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Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 9 by Yuki Midorikawa
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Jan 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, spirits, need-to-read-something-else-first, mythology-japanese, modern, manga, fantasy, creatures, belton
Read from January 11 to 12, 2012

The real forward motion in this volume occurs when Matoba makes another appearance, before that we have another episode with Natsume returning a name and getting into trouble with youkai. I really love the way Natsume deals with the individual youkai. Hinoe and the C-listers are treated with as much respect as Nyanko-sensei. All new youkai are greeted with first with kindness even when they are dangerous.
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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