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Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 5 by Yuki Midorikawa
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Oct 26, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: manga-lns-misc
Read from February 01 to 02, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Originally posted here at Anime Radius.

As the fifth volume of Natsume's Book of Friends progresses, something quickly becomes obvious: the world of humans and the world of yokai are quickly becoming acquainted with each other in ways not previously seen in this series. We are meeting more humans who have encountered ayakashi and become cursed (Taki and her magic circles) or have unknowingly been a part of a yokai capture (Uncle Shigeru). As we see these interactions, we can further understand Natsume's own loneliness, not only at feeling detached from either world but also because he keeps meeting people who have touched the peripheral edge of the realm of ayakashi but do not live with the sight every day like he does. In Yuki Midorikawa's typically brilliant way, we are slowly brought into Natsume's shoes and shown the world through his eyes to understand how he feels and why his gift is more of a heavy load than an aid.

The stories in this particular book span the spectrum from exciting to emotional, serious to humorous, but never in such a way that they seem out of place together. Nyanko-sensei is a constant source of comic relief, although there is a moment during the Taki story arc when Natsume temporarily loses his otherworldly sight that his presence becomes a sobering one. There is also another Natsume observation log 'special episode' which brings back series favorite Tanuma and has him meet Nyanko-sensei for the first time. As usual, these stories will leave readers both quietly satisfied and wishing they had the next volume in their hands as soon as possible. It is always rare to find a manga that keeps its storytelling and character quality consistently high over a number of volumes, especially past the two/three volume mark, making Natsume a precious kind of rarity indeed; may Yuki Midorikawa never abandon this jewel of a series.

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