Greetings everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend and rested well! We have a new episode of Natsume Yujincho Go, and it was pretty much as perfect as every other episode we got in the previous seasons (of course this might be just my bias, but go along with me). My initial guess on the theme of the current season after watching the first episode was that we’ll get more information about Natsume Reiko, Takashi’s grandmother. But in the following episodes we didn’t learn too much; just a couple of tiny things I will talk about in a bit.
On the other hand we have some cameo appearances of secondary and supporting characters who actually do matter in the story of Natsume, unlike his school friends. In today’s episode we had two such appearances, Natori and Manabe. You might not remember them (I can’t remember Manabe off the top of my head, I will be honest), but they are characters we have encountered in previous seasons and they have affected Natsume to a degree. They are both people who shouldn’t find out about Natsume’s Book of Friends, especially Manabe. As for Natori, we can to a degree call him Natsume’s senpai, and somebody who actually cares for our little boy.
But let’s not dwell too much on the details and get started with the actual review!
This episode was mostly centred on Natori.. According to Manabe’s words, an exorcist has appeared who is cursing other exorcists with exceptional powers. One of the victims is Natori. Natsume himself got to see with his own eyes how somebody called Natori and started chanting a curse. Another issue is that amateur exorcists have been going around sealing youkai, however, in a very poorly manner, which results the youkai getting out of the seal and going berserk. This was actually why Natsume went all the way to visit Natori. He was present while such a seal was performed. Leaving the raging youkai lying around waiting when the seal will break down and having it attack people is not Natsume’s style, is it?
Long story short, Natsume also got a letter from Manabe, a request to help his clan and other exorcists find the person who is harassing the rest of the exorcists. Their guess is that the person is being controlled by a demon. It seems like we are getting a short arc at least.
The rest you will have to find out for yourself by watching the episode!
Trivia and Themes
The theme in this episode wasn’t too different from the ones we got in the previous. But I want to make a couple of small comments.
Family: Natsume really cares for the Fujiwara’ who are taking care of him and thinks of them as his family. The thought of Manabe telling them that he has this special ability, putting them in danger because of his ability is terrifying to him. Most of his moves are based on wanting to protect the life he has with the Fujiwaras, and the Fujiwaras themselves.
Forbidden justsus: Apparently, in the world of exorcists there are forbidden things, such as curses, spells that make the people see the youkai, and guess what? Taking control over the youkai by receiving their names and binding them. Sounds familiar, right? This is basically what Natsume Reiko has been doing. Natsume realises once again that exorcists can be kind and sweet like Natori, or terrifying and cold-hearted like Manabe. The latter should never find out about the existence of The Book of Friends.
More Youkai Next Week!
And with this I will finish my review of the third episode of Natsume Yujincho. I hope that you have enjoyed the episode as well as the review. With the events evolving in their current direction, I can definitely say that the latest season of Natsume Yujincho will be really good. We will definitely get to learn more about Natsume Reiko, as well as about many other things that concern the relationship between the human world and the world of the youkai.
Don’t hesitate and tell us here on Manga.Tokyo your thoughts on the latest episode and the whole new season of Natsume Yujincho! We are waiting to hear from you!
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- Natsume Yujincho Go Episode 6 Review: Soundless Valley
- Natsume Yujincho Go Episode 7 Review: Distant Festival Lights
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