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) 
Themes: folklore , Iyashikei , spirits 
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: 1396 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 Chinese mandarin subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
)
 Very good: 324 votes (sub:296, dub:9, raw:4, ?:3, others:12
5 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
2 Italian subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 Russian subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
)
 Good: 175 votes (sub:157, dub:5, raw:4, others:9
3 French subtitled
2 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
1 Arabic subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
)
 Decent: 54 votes (sub:47, dub:2, raw:1, ?: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 2322 users, rank: #438 (of 5989)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.463 (Very good+), std. dev.: 1.3396, rank: #171 (of 5983)
Weighted mean: 8.363 (Very good+), rank: #183 (of 5983) (seen all: 8.45 / seen some: 7.72 / won't finish: 5.47)
Bayesian estimate: 8.356 (Very good+), rank: #114 (of 4522)
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 $50.99)

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)  (ep 11) 
Hidetoshi Namura (eps 9, 13) 
Keiji Gotoh (ep 8) 
Kiyotaka Ohata (ep 3)  (ep 10) 
Takahiro Omori (OP; ep 1) 
Episode Director:
Harume Kosaka (ep 6)  (ep 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) 
Music: Makoto Yoshimori 
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 (ep 5)  (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) 
Online Editor:
Tetsuro Tsukada 
Yuki Honda 
Photography:
Ryota Fujii 
Yuichiro Tozawa 
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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