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Book of Friends: Natsume Yuujinchou Episode 1

Are you ready to start a new(ish) ongoing anime with me?


Ahhhh, it's about time to start a new show, don't you think? And unlike Skip Beat, I'll be discovering this one right along with you, since I've never watched it before. 
 
The show is Natsume Yuujinchou, also known as Natsume's Book of Friends in VIZ Media's English releases of the manga, and it's a 26-episode supernatural series that came out in Japan in July of 2008. The basic gist is that a boy has to release a bunch of spirits that were trapped earlier by his own grandmother.

But why am I telling you this? Let's watch the first episode!

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Natsume Yuujinchou Season One


 
 

 

Today: Episode 1 - The Cat and the Book of Friends


Zeouterlimitson Dec. 9, 2009 at 6:43 a.m.
Aww, Baccano...  
 Was going to be the perfect excuse for me to finally watch it.
giaon Dec. 9, 2009 at 7:44 a.m.
@Zeouterlimits: Sorry, I just couldn't deny the pleas to have it be something more people could watch, since Baccano is on Hulu which is US only!
Slimon Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:03 a.m.
No Baccano?! I give this action the Calculus x Charazar FAIL image! BEHOLD!
 

sunfloweron Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:40 a.m.
Awww it's not a fail!  I love Natsume!  Really, I just adore his character, because he's a genuinely nice person with a big heart who deserves all the friends he finds.  I've seen this before several times and I'll still watch it again.  (And Kazuhiko Inoue is really good in this too as the cat.)
crusader8463on Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:45 a.m.
 My feelings towards being able to watch along this time in cat form!
 My feelings towards being able to watch along this time in cat form!
Glee a series everyone can watch! You did read my post gia didn't you?
FLStyleon Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:52 a.m.
@Zeouterlimits:@Slim: I don't recall seeing either of you two posting on the Saki and Skip Beat! episodes. And now you think us non-US people who did watch and comment should have an anime episode a day stripped from us because you'd rather watch something else on Hulu? You'll just have to wait until the current Hulu Anime finishes thank you very much.
 
@gia:
Today's episode isn't working for me, I get a 7 second video saying you either need to sign up or log-in to watch :(
sunfloweron Dec. 9, 2009 at 10:07 a.m.
@FLStyle: I don't know if you're supposed to get that with CR vids that are played here, but just so you know, signing up is free so that might solve your problem.  I noticed it used my CR login to show the episode to me.
FLStyleon Dec. 9, 2009 at 10:10 a.m.
@sunflower: This is the first time it's ever happened, I'll give it a try and see if it works, thanks.
kira112on Dec. 9, 2009 at 10:38 a.m.

yeah ive seen this before its quite good but makes you feel like the world is small D:
crusader8463on Dec. 9, 2009 at 10:47 a.m.
I liked it, it has a very shaman king feel to me what with the spirits helping the channeler type thing. The hard part for me is going to be not to skip ahead and watch them all in a few sittings! I am worried that it might turn into a little too much of a monster of the day style show given the set up presented in episode 1, but still it should be a fun show ether way.
sunfloweron Dec. 9, 2009 at 12:43 p.m.
@crusader8463: It's very episodic with Natsume always helping someone.  There is an over-arching plot that starts later in the manga, and a couple of anime episodes show its beginning (the guy with the lizard crawling on his skin is involved), but most of it isn't shown in the anime.   
 
The main point of the series...
giaon Dec. 9, 2009 at 1:17 p.m.
I want to ride on the fluffy thing. That looks really fun. :X
Zeouterlimitson Dec. 9, 2009 at 1:32 p.m.
@FLStyle: Well sir, considering I live in Europe I don't get to watch anything on Hulu either. 
 That doesn't mean I'd deny people watching what I'd regard as the superior show.
giaon Dec. 9, 2009 at 1:41 p.m.
Aw, I really liked the first episode! I want a Nyanko-sensei plushie now o_o
CorAutMorson Dec. 9, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.
Is it just me, or does that guy look like he stole Edward Elrics clothes and pose?
FLStyleon Dec. 9, 2009 at 4:08 p.m.
@Zeouterlimits: I can't be at fault for that, you can't expect everyone to google Limerick/Tralee before replying to you. And if you'd rather people who can't use Hulu miss out just because you prefer one over the other then I'm glad you're not the one running this site.
 
@sunflower:
It still didn't work, looks like I'll have to miss this one, thanks for your help though.
sunfloweron Dec. 9, 2009 at 4:08 p.m.
@CorAutMors: It's just you. ;P  Actually, Ed's clothes look like a Japanese schoolboy uniform.  Natsume is a Japanese schoolboy, hence the uniform.  It's kinda more appropriate for Natsume to be wearing that style.
 
The pose is a similar situation, if you mean when he's giving the names back.   He only looks like Ed because both their poses are based upon those of monks doing incantations.   They're both doing mystical acts, and basing them upon Japanese tradition.  There too, it seems more appropriate for Natsume, but Ed looks cool doing it too so who cares. XD
damswedonon Dec. 10, 2009 at 10:06 a.m.
@FLStyle: i just went on the crunchyroll website and it turns out  Natsume Yuujinchouis region coded.
so no anime for us.
FLStyleon Dec. 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.
@damswedon: ... Arse. Thanks for that.
Zeouterlimitson Dec. 10, 2009 at 11:03 a.m.
@FLStyle: No, I don't expect anyone to do that. 
But your hostility is saddening, sorry I annoyed you.

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