It’s been ages but I finally got round to finishing Natsume. I’ve gotta to say I really love this anime. It would’ve been smarter for me to finish it while it was airing but I was busy. Well, since it’s winter already, the whole summer atmosphere felt out of place for me. I’m shivering at my desk right now. Sigh. At least I got it done in time for the second season.
I haven’t spoken much about Natsume on this blog but I do remember saying how much I really love the relaxing atmosphere of this anime. It’s heartwarming and just plain sweet. I’ve got a soft spot for slice of life and I kinda like the whole youkai, ayakashi theme. The fact that Natsume is voiced by Kamiya Hiroshi gets points too. Inoue Kazuhiko and Akira Ishida’s presence made me happy too. Although, Inoue’s neko voice annoyed me once in a while. But that’s only my mood’s fault.
Each episode contains a different story involving some youkai or ayakashi of sorts in Natsume. In the space of twenty four minutes, we’ve got short but sweet stories that touch the heart and a bit of character developement. Some episodes advance the plot somewhat tool; i.e Natori’s appearance and some other stuff. Does Tanuma count? Not so sure yet. The pacing of the story is pretty well done. However, I don’t think it’d be all that fun to watch the thirteen episodes in one shot. An episode once in a while is great for the stressed and tired soul. Heh, I’m sounding like a salesperson now. There isn’t much plot in Natsume and even the whole “returning names” thing stops after episode eight or something. The “Book of Friends” is really just an excuse. Well, unless the second season proves it otherwise.
I guess it’s sort of frustrating that the first season ends without anything being tied in. The plot is left open and hanging but I don’t think you’ll notice it the minute the anime ends since the plot was barely covered over the course of thirteen episodes. Still, a while after finishing, you might be thinking “crap, I want more”.
Happy daikazoku ~
Overall, Natsume really is a good anime. I’d definitely recommend it. Plus, it’s not something you’d need to watch all in one shot. Most episode can work standalone and their great to watch when you’re in the mood for something light. It’s really relaxing and if you get by an episode with feeling your heart all warm and fuzzy then … I don’t know. Maybe I’m just sensitive but I felt really soothed every time I watch an episode of Natsume. Obviously, I’m looking forward to the second season. Tanuma finally got some screentime in the last episode and I got my happy family shot. I can’t wait to see more and know more about him and Natori. Of course, I don’t want the whole atmosphere of the anime to be disrupted by serious plot but I’d appreciate some character development. There wasn’t as much of that as I wanted but at least Natsume loosened up somewhat by the end.
What I loved:
Cute Little Fox
The light-hearted atmosphere
The tint of Tanuma x Natsume