Your average awkward gamer and otaku. Book girl. Tsundere. Freelancer. Struggling to become an author.
Natsume Takashi, the protagonist of Natsume Yujincho Go, is a high school boy who lives in rural Japan with his foster family, the Fujiwaras. However, even though it may seem that Takashi is your fellow high school student, he is not a regular boy! He is able to see the youkai, creatures from the yonder, and he has a fat cat, well, which is not really a cat, but a youkai who has great power and influence! Natsume’s high school days are filled with much more that school life drama!
Natsume Yujincho is a story of a boy who has the special ability to see the youkai. Or so you would think from the first glance. Natsume Takashi has inherited a special notebook from his grandmother, Natsume Reiko, and the notebook contains names of countless youkai who have been defeated by Reiko and forced to bind themselves to her by giving her their names. Takashi is giving those names back to all of those youkai that the names were taken from. Takashi, together with Madara, or more widely recognizable Nyanko-sensei, is also trying to protect the Book of Friends (Yujincho) from evil spirits that might want to use it for wrong purposes.
Natsume Yujincho is one of the most famous anime/manga series both in Japan and abroad. The anime has had five seasons throughout the years, which is not very common for anime that aren’t long-run shounen series (Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, etc.). Nonetheless, Natsume Yujincho managed to get FIVE seasons, despite being the most episodic anime that you can imagine out there. This might be my personal opinion, but episodic anime don’t do so well in the current industry as the ones that follow a certain plot and are divided into various arcs, even if short ones. Natsume Yujincho, indeed follows a certain plot line, but most of the characters you meet only once in one certain episode, hence the lack of arcs.
Despite all of that, Natsume Yujincho is a ridiculously famous anime, and that may as well be because of the mood that the anime creates. It is indeed bittersweet, but you always see the light at the end of the tunnel. Natsume Yujincho is that light to me.
The art style of the 5th season of Natsume Yujincho didn’t change compared to the first season. However we can say for certain the the quality of drawings, faces, background, everything is dramatically increased. I am not trying to say that the previous seasons had bad quality art, they were amazing for the time period they were released in. Yet the latest season was a masterpiece in its own way.
As for music, the soundtrack kept the same elements that have been used from the very first season. The song that caught my attention in this season was the ending theme of the anime Akane Sasu by an uprising artist called Aimer. The song encompasses all of the feelings I’ve felt towards the show and the characters throughout the years.
The main theme of the anime hasn’t changed throughout the five seasons. And this season just like the previous ones was filled with Takashi’s feelings. The feelings are directed towards the Fujiwaras, the couple who took him when nobody wanted to have anything to do with him, towards his schoolmates whom he wants to protect just as much as his newly-made family, the youkai whom he want to help in any way he can, whom he want to try and coexist with… and of course towards his grandmother, Natsume Reiko, of whom he doesn’t have much left in his memories. I felt that the main theme of the first part of the 5th season was centred on Reiko and was in some sense a way of letting Natsume (as well as us) get to know Reiko better.
As for the second part, in my opinion it was mostly centred on Natsume’s relationship with those who surrounded him, especially with the Fujiwaras, and in a way, with Natori.
Whenever I watch this anime my soul starts overflowing with various feelings, and most of those in general are well… bittersweet. I think that this word fits Natsume Yujincho perfectly. If you have watched the anime I am sure you can understand what I mean. If you haven’t watched it, then hey! Go grab some hot tea and get started ASAP! 😉
You can check out the following link if you are interested in the detailed review of all of the 11 episodes of Natsume Yujincho Go.
This was a nice ride, and now that Natsume Yujincho Go is over, this journey to to world of the youkai also ends here. Thank you all for sticking with me! Make sure to check out reviews of other anime here on MANGA.TOKYO.