Natsume’s Book of Friends is a fantasy manga by Yuki Midorikawa that is ongoing in LaLa magazine. It was a finalist for the Manga Taisho award in 2008. Released in North America by Viz media in 2010, Natsume’s Book of Friends continues to charm readers here and overseas.
The Gist: Natsume Takashi has inherited the gift of seeing yokai, or spirits, from his grandmother. Orphaned from the time he was a young boy, Natsume gets passed from one family member to the next due to the strange events that occur around him. Now in high school, Natsume discovers a book among his deceased grandmother’s possessions called the “Book of Friends”. The book contains the names of yokai that his grandmother trapped and made into servants. Now the yokai come after Natsume, demanding their names be returned. Powerful, yet inexperienced, Natsume will need the help of yokai and humans alike to return the names if he is ever to have peace from the “Book of Friends”.
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a heart warming tale that not only entertains but leaves the reader with thoughtful reflections about family and friendships.