Natsume's Book of Friends (TV)

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[ adapted from Natsume's Book of Friends (manga) ]

Related anime:
    Natsume's Book of Friends (TV 2) (sequel)
      Natsume's Book of Friends (TV 3) (sequel)
        Natsume's Book of Friends (TV 4) (sequel)

Alternative title:
Natsume Yūjin-Chō (Japanese)
Natsume Yūjinchō (Japanese)
Тетрадь дружбы Нацумэ (Russian)
夏目友人帳 (Japanese)
나츠메 우인장 (Korean)
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.
User Ratings: 1398 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 300 votes (sub:277, dub:9, raw:4, ?:2, others:8
4 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 Mandarin subtitled
)
 Excellent: 498 votes (sub:470, dub:8, raw:2, edit.dub:1, others:17
6 Spanish subtitled
5 Russian subtitled
3 Portuguese subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
1 Chinese mandarin subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
)
 Very good: 326 votes (sub:298, dub:9, raw:4, ?:3, others:12
5 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
2 Italian subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 Russian subtitled
)
 Good: 175 votes (sub:157, dub:5, raw:4, others:9
3 French subtitled
2 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Arabic subtitled
)
 Decent: 54 votes (sub:47, dub:2, ?:1, raw:1, others:3
1 Russian dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 So-so: 31 votes (sub:27, dub:2, others:2
1 Russian subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Not really good: 6 votes (sub:6)
 Weak: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Bad: -
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 3 votes (sub:3)
Seen in part or in whole by 2330 users, rank: #438 (of 5997)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.463 (Very good+), std. dev.: 1.3387, rank: #171 (of 5992)
Weighted mean: 8.363 (Very good+), rank: #181 (of 5992) (seen all: 8.45 / seen some: 7.72 / won't finish: 5.47)
Bayesian estimate: 8.356 (Very good+), rank: #113 (of 4546)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 13
Episode titles: We have 13
Vintage: 2008-07-07 to 2008-09-29
Opening Theme:
"Issei no Sei" (一斉の声) by Shūhei Kita
Ending Theme:
"Natsu Yūzora" (夏夕空) by Kōsuke Atari
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DVD (Region 1)
    Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 1 & 2 Premium Edition (Sub.DVD) 2012-10-09
    Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 1 & 2 (Sub.DVD) 2014-02-04 (from $43.99)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Takahiro Omori
Series Composition: Kenichi Kanemaki
Script:
Kenichi Araki (eps 3, 9, 11)
Kenichi Kanemaki (eps 1-2, 5, 13)
Mayori Sekijima (eps 6-7, 12)
Mie Kaga (ep 10)
Noboru Takagi (eps 4, 8)
Storyboard:
Hidehito Ueda (eps 2, 7, 11)
Hidetoshi Namura (eps 9, 13)
Keiji Gotoh (ep 8)
Kiyotaka Ohata (eps 3, 10)
Takahiro Omori (OP; ep 1)
Episode Director:
Harume Kosaka (eps 6, 10)
Hidehito Ueda (ep 7)
Hironobu Aoyagi (ep 11)
Hisatoshi Shimizu (eps 9, 13)
Koichiro Kuroda (ep 4)
Masayuki Matsumoto (ep 3)
Takahiro Omori (OP; ep 1)
Tomoyuki Kawamura (ep 5)
Original creator: Yuki Midorikawa
Character Design: Akira Takata
Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani
Chief Animation Director:
Akira Takata
Tatsuo Yamada
Animation Director:
Akira Takata (OP; ep 1)
Atsushi Aono (eps 2, 9, 13)
Haruo Okuno (ep 5)
Hideyuki Motohashi (eps 3, 6)
Kyoko Kametani (ep 7)
Miho Nakada (ep 4)
Noriyuki Fukuda (ep 4)
Tatsuo Yamada (OP; ep 1)
Sound Director: Takahiro Omori
Director of Photography: Hitoshi Tamura
Producer: Shosuke Miyake (TV Tokyo)

