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Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the autumn breeze and the turning weather. The leaves are changing colours, and the streets are covered in red and orange. In other words it’s the perfect weather for spending the evening watching an anime like Natsume Yujincho. And this week’s episode was a really good one! Not disappointed even a tiny bit. This will probably be one of my top favourite Natsume Yujincho episodes in all five seasons.
We got to meet one of the best, sweetest, and charming characters introduced to us through the course of this anime, Taki. Just in case you don’t remember her: Taki is a girl from Natsume’s school who found some forbidden techniques and seals in her deceased grandfather’s things. At first, of course, she didn’t know what those meant, but one day when she was drawing a certain circle she managed to memorise, a youkai appeared and started threatening her. Here was where Taki and Natsume met and became friends. In other words, Taki is a simple girl who has no power to see or hear the youkai, but she knows about their existence and is by no means hateful towards them. A lovable character.
But let’s not dwell too much on the details and get down to business!
The episode starts with Natsume finding certain drawings on the blackboard in one of the classrooms. However, it seems that only he can see them. When he gets closer he realises that the drawings are letters and he tries to read them. This is when Natsume notices the presence of a youkai. When he tries to chase it, the person whom he meets is Taki.
The two of them talk for a while and Taki tells Natsume how she managed to help a youkai using her grandfather’s mystic circle. This might seem a little thing, but to Taki it meant the whole world. She was happy to have been able to help a youkai, and she even received a flower from him. Taki ended up cherishing it and taking care of it, even though flowers can’t live for too long.
Long story short, Nyanko-sensei could still feel a certain youkai smell lingering around Taki, hence Natsume and Nyanko-sensei visit Taki to check out her house. They find two other youkai who have gotten lost at Taki’s house, and help them get out. The key point here is that the youkai whom Taki helped get out offer to join the team and everything ends well.
This episode too, like many other Natsume Yujincho episodes had a bittersweet ending. It leaves you with a tiny wound in your heart, but it also makes you feel alive. This is the main reason why I adore this anime.
This episode’s theme is one that comes up a lot in anime such as Natsume Yujincho. You might have already guessed, yes, it is love. The youkai that received help from Taki has a short talk with Natsume, and he tells him that forbidding techniques such as Taki’s grandfather’s circle is the right thing to do. But wait, he has a reason to back up his words. The youkai was filled with anger and rage because he got lost in Taki’s house and couldn’t get out, but the moment he looked into Taki’s eyes a lot changed for him. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Even though he managed to get out of the house he couldn’t leave the place. He would continue to linger around Taki and yearn for her. However, the poor thing couldn’t understand what this feeling was. He ended up writing down what he felt on the blackboard. When Natsume went back to the same classroom he read it again. The last words hit home and I want to quote them here:
If it is possible I want to take you with me. The beautiful mountains, the beautiful valleys, I wanted to see all of these together with you. What do people call this feeling…?
And just like this the episode ends, scarring you somewhere deep inside your heart, leaving you with a bittersweet aftertaste… I think this was a splendid episode by all means. Being able to grasp the feeling we call love and present it in such a beautiful manner in just twenty minutes is not an easy deed believe me. But Natsume Yujincho managed to do it. Kudos to all the writers.
I am really looking forward to see what everybody else thought about this episode, so let us here on Manga.Tokyo know what you thought. Leave a comment and let’s have a discussion! Don’t forget to check the rest of our Fall 2016 reviews!