Takashi Natsume (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya) is back once again, living between the worlds of human and youkai. For another season we get to follow Takashi’s daily life with Nyanko-sensei (CV: Kazuhiko Inoue). He starts to learn more about his maternal grandmother Reiko (CV: Sanae Kobayashi), and slowly continues opening up to the fellow humans around him.
Finally! It’s another season of Natsume Yuujinchou, or Natsume’s Book of Friends as it’s called in English. This is a calm slice-of-life show, but it has a deeper aspect as it’s been digging in Natsume’s mind for 4 seasons now. This is one of my favourite shows, and is also one you could really just jump into watching. You won’t see Takashi’s growth over time if you do that though! This isn’t an action-filled show by any means, but is an extremely slow-paced one. However, that’s one of its strength as it gives Takashi time to grow and we get to grow attached to him and the characters around him.
This season was very moving. I cried at episode 10, as it shows that Takashi has found a safe place, and that really warmed my heart. It also gives us more insight in the people around Takashi.
This is definitely a show I recommend – both this particular season and the entire show as it is – because it’s both heart-warming and heart-breaking. The now is the prior, the past the latter. Takashi and the others grow, but as I mentioned the show is slow-paced. But I think that is something beautiful about it – we don’t change very quickly as human beings.
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Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5