The BEST Episodes of Natsume's Book of Friends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 16, 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 9.56
80 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
Melting into Spring

#2 - Melting into Spring

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2009

While fooling around in the snow, Natsume and Nyanko-sensei run into 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 knows...

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

#3 - A Place to Go Home To

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 20, 2011

Natsume returns home from school one day to realise that Nyanko sensei is not home. Whilst at the window, he sees a yokai that is trying to enter the house whilst calling out his name. Nyanko-sensei comes to the rescue but Natsume falls ill with a fever.

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

#4 - Young Days

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 26, 2011

The summer has arrived for Natsume and his friends in the school. After the exams, Natsume, Sasada, Nishimura and Kitamoto went to an art museum as outing. Upon his return to this house, Tohko san reminisced about her childhood days, which Natsume was envious about as he does not have a good childhood. The story then was told by a youkai on a tree that Natsume met when he was still young. The youkai found it bored that no human can see it, but it suddenly remembered about Natsume and how they met. It often scares young Natsume because Natsume can see it. Both of them parted ways in an awkward manner. The story then goes back to Natsume's point of view. After the trip to the art museum, Natsume made a trip to the tree to visit the youkai (detour). The youkai was glad that Natsume met some kind people as he is able to smile gently now. The episode ended with Natsume's thoughts, "If there is somebody that you wish to meet, then you are not alone anymore."

star 9.51
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
The Little Fox's Hat

#5 - 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 9.43
53 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
The Days Eater

#6 - The Days Eater

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 2017

After helping youkai out of a pot as a "reward" Natsume is made young again. However, because he is already young making him younger confuses him and jars his memories. When he doesn't know who to trust, will he have the strength to know who his real friends are?

star 9.42
48 votes
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Temporary House

#7 - Temporary House

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 10, 2009

Strange things start happening at Natsume's home, like Toukou's plants get destroyed, and a strange Youkai starts wandering around his house. Natsume then learns more about Reiko and her life in this town. He also learns how to get rid of the Youkai who's wandering around the house.

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

#8 - Other Side of the Glass

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 7, 2012

Natsume is trapped in a bottle by a youkai to be offered to another named Omibashira. Nyanko-sensei transforms into Natsume and goes around his school to ask his friends about Omibashira, but gets Tanuma involved. Tanuma is attacked by one of the youkai that trapped Natsume and loses him, but as he runs through the forest looking for Natsume he finds a mansion behind the school. When Tanuma is suddenly able to see the youkai walking up the steps to the mansion, he is found out by a youkai with a bag over its head.

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

#9 - Natsume's Book of Play

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 27, 2011

It is after exams and Natsume and his friends are planning on what to do for their school holidays. After being unable to come to a decision, the group heads home for the day. Natsume reaches home and is greeted by his relatives before heading into his room. When he enters he is greeted by his Yokai friends who constantly disturb him and they have invited him to attend a Dog Party with them.

star 9.40
48 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Touko and Shigeru

#10 - 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 9.39
49 votes
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
That Which Is Not Human

#11 - That Which Is Not Human

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 9, 2011

Natsume accidentally bump into a woman and realizes that the woman had blood covered her body. He then follows the mark that the woman left with blood and found a house. When he open the door, he was surprised by the scene of some ayakashi that was badly injured. When he checks one of it, someone suddenly grab his neck and trying to kill him until another ayakashi help him and run off. There's been someone who kill ayakashi for blood and with the help of Natori, Natsume search Matoba who he thought is the one behind all of this. When he met Matoba for the second time, he can't escape the man.

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

#12 - Stand-In

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2012

Yobiko, a youkai that can imitate the voices of others, sneaks into Natsumes' house and asks him to call out another youkai named Karikami. Long ago, Yobiko had been watching over a woman named Youko who was meeting with a man at a nearby shrine. One day the man stopped coming, due to an arranged marriage to another woman, so Yobiko decided to use his talent to talk to the girl. Eventually, he told her the truth about the man and ran away. When he came back to the shrine many years later, he found an old letter that had been sealed shut and wrinkled. Natsume and Yobiko later meet Karikami and after returning his name, Karikami restores the letter. Unable to read human letters, Yobiko asks Natsume to read it to him. Instead of a hateful message he was expecting, it is actually a letter of thanks for telling her the truth.

star 9.37
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Long Way Home

#13 - Long Way Home

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 27, 2012

Natsume, possessed by the youkai, thinks of an painful incident from his childhood involving the family he was living with at the time. The youkai offers to eat all his memories, so that he will no longer have to relive his pain.

star 9.35
51 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
A Single Photo

#14 - A Single Photo

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 13, 2012

Natsume looks back at a photo of his parents, and old wounds are reopened. Natsume is having a fun day with his friends, but all of a sudden he gets a phone call. The house Natsume used to live in with his father will be sold. How will Natsume handle all of this?

star 9.33
45 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
It Must Not Be Bound

#15 - 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.

star 9.33
49 votes
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
A Chick Hatches

#16 - 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
Five Day Mark

#17 - 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 9.31
51 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Kenichi Kanemaki
That Which You Must Not Call

#18 - 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

#19 - Humans and Youkai

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2009

Natori tells Natsume of a well near the mansion that holds a group of Oni. They are calling out to any Youkai. He also learns that Kai came down from the mountains to free the Oni. While looking for Kai, Natsume sets off one of Natori's traps in the mansion. Kai saves Natsume and heads off to kill Natori.Natsume follows him,to save Natori from getting killed. After he encounters him, he is forced to make an important decision. Which ones are more important to him? Humans or Youkai?

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

#20 - To You, From Bygone Days

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2012

In the town Natsume used to live in, a girl recalls Natsume. She remembers his strange actions and wanted to understand him. Meanwhile, Natsume encounters a small Youkai which reminds him of the same girl and town.

star 9.31
48 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
The Promised Tree

#21 - The Promised Tree

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
The Fox Child's Watch

#22 - The Fox Child's Watch

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 23, 2011

Natsume has been invited by his uncle to go back to the Onsen pottery place where the Kogitsune lives. After hearing that a herb that could be use to speedup Nyanko sensei’s healing process is out in that woods, Natsume decides to go along.

star 9.30
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
The Door of Memories

#23 - The Door of Memories

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 20, 2012

Natsume, accompanied by Nyanko-sensei, set out to visit his old home. He visits a relative to pick up the key to the house, but is being followed by a youkai who wants him to draw a mouth for it. He leads the youkai away from the home of his relatives and Nyanko-sensei drives it away. When the two get back on track to finding the house, Natsume is suddenly attacked by the youkai and becomes lost in old memories.

star 9.28
47 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
Through the Autumn Wind

#24 - Through the Autumn Wind

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 30, 2011

On the way home from school, Nishimura and Kitamoto spots Natsume on the bridge acting all weird and falling into the river below. After seeing Natsume fall, they panic and rush to Natsume’s help. Later that night whilst nursing Nyanko-sensei, Natsume’s bag starts to twitch and a stone yokai crawls out of it. Apparenly, Natsume picked up a weird yokai whilst he was in the river.

star 9.27
49 votes
Directors: Takahiro Omori
Writers: Sadayuki Murai
The God, Enshrined

#25 - The God, Enshrined

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 6, 2012

Natsume is pretending to be the god Houzukigami, so the moon splitting festival will end with a victory and the mountain will not be ruined. Winning the contest will not be easy, but with help from Natori he will find the way.

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