to his plans.

  • Natsume unwittingly stumbles onto an injured yokai and discovers that someone has been stealing the blood of other local yokai. He doesn't want to get involved, until he discovers that the one responsible is a human...

  • Natsume and Tanuma help Taki clean out her family's storehouse, where they awaken a sleeping yokai. Natsume has to act fast to keep his friends safe and restore Taki's house to order.

  • Natsume and his friends celebrate the end of midterms with a trip out of town. While on the train, Natsume passes the town where he used to live, which causes him to reminisce about his early childhood.

  • One day, Natsume finds a yokai named Kagejawan runningaround near his home, which he soon learns means disaster isabout to strike. He then meets a yokai in the form ofan old woman, who drags him unwittingly into further trouble...