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That was it for the first season of 2019. Many good titles graced our screens, but if we want to be honest, there are too many series in the new season we have been waiting for quite a long time.
This year Natsume’s Book of Friends is celebrating its 10th anniversary since the first broadcast. Fans have been waiting for it, but finally they can watch the movie! The first day of screening was on 29 September 2018 and a special screening event took place in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Burg 9. A parade of the regular voice cast members attended the event: Hiroshi Kamiya (voice of Takashi Natsume), Kazuhiko Inoue (voice of Nyanko-sensei), Sanae Kobayashi (voice of Reiko Natsume), Kazuma Horie (voice of Kaname Ranuma) and Rina Sato (voice of Toru Taki). Guest voice actors from the movie were also invited on stage: Eiji Kotage (voice of Monmonbou), Mizuki Nishimura (voice of Roppon’ude), Sumi Shimamoto (voice of Yorie Tsumura) and Kengo Kora (voice of Mukuo Tsumura). Kamiya came on stage with Nyanko-sensei while Inoue carried the mini Nyanko-senseis called number 1, number 2, and number 3. The audience broke out in shouts of ‘cute!’. Inoue further made everybody smile when he greeted the audience with the cute voice of Nyanko-sensei.
It’s been ten years since the first episode of Natsume’s Book of Friends was broadcast. The cast were asked about what they thought the charm of the series was, to which Kamiya and Inoue immediately answered with ‘Nyanko-sensei’. Kamiya explained that when he walks on the streets, he can see merchandise and illustrations of Nyanko-sensei everywhere and that without his character, the anime wouldn’t have gained so much popularity. Inoue added that the gentle voice of Kamiya was also a point which made the anime so good. In this movie, fans will be able to enjoy both things and get enveloped in the gentle voice of Natsume as well as witness the cuteness of Nyanko-sensei.
Kora is one of the guest cast members for this movie and active as an actor in TV series and movies. Kamiya talked about how it was to meet him in person for the first time and praised him, saying that he is beautiful like a sculpture, which made Kora blush a bit. Often actors-turned-voice-actors have problems understanding the world of anime when they voice act. However Kora was very familiar with Natsume’s Book of Friends.
‘I like Natsume’s Book of Friends and when the request came, I did the recording while I thought about what it means to be a voice actor.’ That’s why he didn’t feel uneasy while recording. Also, the setting of the story is modeled after Kumamoto prefecture. Since Kora is from Kumamoto, he was also asked about the charm of it. ‘Its charm is the people. In Aso there is also a hot spring. It is a beautiful place where you can feel close to nature.’ It seems as if Kumamoto is worth a visit, so try to check it out if you are lucky enough the come to Japan!
At the end of the event, Kamiya said that he would work hard so that this series, that is loved by so many people of all ages, so that it will stay loved in the future. The movie is also packed with the Natsume’s Book of Friends-ness that everybody enjoys so much so please look forward to the wonderful story the cast and staff members created for the fans!
The movie is currently airing in Japanese cinemas.