2nd Key Animation:
Akihira Yamashita (ep 11)
Kazuhide Kondo (ep 11)
Kosuke Fujii (ep 5)
Senichi Muraoka (ep 11)
Animation: Takahiro Kishida (all for ED)
Animation producer: Yumi Satou
Clean-Up Animation:
Mariko Kawaai (eps 3, 6)
Miho Koike (ep 4)
Yufuko Fukuda (eps 3, 6)
Yuko Endo (ep 4)
Color Inspection:
Ayako Saito
Yufuko Fukuda
Editing: Kazuhiko Seki
Editing Assistant: Yasutaka Ikeda
In-Between Animation:
Hideki Sakai (eps 3, 6)
Kazune Suzuki (ep 6)
Kouta Suzuki (eps 3, 6)
Mariko Horie (eps 3, 6)
Shuko Okutani (ep 3)
Yuriko Kaneko (ep 4)
Yuya Kumatani (ep 4)
In-Between Check:
Mariko Horie (ep 6)
Yuki Fujikawa (ep 4)
Key Animation:
Akira Kikuchi (ep 7)
Akira Takata (OP; ep 1)
Ayami Watanabe (ep 7)
Ayumi Ito (ep 4)
Eiko Matsuno (OP; eps 1-2, 7, 11)
Fumiko Fujii (ep 2)
Fumino Fujii (ep 7)
Haruo Okuno (OP; eps 1, 11)
Hideaki Matsuoka (eps 7, 11)
Hidetoshi Sano (ep 1)
Hiroki Itoh (ep 3)
Hiromi Yoshida (ep 4)
Hiroshi Tomioka (ep 2)
Hiroto Yokote (ep 2)
Kaoru Maehara (ep 4)
Kaoru Sekitani (ep 5)
Kazuhiro Muto (ep 5)
Kenji Hayama (OP)
Kentarou Matsumoto (ep 1)
Kimiko Matsushita (ep 11)
Kyoko Kametani (OP)
Kyouhei Tezuka (ep 3)
Makoto Oda (eps 3, 6)
Mamie Takata (OP; eps 1, 5, 11)
Masahiro Koyama (ep 1)
Masahito Yamashita (eps 2, 5, 9)
Masakazu Kawazoe (OP; eps 1, 5, 11)
Masanori Watanabe (eps 3, 6)
Masayuki Yoshiki (ep 5)
Mayuko Kato (ep 11)
Midori Uchiyama (ep 11)
Minami Tokunaga (eps 2, 5)
Miyuki Kobayashi (OP; eps 1-2, 5, 11)
Miyuki Shimizu (eps 3, 6)
Nobuhiko Kawagami (eps 2, 11)
Nobuyuki Furukawa (eps 3, 6)
Noriko Kitazawa (ep 3)
Orie Tanaka (OP; eps 1, 5)
Osamu Hirayama (ep 2)
Rie Maehara (eps 1, 7)
Rumi Abe (eps 5, 7)
Ryo Tanaka (OP)
Ryousuke Tanigawa (ep 11)
Satoru Ito (ep 5)
Satoshi Arajima (ep 4)
Shinichi Iimura (ep 6)
Shinryou Ishikawa (ep 1)
Shinsuke Yanagi (ep 3)
Shuko Okutani (eps 3, 6)
Tadashi Fuji (eps 2, 5)
Takahiro Hosoki (ep 3)
Takahiro Sasaki (ep 4)
Takao Suzuki (ep 4)
Tatsuo Yamada (OP; eps 1-2, 5, 11)
Tatsuya Ikeda (ep 7)
Tomokazu Sugimura (ep 1)
Tsuyoshi Sakai (ep 3)
Yoko Iizuka (ep 7)
Yoshihiro Matsumoto (ep 4)
Yoshiki Mizuno (ep 7)
Yosuke Sotoyama (ep 7)
Yufuki Morimoto (ep 11)
Yuki Fujikawa (ep 4)
Yumi Shimizu (ep 7)
Yuriko Nagaya (eps 3, 6)
Yusuke Adachi (ep 4)
Yuta Odajima (ep 4)
Monster Design: Tatsuo Yamada
Music Performance:
Ayano Kasahara (Cello)
Tomomi Tokunaga (Violin)
Planning:
Haruto Uchiyama
Makoto Shiraishi (TV Tokyo)
Planning Collaboration: Kazuya Sato
Recording Assistant: Yumi Yoshihara
Sound Adjustment: Osamu Takizawa
Sound Effects: Sho Urahata
Sound Production: Junichi Inaba
Special Effects: Toshio Hasegawa
Theme Song Arrangement: Takuya (OP)
Theme Song Composition:
Takuya (OP)
Toshiko Ezaki (ED)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Keiji Shiina (OP)
Toshiko Ezaki (ED)
Theme Song Performance:
Kousuke Atari (ED)
Shuhei Kita (OP)
Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume
Kazuhiko Inoue as Nyanko-san

