Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book of Friends

Volume 01

Book - 2010
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"When Reiko was Takashi's age, she bound the names of demons and spirits in her Book of Friends, enslaving them to her capricious whim. Now Takashi is the owner of the book, and the creatures will do anything to get their names back" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: VIZ Media,� 2010
Edition: Shojo beat ed
ISBN: 9781421532431
Branch Call Number: YF MIDO
Alternative Title: Book of friends. Volume 1

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forbesrachel Aug 16, 2014

An endearing episodic series of acceptance, friendship, and responsibility. Ever since he was young, Natsume has been plagued by yokai. He never knew why until the day he meets the yokai Nyanko Sensei, who reveals the traits he shares with his late grandmother Reiko. Between his own powers and his inheritance, the Book of Friends, Natsume suffers many problems. The yokai may hunt him, yet it is his own inner turmoil that troubles him most. Alone, and unable to connect with the people who can't understand him, he is fearful to become close. His curse may become his blessing though as he starts to return the names in the Book of Friends to their owners. For a character like Natsume, time and a steady pace is a requirement to let him develop naturally. Meaningful moments are regularly interspersed with action and even some light comedy. Many strange yokai appear at every point portrayed in a wispy-lined style.The mangaka masterfully uses negative space and screentones to establish a highly emotive effect. By exploring Reiko's past, Natsume learns of the importance of connections. His story, and the lessons he learns, leaves us with a warm feeling inside of our hearts.

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