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Natsume's Book of Friends Season 1 & 2 Premium Edition

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  • ASIN: B008K2OVQ4
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Takashi Natsume sees things. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying, beings called youkai invisibly inhabit the world around us and Natsume can see them. Mocked as a child for this ability, Natsume has learned to keep it a secret. But during one encounter with a strange manekineko (Lucky Cat), Natsume learns that he inherited a special book from his grandmother. Reiko filled the book with the names of youkai she had defeted and this bound them to her service. Natsume decides to free the names and thus dissolve the contracts that bound the youkai to the book.

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.
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By M on November 14, 2012
I was such a fan of the manga, I had to buy this anime! This is also my first anime that is in Japanese! I was not sure how I would enjoy this series with English subtitles, but after watching it, I find that the anime is so awesome that I was not bothered that it was in Japanese. If you enjoy the manga, you should give the anime a try, it is worth the effort of trying to read subtitles to see the anime. I only hope they continue to make more seasons. I got the version from NIS website that gave you a free Nyanko-Sensei book bag (Thanks to the previous poster for informing me).

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.
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This is a really nice boxed set. It made a lovely gift. Everything in the set was good quality. These "mini stories" are all great. Lots of humor and other great emotion. Natsume and the cat are terrific. A great find for Manga and Anime fans! Don't be surprised to find yourself chanting, "Natsume, Natsume...!"
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if you are a collector like me, this is the set for you!
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.
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