Natsume’s Book of Friends: Bond Between Monsters and Human Beings

Natsume’s Book of Friends

  • Author:Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher:VIZ Media LLC
  • Published on: January 5, 2010

Isolated, yet There is Still Somewhere You Belong

The main character is Takashi Netsuke. He has a spiritual power that he can see Ayakashi(Japanese monstrous creatures).

Because of that, he is isolated and very introverted.

He doesn’t even have his parents, but one day, Mr.&Mrs. Fujiwara helped him and moved to the rural area of Japan where the couple lives.

One day, when Takashi was organizing his grandmother Reiko Natsuke’s keepsakes, he found a book.

The book was called “Book of Friends” and Takashi’s story begins…

Today, Reina is going to introduce the manga, Natsume’s Book of Friends, which gives us so many memorable scenes.


When I Was Wondering About This Manga…

-How did you find this manga?

When I was waiting for a photoshoot with my friends, we talked about which anime we were watching. She recommended to me Netsuke’s Book of Friend, which I’d heard of before. So I tried the anime first.

-And now, you introduce this manga…

Exactly. I LOVE this manga. My friend knew exactly what I wanted.

They Are Always One.

-Who is your favorite character?

That’s a good question. Every single character is too attractive to choose from… Of course I choose Netsuke, the main character and Nyanko-sensei…but also the Fujiwara couple! Just looking at their names almost makes me cry! Thinking about them makes me calm and kind.

-Nyanko-sensei, who is always sleeping, is a very cute and undeniably important character. Their bond and love are strong.

It’s Better to Be Together

-What’s your favorite scene?

In the anime version, the 10th episode of the 5th season is my favorite. In the manga version, it’s in the special edition of the 15th volume.
The story about the Fujiwara couple, which is titled as “Toko and Shigeru.” I talk a lot about the animation version, because I would like you to compare it to the manga version. Even if you don’t know about this story, this is the best story of all time. I can’t stop crying whenever I watch it. It directly hits your mind and brain. Especially when Toko thinks of Shigeru when she sees the beautiful scenery of the ocean is so gorgeous.
Shigeru’s smile and Toko’s beauty… Whom do you want to be with when you’re in the beautiful moment, or when you eat a delicious meal? Life isn’t all about happiest moments, but there are hardships to overcome, too. Toko and Shigeru stay together to share good or bad moments together. They’re a great couple. I admire such people.

-Toko sheds a tear when he thinks Shigeru on her trip is so beautiful!

The Power to Believe In Yourself

-To whom do you recommend this manga?

If you’re someone who feels lonely, try this manga. People don’t believe in invisibe things. They might leave you out, misunderstand, bully etc…They might make you feel like the cause of the pain is you yourself. (Though it’s not!) They might say “You’re strange,” just because you’re different from the community you were in(Though every human being is different and beautiful!) Not only girls but boys should read this manga too. The monsters aren’t scary, but they’re similar to human beings. You’ll feel kind and warm after reading this manga.


Destiny? Maybe.

-How did this manga change your life?

People think I’m a daydreamer, but I’m actually a realistic person. You’ll feel like there is a destiny to be. Toko and Shigeru are my favorite people in this manga. They’re kind of familiar to me, but It betrays your expectation in a very good way.

-Ayakashi and human beings…the relationship between them is very interesting to see!

There’s a Rainbow After the Storm

-Thank you for introducing this manga, Reina! Please leave a few words.

Soundtracks and animation version of this manga are excellent as well. Especially I love the fifth outro soundtrack, Akane sasu by Aimer. I listen to this song when I read this manga. Crying is one method of stress relief, right? Give it a try!
introduced the attraction of Netsuke’s Book of Friend.

The attraction of this manga includes its unique world and beautiful scenery.

Somewhere deep in the forest, old traditional houses and beautiful nature…

You will feel nostalgic and a bit achy.

Natsume’s Book of Friends will warm up your heart to find something you lost in the busy days.

Natsume’s Book of Friends

  • Author:Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher:VIZ Media LLC
  • Published on: January 5, 2010

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  • Name: Reina
  • Birthplace: Saitama
  • Job: Receptionist
  • Hobby: I’m studying aromatherapy♡
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(Photographer: Hiromasa Ito)


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A manga artist, Yoshihiro Tomigashi’s manga is her favorite. Kafuka’s Henshin isn’t really manga, but, its story of “When the main character wakes up in the morning, he cannot get up and dies as a bug.” is a very mysterious story for me. When she first read this book as a teenager, she thought, “Why on the earth such a boring story is hanging around in the world.” She still doesn’t understand the story, but the masterpiece remains in her deeply. She is also a model and she loves to play the piano as well.