Saturday, July 9, 2016

Manga Review: Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 19, by Yuki Midorikawa

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 2016
Volumes: 20+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 16.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he's a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko.


I haven’t reviewed the last few books. While I do love this series, I don’t tend to have a lot to say about it. It’s a subtle series, but it’s so good.
Plot lines are still very episodic, but we’re getting a bigger overall plot with slow progression, as well as some recurring characters. We get to see two different characters again in this volume, including Matoba and his family. We get a background on their curse and how they live with it. It’s an interesting contrast to Natsume, and definitely a creepy one. There’s a chapter focusing on Reiko, and it’s a better side than we sometimes get. It gives an interesting insight into Natsume’s family and where he comes from.
I like that we’re getting to know more about Natsume and the people around him, slowly. It’s nice seeing the gang of yokai that follow him, and I love getting to see his interactions with his school friends. Tanuma is a sweet friend, and I like when he shows up.
This is a sweet, subtle, and lovely series. I love each volume, and am always looking forward to the next one.

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