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Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 8 by Yuki Midorikawa
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Jan 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: belton, creatures, fantasy, manga, modern, mythology-japanese, need-to-read-something-else-first, spirits, young-adult
Read on January 11, 2012

The first half of this volume focuses on Natusme's classmates. He's adjusting to the fact that they like him and want him around even though he his still hiding things from them. Then he has Tanuma and Taki who can both get glimpses at his world, but still can't quite understand. They both help him despite his efforts to keep them out of trouble.
The second half is about how the Fujiwaras came and asked him to stay with him. They wanted him even though they had heard all the stories from the rest of the family. He is finally starting to trust them with himself and believe that they won't send him away. He is still hesitant to tell them about youkai though.
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. Hinoe is back in this one with several other drinking buddies.

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