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24 January 2009 @ 11:15 pm
Natsume Yuujinchou  
Fulfilling my resolution of writing reviews for series as I go, here's my opinion on the anime Natsume Yuujinchou, first season

An episodic shoujo series about a highschool boy, Natsume, who has the gift of seeing spirits and monsters; and which has always considered this as a curse - being seen as weird by his classmates, and being passed on from adoptive families to adoptive families. His grandmother had the same power and used it to bully spirits into forming many a "pact of friendships" which she collected in a book which is now in Natsume's possession. This brings Natsume a lot of unwanted attentions from yokais which want to steal the book for their own advantage, or to be released from their pacts of friendship. Natsume forms an agreement with one such powerful creature - Nyanko Sensei - which takes the form of a Maneki Neko to be his bodyguard against the other spirits, and in exchange will inherit the book of pacts once Natsume dies. Meanwhile Natsume will try to release as many yokai from the pacts as he can.

(this was my summary of the manga I just copy-pasted. I'm lazy, okay? :D )

Loving the manga a great deal, I was a bit apprehensive of the anime. I was wrong to be: this is an excellent adaptation, which manages overall to catch quite well the atmosphere and the characters from the manga, both in terms of animation, music and voice acting; and even manages to improve on it on a few points, such as making Natsume's school mates more present through out and fleshing their characterisation better (we also gain a bit on how Natsume look in their PoV, which is sort of funny in that he's much more cool in a mysterious way than when we're in his PoV). It also avoids to repeat the basis of the series as the very episodic manga did every chapter, also a plus XD and tied up a lot of storyline cutely together in the final episode (as well as including hints of some further developments in the manga, hehe) There are only one or two stories I found a bit weaker than their manga counterparts - stretching the pathos or cuteness too heavily; but nothing to really complain about. All in all, it has deepened my fondness for this series, and I'm now curious to see what the fandom is made up of and if there are fics with my ship.
 
 
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Les divagations de Neljaflo_nelja on January 24th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Tiens, c'est intéressant ! Si j'ai l'occasion de voir l'anime, je jetterai un oeil...
C'est quoi ton ship ? Je n'ai pas vraiment fouillé le fandom... je lirais bien du Reiko/Hinoe, quand j'y pense...
Anne-Elisa: cuteetrangere on January 24th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Natori/Natsume :D

je lirais bien du Reiko/Hinoe, quand j'y pense...
J'y avais pas pensé, mais j'en lirais aussi!! :D
Anne-Elisa: grumpyetrangere on January 24th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
and, btw, there was none :(

Edited at 2009-01-24 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Anne-Elisa: loletrangere on January 25th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
lol all the flashbacks we've got of the grandma were when she was a highschool girl herself. She's pretty cool, though, in a selfish and mean way :)