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夏目友人帳 1 (Natsume's Book of Friends #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  4,658 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
With friends like these, enemies are overkill.

Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he is a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there h
Paperback, 165 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Hakusensha (first published June 10th 2003)
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Jenny Ge
Feb 01, 2012 Jenny Ge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could, I'd give this book, and the rest of the series, a million stars. Having read at least five hundred different series of manga/manhwa of a rainbow of genres, I reach this conclusion: Natsume Yuujinchou is my favourite manga out there. Sure, the art's not mainstream, the author isn't too famous--this manga, in my opinion, is amazing (to me, at least). Warning: I say all of this most likely because this manga suits my personal tastes, so I don't know if others feel the same way. But ever ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Natsume can see and talk to yokai (spirits, essentially) that nobody else can see, which makes him seem odd. He isn't terribly surprised to discover that he's not the first person in his family to have this ability. His grandmother could do the same, and bullied the yokai around her by using her strong magical talents to trap their names in a book, the oddly named book of friends from the title. When Natsume discovers the book, he decides to free the spirits trapped in the book by giving their n ...more

This was absolutely charming. There is no other way to describe it.

And that last story with the sparrow?

Beautiful. Absolutely stunning.

This is a quirky little story that tugs at your heartstrings one minute and will have you laughing the next. It reminds me a bit of Mushishi but with more laughs. It's episodic and follows Nastume as he tries to help yokai and return their names. Speaking of, the "Book of Friends" in the title? It's more of a "Book of Minions" put together by Natsume's grandmothe
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jan 09, 2010 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
4 stars

This is a re-read. Since the library had the first 14 volumes on the shelf, I decided to take them home :) I do own a few volumes of the series, but they are scattered all over my bookshelves, so it was easier to just grab what was available at the library.

This is a cute volume of episodic stories, featuring Natsume, a teen who can see yokai. Natsume's grandmother also had strong supernatural powers, but she used hers to bully and terrorize the spirits she encountered. Collecting their na
Nov 01, 2014 Andre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, manga-comics
There isn't much to say about this book.
The art-style takes a bit getting used to in my mind, especially when regarding the Yokai, but for the most part its ok. Emotional ways only one of the stories is really gripping, the other ones not so much. But as it isn't incredibly good it isn't bad either. However, what is a bit annoying are too things:
1) The comments of the author at the side of some pages. But you could ignore them usually, as I did eventually.
2) At the start of pretty much every cha
I admit that I watched the animated version of this series before I read. At first, I was looking for a lighthearted series that gave a kind of post-reading warm feeling, and NY was the answer unexpected.

Midorikawa-sensei's simple artwork definitely works to build the right atmosphere. It's series that makes me sympathize with youkai (Japanese for evil spirit, to put it simply)--imagine that. Forget fierce, man-hunting youkai in Takahashi-sensei's Inuyasha or Tanabe-sensei's Kekkaishi. And more
Ah Natsume Yuujinchou... Beni bilenler bilir, tamam burada kimse bilmiyor, çok severim Natsume'yi ben... Önce anime serisiyle tanışmıştım. 8-10 ay kadar önce de manganın bu cildini, arşivime eklemiştim, fiziksel olarak diyorum. >.< ^^' Animenin 5.sezonu gelecekken dedim, ki baya da oldu öğreneli aslında, artık okuyayım şu cildi... Manga olarak da harikaydı.

Aslında çok nadiren burada mangalara puan veriyorum, verdiklerimde de tüm seriye binaen yapıyorum bunu, ama bu seride biraz farklı oldu
May 07, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to be honest: I have never completed a manga before this one.

It’s shocking, I know. They’re such short reads, I should have been able to complete one by now. Somehow, however, I have never managed. Therefore, the fact I managed this one says volumes about how fun it is. It also means I’m not the kind of person to ask how it ranks in comparison to others out there.

The art was great. The story was fun. I was left wanting more. That’s what you’re looking for, right? My only problem was th
Nov 20, 2010 Estara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, read-in-2009
First read in scanlation, then saw the fansubbed anime and now I'm willing to buy anything in a licensed version I can get. This is more episodic youkai-life than most of the series with youkai in them, it's also not as metaphysical as Mushishi, but I prefer it for the characters and the slow development and growth of the main character. However, a lot of the episodes are bitter-sweet, so if you're a person who is moved to tears by a story easily (like me) bring tissues and pace your reading.
Eric Seal
Jul 06, 2015 Eric Seal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful premise, the kind that makes you wish you'd thought of it yourself, and even if you did, could not have pulled off half so well as Midorikawa has in Natsume's Book of Friends. Heartwarming one moment, heartbreaking the next, the story of Natsume explores themes of friendship, loneliness, the real and the unreal, and making a difference - and with gorgeous art to boot!
Feb 10, 2017 Silvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I bought the manga because I'm completely in love with the anime. It's full of warmth and love but at the same time a bit creepy and sad. Natsume is such a relatable character and I love his view on life and his efforts to stay a kind person even though he had such a horrible childhood. Also the fact the he is able to defend himself against the yokai (most of the time) by simply punching them in the face is a true bliss. Madara, his fluffy and ambivalent spirit sidekick, is after Natsume my favo ...more
Amanda at Nerdification Reviews
The plot in this first volume is so strong. I was really impressed with it. Yuki Midorikawa's light sketching art style adds to the atmosphere. Even though the story is episodic, it does not feel short or choppy. I teared up twice.
Ben Nealis
Mar 15, 2017 Ben Nealis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
The last chapter was by far the best. I'm not in a hurry to find the next books.
Aravena Muhammad Yesa



