The BEST Episodes of Natsume's Book of Friends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 14, 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.

The Stolen Book of Friends

#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!

star 9.53
81 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
A Place to Go Home To

#2 - 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.

star 9.51
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Young Days

#3 - 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...

star 9.51
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Melting into Spring

#4 - 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...

star 9.49
79 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
The Days Eater

#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?

star 9.41
49 votes
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Temporary Home

#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...

star 9.40
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
Other Side of the Glass

#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…

star 9.40
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Natsume's Book of Play

#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...

star 9.40
48 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
The Little Fox's Hat

#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.

star 9.38
55 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
That Which Is Not Human

#10 - 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.

star 9.37
46 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Stand-In

#11 - 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!

star 9.37
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Touko and Shigeru

#12 - Touko and Shigeru

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 14, 2016

Touko and Shigeru are the kind elderly couple who took in Natsume when no one else would. But what were they like before they let Natsume move in?

star 9.36
50 votes
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Long Way Home

#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.

star 9.35
52 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
A Chick Hatches

#14 - 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!

star 9.32
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
That Which You Must Not Call

#15 - 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?

star 9.31
48 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
Humans and Youkai

#16 - 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.

star 9.31
48 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
To You, From Bygone Days

#17 - 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.

star 9.31
48 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Tree of Promise

#18 - 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?

star 9.31
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
A Single Photo

#19 - 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...

star 9.30
46 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
It Must Not Be Bound

#20 - It Must Not Be Bound

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 2, 2016

Natsume's friend Taki lives in a house filled with traps and mazes for youkai. She can't see the youkai herself without the aid of a special circle, but she can hear them when they're trapped in her house. She saves one of them, but it refuses to leave her home. Natsume suspects that there may be danger involved, and visits her to make sure that everything is okay.

star 9.30
50 votes
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
The Fox Child's Watch

#21 - 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.

star 9.30
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Five Day Mark

#22 - 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.

star 9.27
52 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
Through the Autumn Wind

#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.

star 9.27
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Assembly of Conjurers

#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.

star 9.26
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
Ukihara Village

#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...

star 9.26
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai