Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 1 by Yuki Midorikawa

Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 1

With friends like these, enemies are overkill. R to L (Japanese Style). Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he is a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just t...

Details Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 1

TitleNatsume's Book of Friends, Volume 1
Release DateJan 5th, 2010
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Comics, Supernatural, Shojo

Reviews Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 1

  • Lois Bujold
    A gentle sort of supernatural crossed with slice-of life tale. I began, as usual, with the anime, and have followed it through all six currently extant 13-episode seasons. My local library had the e-manga, so I've just read Volume One for compare-and-contrast. As is not-uncommon, the anime follows the manga closely in the beginning; I don't know if it diverges later. If it does not, or if the manga doesn't have a lot of material not found in the ...
  • Jenny Ge
    If I could, I'd give this book, and the rest of the series, a million stars. Having read at least five hundred different series of manga/manhwa of a rainbow of genres, I reach this conclusion: Natsume Yuujinchou is my favourite manga out there. Sure, the art's not mainstream, the author isn't too famous--this manga, in my opinion, is amazing (to me, at least). Warning: I say all of this most likely because this manga suits my personal tastes, so ...
  • Sesana
    Natsume can see and talk to yokai (spirits, essentially) that nobody else can see, which makes him seem odd. He isn't terribly surprised to discover that he's not the first person in his family to have this ability. His grandmother could do the same, and bullied the yokai around her by using her strong magical talents to trap their names in a book, the oddly named book of friends from the title. When Natsume discovers the book, he decides to free...
  • Selena
    This was absolutely charming. There is no other way to describe it.And that last story with the sparrow?Beautiful. Absolutely stunning.This is a quirky little story that tugs at your heartstrings one minute and will have you laughing the next. It reminds me a bit of Mushishi but with more laughs. It's episodic and follows Nastume as he tries to help yokai and return their names. Speaking of, the "Book of Friends" in the title? It's more of a "Boo...
  • Elspeth
  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    4 starsThis is a re-read. Since the library had the first 14 volumes on the shelf, I decided to take them home :) I do own a few volumes of the series, but they are scattered all over my bookshelves, so it was easier to just grab what was available at the library.This is a cute volume of episodic stories, featuring Natsume, a teen who can see yokai. Natsume's grandmother also had strong supernatural powers, but she used hers to bully and terroriz...
  • Andre
    There isn't much to say about this book.The art-style takes a bit getting used to in my mind, especially when regarding the Yokai, but for the most part its ok. Emotional ways only one of the stories is really gripping, the other ones not so much. But as it isn't incredibly good it isn't bad either. However, what is a bit annoying are too things:1) The comments of the author at the side of some pages. But you could ignore them usually, as I did e...
  • Theresia
    I admit that I watched the animated version of this series before I read. At first, I was looking for a lighthearted series that gave a kind of post-reading warm feeling, and NY was the answer unexpected.Midorikawa-sensei's simple artwork definitely works to build the right atmosphere. It's series that makes me sympathize with youkai (Japanese for evil spirit, to put it simply)--imagine that. Forget fierce, man-hunting youkai in Takahashi-sensei'...
  • Maija
    3.5 starsA manga about a boy who can see yokai (spirits and demons). Even though the book consists of calm stories mostly about kindness, I liked that they had this almost melancholic atmosphere.The stories were episodic in nature, and I would've liked there to also be a longer storyline present. But out of the episodes my favourites were "The Dew God", which was about this spirit of a shrine who is only remembered by one person, and "Natsume vs....
  • Hilâl
    Ah Natsume Yuujinchou... Beni bilenler bilir, tamam burada kimse bilmiyor, çok severim Natsume'yi ben... Önce anime serisiyle tanışmıştım. 8-10 ay kadar önce de manganın bu cildini, arşivime eklemiştim, fiziksel olarak diyorum. >.< ^^' Animenin 5.sezonu gelecekken dedim, ki baya da oldu öğreneli aslında, artık okuyayım şu cildi... Manga olarak da harikaydı.Aslında çok nadiren burada mangalara puan veriyorum, verdiklerimde de t...
  • Siobhan
    I’m going to be honest: I have never completed a manga before this one.It’s shocking, I know. They’re such short reads, I should have been able to complete one by now. Somehow, however, I have never managed. Therefore, the fact I managed this one says volumes about how fun it is. It also means I’m not the kind of person to ask how it ranks in comparison to others out there.The art was great. The story was fun. I was left wanting more. Tha...
  • Estara
    First read in scanlation, then saw the fansubbed anime and now I'm willing to buy anything in a licensed version I can get. This is more episodic youkai-life than most of the series with youkai in them, it's also not as metaphysical as Mushishi, but I prefer it for the characters and the slow development and growth of the main character. However, a lot of the episodes are bitter-sweet, so if you're a person who is moved to tears by a story easily...
