Anime: Natsume Yuujinchou San

Welcome to the 3rd season of Natsume Yuujinchou. It’s been a long time coming, but the anime makes the wait worth it.

I haven’t actually met someone who doesn’t like Natsume Yuujinchou. Personally I fell in love with the 1st season and although I haven’t read the manga, I don’t feel the need to.

The 3rd season is like a good friend coming home. More of the same, but not in the boring sense. The original concept is still very much the same – Natsume is still giving back names to youkai. However the 3rd season really concentrates on family and friends. Specifically, how Natsume’s situation has changed from those days when he got passed from relative to relative, bullied by peers who didn’t believe what he saw. He now has a home he can go back to, and friends he can talk to. He’s still learning though and it’s this process of learning to relax and enjoy the company he now has that is the focus of the series. Even though a lot of the series feels like standalone episodes, the theme of acceptance is really strong. At the same time, ever so slowly, the plot is moving forward with sinister forces (exorcist) at work.

I love the series, I really really do. For that reason, I think I’ll be really sad when it ends. However, even though the 3rd season has come to a close, there’s a feeling of peace and comfort. Even if this was the last season (which it isn’t – season 4 has been announced!), it would have been fine. We’ve learnt so much about Natsume this season, how he came to live with the Fujiwaras, a bit about his past, and his growing love for the youkai. This is what characters should be about! We also get to see some of the old favourites as well as the growing bond between Natsume and Tanuma and Taki. The three of them have gone through a lot with each other and it’s with these two friends that Natsume can share his youkai experience.

Well, all that being said, Natsume Yuujinchou has good music (soothing back ground music), nice art (I like it whenever the wind rustles trees) and a comforting atmosphere. It’s very slice of life, not in a comedic sense, but with a good amount of the supernatural.

Also the PLOT THICKENS, so definitely looking forward to the next season come January. To more Natsume Yuujinchou, who can say no? Watch it, you won’t regret it…


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