Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 7

by Yuki Midorikawa | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1421532743 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 6/11/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, June 11, 2011
I've been enjoying this series about a lonely teenager who can see spirits since I first stumbled across it, and have been picking up more volumes as I find them. I pre-ordered this one as soon as it was available. This tends to be a gentle series, with touches of humor, creepiness, and poignancy, and I like it very much. (It's also largely episodic, with each volume including several self-contained stories; there are bonuses if you've read the previous volumes, but the books can be enjoyed without that.)

This volume opens with a bit more intensity than most: Natsume encounters a scene of horror, dead yokai strewn about and a sinister figure muttering "one still alive"... It attacks, and he's only saved by another yokai's appearance. Seems someone is attacking yokai to take their blood to use in spells! Meanwhile, movie-star/exorcist Natori - who's in a friendly-adversary relationship with Natusme, as they differ in their views of the rights of yokai - is fretting over news of his own, and of possible conflicts with Matoba, a powerful and unscrupulous exorcist from another clan.

Farther on, Natsume encounters Matoba himself - and is taken prisoner! He's the one draining yokais of their blood, and Natsume can't talk him out of it - and, worse, Natsume fears what he'd do if he ever learned about the Book of Friends...

Nyanko-sensei, Natsume's grumpy-cat familiar/guardian, comes to the rescue, but there's more action and creepy-looking foes in this story than in most. And while Natsume escapes Matoba this time, he's now on Matoba's radar, and that can't be good!

As a nice refresher after that unnerving story, there's another tale in which friendly yokai want to throw a party for Natsume, though they aren't always clear on the kinds of games that appeal to humans (i.e., the trolls are NOT allowed to keep the people they catch while playing tag!).

There's a bonus story called "A Midsummer Sigh", an early work that mixes teen romance with amusing possible-super-powers - with a serial-killer subplot (!).

[There's an anime adaptation; I've watched several episodes and found it just as charming as the manga. Recommended! And the TV Tropes page is quite entertaining.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Park and Ride (at Exit 2) bookshelf in Salem, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (3/15/2017 UTC) at Park and Ride (at Exit 2) bookshelf in Salem, New Hampshire USA


I plan to leave this book on the book-swap shelf inside the terminal at around 3:30; hope the finder enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2017 Oh, the Places We Can Go release challenge (for Friend, Nebraska). ***

*** Released for the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2017 Celebrate the Irish release challenge, for the mostly-green cover. ***

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