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Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 1 (Natsume's Book of Friends #1)

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With friends like these, enemies are overkill. R to L (Japanese Style). 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 grandmo ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published June 10th 2003)
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Jenny Ge
Feb 02, 2012 Jenny Ge rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Aug 17, 2016 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
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 02, 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
Jan 02, 2009 Theresia rated it it was ok
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
May 14, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it
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

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
Eric Seal
Jul 06, 2015 Eric Seal rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 20, 2010 Estara rated it really liked it
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.
duniamimpigie Anggi
(akhirna saya memasukkan manga ke rak GR saya :p)
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 ada
Crystal Bandel
Dec 05, 2013 Crystal Bandel rated it really liked it
Natsume's Book of Friends volume 1 by Yuki Midorikawa, translated by Lillian Olsen, published 2010.

Modern fantasy.

Comics, manga.

Grades 7-10.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Karen Alexander.

Takashi Natsume is a boy who's never fit in because he can see yokai (spirits). Passed around between family members, in high school he ends up living where his grandmother, Reiko Natsume, lived as a girl. There, he learns that she could also see yokai and collected their names in a Book of Friend
Elena T.
Jan 17, 2016 Elena T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La mangaka Yuki Midorikawa è stata una recentissima scoperta. Tra la moltitudine di mercatini nipponici/ manga souvenir che sovente visito, sono incappata più di una volta nella deliziosa effige di un gatto maneki neko (nella tradizione giapponese rappresentano dei portafortuna in ceramica) particolarmente buffo. Curiosa di conoscerne la provenienza, ho poi scoperto che si chiamava Nyanko sensei ed era il co-protagonista di una serie manga di notevole successo in Giappone: Natsume degli Spiriti ...more
I read Natsume's Book of Friends for the Shoujo Manga Book Club here on Goodreads without knowing what it was about or what the tone of the series was, because that sort of thing makes for smart shopping. Luckily, though, I really liked it. It was quiet, episodic, and good at skipping around between being sweet and funny and being an effective mild manga tearjerker. Plus, the art was really lovely! I'm giving it four stars because I had a miserable time reading some of the author side notes, eve ...more
Oct 09, 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.
Jun 14, 2015 Moonflower rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone~~
Shelves: fantastic
Simple, beautiful artwork with a lot of white space and screentoning. Mostly white space. It's a new style for me, different from Naruto (where black ink flows freely) and Vampire Knight (where probably three-quarters of the monthly budget went into screentones). But this sort of open-space, conservative style really works for the manga.

That being said, it was just a really nice read. The stories were subtly touching, and the lack of a real plot made it seem more calm and peaceful than horrifyin
May 29, 2015 Rowan rated it liked it
This volume is shaky even as a first volume however it lays the groundwork for the format of the series. Which is a youkai comes to Natsume for help and stuff happens whenever it'll be dealing with blood thristy youkai or shady exorcists. Natsume will find a way to get out of the situation that is he in.

When it comes to protagonists, Natsume is an odd case. Granted, he is in a series that was serialized in a shoujo magazine so any display of being trigger happy would have gone out of the window
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.
Jan 22, 2014 Angel rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, fantasy
Although I am not a big fan of fantasy, I still found this a very subtle and easy read.

Natsume's book of friends is about a boy who can see yokai - mythical creatures sort of similar to spirits. This is probably not the most original or creative ideas for a story but the story is still quite nice.

The second principle to the story is the 'book of friends' aspect. The book of friends is a collection of names belonging to the yokai. Whoever has control of the book has power over all the yokai whos
Feb 11, 2016 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books, library-books
A story about a high school boy named Takashi Natsume who can see spirits and demons; because of this he's been tossed from one relative to then next always being out casted and disliked. Now he's living with very distant relatives in a small town who show kindness that's he's never experienced before. in this town he learns that he has inherited more than just the Sight from his grandmother, Reiko.
When Reiko was Takashi's age she bound the named of demons and spirits in a book she came to call
Dies Irae
May 24, 2014 Dies Irae rated it it was ok
Natsume vede i fantasmini e decide di ridare loro i nomi che sua nonna ha trascritto in un taccuino. Booooring.. Alcuni spiriti sono introdotti in modalità piuttosto creepy ma l'atmosfera viene puntualmente sdrammatizzata; non si avverte mai una situazione di pericolo nei confronti del protagonista e anche lo yokai più inquietante viene steso da un pugnone sulla fronte. Qualche punto di contatto con Ushio e Tora (Natsume libera la volpe a 9 cod.. uno spirito felinesco che diviene suo compagno) m ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Dorcas rated it really liked it
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 11, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-2016
I don't usually review manga but for me this is a special case. First watching the anime, I never thought I would fall in love with the whole series. After marathoning through the four seasons, I bought 10 volumes of the manga and just read the first one. For me this series has something special about it, Natsume is a character that I've never related so much to in my life before. The artwork is simple and not too complicated but I like that. The way everything is paced and told is simply beauti ...more
Angelina Justice
Aug 17, 2013 Angelina Justice rated it it was amazing
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.
May 14, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Natsume's Book of Friends is a very calm and almost relaxing read- almost because it's so emotionally jam packed. The episodic nature of each chapter introduces Natsume to new friends while still giving him room to grow and develop as a character.

Later on in the series, as he forges friendships with yokai and humans and tries to connect with his family history, the real heart of the story emerges. It's a story about growing up and finding one's place in the world, even if one has a part of them
Apr 11, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Story about an orphaned boy, Natsume, who inherited his grandma's ability to see the other world creatures. His grandma wasn't the nicest person and had spent her time tricking them into giving her their names. These names she wrote in a book. The book of friends. Now the creatures what to be released and they need Natsume to get it.

Sounds a bit creepy?

Its not. Its actually the opposite. Natsume frees a creature who agrees to help him return the names to the creatures. This is where the adventu
Mar 13, 2015 Aurora rated it liked it
I enjoyed the manga but I have to say, the waterworks really flow from the anime.
Mar 06, 2016 Oni rated it really liked it
This is the 1st manga I read. The 'Book of Friends' is a unique series depicting aspects of Japanese mythology. I have always loved the idea of "the descendant of someone taking the place of their predecessor because they look like/are like that person" (for example, Spiderman takes on his father's role and glasses in the 'Amazing Spiderman' movie. Harry takes James's place in Sirius's mind in 'Harry Potter 5'). In the 'Book of Friends', Natsume is thought to be his grandmother (and is even
Jul 30, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Monster of the Week fans
Shelves: manga
I bought the first seven of these when my local Borders Express was going out of business, $15 for seven manga? Hell yeah.
I quickly realized that there was a reason all those were just sitting there. This is a monster of the week story. Something that I don't mind watching on TV, or even in a monthly magazine, not so much in a compiled book with 4-5 chapters or installments in each book.
That considered, it is not that I dislike the concept, characters or the execution, I must simply read each b
Kim Dyer
Apr 03, 2016 Kim Dyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comics
I'm a bit of a sucker for Japanese folklore and Natsume remains one of my favourite series of all time. It's beautifully drawn and each story pretty much stands alone, focusing on the title characters mission to return stolen names to the local yokai.

The story follows a sedate pace and reminds me a lot of Mushishi. Occasionally the stories are creepy but more often than not they are very touching. I love the relationship between Natsume and Nyanko-sensei too. The kitty the quick to claim his des
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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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