Posted by psgels on 19 March 2012 with categories: Natsume Yuujin-Chou

This will be the first three-episode arc of Natsume, if I’m not mistaken, right? And what a topic they picked out to do it. Next episode will be amazing. This episode meanwhile dealt with another episode in Natsume’s past.

With this, I understand why the earlier episode focused on that girl Natsume met, because this episode showed another girl he left an impression on, only in a completely different way. Where the first girl really started to sympathize with him, this time it’s about a girl who felt jealous of him, as he took away the attention of her parents, on top of being strange. Again, this is why these episodes belong in the fourth season, and not in the third. The third was all about Natsume’s development, while the fourth is about everyone around Natsume, and it develops these characters instead, with as climax Natsume’s parents.

I especially loved the part where Nyanko-sensei shrugged off that it’d still take a few years for the youkai to start getting hungry for more than just insects. Natsume really didn’t want to go back into that house again, but hearing that, you knew exactly what he was going to do.

Overall, Brains Base has really dominated the past year. I mean, out of all their releases, Kamisama Dolls was the least impressive. They delivered an awesome remake of a classic show, they came back with Kunihiko Ikuhara, and Natsume has really delivered some amazing episodes. Unfortunately it looks like this awesome streak will end next season. I’m sorry, but people need to stop re-imagining classic historical people into moe stereotypes.
Rating: **+ (Excellent+)

6 Responses

  1. Jenanime4eva says:

    Isn’t next week the finale of this series? ;)

    I really hope there will be a fifth series of Natsume Yuujinchou :).

  2. Synkronized says:

    “I’m sorry, but people need to stop re-imagining classic historical people into moe stereotypes.”

    I don’t typically track the new season previews. What has Brain’s Base cooked up that constitutes the aforementioned premise?

  3. yy says:

    I did not expect this episode to go the way it did at all. Like Snowolf said in the shoutbox, I honestly expected them to finish this arc off as a two-parter… But apparently not! God, I’m so hyped up for the finale next week it’s ridiculous.

    Kid!Natsume was so adorable; he just set every maternal nerve in my body on fire. Also, the way Natsume just slid down the slope face-down, completely limp, was incredibly unnerving.

    Around this time last year (the penultimate episode of San), they announced the fourth season. Like you, psgels, I’m not looking forward to stupid, historically inaccurate moe shows. I’d rather watch Natsume Yuujinchou until every single (EVERY SINGLE) loose end is tied up. I’m just praying for a fifth season, because this show deserves it more than anything.

  4. Tuuli says:

    I…didn’t expect that youkai to come back at the end of the episode. It caught me completely by suprise. ;__; I also though they were going to tell this in two episodes but I’m glad they went with three.
    Now I can’t wait to see how they are going to do the last episode.

    Hopefully they will continue Natsume as an anime too since the story is still going to continue in interesting directions.

  5. Tuuli says:

    The way Natsume fell to the ground also terrified me.

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    @Emma: I also liked the first one, but doubt that the franchise’s problems are something to be remedied by more releases.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:57 AM)
    @Bam: The first Iron man film may have turned poor near the end but the earlier parts of the film were a surprise, second one was a mess, third was a mixed bag.
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    @Emma: never saw the sequel, so rather surprised by the demand for more.
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