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FINALLY FINISHED THIS SERIES *sobs in corner* Oh gods the last episode. (TTATT)  When I first began with this challenge, I'd already wanted to do this series!




12/100 -- Natsume Yuujinchou series

Pictures are taken from animepaper.net (ASDFGHJKL LOOK AT ALL THE LOVELIES~!)

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asdfghjk I will write this fic some day.

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Resized Nyanko Takashi

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Ugh, there's something amazing about Natsume in this hakama and mask costume.

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<3 Nyanko!Natsume is hot *shot*

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I love all those Natsume and friends-moments, that include the youkai and his human friends.

*itches to post more lovely pictures*

Ahem. I'd watched the anime series after a few LJ-friends had recommended it on their list a few years ago (2 - 3?) and I was immediately sold upon the first episode. Everything was perfect about the series, in my eyes -- the animation, the storytelling, the voice acting, the slice-of-life feel, the introduction... everything! I even went to read the manga, which is sadly... less detailed and a bit doodly compared to its animated counterpart (I'm looking at you, Natori), but that doesn't stop me from reading and wanting to know more. And of course, loving every bit of the series.

The story is focused on Natsume Takashi, an awkward teenager with lots of self-esteem issues added to the fact that he can see youkai/spiritual beings/ayakashi all around him. He had inherited that power from his grandmother, Reiko, who was infamous among the youkai gossipers, and being the last in line of the Natsume family, all her belongings that include the "Yuujinchou" or "Book of Friends". After meeting a very suspicious fluffball that looked like a maneki Cat/Nyanko-sensei, Natsume realized the power behind said Yuujinchou. Apparently it contains names of many youkai Reiko had defeated in her time, which supports the belief that anyone knowing these names, can control these youkai and make them their slaves. And all youkai are after Natsume for this reason at the beginning of the story. Which is why Natsume opted to make a deal with The CatNyanko-sensei that when Natsume dies, Nyanko-sensei will obtain the Book of Friends, but before that Nyanko-sensei has to keep him alive until that time.

In the first half of the first series, the story revolves around Natsume and his awkwardness towards youkai and humans alike. Yet, he still maintains this sense of morality that he should give the written names back to the youkai, slowly learning more and more about the grandmother who he had never met and who was showing parallel signs of loneliness during her time. Later in the second half of the series Natsume gradually learns to make friends with the youkai and humans alike, coming slowly out of his solitary self and learning to trust. The series is spread out in four seasons, which is not enough *criescriescries*WANTMOARWANTMOARwant new season, if there's ever going to be one  each episode showing how Natsume's character growth goes as he interacts with characters from the black/white/shades of grade world, youkai, human and the youkai exorcist world respectively, while getting glimpses of his sad and lonely background history.

The anime series had mixed up some of the order of the manga story chapters, but that did not really feel bothersome since the story itself is built up with a sense of closure and completeness after each chapter or story arc (that can be spanned in one or two episodes). Midorikawa really does know how to round up the chapters with a hint of humor, angst, drama and sometimes, action/suspense (and boy, those parts really felt right to the core...).

I can't decide who's my favorite character because I love each and every one of them except the bad/scary youkai. So I'll just flail about anyone a bit, even about Hiiragi or Hinoe or even Touko-san. As for the shipping... I've seen lots of amazing fanarts in pixiv that focus on Natsume with the other characters (Natori/Tanuma/Taki/human!Madarawut?/Sasada/Matoba... to name a few).Some of them are gorgeous, some of them are a bit... well *needs brain bleach*... not my cup of tea. I can understand where the need is to ship Natsume because he needs some loving. But honestly, I'm more into Natsume being friends--or frienemies in Matoba's case--with the others. He focuses on the friendship, trust and family--other stuff might just be a bit too much for him to handle at this rate so I'm not going to predict his chances in love. There's lots of room for gen fanfiction writing, though. The only shipping you can get from me is probably bro-shipping, Taki-squishing-Nyanko-shipping and Shigure/Touko-shipping. Hnhnhnhn *smirks*

I can go on and on about how amazing/wonderful/gorgeous this series is but I'm afraid my words fail to describe the feelings this series made me feel as I watched each episode, each accomplishment, each reveal...
Unfortunately, for those who wanted action series that can rival popular ones (Naruto/Bleach/Gundam/One Piece/Fairy Tail etc.) this is probably not your cup of tea. I've tried to get my cousins/cousin-in-laws/bro-in-law/RL friends to watch this, none of them thought it was interesting enough to pursue after seeing the first episode, saying "it's boring", "has no action", "*blahblahblah*" I felt really sour after that... *judging them*

All in all, I hope there will be a next season as well. :D


There's a almost similar fantasy/supernatural story mentioning a youkai and the forest-loving, also created by the same mangaka called Hotarubi no Mori E. It's a lovely movie, btw. And the story was written before Midorikawa-sensei came up with Natsume Yuujinchou.


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