Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 9

Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 9

Natsume learns that no good deed goes unpunished when an irate yokai accuses him of stealing her ring when she came to the Fujiwara house to get her name returned. Natsume thinks he knows where the ring has disappeared to, but can he find it in time, or will the place he’s come to think of as home be destroyed by the vengeful yokai?!...

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Title:Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 9
Author:Yuki Midorikawa
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Edition Language:English

Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 9 Reviews

  • Kät

    I don't know if I'm imagining things or if I was just really concentrated while reading, but I feel like this volume was especially nicely drawn. There were some great broad illustrations in detail which doesn't happen often with Yuri Midorikawa and Natsume looked very cute in a lot of close-ups. Also there were some really funny scenes this time around which made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed it a loooot.

  • Elias Alexander

    Natsume is such a gryffindor and a hufflepuff.

  • Hemangini Patel (MyPetridish)

    It is one of my most favorite anime and manga. Natsume's Book of friends is filled with fun and lots of magic. It has the beating heart of fantasy told by grandmas to their kodomo(children) throughout Japan. If you are a fan of fantasy-mythical creatures-Japan, what are you waiting for?

  • Krista

    やっぱり漫画はいい。アニメと比べたら名取も的場もキャラが深い。アニメの的場は悪いものの漢字でも漫画はもっと怖くてクールな人。アニメの名取はクールけど漫画のはちょっと気味が悪い。私にとって漫画の的場は結構かっこいい。もっと知りたい。

  • Estara

    The first chapter this volume (incidentally I like the all green background of the Viz edition the best) deals with the idea that you shouldn't underestimate kindness and weak people working together - Natsume gets threatened by a yokai he actually released from the book, but a tiny fluffy yokai (I couldn't help thinking of Tribbles with a face) helps him out. Unfortunately he belongs to a group of very reclusive yokai whom the other yokai only have heard bad rumors of - so they want to drive th

    The first chapter this volume (incidentally I like the all green background of the Viz edition the best) deals with the idea that you shouldn't underestimate kindness and weak people working together - Natsume gets threatened by a yokai he actually released from the book, but a tiny fluffy yokai (I couldn't help thinking of Tribbles with a face) helps him out. Unfortunately he belongs to a group of very reclusive yokai whom the other yokai only have heard bad rumors of - so they want to drive them away. It's a big misunderstanding, but while Natsume is saved, the group of small yokai leave for good. Very mono no aware, was my impression - treasure the friendships you have while the people are there.

    The next chapters are an action story that brings Natsume once more into the power of the Matoba clan, although it is only incidental when a group of yokai from further away abduct him for the book of friends with which they hope to combat the Matoba clan of exorcists. First we get lots of hide and seek and scrambling in the Matoba mansion in the forest, then we get a whole cavalry of strong yokai friends coming to the rescue of Natsume, who has actually managed to rescue himself (and Nyanko-sensei) already.

    Matoba lets them go after seeing the hugeness of Natsume's yokai friends - it's a nice contrast to see how strong the yokai are who have become friends in comparison to Matoba's caught and enslaved yokai - I don't think we have even seen the full extent of Madara's powers yet. However, he now knows that a notebook in Natsume's bag was really important to him....

    At least Natsume is able to go to the night festival with his friends now and enjoy it ^^ - in a yukata of his foster father, awww.

    The bonus manga is another observation diary of Natsume, this time by a girl from a school he went to a year before he got taken in by the Fujiwaras. She becomes aware of him due to his usual strange behaviour, but takes the time to observe him and comes to the conclusion that he is not at fault for the strange things that happen. She and Natsume strike off a restrained acquaintance, mostly because her parents and others don't want her to become friends with him. So when Natsume leaves he at least acknowledges that she made him have some fun there.

  • Miss

    Sometimes when I'm reading a book and I intensely love a character I wish I had a way to bring them to life because I truly feel this world would be a better place if they existed. Other times I hope I will never have access to that technology ever because I would totally use it and follow them around, hiding behind bushes and sighing over their every move. And then Natsume would think I'm creepy and not want to be friends with me. :(

    I'm not really sure what to say about this volume. If you're s

    Sometimes when I'm reading a book and I intensely love a character I wish I had a way to bring them to life because I truly feel this world would be a better place if they existed. Other times I hope I will never have access to that technology ever because I would totally use it and follow them around, hiding behind bushes and sighing over their every move. And then Natsume would think I'm creepy and not want to be friends with me. :(

    I'm not really sure what to say about this volume. If you're still not convinced that Natsume is the best kindhearted-loner-learning-to-connect-with-people ever and watching him interact with people and youkai doesn't make you go starry eyed with love I don't think I can help you. Perhaps you should see a doctor? I'm don't think it's healthy to go through life without a heart.

