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Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 4 by Yuki Midorikawa
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Nov 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: belton, creatures, demons, manga, modern, mythology-japanese, need-to-read-something-else-first, spirits, supernatural, young-adult
Read on November 20, 2011

Volume four features a lot of reflection on the secrets that Natsume keeps even from Natori, the one person who knows what he sees. Natsume is also beginning to see the consequences of befriending youkai the way he does. Sometimes trusting them works, but other times it leads him to wonder whether he is being naive. There isn't a lot of human interaction in this volume, but the youkai make excellent substitutes for human relations.
The manga includes some violence including evidence of bullying, fights between youkai, Natsume and Nyanko-sensei, but the worst results seem to be cuts, bruises and talk about eating people (very rarely do people actually get eaten in the series). There isn't any cursing. Nyanko-sensei is a drunkard, who spends most of his time in a Lucky Cat form.

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