And an indescribably beautiful masterpiece.

duniamimpigie Anggi
(akhirna saya memasukkan manga ke rak GR saya :p)
FAVORIT~~~ ♥♥♥
SAYA IRI KEPADA Midorikawa-Sensei karena beliau bisa membuat cerita selembut ini! >A< Beliau berhasil membuat saya SELALU nangis baca Natsume! ;w; #padahal emang dasarnya cengeng

Natsume Yuujinchou dan karya-karya Midorikawa-Sensei lainnya memang memiliki plot yang cenderung bertempo LAMBAT (mungkin sangat-lambat bagi sebagian orang) dan tidak memiliki konflik yang benar-benar bisa disebut konflik.
Yang membuat saya suka Natsume
Feb 03, 2015 ula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~~ Review 9 Oktober 2015 ~~~

baca ulang untuk yang kesekian kalinya fu fu fu. Sukaaa sekali sama komik ini, membuat hati menjadi nyaman dan tenang. Walaupun gambar Natsume-nya gantengan dianimenya hi hi.

Satu hal yang tidak kusuka dari komik ini yaitu setiap masuk bab baru kemampuan melihat siluman Natsume dan yuujinchoo selalu diulang. Gak pernah kubaca ulang juga sih bagian ini :p

kalau saja settingnya di Indonesia, ceritanya bakal agak lain karena Natsume tidak akan dianggap orang aneh.
Jan 27, 2010 Dorcas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, Natsume Takashi sees yokai. The ability actually leaves him rather lonely and ostracized. A strange legacy left behind by his mysterious grandmother, encourages him not only to help set yokai free, but along the way he learns to open himself up and build relationships with humans as well as spirits.
Jun 16, 2013 cindy rated it really liked it
At first, the story reminds me of Kekkaishi and XXXholic, but then, to think again, it actually about acceptance, having people(or yokai... or whatever) as family and friends and a place to be called home, a place you can always come back.

Read Vol 1 - 15. Loving it so far. Looks like it's gonna be a looooooong series.
Not a big fans to the graphics though.
Angelina Justice
Aug 17, 2013 Angelina Justice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, graphic-novel, manga
Sweet, honorable guy meets trickster, man-eating spirit trapped in a porcelain cat. Then discovers that his grandma was something of a mean girl who liked to trap gullible spirits, creepy and nice. Delightfully weird and entertaining.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Good start to the series.
Feb 25, 2013 Aurora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the manga but I have to say, the waterworks really flow from the anime.
Nov 22, 2016 Ted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the heavy setting of this manga, the characters give off a pleasant feeling which readers would soon get addicted to.
The world of monsters, spirits, gods, ghosts (ayakashi, youkai, kami etc.) will show readers a whole new perspective of the spirit plane.
As the story unfold itself, we can feel the "loneliness" clearly not only from the main character, but also other ayakashi/human alike. All living beings have their own issues in life, and the tenacity to solve them, to make life better, t
A.K. Skelding
Nov 15, 2016 A.K. Skelding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've seen weird things since I was little. Things other people can't see. They're creatures called yokai.

I love this series so much. Beautiful, a little melancholy but full of hope. A little cute, a little creepy. It's good for the soul.
Nidhi Srivastava
Okay I think I'm done with Shojo manga. Or manga with story lines that deal with magic and seeking magical creatures. This one is sweet, and tries to be creepy. Must be creepy, I wouldn't know. Most things stopped being creepy for me after Blair Witch Project.
This is one of my favorite manga. It definitely sits in my top ten. I've reread it so many times that I know it by heart and it makes me want more.
I just couldn't get into this one much...
Oct 23, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading about kami and yokai and this is a story with very tender moments.
Lottie Eve
Jul 05, 2013 Lottie Eve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve only read the first volume and Natsume’s Book of Friends has already warmed my heart. The plot that shown in this one volume volume is simple but still profound and meaningful. I would even say, even with the risk of coming off as too passionate, that this first volume itself could be called a masterpiece.

The story that is presented as of right now tells of the life of Takashi Natsume, a boy that finds himself in the possession of his grandmother Reiko’s Book of Friends. Because of that boo
Lapis Lazuli
Oct 04, 2016 Lapis Lazuli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Le premesse sembravano interessanti, un ragazzo che vede gli spiriti e che deve convivere con il suo potere e la solitudine che ne deriva, il tutto circondato da un'atmosfera malinconica e ultraterrena data dal mondo degli spiriti tradizionali giapponesi. Però non mi ha coinvolta per niente. Innanzitutto, è classificato come Shojo, ma di shojo non ha niente, nemmeno un accenno di storia d'amore, nemmeno un personaggio femminile di contorno (se si esclude uno spettro di passaggio). In più la stor ...more
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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
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