    If you already love this manga as is proper I'm pleased to report you get more progress on Natsume and Nyanko-sensei's relationship and an adorable chapter where Natsume helps some Tribbles. That is not their name but I'm positive they're at least distant cousins to the ones we saw on Trek so I'll stick with that. I also liked the special episode at the end of the volume following a girl who knew Natsume in one of his old schools. His life was not completely devoid of nice people! I'm glad. 4 stars

  • Rici

    In diesem Band haben wir wieder mit Motoba zu tun, der wirklich ein charakter ist, den ich nicht leiden kann. Weiter haben wir mal wieder Natsume, der Mitgefühl und Empathie zeigt und sich seinen Mitmenschen mehr öffnet.

  • Judy (Geeky Reading)

    ~3.5/5

    This was, again, another volume that was just alright to me (maybe it's me? As in, I'm just not in the mood for them, or something?). And, again, it was another series that no bookstore wanted to carry, and so took me forever just to find this volume (and will probably take me a while to get the next one. But let's just hope not).

    I really like this series, and have been missing it (especially when I see other people reviewing it, and am like “I HAVEN'T READ THAT ONE YET/CAN'T FIND THAT ONE

    ~3.5/5

    This was, again, another volume that was just alright to me (maybe it's me? As in, I'm just not in the mood for them, or something?). And, again, it was another series that no bookstore wanted to carry, and so took me forever just to find this volume (and will probably take me a while to get the next one. But let's just hope not).

    I really like this series, and have been missing it (especially when I see other people reviewing it, and am like “I HAVEN'T READ THAT ONE YET/CAN'T FIND THAT ONE! I AM SO FAR BEHIND!”, and then groan in aggravation/mental pain). I keep hoping/waiting, though, for this series to get into a more solid, or longer lasting, plot line, since they usually only last for a couple chapters. On the bright side, though, we have been getting more insight into Natsume's past and present feelings and the people around him, which I enjoy.

    For the first two chapters of this volume, Natsume runs into a fluff ball of a yokai, which runs in huge packs but is very hard to find and dangerous. It starts to attack Natsume, but he wraps his (maybe?) wound up and calms him down. Natsume also gets attacked by another yokai, who is claiming that Natsume stole something she dropped (which doesn't make any sense, but Natsume also points this out, so points for that).

    For the next three chapter, Natsume helps some yokai, and ends up running, and getting captured by, Matoba, an exorcist. He's capturing yokai, while Natsume is trying to save them. Matoba... seems interesting, but I haven't got much of a feel for him, so we'll see next time we meet him, I guess.

    The biggest parts of that, I think, were when a yokai attacked Natsume while in class, which was terrible since he's managed to act very normal in front of all of them up till now. Later, though, he made up an excuse and accomplished not telling anyone about what he can see. Which is a bit disappointing, but also not, since they mentioned how his aunt and uncle treat him now, and how they might if they knew, which definitely changed things. Also, he gets invited by some people from school to a festival, and gets to invite Tanuma and Taki, which is nice. I like seeing them hanging out, and it's always nice when they get to hang out with other people, especially since they're usually all by themselves. (Also, in the previous chapters, he accidentally calls the fluffball adorable in front of his friends, and they think he's talking about a girl, and bug about who he's thinking about. I thought it was rather hilarious.)

    There's a special chapter at the end, in a girls point of view, who went to school with him before, when he had longer, scraggly hair, was a bit more cynical than he is now, and wasn't close to anyone. I felt rather bad for him, but it was interesting seeing what someone else, who doesn't know about the yokai's but wonders because of how he acts, thinks of him. It made me wonder what the boys who he goes to school with now think of him.

    I do really like this series. It's subtle, a little displaced, smooth, and just simply sweet. I like Natsume, as well as his few friends, and want to know more about them. I'm hoping things get more intense, more solid, soon, since I'm not always all that affected by the short plots. I still like them, and am just simply enjoying it for now.

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  • Chris

    Ok.

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