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.

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.

Zoku Natsume Yuujin-Chou – 02


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.