Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 3

Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 3

Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Some books describe the supernatural. This one brings it. Takashi is busy returning the names his grandmother trapped in her book and helping the local yokai with their problems. But he has to put his good deeds on hold when a black Nyanko Sensei snatches the Book of Friends! Takashi and the real Nyanko trail the bad cat to a secret yokai mee...

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Title:Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 3
Author:Yuki Midorikawa
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Edition Language:English

Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 3 Reviews

  • April

    Absolutely beautiful, especially Chapter 11 and 12. All of it was as sad and touching as ever. I really love Takeshi's ability to care for yokai despite the trouble they bring him and his desire to find human connections despite the fact that humans are even more quick to judge and dismiss him than natural spirits demons, and elementals.

  • Becky

    This series always makes me feel so peaceful, it's just a charming and delightful read that just makes my emotions came into play. Especially since in this volume we have the 'hotaru' romance which is one of my favourite stories from the anime and the raising of the chick which just has sentimental value to it.

  • Mizuna

    This manga will be one of the top manga i have read its amazing how each book made me cry each chapter in each book have valuable lesson full of grate story ill look further for the other upcoming book of it.

  • machinaheart

    Magical, personal and quietly brilliant.

    Being different, loneliness, creatures from myth and legend, friendship and camaraderie and the meaning of family.

    Rural Japan in all its loveliness! (When it comes to a time period I’d say, roughly the ‘here and now’.)

    At once magical and ordinary. The focus on interpersonal relationships in a world where a vast array of supernatural creatures are never far, is the key to making this story so wonderful. It

    Magical, personal and quietly brilliant.

    Being different, loneliness, creatures from myth and legend, friendship and camaraderie and the meaning of family.

    Rural Japan in all its loveliness! (When it comes to a time period I’d say, roughly the ‘here and now’.)

    At once magical and ordinary. The focus on interpersonal relationships in a world where a vast array of supernatural creatures are never far, is the key to making this story so wonderful. It is almost always less about the being’s strangeness and abilities, but rather its hopes and wishes.

    Every character is incredibly unique and loveable in their own way. What I adore the portrayal of the ayakashi is that Natsume always tries to understand the circumstances of a creature first and only if there is no other way will try to bind it or even kill it. Mostly the ayakashi are shown as having different values or being ignorant of human customs.

    Natsume has to cope with his ability to see ayakashi and with the mysterious “Book of Friends” his grandmother left behind. Not to mention this erratic lucky-cat (that is actually something very different) called Nyanko-sensei. At first the chapters are rather episodic in a monster of the week style (but many really touching and never boring), but somewhere along the line more characters, supernatural and human, appear and as Natsume’s friends and acquaintances expand, the plot branches out.

    The artwork has a lovely light touch which adds to feeling of otherworldliness and gives it a sense of fragility.

  • R

    Great volume!! Interesting stories and adorable illustrations.

  • Miriam

    As Natsume becomes more committed to protecting both humans and yokai he begins to gain a deeper emotional understanding.

    My favorite story in this set was the one where sensei hatches an egg.

  • Ken Yuen

    I'm always amazed by the variety of stories there are.

  • Cornerofmadness

    Natsume's Book of Friends #3 by Yuki Midorikawa

    This remains an episodic style manga and the mangaka does say she wants people to be able to pick it up anywhere in the arc and be able to follow the story. Of course that means reading it in a bound version quickly annoys because you have to wade through the same info material about Takashi and how he grew up isolated by his abilities to see demons and how he has his grandmother's book for friends, a book where she wrote the names of yokai in order

    Natsume's Book of Friends #3 by Yuki Midorikawa

    This remains an episodic style manga and the mangaka does say she wants people to be able to pick it up anywhere in the arc and be able to follow the story. Of course that means reading it in a bound version quickly annoys because you have to wade through the same info material about Takashi and how he grew up isolated by his abilities to see demons and how he has his grandmother's book for friends, a book where she wrote the names of yokai in order to control them. Takashi is busy returning the names to the demons to free them.

    Include in this volume, Takashi mistakes another yokai for Nyanko, the yokai who guards him (and is fused to a neko kitty form), a man who used to see yokai but no longer can but the female yokai he was in love with him wants one last moment to see him before he marries. Then there's the return of Mr. Natori, a recurring character, an actor who can also see yokai and exorcizes them and this chapter hints there could be a more cohesive theme developing. The most touching story is a side story about a dragon egg that Takashi raises. It's a sniffler.

    The art is lovely and delicate. Being episodic we don't get a deeper appreciation of Takashi. It's a superficial relationship. Oddly enough I prefer my TV shows episodic but my manga to have long story arcs. I like this but I wish it were more than the yokai of the day.

  • Rici

    Wieder sehr gut Stories, die man zwischendurch lesen kann. Auch gut dargestellt, wie Natsume zwischen Yokai und Menschen hin und her gerät.

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