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Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 5 (Natsume's Book of Friends #5)

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  560 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Takashi thinks he's found a balance between yokai and friends when he goes with a group of classmates to a country inn for a marathon cram session before school starts again. But even the prosaic threat of homework can't keep the "other world" at bay, especially when the inn keeper has been dabbling in mermaid blood!
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by VIZ Media LLC (first published March 5th 2008)
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Estara
The stories in this volume of Natsume were also shown in the anime, so they were familiar to me. But - as is often the case - the manga can dwell more on the details and show different aspects.

We haven't got such a heartbreaking cute episode as the one with the snowbunny/nature guardian in this volume, but I liked the story about grandmother Reiko and the child who would grow up to be the husband of the family that Takashi is now living with.

The episode with the girl who cursed because she had
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Rowan
The whole volume has memorable chapters as a whole but I think the one that stands out to me the most is the one with Reiko and how she helped out Natsume's current adopted father when he was a child. It gives little more insight into Reiko and the possibility that there are people who did care about her but she did not seem to try reaching out to them.

I read Taki's intro so many times but I am not sure that I have anything new to say about it that hasn't already been said but boy, am I glad th
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Miriam
This series is consistently high in quality.

Volume 5 continues to be primarily episodic. There are slight differences in structure this time: a larger multi-chapter story, and a half-length and action-free final story that ends rather anticlimactically.

We also get a little more exposure to Natsume's uncle and grandmother.
Sarah Hayes
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Sarah Maddaford
Now Natsume has three people who know what he sees: Natori, Tanuma and Taki. Taki is interesting because she gets involved through experimenting with a magic circle left by her grandfather. The monster the two of the fight is really creepy and plays a cruel game. The story is still largely episodic, but threads of it form a linear story that is largely one of friendship and finding your place in the world.
The manga includes some violence including evidence of bullying, fights between youkai, Nat
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Lissibith
Taki! Taki Taki Taki! And more Tanuma. It's weird to me how much the secondary characters in this can really increase my investment (don't get me wrong, I like Natsume and Sensei, but I love them more when they're interacting with other people, and that generally means Tanuma, Taki or Natori).

I think Taki's story was my favorite in this book - her plight at staying quiet despite her natural personality being the opposite? Her seeking out Natsume for help. Just the fear that her plight had to hav
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Hardian
Bab Spesial "Agenda Observasi Natsume" itu memang terasa spesial, kadang lebih suka daripada cerita-cerita bab utamanya, haha, termasuk untuk volume 5 ini. Setelah di volume 4 entah kenapa merasa kurang puas, sepertinya sudah mulai bisa menikmati mood Natsume di volume ini, can't wait for the next tank at the end of the month.
Mary
Apr 20, 2014 Mary rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mary by: My sister Jane
Shelves: 2014
It was a good book but I was confused at the start, I mean, well it was volume 5 and i haven't read the others so of course I was confused. Anyway, the series as a whole, I wouldn't read it because it just repeats the same events with different Yokai. It would be good for people who like repetitive reading...?
Elsa
I love this series about a boy who can see yokai and has been persecuted all his life for it. This volume has Takashi meeting a girl who also has a problem with yokai, and spending time with his Uncle who had an encounter with Takashi's grandma Reiko when he was a small boy.
Susan
Given that Midorikawa portrays Reiko as being an outcast from society and constantly rejected by people, now I'm wondering how she ever managed to meet someone and have a child. It's an intriguing mystery. And dying young--did that have something to do with yokai?
Mely
We meet Natsume's uncle! Natsume makes friends!
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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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