History Manga / NatsumesBookOfFriends

4th Oct '17 9:03:04 PM bwburke94
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An appropriate word of description for this series would probably be "heartwarming". It's been described as "Manga/{{Tactics}}, but less violent", though it definitely has its moments. The occasional outbursts of action are balanced out against gentle explorations of the supernatural, basically it's a light-on-plot, SliceOfLife take on the spirit world, and a sometimes exciting, sometimes peaceful foray into the world of the supernatural. And it's packed with more CrowningMomentsOfHeartwarming and {{TearJerker}}s than you can shake a stick at.

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An appropriate word of description for this series would probably be "heartwarming". It's been described as "Manga/{{Tactics}}, but less violent", though it definitely has its moments. The occasional outbursts of action are balanced out against gentle explorations of the supernatural, basically it's a light-on-plot, SliceOfLife take on the spirit world, and a sometimes exciting, sometimes peaceful foray into the world of the supernatural. And it's packed with more CrowningMomentsOfHeartwarming SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and {{TearJerker}}s {{Tear Jerker}}s than you can shake a stick at.
20th Aug '17 6:14:07 PM tototo_pinay
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** The art for later seasons of the anime look more polished compared to the first seasons. Natsume in particular looks a bit younger in comparison to how he was drawn for the first two seasons.


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** There's also the [[EvilTwin mean]], palette swapped versions of those two youkai that hang around the mountain where the fox youkai lives.
20th Aug '17 5:50:18 PM tototo_pinay
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* AnimationBump: Episode 10 of Zoku features the series' most fluid, dynamic animation to this day courtesy of Tetsuya Takeuchi.
26th Jun '17 1:02:01 AM darkemyst
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* {{Youkai}}: Well, obviously...

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* {{Youkai}}: Well, obviously... some of those which have appeared thus far include a {{kappa}}, {{kitsune}}, {{oni}}, {{tengu}}, shīsā, and sunekosuri among others.
16th Jun '17 9:28:35 PM darkemyst
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* BlindfoldedVision: Many of the humanoid youkai wear masks which cover their eyes and Sasago keeps her eyes bandaged.
7th Jun '17 8:35:44 PM tototo_pinay
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* {{Expy}}: Kaoru and Aoi draw many parallels to [[TalesOfZestiria Dezel and Rose]], including sharing the same voice actors. Like Rose, Kaoru is a female human, has the ability to see creatures that most normal humans can't, but her ability isn't at the same level as Natsume's. She ends up forming a close relationship with a non-human that eventually blossoms into love. [[spoiler: Unlike Dezel and Rose, however, Aoi doesn't die and both get a happier ending.]]
23rd May '17 3:23:47 AM lalaTKG
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There is an anime based on the manga divided in four thirteen-episode seasons, with a [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-20/natsume-book-of-friends-tv-anime-gets-season-5-this-fall/.100011 fifth announced]] for a Fall 2016 season release, after a hiatus of 4 years (the fourth was released in the Winter2012Anime season).

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There is an anime based on the manga divided in four thirteen-episode seasons, with a [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-20/natsume-book-of-friends-tv-anime-gets-season-5-this-fall/.100011 fifth announced]] for a Fall 2016 Fall2016Anime season release, after a hiatus of 4 years (the fourth was released in the Winter2012Anime season).
season). The sixth season followed in the Spring2017Anime season.
11th May '17 10:43:25 PM SunflowerDream
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** the scarecrow ayakashi in chapter 80. It can be created intentionally or accidentally by powerful humans, especially if there were strong feelings when creating them. The reason is because they are human-created souls stuck in a restricted vessel.

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** the scarecrow ayakashi in chapter 80. It can be created intentionally or accidentally by powerful humans, especially if there were strong feelings when creating them. The reason is because they are human-created souls stuck in a restricted vessel. According to Shibata in the anime, the Nishi-sama spell would also count.
15th Jan '17 8:36:09 PM SunflowerDream
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*** It has been said that Takashi's mom cannot, though this is known by word.
15th Jan '17 8:32:07 PM SunflowerDream
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* ConsummateLiar: This trope is overall played with. Natsume grows into this when he realizes in his childhood [[CassandraTruth that nobody can see or hear ayakashi]], lying in order to cover any incidents caused by ayakashi and even personal problems. Natori feels that he can relate to Natsume as [[ASharedSuffering he went through similar ordeals]], offering a place to stay "if he ever got tired of lying". In more recent chapters, Natsume has learned to talk to others about his problems though time to time, he still can't always tell the complete truth.

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* ConsummateLiar: This trope is overall played with. Natsume grows into this when he realizes in his childhood [[CassandraTruth that nobody can see or hear ayakashi]], lying in order to cover any incidents caused by ayakashi and even personal problems. Natori feels that he can relate to Natsume as [[ASharedSuffering he went through similar ordeals]], offering a place to stay "if he ever got tired of lying".lying" (though Natori also falls back into it, time to time). In more recent chapters, Natsume has learned to talk to others about his problems though time to time, he still can't always tell the complete truth.



** contract between a human and youkai [[spoiler: that use the real name of the youkai. Instead, a new name is given until the end of the partnership. The reason is that using a youkai's real name will bind its life and fate to the contract medium. Therefore, the Book of Friends would also be considered illegal since it's a collection of these contracts but the existence is unknown to most humans.]]

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** a contract between a human and youkai [[spoiler: that use uses the [[IKnowYourTrueName real name of the youkai.youkai]]. Instead, a new name is given until the end of the partnership. The reason is that using Using a youkai's real name will bind its life and fate to the contract medium. medium, and force [[WordsCanBreakMyBones the bound ayakshi to any command, word for word, which includes crueler actions]]. Therefore, the Book of Friends would also be considered illegal since it's a collection of these contracts but contracts. However, the power required to wield it very high and so the technique is considered a myth, making its existence is unknown to most humans.]]



** [[a technique that sacrifices coerced, weak-willed ayakashi into a doll to create a stronger ayakashi. It is invoked by a Matoba clan exorcist but the ayakashi was uncontrollable and fled to the Hakozaki residence]]

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** [[a a technique that sacrifices coerced, weak-willed ayakashi into a doll to create a stronger ayakashi. It is invoked by a Matoba clan exorcist but the ayakashi was uncontrollable and fled to the Hakozaki residence]]residence.
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