Natsume's Book of Friends

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  • 2008
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.1  (1,897)

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.

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Seasons
A Fragment of Fantasy
13. A Fragment of Fantasy
February 1, 2018
When Natsume attempts to follow an exuberant Nyanko to an unusual party, he stumbles across a dilapidated house and into a never-ending game.
The Stump of the Suzunaru Tree
12. The Stump of the Suzunaru Tree
October 7, 2017
Natsume encounters an old man who asks for help with getting home. The old man turns out to be a yokai who will soon disappear and he asks Natsume to help him to fulfill a promise that he had made.
What Matters
11. What Matters
June 20, 2017
Natori's group searches the Hakozaki mansion for the study. But other forces want the powerful magics contained within, and Natsume doesn't want them to have it...
The Sealed Room
10. The Sealed Room
June 13, 2017
Natori is trying to find information on Natsume and his book of friends. Meanwhile, Natsume visits his house to deliver some of Touko's homemade jam. But this is the start of an adventure...
What Flows
9. What Flows
June 6, 2017
Natsume travels to an inn for a study session with the rest of his class. While he's there, a flood washes away a local shrine. The shrine is said to house three masks, but Natsume can see four...
Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
8. Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
May 30, 2017
Natsume is on his way home when he finds a letter on the ground. The letter seems to belong to a nearby man, who asks Natsume to take him to his school. The man is actually a youkai, who was once deeply involved with a human girl. He cut the relationship off, but the girl isn't ready to give up...
Gomochi's Benefactor
7. Gomochi's Benefactor
May 23, 2017
Natsume meets a youkai named Gomochi, who has come in search of Reiko. The youkai has a message for Reiko, and wants to thank her for a favor she did him long ago. In hearing his story, Natsume comes to learn more about his mysterious grandmother.
Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
6. Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
May 16, 2017
Natsume's friends reflect on how they met him, and the difference he made in their lives. He's found a home, and he means a lot to the people who live there.
The Bound Ones
5. The Bound Ones
May 9, 2017
Natsume finds that Tsukiko's home is haunted by not one, but three separate youkai, each with its own motivations. One wants to protect Tsukiko's father, and the other two... Natori wants to exorcise them and protect Tsukiko, but Natsume wants to find some way to protect them. Is there a peaceful solution?
Lying Eyes
4. Lying Eyes
May 2, 2017
Natsume watches a movie starring Natori, and when he's done he finds one of Natori's paper dolls. The doll is soaked and the text on it is impossible to read, and Natsume becomes concerned for Natori's safety. He travels to the location that's just barely legible on the doll, and finds a young woman whose home is haunted by not one, but three youkai.
Nitai-sama
3. Nitai-sama
April 25, 2017
Natsume gets a call from his old "friend" Shibata, who he once helped with a youkai problem. Shibata wants him to come visit, and Natsume reluctantly agrees. He and Tanuma pay Shibata a visit, and have a pleasant chat at a park. But when Shibata mentions a local haunted house, Natsume finds his visit has turned into more than he expected...
Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
2. Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
April 18, 2017
Natsume's town is visited by a stonewasher: a powerful magical being capable of purifying tainted rocks. The stonewasher is looking for its lost student, and turns to Natsume for help.
Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
1. Natsume Yujin-cho Roku
April 11, 2017
Natsume helps a youkai out of a pot, and as a "reward", is made young again. But Natsume is already young, and making him younger just confuses him and addles his memories. When he doesn't know who to trust, will he have the strength to know who his real friends are?
Description

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 series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (79 episodes). The series first aired on July 7, 2008.

Where to Watch Natsume's Book of Friends

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 Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    July 7, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (1,897)