How to tell your cat hates you:
Step One: Does he hit you?
Step Two: Does he sneak attack you?
Step Three: Does he use he’s massive weight against you?
If not, you’re good.
From Natsume Yuujinchou, Natsume’s Book of Friends.
I highly recommend it.
Natsume’s Book of Friends seasons 1 and 2. This series is based on the manga by the same name. It’s a wonderful supernatural series filled with spirits based on various Japanese folklore, and many original ones.
The series follows Takashi Natsume, a teenage boy who can see spirits and communicate with them. He has been moving between foster parents for a while, and has just moved in with a couple related to Natsume’s father. They had him a book belonging to his late grandmother, Reiko. The book is called the Book Of Friends. Natsume has no idea what this is until he accidentally releases a spirit named Madara from its resting place. Madara takes on the form of a cat and calls himself Nyanko-sensei, and takes on a mentoring role to the boy. The Book Of Friends is a collection of names and contracts of varions spirits that Reiko claimed after defeating many of these spirits. Now, the spirits are mistaking Natsume for his grandmother, and come for the book. Natsume spends the course of the series releasing their names, while helping other spirits. He also makes a few friends, some who also have supernatural abiulities, but not always for the betterment of human and spirit-kind.
The animation in this is not very grand most of the time, though there are some big scenes with spirits that look impressive. The different designs for spirits are varied and really good. The Japanese voice acting is excellent in this show. The music fits the show very well and adds immensely to the atmosphere.
This series is a 10/10. It was a real treat to watch. I was not expecting such a great series. If you enjoy this, also look for seasons three and four. I’ll be getting them soon.
Nis has released the first two seasons in a very nice box set with an artbook in the shape of the Book Of Friends. There’s no dub, though this series benefits from being Japanese audio only. Sadly the box was my only DVD to take damage when my basement flooded this summer. Some minor water damage is visible, though the bottom’s all taped up.
Natsume really is the miracle of the universe.