The BEST Episodes of Natsume's Book of Friends
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Network: TV Tokyo
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.
#1 - The Stolen Book of Friends
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2009
While outside during school Natsume is hit with a ball while reading. He goes to retrieve the ball and ends up breaking a Youkai's seal (much like he had with Nyanko-sensei). Later that night Natsume and Nyanko-sensei discover a look-a-like of Nyanko, only to have him steal the Book Of Friends!
#2 - Melting into Spring
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2009
While fooling around in the snow, Natsume and Nyanko-sensei run in to Gen, a forest guardian who lives inside a statue. Gen tries to take over Natsume's body, but instead takes over a snow rabbit that Natsume had made. Gen pleads Natsume to help him find an evil spirit who destroyed Sui, his guardian partner, and Natsume agrees. But it seems Gen isn't telling everything he should...
#3 - A Place to Go Home To
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 20, 2011
A youkai from Natsume past has found him and memories of living with relatives before the Fujiwaras are explored.
#4 - Young Days
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 26, 2011
Midterms are over, and Natsume leaves on a trip with Nishimura, Kitamoto, and Sasada. He realizes that the scenery he's viewing from the train is from one of the places he grew up in, when he was passed around from one family to the next. He'd thought he didn't have any good memories of the time, but then he remembers what happened when he lived there...
#5 - The Days Eater
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 2017
Natsume helps a youkai out of a pot, and as a "reward", is made young again. But Natsume is already young, and making him younger just confuses him and addles his memories. When he doesn't know who to trust, will he have the strength to know who his real friends are?
#6 - Temporary Home
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 10, 2009
Mysterious footprints and markings are left on the gate of the Fujiwara house. Strange things start going on inside the house and Shigeru verifies with Natsume that the cause of this activity involves the husband and wife who used to live there. And so Shigeru tells story of those two but in a unusually childlike manner...
#7 - Other Side of the Glass
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 7, 2012
Natsume overhears whispers that a powerful youkai is reviving, later that evening he is trapped in a bottle as an offering. Humans can’t see or hear him, so Nyanko-sensei decides to help the “best” way he can…
#8 - Natsume's Book of Play
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 27, 2011
The youkai hold a party to celebrate Natsume. Things get out of hand when they ask Natsume for a human game, and he suggests Shadow Tag. When Nyanko-sensei becomes "it", he starts stomping youkai left and right. And then Misuzu-sama, the 100 foot tall youkai, shows up...
#9 - The Little Fox's Hat
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 18, 2008
Natsume goes to a hot spring for a school trip, with an errand from Shigeru to pick up Teacups from a near by pottery. While there he meets and helps a little fox spirit, who quickly grows attached to him.
#11 - That Which Is Not Human
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 9, 2011
There is something killing Youkai and draining them of their blood. Natsume can’t help but investigate and runs into old friends.
#12 - Stand-In
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2012
Natsume is at home early one evening when he hears a knock on the door. He sees Tohko outside, asking to be let in. But when he opens the door, there's nobody there, and a gust of wind rushes past. Another Youkai is after the book of friends!
#13 - Long Way Home
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 27, 2012
Natsume is possessed by a spirit. Obsessed with returning home, he remembers the events that occured just after his father's death.
#14 - It Must Not Be Bound
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 2, 2016
Natsume arrives at the exorcist meeting to help smoke out the youkai that Matoba wants to find. But he quickly discovers that the situation is more complicated than it first seemed. The youkai is capable of replicating itself to possess targets, and no one but Natsume is able to see who is possessed. Natsume and Nyanko-sensei search the halls, still unsure if they even want to be there.
#15 - A Chick Hatches
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2009
Natsume takes care of an abandoned egg from a nest, not considering it could be a Youkai. After it hatches, it turns out it is a rare baby spirit called Tatsumi, who thinks that Natsume is its parent. Natsume can't help but get attached to the little spirit even as Tatsumi grows tired and sick. But as Natsume takes care of Tatsumi, a mysterious spirit comes and wants to take away Tatsumi for his master... who wants to eat him!
#16 - Five Day Mark
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 22, 2008
Natsume is cursed by an evil spirit which is sealed to a tree, not wanting to trouble his adopted family, he decided to run away from home.
#17 - That Which You Must Not Call
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 16, 2009
Natsume is dragged off into the cave of the evil spirit that is after Taki. He temporarily loses the ability to see youkai after being poisoned by the spirit. Will he be able to stop the youkai from eating Taki without his sight?
#18 - Humans and Youkai
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2009
Why don't you decide already? Which is more important to you? When Natsume finds out what Kai really is, that is what Natori asks him.
#19 - To You, From Bygone Days
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2012
An old classmate Yuriko, remembers her time watching Natsume and how he was a little weird. A clingbug from Natsume’s past reminds him of the time he spent running from a youkai with a grudge.
#20 - Tree of Promise
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 2, 2009
Natsume encounters a spirit who was enslaved by his grandmother Reiko 50 years ago by writing his name on a torn page from the Book of Friends, and tying it to a tree in a forest. Can Natsume help locate the torn page? What was Reiko's intention of tying it to a tree?
#21 - A Single Photo
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 13, 2012
Natsume gets a call from a relative: his parents home is being sold. He tells himself that it doesn't matter, and that he's forgotten his past. But he's not nearly as over it as he thinks...
#22 - The Fox Child's Watch
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 23, 2011
Natsume is invited to go to a pottery classroom with Shigeru. It's being held in an inn where he once stayed. When he goes there, he meets an old friend: the young fox child he once saved.
#23 - Through the Autumn Wind
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 30, 2011
Without Sensei to protect him, Natsume has to remain constantly on guard. But the pressure of keeping secrets from his friends is causing Natsume to break.
#24 - Assembly of Conjurers
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 17, 2009
After chasing an injured yokai around, Natsume encounters Natori, who then invites him to go to a meeting of sorcerers. There, Natsume meets others with similar powers and similar problems.
#25 - Ukihara Village
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 12, 2011
Natsume is accosted by a spirit who asks for her brother's name back. She says that both of them have come from the village of floating spring, a paradise sealed off from the land of men. Meanwhile, the local Youkai are happy that the local priest is no longer in his temple. Natsume worries for his friend Tanuma, the priest's son, but isn't sure what to say...