  • Eric Seal
    A delightful premise, the kind that makes you wish you'd thought of it yourself, and even if you did, could not have pulled off half so well as Midorikawa has in Natsume's Book of Friends. Heartwarming one moment, heartbreaking the next, the story of Natsume explores themes of friendship, loneliness, the real and the unreal, and making a difference - and with gorgeous art to boot!
  • Aravena
    Slow.Repetitive.Episodic.And an indescribably beautiful masterpiece.
  • Silvi
    I bought the manga because I'm completely in love with the anime. It's full of warmth and love but at the same time a bit creepy and sad. Natsume is such a relatable character and I love his view on life and his efforts to stay a kind person even though he had such a horrible childhood. Also the fact the he is able to defend himself against the yokai (most of the time) by simply punching them in the face is a true bliss. Madara, his fluffy and am...
  • Vendea
    Moje první přečtená "knížka" v polštině... hahaha. Byla to pořádná výzva. Polovině věcí jsem sice moc nerozuměla, takže bych Natsumeho hodnotila asi jinak, kdybych ho četla v jiném jazyce, ale bylo to fajn. Hlavní pointu jsem pochopila a jako mangu bych doporučila. Je to slice of life, takže v každé kapitole máme nějaké nové setkání s novými yokai. Jako začátek série super.3.5/5*
  • Amanda at Nerdification Reviews
    The plot in this first volume is so strong. I was really impressed with it. Yuki Midorikawa's light sketching art style adds to the atmosphere. Even though the story is episodic, it does not feel short or choppy. I teared up twice.FULL REVIEW:Rating: 5/5I have had a nonsensical phobia of starting long running manga or anime series for the longest time. I feared that if I was investing my time into long running series, I would have less time to tr...
  • Ken Yuen
    A fun series about a young man and his relationship with Yokai. It kind of reminds me of Card Captor Sakura. The Yokai can range from mischievous to man-eaters, but there's an inherit innocence and optimism with Natsume. Instead of exterminating them, he opens his heart to the Yokai. It's really refreshing and positive.
  • Manu Db
    Carino e molto scorrevole,ma non di certo ai livelli di Noragami o Attack on titan,che personalmente considero capolavori.
  • Kate
    4/5stars this was a great intro to this series! It's really fun and definitely a unique adventure-ish story that I can see myself getting into!
  • Alex
    I feel like this could be a fabulous Miyazaki film!
  • Derek Newman-Stille
    I have been searching for a manga that features Yokai and explores them as sympathetic monsters and Natsume’s Book of Friends does that. The Yokai are not human in their sympathetic natures and are still other-than-human in their morality and outlook on the world, but they have a beautiful complexity that makes them likeable.
  • Lissa Adamson
    very cute series!
  • osoi
    Книга друзей Нацумэ - воплощение светлой грусти. Щемящая сердце доброта, неожиданная дружба, единение с окружающим миром. И одновременно одиночество. У каждого есть сердце, хотя разглядеть оное требует усилий (и местами слепой веры в лучшее). Спло...
  • Crystal Bandel
    Natsume's Book of Friends volume 1 by Yuki Midorikawa, translated by Lillian Olsen, published 2010.Modern fantasy.Comics, manga.Grades 7-10.Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Karen Alexander.Takashi Natsume is a boy who's never fit in because he can see yokai (spirits). Passed around between family members, in high school he ends up living where his grandmother, Reiko Natsume, lived as a girl. There, he learns that she could also see y...
  • duniamimpigie Anggi
    (akhirna saya memasukkan manga ke rak GR saya :p)FAVORIT~~~ ♥♥♥SAYA IRI KEPADA Midorikawa-Sensei karena beliau bisa membuat cerita selembut ini! >A< Beliau berhasil membuat saya SELALU nangis baca Natsume! ;w; #padahal emang dasarnya cengengNatsume Yuujinchou dan karya-karya Midorikawa-Sensei lainnya memang memiliki plot yang cenderung bertempo LAMBAT (mungkin sangat-lambat bagi sebagian orang) dan tidak memiliki konflik yang benar-benar bi...
  • Lissibith
    I really wish I could put into words what it is about this series that makes me love it. If I look at it objectively, the writing is nothing special. You know what's going to happen, more or less. The character development is slow and sometimes clunky and doesn't always make sense. The art is beautiful, a lovely sketchy style, but there's a lot of beautiful art in the manga world. I don't even find Natsume particularly compelling as our hero.I th...
  • NN
    ~~~ Review 9 Oktober 2015 ~~~baca ulang untuk yang kesekian kalinya fu fu fu. Sukaaa sekali sama komik ini, membuat hati menjadi nyaman dan tenang. Walaupun gambar Natsume-nya gantengan dianimenya hi hi.Satu hal yang tidak kusuka dari komik ini yaitu setiap masuk bab baru kemampuan melihat siluman Natsume dan yuujinchoo selalu diulang. Gak pernah kubaca ulang juga sih bagian ini :pkalau saja settingnya di Indonesia, ceritanya bakal agak lain kare...
  • Dorcas
    Yes, Natsume Takashi sees yokai. The ability actually leaves him rather lonely and ostracized. A strange legacy left behind by his mysterious grandmother, encourages him not only to help set yokai free, but along the way he learns to open himself up and build relationships with humans as well as spirits.
  • cindy
    At first, the story reminds me of Kekkaishi and XXXholic, but then, to think again, it actually about acceptance, having people(or yokai... or whatever) as family and friends and a place to be called home, a place you can always come back.Read Vol 1 - 15. Loving it so far. Looks like it's gonna be a looooooong series. Not a big fans to the graphics though.