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From Storm in Heaven:
Natsume's just an ordinary kid, except he can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the "Book of Friends". Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. With the help of a spirit "cat" (who really just wants Natsume to die so he can have the book), Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits and trying not to get killed.
Extras: • Manabiya no Sumi (The Corner of the Schoolhouse) in v.6. • Natsu ni wa Tameiki (w)o Tsuku (A Midsummer Sigh) in v.7.
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my last review was oddly focused on the anime. i've no idea why i posted an anime review here so i'm re-updating my review on the series as a whole. If you're choosing between the anime/manga, i suggest the manga because the reading experience is more emotionally engaging than the anime. I believe it's due to the set up of the panels and the flow of the images and words. The series is initially episodic and then starts to integrate a larger conflict. With this conflict, the series starts to have some sort of plot, but you could say that this plot is irrelevant to the story the mangaka wants to tell. The value of this series difficult to describe; Natsume Yuujinchou is essentially about connecting with others and the value of having such connections. There is, depicted, the comfort of friendship and unconditional love. There is too, the pain of loneliness, rejection, separation, and inevitable loss. It's a sweet series that reads quietly, and although it is not exactly profound, it is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and somehow, humane. Definitely worth reading and even re-reading just to absorb the emotions the mangaka attempted to capture. I'm not sure where the series is heading, but like i said, there isn't much focus on the overall plot.
... Last updated on November 13th, 2013, 10:00pm
Oh I LOVE IT!
Well, it's been a while i read a manga that could make me shed tears. This is my first time there's a manga that could make me cry for it's every single chapter. There's gentle, calm, and peaceful atmosphere in this manga. Beautiful story. A work of art depicted in this manga. It's really worth a read.
i remember watching the anime and having this strange calm sad feeling,i dont think ive ever felt like this watching any other anime,the anime portrays perfectly the pain of loneliness which is very difficult to do,proves how amazing the mangaka is
I literally read the whole thing in one sitting and was like 'what, no more chapter left?' It is that good! I like the slow feeling, and I'm not much of a crier and I don't think I've ever cried/felt like crying while reading a manga, and there were some chapters that made my eyes water a little, so that's a feat all in itself. The series is great, the characters are great, and I like the fact that there is no hints at romance for the main character to distract from the main plot. I don't mind romance, but I don't really think that romance has a place in a story like this, and there is a lot of romance, but none for the main character. I like how it is friend-centric, since I am a sucker for friend's stories even more than romance stories. In a way, and not because they are similar, but because both want the same thing, yet when they get what they want, they realize it's not really what they wanted, Natsume kinda reminds me of Ichigo from Bleach. All in all, this is a really heart-warming story.
Simple art, awesome story.
I skimmed through the first volume at the bookstore and didn't think much. Until I saw the anime. Then I decided to go back and read the manga. The art doesn't suck you in, but the story does. It does take some time for it to grow on you.
This manga is really good 'cause it invokes emotion within me. Kinda like sadness, as well as the satisfaction at the end of each chapter.
... Last updated on February 9th, 2011, 5:21pm
i love this manga. the story is good and so the art! i love natsume and nyanko-sensei..... the art isn't very complicated and very interesting. the anime is even better.... i remembered i cried watching it. anyway, both the anime and the manga is a must to read and watch!
Heartwarming and Heartwrenching, I'm in love
This series is really good. I just started reading it when by chance I saw it at my local bookstore. I hadn't planned to read it, but it stayed in the back of my mind like a constant, so i decided to look it up to read online. I LOVE the art, the guys are hot no lie, and seeing them together makes me squeel xD I keep rereading this over and over even when i just started reading it. Only in a day, i finished up to chapter 25 vol 7. I'm excited for what happens next, Thank God for the people scanning and translating this ! <3 The different Ayakashi(spirits) that Natsume meet, their story of their interactions are spellbinding. I would cry for Natsume, and many times I would cry for the ayakashi. Many times I would laugh and smile to myself as well. And most of all, it made me think, about the person I am and was, about the gentle kindness that Natsume has, that i wished I too could come to learn to be strong like he is. I gre up with terrible friends, and this manga made me realize I could love them now and just try to forget the others. Even when we can't forget our past, we don't live from it but in the now. If he could do something to help, he would. Even though the ayakashi are the reason he grew up always hurt and sad, he still loves the ones he befriends now, as well as the humans he has come to love. But its what sets him apart from many of his kind that can see the spirits as well, as he wants to protect both ayakashi and the humans. I definitly recommend!! I was tired from those romance shoujo, so I'm glad this doesn't have romance, but the different kinds of friendship that helps you grow as a person.
... Last updated on April 18th, 2010, 4:48pm
A love story of a boy and his cat.
The love story between a boy and his demon cat. Ahh...
Haha, not really but YES at the same time. All the stories are love stories between youkai and their humans, and I love the themes: the struggle to love someone whose life is a short a firefly's, the determination to overcome pride and stay with your version of happiness, of overcoming fear to accept love and banish loneliness, of becoming more understanding and kind to the differences in the world and seeing what unites everyone. All these things are A+++
But mostly I find it amusing that all the demon spirits fall in love with Natsume. Even his demon cat.
Love it! <3
I've been caught up to the manga, but I just started watching the anime recently and It's just so... great. It's heart warming and I just love how they use the supernatural element here. I have to say it is hilarious when Natsume is like struggling and then just punches them off... anyway, when you do read the manga and you like it, you must watch the anime. It goes right along with it! It's amazing really, I'm not the shoujo kinda girl
... Last updated on May 25th, 2010, 8:13pm
One of the best supernatural pieces out there
Natsume Yuujinchou is easily the best of Midorikawa Yuki's already quite impressive pool of work. As others have already mentioned, it falls in line with the typically better known Mushishi, which I actually think draws the best comparison. Natsume, like Mushishi, is a type of art that I think can best be defined as starkly beautiful. The stories are elegant in their simplicity (unlike the contrived style that Hyakki Yakoushou suffers from), but still manage to convey their point excellently and create an ideal environment for the anecdotes to reside in. Midorikawa's air of originality also shows through in some of the personalities, which manage to make the characters memorable despite their short appearances. A must-read for anyone who enjoys slice of life or supernatural stories.