Natsume’s Book of Friends (夏目友人帳) is a Japanese fantasy manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It began serialization by Hakusensha in the shōjo manga magazine LaLa DX in 2005, before switching to LaLa in 2008. The chapters have been collected in eighteen bound volumes. The series is about Natsume, an orphaned teenage boy who can see spirits, who inherits from his grandmother the notebook she used to bind spirits under her control. Natsume’s Book of Friends was a finalist for the first Manga Taishō award in 2008. An anime television series produced by Brain’s Base, which was broadcast on TV Tokyo in 4 seasons in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.
While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or “Book of Friends,” which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume’s possession, the book gives Reiko’s grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom. Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.
Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother’s contract.
Last Modified: May 16, 2016
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
[Jan 28, 2009] OP: “Ano hi Time Machine” by LONG SHOT PARTY
[Feb 18, 2009] Ending Theme: “Aishiteru (愛してる)” by Kourin
[Mar 18, 2009] Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou Original Soundtrack
Natsume Yuujinchou San
[Aug 10, 2011] Ending Theme: “Kimi no Kakera feat. Miyamoto Emiri”
[Aug 24, 2011] Bonus CD Vol. 1 : Original Drama CD “The name of the thing Ayashiki”
[Sep 07, 2011] Opening Theme: “Boku ni Dekiru Koto” by HOW MERRY MARRY
[Sep 21, 2011] Bonus CD Vol. 2 : Character Song “Jitensha ni Noreta Hi” –
[Nov 23, 2011] Bonus CD Vol. 4 : Nyanko-sensei Premium Voice CD
[Dec 21, 2011] Bonus CD Vol. 5 : DJCD “Book Natsume assume anything”
Natsume Yuujinchou Shi
[Jan 25, 2012] Natsume Yuujinchou San & Shi Music Collection: Hinemosu Kirari Kirari
[Feb 15, 2012] Opening Theme: “Ima, Kono Toki. (今、このとき。)” by Hiiragi
[Feb 22, 2012] Ending Theme:”Takaramono (たからもの)” by Marina Kawano
[Feb 22, 2012] Bonus CD: 1 – Original Drama CD “Hiiragi Otsukaichou”
[Mar 21, 2012] Bonus CD: 2 – Character Song “Tenohira no negai”
[Apr 25, 2012] Bonus CD: 3 – DJCD “Natsume Shitsumon-chou”
[Jun 27, 2012] Bonus CD: 5 – Nyanko-sensei Premium Voice CD #2
[Jun 27, 2012] Natsume Yuujinchou Theme Song Collection