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Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 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
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Published January 5th 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published June 10th 2003)
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Jenny Ge
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
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
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...more
duniamimpigie duniamimpigie
(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...more
Crystal Bandel
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...more
Lottie Eve
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
Dies Irae
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
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.

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...more
I don't think I would've liked this series as much if I hadn't watched the anime first
Jul 30, 2014 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
This is a really interesting book. Natsume is a sympathetic character; although we don't all see strange things and we're not orphans, it's easy to relate to his feelings of isolation and fear of being rejected. I really like that, as the story progresses, he learns how to talk to people more and come out of his shell.
The Yokai are weird, and the cat is obnoxious, but the story is still fun.
I'm still getting used to each chapter being written like an episode of a TV show, with the short explana...more
An endearing episodic series of acceptance, friendship, and responsibility. Ever since he was young, Natsume has been plagued by yokai. He never knew why until the day he meets the yokai Nyanko Sensei, who reveals the traits he shares with his late grandmother Reiko. Between his own powers and his inheritance, the Book of Friends, Natsume suffers many problems. The yokai may hunt him, yet it is his own inner turmoil that troubles him most. Alone, and unable to connect with the people who can't u...more
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Sebagian orang berpendapat kemampuan melihat mahluk halus adalah keren. Namun Natsume Takashi mempunyai pendapat berbeda. Sejak kecil Natsume yang yatim – piatu sudah bisa melihat mahluk halus. Namun tak ada yang percaya, malah ia dianggap pembohong. Oleh karena itu Natsume memilih tutup mulut mengenai kemampuannya. Suatu hari ia dikejar 2 youkai yang menyangkanya Natsume Reiko, nenek Natsume yang sudah meninggal. Natsume yang melarikan diri ke kuil tak sengaja merusak segel pelindung yang mengu...more
Natsume's Book of Friends

Volume 1

Art and Story by Yuki Midorikawa

Amazon Synopsis:

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 grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he...more
I like the author's previous works but I refuse to read Natsume's Book of Friends any further because after I read the first three volumes, it became clear to me that Yuki Midorikawa ripped the main story concepts about Yokai (demons) and relationships between characters off from my favorite manga-ka: Ichiko IMA, especially her "百鬼夜行抄" series (French translation: Le cortège des cent démons). (Link:,

Let's do a rip-...more
This is a very Japanese spiritually charged manga/anime. It has a slow pace and the situations and problems that arise with the Ayakashi and with other people that Natsume meets are dealt with in a direct but gentle way.

At first it all revolves around the Book of friends, that Natsume's grandmother made, with the names of several youkai that she defeated and could call upon to make her bidding. Nyanko-sensei (Masara) is a strong youkai that accepts to be Natsume's bodyguard until he dies to the...more
Nov 24, 2012 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens, Adults who like Teen fiction, Those who enjoy Fantasy.
Shelves: fantasy, manga, youngadult
Takahashi Natsume can see spirits and demonds that are in hiding from humanity. This gift has always kept him separate from other people and he has been very much alone. Due to his gift, Natsume has been sent from one relative to another and ends up living in the same town as his grandmother, who seems to have shared his gift. They now also seem to share something else – The Book of Friends. Unbeknownst to Natsume, his grandmother (who also felt alone) captured the names of spirits in demons in...more
Orphaned Takashi Natsume has been able to see spirits since he was a small child. Growing up in an environment where he can't be sure which is reality and which isn't, he was always scared but, he has stayed strong through all these years all while being passed from family to family.

In his first high school year, while staying with the Fujiwara family, he accidentally unseals a God named Madara while running from youkai that are chasing him. Soon after this Madara, or as Natsume refers to him- N...more
Nathan Herald
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Natsume has always seen spirits, but until recently, he's always managed to escape them. Then comes the day that he is fleeing a spirit who wants to consume him, when he trips over a statue of a maneki neko (Lucky Cat) which just happens to house Madara - a powerful spirit that wants something of Natsume's. As it turns out, Natsume has come into possession of a notebook of his grandmother's. A notebook full of names - names of spirits that his grandmother had bound into the book...more
Sarah Maddaford
Natsume's Book of Friends starts as an episodic manga about a teen boy who sees youkai, spirits and monsters, that no one else can see. He has been shuffled from house to house because he is an orphan that none of his relatives want to keep around after weird things start to happen. In this newest home, he struggles to keep his sight a secret despite the increase in the number of spirits chasing and attacking him. Finding the Book of Friends and Nyanko-sensei only further increases his difficult...more
Rebecca Ann
Cuuuute. I'm feeling Instalove for this series. Usually it is a young girl who can see demons in the manga I've read, and usually she falls in love with one. It's pretty refreshing to have a male character who isn't obsessed with fighting or leveling up (basically a non-shonen male character). It's also really cute how we get each spirit's backstory and Natusme tries to help them out and understand them. This is a great read for younger teens (so far) with only one random inappropriate sex joke...more
Natsume is a descendant of Reiko who was a Yokai whisperer. (Equivalent to the ghost whispherer.) Reiko is so powerful she tricks Yokai into signing contracts in a book, which make them indebted to her. When Reiko dies the book is passed onto Natsume her grandson. Natsume also finds that he can see Yokai and soon bumps into a Yokai trapped in a ceramic lucky kitty. The lucky kitty yokai becomes Natsume's guide and bodyguard in exchange for the Book of Friends, upon Natsume's death. Each storylin...more
I really wish I could put into words what it is about this series that makes me love it. If I look at it objectively, the writing is nothing special. You know what's going to happen, more or less. The character development is slow and sometimes clunky and doesn't always make sense. The art is beautiful, a lovely sketchy style, but there's a lot of beautiful art in the manga world. I don't even find Natsume particularly compelling as our hero.

I think, if I look at it and narrow it down to one thi...more
Ah... Natsume~<3 One of my very favorite animes... However, so far the manga just isn't as good. The anime is so beautiful and peaceful, yet nicely spooky at times. The manga's art isn't as beautiful... The anime has such a nice nature element, but the manga lacks a little of that, I think. I'll keep reading it, though because I'm waiting for new episodes (which might already be out, I really need to check on that again) and I like the stories anyway. :)

Update: Actually, in the last chapter o...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...more
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