Akira Ishida as Shūichi Natori
Hisayoshi Suganuma as Atsushi Kitamoto
Kazuma Horie as Kaname Tanuma
Miki Itou as Tōko Fujiwara
Miyuki Sawashiro as Jun Sasada
Ryohei Kimura as Satoru Nishimura
Sanae Kobayashi as Reiko Natsume

Akari Higuchi as Urihime(ep 9)
Akemi Okamura as Hinoe(eps 12-13)
Aki Kanada as
Female High School Student(ep 10)
Female relative(ep 1)
Housewife(ep 3)
Tamiko's mother(ep 13)
Akiko Yajima as Kitsune(ep 7) 
Akimitsu Takase as Tarusaru(ep 6)
Akira Ishida as Male relative(ep 1)
Atsushi Imaruoka as Akagane(ep 10)
Ayumi Fujimura as
Female High School Student(ep 9)
Fiancée(ep 8)
Student(ep 4)
Takashi Natsume(young)
Chieko Honda as Sasago(ep 9)
Eiji Itô as
Big-Faced Yōkai(ep 9)
Male relative(ep 1)
Shigeru Fujiwara(4 episodes
eps 2, 7, 11, 13
)
Fuyuka Oura as Shūichi Natori(young)
Hiroki Yasumoto as Susugi(ep 2)
Hiroshi Shimozaki as
Big-Mouthed Water Spirit(ep 8)
Blue Ox-Faced Yōkai(eps 7, 13)
Ox-Faced Yōkai(eps 3, 11)
Hiroshi Tsuchida as Shigure(ep 4)
Hisayoshi Suganuma as Man(ep 9)
Houko Kuwashima as Kiyo/Hotaru(ep 8)
Junko Minagawa as Shojo(ep 3) 
Kenji Hamada as Akifumi Sugino(adult; ep 08) 
Kimiko Saito as Hishigaki(ep 1)
Kunihiro Kawamoto as
Director(ep 9)
Long-Eared Yōkai(ep 1)
Student(ep 4)
Teacher(ep 7)
Kyouko Chikiri as
Female relative(ep 1)
Kappa(ep 4)
Oba-chan(ep 13)
Mamiko Noto as Asagi(ep 10)
Michie Kita as Hana(ep 2)
Miyuki Sawashiro as
Female High School Student(ep 10)
Female relative(ep 1)
Nobuyuki Kobushi as One-Eyed Yōkai(ep 2)
Ryoka Yuzuki as Tsubame(ep 6)
Sanae Kobayashi as Nyanko-sensei(High school girl)
Satoshi Tsuruoka as
Enkou(ep 11)
Taniozaki(ep 6)
Satsuki Yukino as Hiiragi(ep 9)
Sawa Ishige as Tamiko(eps 11, 13)
Tadashi Miyazawa as Ayakashi(ep 12)
Takashi Matsuyama as
Hitotsume no youkai(ep 3)
One-Eyed Yōkai(ep 11)
Red One-Eyed Yōkai(eps 7, 13)
Takaya Kuroda as
Misuzu
Sanjo(ep 3)
Takeshi Aono as Tsuyu-kami (Dew God)(ep 2)
Tetsuharu Ohta as Round-Faced Yōkai(ep 10)
Tetsuya Yanagihara as Mikuri(ep 5)
Yasunori Matsumoto as Tanuma's father(eps 3, 11)
Yoshiyuki Hirai as Santo(ep 5)
Japanese companies
2nd Key Animation:
P.A. Works
Studio Live
Animation Production: Brains Base
Background Art: Y.A.P
Broadcaster:
AT-X (2008-09-05)
TV Aichi (2008-07-08)
TV Hokkaido (2008-07-08)
TV Osaka (2008-07-12)
TV Setouchi (2008-07-12)
TV Tokyo (2008-07-07)
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (2008-07-10)
CG: Trilogy
Key Animation: XEBEC M2
Online Editing: Q Tech
Photography: Decoloco
Production: NAS
Recording Studio: Studio T&T
Sound Production: Dax Production
special effects: Ray Art
English staff
English companies
Translation: Adam Lensenmayer

Subtitle Editing: Renee Poiron
Subtitle Timing: Bryan Ingram
Internet Streaming:
Crunchyroll (subtitled version; simulcast)
Licensed by: NIS America
Subtitles: MX Media LLC
Translation: MX Media LLC
English cast
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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