Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 8
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Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 8 (Natsume's Book of Friends #8)

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Nyanko Sensei is recovering after being wounded in the last yokai incident, so Takashi is on his own when he accidentally releases a yokai right before the school festival. With new friends and his ever-strengthening relationship with the Fujiwaras, Takashi has more reasons than ever to keep the supernatural at bay. But does he stand a chance without Nyanko Sensei's power...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 3rd 2009)
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I picked this up at the library without having read the previous volumes. The premise is easy to understand and the stories episodic in nature, so I didn't have any trouble following the plot. The character dynamics are also easy to pick up on. Even without having read the earlier stories, it was clear that there has been a lot of character growth and that this is something of a transitional period for Natsume. Obviously it would be better to start at the beginning, but if you can't find the boo...more
This may be odd to say about a manga that is steeped in the supernatural and Japanese mythology, but this latest volume of Natsume Yuujinchou could be summed up in one word: human. It is achingly human in its focus and its stories, especially when it focuses on the life and history of Takashi Natsume, a boy who has clearly lived a hard and grief-filled life since the start. He did not ask for his special sight but as it is painfully revealed in this book, the things you cannot change are the one...more
I really love this series because it's one of the few shoujo I can think that's so strongly thematically structured around friendship. Romance is barely a presence; it's a bit like Diana Wynne Jones that way. And while I have nothing against romance (a comment oft heard from me on anime: great but they should've kissed) getting to see friendship so emphasized is a really lovely change. I have a lot of feelings about Natsume building connections with people! And this entire volume is about that,...more
Sarah Maddaford
The first half of this volume focuses on Natusme's classmates. He's adjusting to the fact that they like him and want him around even though he his still hiding things from them. Then he has Tanuma and Taki who can both get glimpses at his world, but still can't quite understand. They both help him despite his efforts to keep them out of trouble.
The second half is about how the Fujiwaras came and asked him to stay with him. They wanted him even though they had heard all the stories from the res...more
Oct 16, 2011 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of the series
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This volume has one of my favourite stories so far; the two-parter focussing on Natsume and Tanuma and on the difficulty of getting closer to other people.

This series has definitely found its way into my heart. Usually, when I love something as much as I love this series, I get all excited and bubbly and whatnot. Here, it's more quiet, in a way (at least so far), but I truly love it. These stories are so well told and have a powerful message that's truly heartwarming.
i wish goodreads let you give half stars (or maybe i shouldn't be fixated on rating things), because natsume really is 4 and a half, and it's getting better all the time. a particular reward in this volume, for those who've read from the beginning, is the account of the specific events that led to Natsume coming to live with the Fujiwaras.
The backstory about Natsume coming to live with the Fujiwaras is a little manipulative, but it made me cry anyway. Oh, Aunt Toko!

I love seeing Natsume get back together with Tanuma and Taki, who know more about him than most people. I hope they will all have adventures together.
Amazing volume for the series with a lot more happening now. I enjoyed seeing Natsume interact more with his friends Tanuma and Taki. Tanuma got a much more developed story this time. And we finally see why Natsume chose to come live at the Fujiwaras (his foster home).
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Yuki Midorikawa (緑川ゆき, Midorikawa Yuki) is a Japanese mangaka (manga artist). Midorikawa is best known for drawing the manga series Natsume Yujin-cho ("Natsume's Book of Friends").

Yuki Midorikawa started writing manga when she was an elementary school girl. When she was a junior high school student, she sent her manga for the first time to "Hana to Yume", a semi-monthly Japanese shōjo manga magaz...more
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