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Natsume Yuujinchou

Alt titles: Natsume's Book of Friends

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Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou TV 2009 Sequel
Natsume Yuujinchou San TV 2011 Same Franchise
Natsume Yuujinchou Shi TV 2012 TBD
Natsume Yuujinchou (2013) OVA 2013 TBD
Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni OVA 2014 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Natsume's Book of Friends 2005 Original Manga
Nyanko-sensei ga Iku! 2013 TBD
Natsume Yuujinchou (Light Novel) 2013 TBD
Name Role
Akira TAKATA Character Design
Takahiro OMORI Director
Makoto YOSHIMORI Music
Yuki MIDORIKAWA Original Manga Creator
Shosuke MIYAKE Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Natsume Yuujinchou VivisQueen 7.5/10 Oct 9, 2008
Natsume's Book of Friends VivisQueen 7.5/10 Oct 9, 2008

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Natsume Yuujinchou tennis101101 7/10 Nov 18, 2013
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Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop

When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't seem to figure out what to do with her. Disgusted by this behavior, Daikichi decides to take care of her himself, but he's a bachelor, has no idea how to raise a child, and isn't even all that comfortable with kids! Now, Daikichi must do the normal things a parent does such as enroll her in school, buy her clothing and teach her about the life and world around her. But more importantly, he must also help her deal with her father's death and decide whether or not she should try to find her mother. Together, the two begin their unlikely relationship as father and daughter, navigating each of life's bumps along the way.

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LadyPsychic

While these two anime have very different plots (as well as Natsume Yuujinchou being a supernateral fantasy and Usagi Drop being more realistic), both shows have similar feel.  They are both mostly light-hearted (with a little bit a drama here and there) and leave you with a pleasant feeling after watching them.  They are also very cute and touching series.

kurokocchibi

Usagi Drop,like natsume yuujinchou,is a slow-paced anime.The main protagonist of this anime,Daikichi,returns home for his grandfather's funeral, and to his surprise he meets a little girl in the garden. Daikichi soon finds out that the girl (Rin) is the illegitimate daughter of his grandfather. None of her relatives want to adopt her because they are embarrassed. Feeling sorry for the girl, Daikichi decides to take care of her. However, Daikichi is a bachelor and has no experience with kids. Rin and Daikichi begin their life together.

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Amatsuki

Amatsuki

When Tokidoki Rikugou donned a pair of virtual reality glasses and entered a Bakumatsu-era exhibit at a museum, he had no idea that his life would drastically change. While walking across a bridge in the fabricated reality, Tokidoki ran across a small being and a monster called a nue - and he was promptly attacked. His eye was damaged, but more importantly, Tokidoki discovered that he was now stuck inside the "virtual reality" filled with samurai and spirits. Now, with the help of Kuchiha, a warrior woman possessed by a dog spirit; and Shinonome, a fellow student who has been stuck, just like Tokidoki, for the past two years, Tokidoki must search for the truth behind the nue and try to find a way home.

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chameleonkirsty

Both are pretty simple animes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they aren't great.  Yokai show up in both with the main character(s) being able to see them with the plot surrounding this.  And the overall artwork/animation quality of these animes is amazing with attention to detail etc.

Aria the Animation

Aria the Animation

Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.

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Korwin

What's the deal with comparing Natsume Yuujinchou and Aria you may ask when both have different concepts and genres. It's in the atmosphere of both shows, soothing and emotional at times, touching and warm, both shows have the ability to touch your heart in the most pleasant way.

Bungaku Shoujo

Bungaku Shoujo
  • Movie (1 ep x 101 min)
  • 2010

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AirCommodore

Natsume Yuujinchou and Bungaku Shoujo are, I believe, the only two shoujo series I've seen with a male protagonist. The plot of both may be a bit on the skimpy side, compared to some other titles, but no expense is spared in characterization and builing each's moody atmosphere. Animation is a tad similar, as well, though Bungaku Shoujo has a noticeably larger budget.

Cencoroll

Cencoroll
  • Movie (1 ep x 30 min)
  • 2009

Rumors have it that a monster has appeared over the city, and Yuki would love to catch a glimpse! However, she soon discovers something even more fascinating: a boy named Tetsu not only knows of the monsters, he has a monster pet of his own named Cenco! Yuki is delighted to meet such a creature and tags along with Tetsu to find out more, but soon the two find themselves in the middle of a dangerous conflict with another monster that threatens them and bystanders alike!

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miyukisuperstar

Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Cencoroll feature quiet, almost lethargic, protagonists that make the supernatural even more exciting because of their laissez faire attitudes. However, both Tetsu and Natsume both are extremely close with their paranormal friends and go to great lengths to protect them. I guareentee if you love one then you'll love the other. I just wish Cencoroll was more than one episode. However, I patiently wait for the next. Natsume Yujinchou is currently on it's fourth season.