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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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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~
A nice supernatural read
this manga reminds me a lot of another manga Hyakkiyakou Shou in that both main character's grand parents dabled with spirts that later caused problems for their grand children. Both stories are very similar but the subtle differences make them some what unique if you like japaneese spirts and/or xxx-holic then this is a definate read.
this is a must read. can't waith to read more. If you like stories with japaneses spirits like xxxholic read this one. Also the draws are very pretty. And it will have an anime