Posted by psgels on 29 July 2008 with categories: Natsume Yuujin-Chou



Short Synopsis: A haunted building-episode.
Highlights: Natsume’s relation to his classmates continues to develop.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8,5/10
Seriously, this series gets better and better with every episode, and I already considered it as one of the highlights of the summer-season. I’m really not sure how the creators did it, but their sense of characterization is amazing. But then again, this was to be expected, considering the director: both Baccano and Jigoku Shoujo had a huge cast of characters, with nearly every one of them having its own identity and likable from the start. So, what happens when you assign a director who is excellent at characterizations on a story that lives because of its characters?

This episode shows the most hostile Ayakashi so far, who kidnaps every one of Natsume’s classmates when they go and explore a strange abandoned building. He doesn’t even care about getting his name back, and is acting all out of some sort of grudge (if I understood correctly, it’s some kind of hate for people). But what caught my attention the most is another one of Natsume’s classmates. We don’t see the black-haired guy in this episode, but there’s a girl who has discovered that he can see spirits, because she noticed how he keeps talking to people from out of nowhere

On a side-note: this series is without a doubt the hardest to understand from the new season, simply because those Ayakashi keep speaking in some strange ancient dialect that doesn’t show up in the dictionary that I’m using. Japanese already is hard enough to understand without some random dialect thrown into it.

3 Responses

  1. Lika says:

    The spirit grants good luck so it was kidnapped and forced to work for this human which is why now it really hates them. Also, the school that it’s living in now is about to get torn appart, so… yeah.

  2. Jones says:

    The girl was all like yoink my tshirt now.

  3. Reiter says:

    I was laughing when Sensei turned into (what I assume is) Reiko. I really love his mischievous character. This show really is the gem of the summer and manages to be fun and fascinating even with such a limited budget for animation.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:22 AM)
    Well then, I suppose I can add in Kaguya and The Jigen Lupin movie then in that case, the latter being the best thing to come out of the franchise since Mamo and Cagliostro.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:10 AM)
    Aside from the Mushishi OVAs, the only one that I really enjoyed would have to be Tsuki ni Naku. But I adore Ryo-timo’s adaptations of Yozakura Quartet, so no surprise there. For most disappointing, I don’t know if I should choose Samurai Flamenco or Zankyou.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 11:08 AM)
    Hmm, well, my favorite show that ended this year is easily Hunter x Hunter. Ignoring that title; Mushishi, Ping Pong, and Space Dandy are probably my top three TV series. That said, I got tons of enjoyment from Hoozuki no Reitetsu. Danna ga Nani Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken was easily the biggest surprise. For films, well, I’d still include Kaguya, since there was no way for me to see it before this year. Otherwise, I guess it would be Jigen Daisuke’s Gravestone on style alone.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 09:09 AM)
    Damn..you…princess Kaguya for coming out in 2013, damn you, now I can’t put you on the list.
    I guess the most genuine choice I can make is sidonia no kishi.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 08:36 AM)
    AOTY:
    Now that 2014 is coming to an end is a good time to ask and see what everyone’s favorite anime of the year was?
    OVAs, specials, movies and series all count.
    (INB4 Aidan with UBW)
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 07:38 AM)
    @Bam: I had a look at Jowdorosky’s works holy mountain and El topo. I felt watching both back to back really showed the development of his weird style, but I liked holy mountain more as the strangeness felt far better executed whereas el topo was far far too long. That said I loved the spin el topo was on westerns and how violent it was and the strange atmosphere it created.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 06:05 AM)
    *@ggultra
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 06:04 AM)
    @giggles: no there’s no header or subject field for comments and in-line html codes get filtered out by the site, but you can use a line that reads:
    **SPOILER**
    at the beginning as a general etiquette. Or just post your discussions on the shoutbox here like we do. There’s an everything goes policy for this chat.
  • ggultra2764
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 05:41 AM)
    There’s no header entry for the blog comment section and I wasn’t even sure if there was any codes on this site that could be used for altering text such as bolding, italicizing or adding spoiler blocks like you could on a forum or the review site that I frequent. I don’t see any information for any coding that could be used in text boxes on this blog.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Dec 28. 2014 05:32 AM)
    I think the statue of limitations have passed on F/SN material, but it’s still more considerate to put a spoiler tag or header on comments that do contain some.

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