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Anime Spotlight: Natsume Yujin-cho 4

by Justin Sevakis,
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Natsume Yujin-cho 4

Premieres January 2, 2012 in Japan


Natsume Takashi is a boy who has been able to see spirits since he was little. Once his grandmother, Reiko, gave him the "Yujin-cho"(friend list), a notebook that recorded the names of all the spirits in her service, his days were always haunted by them.

Now, Natsume has decided to return those names to the spirits they belong to together with his self-proclaimed bodyguard, Nyanko Sensei. As he encounters a variety of spirits, he comes to learn about them as well. Encounters and farewells with spirits pass together with the thoughts and feelings of many kind people, and before he knows it Natsume finds something precious to hold in his heart.


Natsume Takashi
VA: Hiroshi Kamiya
Takashi is Reiko's grandson, and posses an extraordinary spiritual power. He grew up without his parents, and he was passed around from relative to relative, due to his power. He's often chased by spirits who mistake him for Reiko.
Nyanko Sensei/Madara
VA: Kazuhiko Inoue
Originally a spirit with an elegant appearance (a Madara), he was sealed into a Beckoning Cat, and has grown accustomed to his new form. Natsume has promised to leave him the Yuujin-cho when he dies, and he lives with him as his bodyguard and pet cat.
Natsume Reiko
VA: Sanae Kobayashi
Takashi's grandmother. Apparently she died young, but the details are unclear. Her beautiful looks and spiritual power drew the attention of the spirits, but many humans hated her. She gathered the names of the spirits and created the Yujin-cho.
Natori Shuichi
VA: Akira Ishida
Natori is a famous actor who can see spirits like Natsume. He has a spirit shaped like a lizard on his skin that moves around. He was born to an old family of exorcists and he continues to serve as one as well.
Tanuma Kaname
VA: Kazuma Horie
He's a temple son who lives in Yatsuhara, and one of Takashi's classmates. Though his isn't as strong as Takashi's, he also has the power to sense spirits. He was the first friend Takashi was able to truly make a connection with.
Sasada Jun
VA: Miyuki Sawashiro
One of Takashi's classmates. She suspects that Takashi is capable of seeing spirits and often tries to accompany him somehow.
Tohru Taki
VA: Rina Satou
By drawing a magic circle her grandfather taught her, she's able to see spirits who enter it. She was once cursed by a spirit for seeing it, but Natsume helped her and ever since she's been one of the few who understand his secret. She's a fan of Nyanko Sensei.
Kitamoto Atsushi
VA: Hisayoshi Suganuma
One of Takashi's classmates. He's an important friend of Takashi's, one of his normal friends who doesn't know about him and the spirits.
Nishimura Satoru
VA: Ryohei Kimura
One of Takashi's classmates. Like Kitamoto, he's one of Takashi's important friends. He follows trends and seems to be interested in Taki.
Fujiwara Shigeru & Touko
VA: Eiji Itou & Miki Itou
A kind couple who adopted Takashi. They both kindly watch over him, even though he keeps his distance.
Matoba Seiji
VA: Junichi Suwabe
The head of the Matoba Clan of exorcists. Though he usually speaks calmly with a smile, he carries a dangerous air about him. He is ruthless towards both humans and spirits, and will not hesitate to sacrifice even his own warriors. He holds a keen interest in Takashi and his strong spiritual power.


Natsume Takashi
Hiroshi Kamiya
Nyanko Sensei
Kazuhiko Inoue
Natsume Reiko
Sanae Kobayashi
Natori Shuichi
Akira Ishida
Tanuma Kaname
Kazuma Horie
Nishimura Satoru
Ryohei Kimura
Kitamoto Atsushi
Hisayoshi Suganuma
Matoba Seiji
Junichi Suwabe


Original Creator
Yuki Midorikawa
Takahiro Omori
Series Composition
Sadayuki Murai
Character Design
Akira Takata
Monster Design
Tatsuo Yamada
Art Director
Yukihiro Shibutani
Color Setting
Hiromi Miyawaki
Director of Photography
Hitoshi Tamura
Kazuhiko Seki
Makoto Yoshimori
Animation Production
Brains Base
Natsume Yujin-cho Project

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