Anyone going into this should know that this is the fifth season! If you haven't seen the first, second, third, or fourth seasons then you should immediately go and do so because you are seriously missing out on something extraordinarily special.
This series relaxes your soul. If I've had the day from hell I sit down and turn on an episode from this series and just ... unwind. I always feel refreshed and ... cleansed, I guess, from my hellish bad day. This series never fails to make me feel better, happier, and unburdened. I go into this series stressed out and wanting to cry and come out smiling and relaxed. Always.
I've been hoping for another season for years! Four incredibly long years to be exact! But, five minutes into this anime and that four year wait was completely forgotten! I was slightly worried because the Natsume Yuujinchou series has always had the same animation studio, but for this installment another animation studio picked it up. However, I'm pleased to tell you that they've done a fabulous job of keeping the animation style, the pacing, and everything else we've come to love about the series flush with our expectations as if there was no studio switch at all... I'm very relieved about this to be completely honest (you have no idea how much).
Anyway, from the start of this fifth installment we're given more hints as to Reiko's past and, although this season it didn't give us much in the way of satisfying our curiosity about her we were still thown a few bones to wet our appetite for more.
Also this season we found out a little more about Matoba Seiji and Natori Shuuichi. Which is always a plus! I adore Natori and find Matoba very, very interesting!
If you're a fan of this series then this season is a definite must! ;D Plus, the SIXTH season is already green lit for sometime in 2017! Time to celebrate that we don't have to wait another four years for the next installment! xD
Natsume's Yūjin-chō Binge-watched review
...before going into the 6th season. (─‿‿─)
In the first review I made on this series on season 1, I mentioned resistance to watching this because most anime's that mix orphaned high schoolers with yōkai tend to get lost in building the protagonist story through some half-shot frustrated romance primarily focused, at the school.
After caving to the persistent "recommendation" on this site and other streaming methods: I am STILL not disappointed!!!!
Natsume, as we know, is the main [human] character: A high school boy whose mother died shortly after birth and a caring father who followed a few short years later then was passed around family after family on his fathers' side (because his mothers' side is more of a outcasted mystery) because the yōkai he could see, no one else could. Which caused a lot of problems. This season is more of a story build that focuses on Natsume coming of cross roads since he has finally grown from his past and blossoming into his future.
˚ᆺ˚ It isn't as consistently heartwarming as the first two seasons, but a needed season to show forward character movement within the overall storyline.
Season 1 and 2 focus on the lost soul he is wandering and developing a foundation on how Natsume will lead as a protagonist, then season 3 shows transition from lost to feeling warmth from his first remembered home which leads up to season 4 where he truly establishes the "path" he will lead and season 5 is essentially Natsume's foundation where he has decided who he is and wants to develop himself in a way to be someone others can rely on. Leaving us to a wonderful segway to season 6!! ..which I'm sure there will be plot twists.. [I refuse to read future reviews. (⇀‸↼‶) ]
The creators did a wonderful job making the WHOLE SERIES Natsume's character development which allows viewers to enjoy the mini-developments in every. single. episode. instead of taking 4 episodes to cram Natsume in then jump into a random "Help A Yōkai" episode then back to the main character. ٩(×̯×)۶
If you like yōkai, fantasy, Japanese mythology... well, to be fair, you've made it this far \m/(>.<)\m/
So, keep on watching!!
If you're still reading reviews, this far in..
Go START watching!! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
This beautiful Anime is so perfect.
The songs are good, the end song is great.
Characters in Natsume are perfect.