As seasons unfold, so does a new chapter of the Book of Friends. This is the story of the once lonely boy, ostracised because of his “ability,” who has now found solace, Takashi Natsume. This is not a chapter of his encounter with his friends, nor with his solace. It is a chapter where Natsume nourishes the bonds that have been made. Step along in his journey as Natsume delves into the meaning of friendships, family, and home.
The animation of the opening sequence is so powerful and impactful, it makes some of the scenes in the show looks static in comparison. But that does not mean the first episode can not deliver honest emotions and invoke empathy. The scenes may look static, but when they do move, they deliver a lot. And the dialogues, especially, shows the character’s personality, even in the mundane dialogu. Above all, I was taken aback by Natsume’s narration. A subtle and beautiful way to show his perspective on human-youkai‘s relations.
All and all, it is a soothing craft one must watch.
Facts and Figures
|Alternative title||Natsume Yūjin-Chō/ 夏目友人帳 陸 (Japanese)|
|Original Work||Manga by the same name by Yuki Midorikawa|
|Cast||Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume
Kazuhiko Inoue as Madara, a.k.a Nyanko-sensei
Rina Satou as Tooru Taki
Kazuma Horie as Kaname Tanuma
|Director||Kotomi Deai (Gin no Saji, Kimi ni Todoke, Natsume Yuujinchou both season 4 and 5)|
|Scenario||Ryosuke Nakamura (Nana, Your Lie in April, March Comes Like A Lion)|
|Character design||Akira Takata (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Cardcaptor Sakura)|
|Opening theme song||“Floria (フローリア)” by Tomohisa Sako|
|Ending theme song||
“Kimi no Uta (きみのうた)” by Rei Yasuda
|Broadcast date||11 April 2017 (1635 GMT, 2335 WIB)/12 April 2017 (0135 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
The Indonesian Anime Times | by Paksi Pradipta