Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Utsusemi ni Musubu

Title:Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Utsusemi ni Musubu
Natsume's Book of Friends: Ephemeral Bond
劇場版 夏目友人帳 ~うつせみに結ぶ~
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Notables: Animation - Shuka
R1 License - Aniplex of America
R1 License - Subtitled Only
Takashi Natsume continues to return the names of the spirits that have been written in the "Book of Friends" he inherited from his grandmother, Reiko Natsume. While navigating between humans and youkai with his friend, pet, and bodyguard Nyanko-sensei, Natsume coincidentally reunites with an old classmate, Daisuke Yuuki. It brings back painful memories of a youkai from his past. Meanwhile, Natsume also becomes acquainted with Yorie Tsumura, a woman who knew Reiko and who happened to be in the memories of a youkai whose name he had returned. Yorie now lives a peaceful life with her only son, Mukuo. Spending time with this family comforts Natsume, but a mysterious youkai has been lurking in their town. On the way back from investigating with Natsume, Nyanko-sensei winds up getting himself into trouble that only Natsume and his friends—be they youkai or human—can help him out of.
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100-minute film released on September 29, 2018.
Animated by Shuka.
Licensed by Aniplex of America.
[edit] The ↗Natsume Yuujinchou franchise:
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 7 8 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:3977#1552]
You can think of this as a movie-length episode of Natsume Yuujinchou. Here, Nyanko-sensei's gluttony for food gives Natsume trouble when eating fruit from a spiritual tree leads the cat to split into three smaller forms and Natsume has to find a means to restore Nyanko-sensei back to normal. The film retains the show's melancholic mood with exploring human and spirit bonds, as the youkai Natsume seeks to aid him in getting Nyanko-sensei back to normal has a bond with an older woman with past ties to Natsume's grandmother, Reiko. Enough fleshing out is provided on the movie-exclusive characters for the audience to develop a connection to them and to unravel more of the circumstances affecting Nyanko-sensei. If you've followed the series for the past decade up to this point, Ephemeral Bond is still worth checking out if you've been a longtime fan of the franchise.

Last updated Friday, July 17 2020. Created Friday, July 17 2020.

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