Natsume's Book of Friends Season 1 & 2 Premium Edition
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Ah, Natsume Yuuji-chou, how happy I am to see you on DVD! I first started watching this series shortly after the first season aired in Japan. I came to the end and was sad. Then they announced a second season and I was happy. Then it ended and I was sad. Then they announced a third season and - well, happy, sad, fourth season, happy, then DVDs announced and very happy. (there are also rumors of a 5th season!)
Natsume Yuujin-chou is a beautiful series, both in art and story. The plot is mostly episodic, with Natsume getting involved with some youkai and normally returning a name. But Natsume's world is by no means static. Friends are made, characters from previous episodes come back, and Natsume slowly learns and grows with his experiences.
This set contains the first two seasons of the anime, 13 episodes each, for a total of 26 episodes. Japanese audio, English subtitles. It also comes with an full color 32 page hardcover artbook with a cover that matches the Book of Friends :) It contains info on the characters, an interview with the director, an episode guide, rough character sketches, and Japanese DVD package illustrations. I do have one tiny complaint about the set - the box is rather poorly designed.Read more ›
I did not think at first when I discovered this series I would like it---I was not sure if I liked how the cat (nyanko sensei) was drawn----however after reading the manga---the way the emotions are portrayed through Nyanko-Sensei's eyes are Perfect! It just fits---the drawings (and works in the anime also)are so well done that each yokai Natsume comes across it seems that the author needs no words for the character to reveal their inner most emotions. The way the eyes are drawn you can feel the sadness/happiness/confusion that is intended for the reader to experience!
I have no qualms about the box set or how the manga or anime is done. For ME, this series is done perfectly. As a new fan, all I want is to enjoy many more volumes of manga and anime episodes. Thank you to the creators who put this work together.
I adore this show, the seasons may only be 13 episodes long (at the moment there are 4 seasons, 2 of which have been released and are in this collection), but they have a fair amount of material that they cover and a lot of characters that come in and out. Each episode is beautifully drawn and even though some moments are a bit more melancholic they still hold a very lovely air of hope.
The set comes in a long textured cardboard open box on one side. It's the size of two dvd's sitting side by side. The artwork on the box is superb, it looks like watercolor and it draws the eye. Inside you have the book (a wonderful addition) which has an episode guide and artwork for each of the characters introduced in the show. Season 1 and 2 are in single dvd cases each with two discs in each.
I am so happy I bought this set, and immediately I began looking at other shows NIS had produced in like sets. A great find for a collector or simply someone who adores the show.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly beautiful and artistic box set. It is an unusual size, so you probably won't be able to fit it on a standard DVD case, but it will add color wherever it gets placed. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Raz Karcy
I love Natsume and Nyanko sensei. I love the anime and I am thrilled to see the beauty of the special edition box sets. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by snorlax