First Impressions: Natsume Yuujinchou

I’m finally getting around to watching some of the other series from the summer season which I wanted to watch, and the first one is Natsume Yuujinchou.

The premise of this show sounds interesting: basically some person who can see supernatural things finds a book which several spirits are bound to via a contract, and he tries to go around freeing them all.

The first episode was largely all about the main character, Natsume, trying to run away from these Ayakashi things (that, naturally, only he can see) because they think that he’s his grandmother and they want the so-called Book of Friends, since anyone in possession of it has control of all the spirits bound by the book.

However, three things in this episode happened which made me wonder:

1. Why does Natsume decide to release all the spirits, even though Nyanko (a spritit he accidentally releases) warns that many of them are evil?

2. Why does he feel so strongly about it to the point that he’s willing to die in the process?

3. Why on the friggen’ earth would he promise to Nyanko (a spirit that Natsume accidentally released) that he can have the book if he dies in the process, when Nyanko has basically already said he wants the book for himself?  Isn’t that basically asking to be stabbed in the back?

I’ll have to see how I like the rest of this series.  The part where he actually freed a spirit from the book took all of about two minutes, so I’m not sure how that will work, but I guess we’ll see eventually.

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One thought on “First Impressions: Natsume Yuujinchou

  1. Not sure how the anime will work out, but manga-wise, here are the answers:

    1. Because, as you will find out,
    A) the spirits aren’t exactly ALL evil. Some are lonely, and you know, they deserve their name back.
    B)Also because Natsume is only and perhaps also want to meet these creatures.
    C) (potential spoiler) His grandma was cruel to these creatures. Nice person as he is, he wants to right the wrong and give back their name, which his grandma “stole” (but again, some spirits are actually quite fond of his grandma).
    D) He needs to get rid of the book. He can’t just exactly throw it away for the other spirits to take, because they’d then have control of the other spirits. Not good.

    2. Answer read above. Also generally because he’s a good person?

    3. Because the deal with the cat also means that he will get the cat’s protection…and so hopefully he won’t die. Plus, he’s new to this, and the cat does give some nice advice. He’d probably die without him anyway.

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