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Natsume's Book of Friends (夏目友人帳, Natsume Yūjin-chō) is a Japanese fantasy manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It began serialization by Hakusensha in the shōjo manga magazine LaLa DX in 2005, before switching to LaLa in 2008. The chapters have been collected in twenty-one bound volumes. Natsume's Book of Friends was a finalist for the first Manga Taishō award in 2008.
Natsume's Book of Friends has been adapted as a series of drama CDs, as well as an anime television series produced by Brain's Base, which was broadcast on TV Tokyo in 4 seasons in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. The manga is licensed for English-language release in North America by Viz Media, which released the first volume in January 2010. All four seasons of the anime have been licensed by NIS America for a North American release in 2012. A fifth season began airing on October 4, 2016.
For as long as he can remember, Takashi Natsume has been cursed by the ability to see spirits, a power inherited from his grandmother Reiko. Upon her death, Reiko bequeaths to her grandson her Book of Friends, a book containing the names of spirits Reiko had bullied into servitude.
The Book of Friends is a highly prized item in the spirit world, and spirits haunt Takashi constantly. Whereas Reiko formed the contracts, however, Takashi spends his time dissolving the contracts and releasing the various spirits that come to him for help. But that doesn't mean there aren't malicious spirits trying to kill him. Which is where Madara (called Nyanko-sensei by Natsume) comes in; Madara serves as Natsume's bodyguard and spiritual adviser of sorts, even though he is motivated by his own desire to possess the Book of Friends. He later on begins to become more attached to Takashi.
- HakusenshaJpn - Official Hakusensha manga website
- Official Anime WebsiteJpn - The Official Anime Website of Natsume Yuujinchou.
- First SeasonJpn - First season TV Tokyo website.
- Second SeasonJpn - Second season TV Tokyo website.
- Third SeasonJpn - Third Season TV Tokyo website.
- Fourth SeasonJpn - Fourth Season TV Tokyo website.
- Natsume Yuujinchou on Wikipedia - Article on Natsume Yuujinchou on English Wikipedia.
- Natsume's Book of Friends - (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Natsume's Book of Friends created September 17, 2010 with 8 pages (abandoned)