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Hello everyone! Have you been good? We are finally in December, which means colder weather, but hey, Christmas and New Year are just over the corner and we all know what that means, right? Holidays! With the festive mood in the air, I am pretty sure you are all getting pretty excited and maybe even stressed because you have to get all those presents for family members and friends. But hey! Don’t worry, just turn on your computer or TV, or whatever you are watching your anime on and press PLAY! Because Natsume Yujincho is here to take away all of your stress!
The latest episode was a bit different from what we had seen so far. There was actually no Natsume action whatsoever, I mean he probably was just a baby during the time when the events of this episode were taking place.
The episode was concentrated on Natori Shuuichi and Matoba Seiji. They are both pretty interesting characters we had a chance to encounter through many of the episodes of the five seasons of Natsume Yujincho. We know that Natsume is looking up to Natori, but isn’t quite fond of Matoba. He has his own reasons, but let’s not waste time on talking about what we already know and get right down to business!!
Japanese Title: 歪みなき世界
As I already mentioned above, the episode mostly revolves around Natori and Matoba. To be more precise, around the time when they first met, which would make both of them high schoolers. Natori is still a confused teenager who doesn’t know much about his exorcist powers and is being looked down by his family members because he has those particular powers. Meanwhile, Matoba is still not the head of the clan and is trying to make a name for himself, ‘to keep his clan in the top rank’, as he says himself.
In the course of events, Natori ends up visiting a meeting of exorcists where he meets Matoba for the first time. One could say they do not start on a good note. Natori is clearly not fond of Matoba and his cocky character. Here he also meets an older man, Takuma. After talking to him for a while Natori seems to get a clearer idea of what he wants to do with his powers: protect people around him, be of use to the people he cares about.
At the end of the day, he doesn’t have the means of learning exorcism from somebody, and has to do everything on his own, while studying the old scrolls and writings in the storehouse where his family keeps the information about their exorcist past. That being said, he manages to learn things quite fast.
Natori decides to hunt down a youkai which has been targeting exorcists for a while, and he manages to stop it for a while and hurt it a bit. However, maybe because this was just his first try, he fails to do more than that. The one who makes the killing blow is Matoba Seiji. Of course, this is something that bothers Natori, but he keeps working on himself to become who he is now, a famous and accomplished exorcist to whom people look up.
I want to ponder a little bit on the drastic change of character that Natori has from his teenager years to the present. As a teenager he was a pretty closed-up person, quite concerned about his surroundings. He himself realises that a lot of frustration is building up in him because of the tattoo-like lizard that keeps moving itself on his body. He realises that he is unable to be kind and nice to the people around him, but then again he doesn’t know how to fix that. He hopes that maybe by being able to communicate with people that see the world the way he does, he will be able to find a solution to this problem.
It is hard to tell what kind of a relationship Natori and Matoba had throughout the years, but in some sense you can maybe call them best friends who do not realise the existence of the other. After finding out about the exorcist meetings, Natori starts wearing glasses. I am mentioning this, because the last lines of the episode kind of hit home. Those were Matoba’s words and they were directed at sleeping Natori. They made me feel that Matoba is probably not a bad person, just has his own reasons:
The world probably seems warped and bent because you try to look at it with these, right?
With this I conclude yet another review of Natsume Yujincho, which leaves a bittersweet aftertaste in my heart. You may ask why, this episode was quite a sweet one. Yes, that is true. However, we have only three episodes of Natsume Yujincho Go left. This is the fifth season of this anime, and believe me, not many anime, especially episodic such as Natsume Yujincho, get more than one or two seasons. It has been over four years since Natsume Yujincho Shi aired, and chances are this will be the concluding season for this amazing show. I hope all of us will be able to enjoy the wonderful last episodes!
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