Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou Roku) Season 6 is my most-anticipated anime for the season! It was originally a fantasy, supernatural manga series created by Yuki Midorikawa, which was published by Hakusensha (Viz Media for English speakers), and was then adapted into an anime in July 2008 by studios Brain’s Base and Shuka. I have been following the anime ever since its creation, and it is by far one of my all-time favourite anime shows!
Natsume’s Book of Friends follows a young boy, Takeshi Natsume, who is an orphan child that sees yōkai, or Japanese spirits. Because of this unique trait, people treat him like he’s a mad child and no one wants him. We watch him in his adolescent years as he struggles with accepting who is and finding a balance with his normal, everyday life of being a kid as well as being someone special who can help beings that have no other means of getting said help. Season six is a continuation of the story!
I will disclaimer my post by admitting that I am biased to an extent with this series. It is my favourite, so this may be a bit more subjective than other first impressions.
In these past two seasons, Season Five and now Season Six, it seems that we are learning more and more about Natsume’s childhood. A lot of the confrontations and situations arising really put what life was like for him growing up into perspective. In the first episode, Natsume helps a yōkai called The Days Eater, who has the power to make a person older or younger. As repayment for the assistance, The Days Eater takes away days from Natsume’s life, thus turning him into a kid.
I love that the show really focuses on themes of friendship and family, the bonds that tie people together. I feel like season six may focus specifically on trusting the people that you have formed such special bonds with and learning to grow from that, at least that’s what I gathered from episode one. The animation is always beautiful, particularly the way that nature is exhibited. Natsume lives in a small town, so the seasons and environments are always portrayed with lovely details. The stories are all so positive and heart-warming and a couple of the main reasons I’m so in love with it.
Overall, if you’re looking for a genuine feel-good type of series, and you don’t mind that there’s very little to no emphasis on romance, or lovey-dovey things, then definitely check out the series. For the most part, the seasons can be watched as stand-alone. The only thing that really carries over from one seasons to the next consistently are the friendships that Natsume has made along his journey.
PLEASE NOTE: Nyanko-Sensei is my 2nd FAVOURITE character of anything anime, ever!
You can check out Natsume’s Book of Friends S6 on CrunchyRoll at Tuesdays, 12pm PST!