Natsume’s Book of Friends 2
Mimi: Phew, I just had to finish this in time for the third season! I’m really looking forward to it because Natsume Yuujinchou has shown that it gets better as it progresses, and it’s already such an enjoyable anime.
The second season continues on in the same gentle, heart-warming fashion, as Natsume helps to resolve issues of different youkai he encounters, only, their stories seem to be getting more varied, complex, and serious at times. Some of them need more than one episode to resolve. Like before, the youkai range from looking hideous to being extremely adorable, funny, and gorgeous. The ones that appear in the form of human children touch my heart every time. I love how Natsume is able to connect with them so well in dealing with loneliness and just ‘being different.’ His arguments with Nyanko never get old and always make for a good laugh. Nyanko might bite my ear for saying this, but AWWWW they are getting so close! Their bond will always be the highlight of the series for me.
Natsume also becomes much more involved with humans who are affected by youkai. This particularly gets interesting as issues of trust come into play. He experiences a little bit of disappointment in people, but also makes a new friend along the way. And finally, he’s still picking up more stories about his grandmother. It turns out that the best animated episode of the entire series is all about her. I can’t wait to see what new stories and crazy events await Natsume this week!
Alex: Our shortcomings is that we’re so lazy we put finishing Natsume off until the very last moment, but damn, was this brilliant or what? In direct contrast to Mimi, whilst she enjoyed Natsume greatly, I bonded and “felt” Natsume. If you’re a person who can bond and become emotional towards an anime, which, admittedly, isn’t everyone, then Natsume will probably become the highlight of your anime watching career. Every episode is unique, and chock full of emotional forces which never fail to deliver.
Yet, the key problem with an emotional series is that sometimes it gets “too” serious. And this is where Natsume shines above everything else…it has the perfect mix of seriousness and not-so-seriousness. At any rate, it’s an amazing treat, and something no true anime fan should miss.
Either you’ll enjoy this series immensely, or you’ll bond so strongly with this series that it’ll stay in your heart for a long time to come.
Mimi’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)
Alex’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)