Where to watch and read Natsume’s Friends Book

Natsume’s Book of Friends is a popular series with its adorable characters, upbeat tone, and fun take on folklore. Here is a guide to help newcomers.

Natsume’s Book of Friends is a shojo manga series that was first released in 2005, and then spawned a 74-episode anime that ran from 2008 to 2017. When it premiered, the series garnered a fan base not only in Japan but abroad, and she has become appreciated for her affable approach to Japanese folklore and funny characters.

As popular as it is, there are anime fans who haven’t seen or heard of this series and may feel a little intimidated where to start or even find it. Don’t worry, here’s a simple guide that will help potential readers and viewers join Natsume on her journey to understanding the Spirit World.


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The plot of the book of Friends of Natsume

Natsume Takashi has been able to see spirits all his life – a power passed down to him from his late grandmother Reiko. This ability led to a lonely childhood because most of his peers always considered him strange. Everything changes when Natsume discovers her book of friends, inside of which is a myriad of names of spirits that Reiko had forced to submit.


Natsume's Book of Friends Takashi Natsume

The Book of Friends is a special item in the spirit world, and many spirits, good and bad, follow Natsume because of it. He spends a lot of time getting rid of the contracts his grandmother placed on the spirits in the book. While many of these spirits are good-hearted, the evil ones try to kill Natsume to get the Book of Friends for themselves. However, Natsume does have the help of a powerful cat-like yokai named Madara to protect him and teach him spells. Although Madara also claims to want the Book of Friends for himself, the two begin to form a close bond.


Where to read Natsume’s Book of Friends manga

the Natsume’s Book of Friends the manga is still being published, and for western readers who haven’t read it yet, there is some catching up to do! In the English-speaking world, 26 volumes are currently available through Viz Media through their Shojo Beat range. Each of the manga’s volumes can be purchased through Right Stuf Anime for $ 7.99 each. Readers who prefer digital copies can find the 26 books through Kindle for $ 6.49 each.

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Where to watch Natsume’s Book of Friends anime

The 74 episodes of Natsume’s Book of Friends are available to stream on Funimation, with the second film, Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Awakened Rock and the Strange Visitor. Funimation released the film as a two-part OVA. For those without a Funimation account, the series can also be streamed on Crunchyroll, and as a bonus for fans, the four-part OVA series is also available for their viewing pleasure.


Natsume’s Book of Friends is a charming fantasy filled with magic, monsters and touching messages about friendship. The adventures of Natsume and his loyal spiritual companion Madara will captivate new and old fans alike, and now is a perfect time for people to open the book and join Natsume and her friends as they explore the world of spirits.

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