The year 2016 is proving to be the best when it comes to anime. The highly beloved anime series Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou) is returning for a 5th season run much to the delight of fans. The new season, titled Natsume Yuujinchou Go, is set to premiere in the fall – around October. The exciting announcement was made in Hakusensha’s Monthly LaLa magazine.
The anime series first premiered in 2008 and has since spawned 3 more seasons. Natsume’s Book of Friends has a total of 52 episodes with each season consisting of 13 episodes. Natsume’s Book of Friends is based on the manga series by Yuki Midorikawa and has garnered quite a faithful fan base. The manga currently has 19 volumes and VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint has released all 19 volumes with volume 19 being released in January 2016.
NIS America holds the license to the anime series and has released all 4 seasons of the popular series on Blu-ray and DVD.
NIS America describes the storyline of Natsume’s Book of Friends as the following:
“Natsume has always been an outcast because he inherited his Grandmother Reiko's ability to see yokai (strange beings that are invisible to most people). After moving to his grandmother's hometown and accidentally releasing a yokai who was imprisoned in a Lucky Cat statue, he learns about one of his grandmother's keepsakes, her "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the yokai she defeated, and allows its wielder to command the yokai named within. Since then, his life has gotten much more hectic, and yokai now visit him on a daily basis, seeking to either get their names back or take possession of the Book of Friends.”
Natsume’s 5th season is bound to be one of this year’s best titles, along with Gintama.
If you haven't seen Natsume's Book of Friends, the complete series is available to stream on both Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Check out the trailer for the series down below!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mea4xITAo_4&h=500
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