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Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 13 (END)

「夏目遊戯帳」 (Natsume Yūgi-Chō)
“Natsume’s Book of Play”

It’s great that season three ended with what I think even the harshest critic would call a superb episode. But it’s as if the gang at Brains Base had a direct line to my brain, because they used a story for the finale that tackled all the issues I’ve been kvetching about all season head-on.

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September 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm Comments (25)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 12

「帰る場所」 (Kaeru Basho)
“A Place To Go Home To”

Natsume Yuujinchou gives us its strongest episode since 08 with its penultimate effort, a nice hybrid of the themes of the third season with the emotional tug of the first two. But whether I was supposed to or not, I felt a little conflicted about events at the end of the episode.

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September 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm Comments (27)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 11

「映すもの」 (Utsusu mono)
“The Picture”

For the first time one of Natsume’s friends can truly understand his world, and that’s a pretty important moment for the series. This whole season seems to be building towards the crucial moment when Natsume tells his foster parents the Fujiwaras – the most interesting of Natsume’s human companions – about his gift, but whether that long-awaited event occurs in the last two episodes remains to be seen.

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September 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm Comments (11)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 10

「割れた鏡」 (Wareta Kagami)
“Broken Mirror”

Over the course of three seasons Natsume Yuujinchou has consistently delivered superb examples of what is generally referred to dismissively as “filler”. Except that the filler for this series – such as the previous two episodes – is very often among the best the show has to offer.

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September 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm Comments (30)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 09

「秋風切って」 (Akikaze Kitte)
“The Fading Autumn Wind”

This was definitely an episode for the hard-core fans, but I think it’s nice to see Natsume’s progress in building a normal life take the spotlight.

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August 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm Comments (32)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 08

「子狐のとけい」 (Kogitsune no Tokei)
“The Little Fox’s Watch”

Given that I’ve been counting the days until another episode of Natsume Yuujinchou with Kogitsune for the better part of three years, it was always going to be hard for it to live up to expectations. Amazingly, it did – this episode was everything I love about this series.

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August 23, 2011 at 12:23 am Comments (25)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 07

「祓い屋」 (Haraiya)
“Exorcist”

There’s no doubt that the highlight of this week’s Natsume Yuujinchou was the preview, but that’s more of a comment on how great the preview was than a knock on the episode itself. And we’ll get to the preview in a minute…

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August 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm Comments (21)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 06

「人ならぬもの」 (Hito Naranu Mono)
“That Which is not Human”

I’ve had many things said about me over the years, but never let it be said that I’ve taken the pleasures of squid away from a middle-aged man.

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August 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm Comments (25)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 05

「蔵にひそむもの」 (Kura ni Hisomu Mono)
“That Which Hides in the Storehouse”

As wonderful as they’ve been, things have been slanted very much towards the heartwarming side of the scale for Natsume Yuujinchou in this “San” season. Though they’re adapting out of order, I figured Omori-sensei was overdue to jump into a chapter with a little more darkness and threat, and so he did.

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August 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm Comments (20)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 04

「幼き日々に」 (Osanaki Hibi ni)
“During Childhood”

Ramen! Ramen! Ramen!

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July 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm Comments (30)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 03

「偽りの友人」 (Itsuwari no Yūjin)
“False Friend”

This is what Natsume Yuujinchou is. It’s snapshots from the life of lonely, often doomed humans and youkai passing through this life, and the impact their brief moments of interaction – and those with Natsume himself – have on them. There’s comfort in these small moments of connection, but it rarely lasts. Ultimately, even youkai leave this world as they come into it – alone.

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July 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm Comments (31)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 02

「浮春の郷」 (Ukiharu no Sato)
“Floating Spring Village”

Natsume may have leveled up to a real boss aloha shirt, but in every other respect Natsume Yuujinchou continues about its business as if it had never left the airwaves for a couple of years.

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July 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm Comments (25)

Natsume Yuujin-chou San – 01

「妖しきものの名」 (Ayashiki Mono no Na)
“The Name of a Monster”

Years ago, Roger Ebert (from my hometown of Chicago) wrote the following review of the abysmal film “North”: “I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie.” Well, I love Natsume Yuujinchou. I love love love love love Natsume Yuujinchou.

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July 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm Comments (46)

Zoku Natsume Yuujin-Chou – 03

Summary

Walking home from school one day, Natsume stops in amusement to watch a group of very tiny youkai carrying a mikoshi struggle to think of a way to pass over a small puddle of water on the ground.

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January 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm Comments (20)

Zoku Natsume Yuujin-Chou – 02

Summary

While napping in class, Natsume recalls a nightmare about his young classmates calling him a liar and bullying him because they couldn’t see the frightening youkai Natsume could see. After waking, he returns to a world of pleasant school friends and family who don’t know a thing about the fact that he can see youkai, and he’s grateful for it. When his two friends ask him if he’s alright or if he’s not sleeping well, Natsume just tells them everything’s fine and he’s living everyday in happiness… and ironically they joke that his answer reeks of a lie.

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January 19, 2009 at 9:04 am Comments (24)

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