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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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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.
Very beautiful. Every panel, every story, is a work of art. Some stories feel mellow, some feel action-filled, and others feel delicately beautiful. Either way, it's amazing. And there is always humor. I love the humor! Very, very good series!
... Last updated on November 12th, 2010, 4:32pm
if you've read hyakkiyakoushou then this will definitely remind you of it. only, natsume is like a light-hearted version of hyakkiyakoushou.the art is good, with comedy and touching scenes here and there. have read up to volume 2 ch.1 now and i love it ^^
The various supernatural aspects are all quite interesting. It's a few notches below Selected Pandemonium yet it holds its' place as a pleasant supernatural read. The strength of this series isn't really the main character but rather, the aspects like the book of friends, the kinds of youkai and spirits, etc. who dwell within the universe.
However for all its' charm, like the author’s previous works, it struggles when trying to maintain focus on relations and interactions between more than 2 characters. While some might see that as a plus, this puts a dent in fleshing out much of the cast.
Update: And also, maybe it's just me but her panels can be kinda plain at times: there seem to be a lot of near-empty panels in her artwork which she chooses to fill in with just a couple of lines. It's still kinda annoying because it's no better than "filler art".
... Last updated on March 29th, 2010, 7:45am
a light series
A VERY mellow series with touching scenes here and there. The art has a dissipated feel to it, and may seem a bit sloppy at first. But once you're used to it, you will love it. There are light comedy in this too, once and a while. I highly recommend it!
Not the typical shoujo, nor the art neither the themes ^_^. Very good IMHO
It gives you a nostalgic and reflective feel, with some welcomed touches of humour. In a way (the 'quiet supernatural' and folkloric approach ) reminds me of Selected Pandemonium and Mushishi. Natsume it's closer to the first in terms of feelings, human bonding and having the young protagonist inheriting a special abiltiy from his ancestor, while the art - a bit sketchy - reminds me a bit more of the second. If you like Natsume, you'll probably enjoy these other two titles too ^_^.
Midorikawa's drawings are beautiful - although not conventional. And definitely not typical shoujo. There is sort of a sense of moving and timelessness in how the story is moved along... or so it seems to me.
Read it for yourself.
So far, all the character dynamics are interesting, and this is making way for more interesting plot development~