Natsume's Book of Friends

The WORST episodes of Natsume's Book of Friends

Every episode of Natsume's Book of Friends ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Natsume's Book of Friends!

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.

Last Updated: 6/11/2022Network: TV Tokyo
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The Cat and the Book of Friends
star
8.42
97 votes

#1 - The Cat and the Book of Friends

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/7/2008

Natsume discovers that the heirloom "Book of Friends" that his grandmother, Reiko, gave him possesses the names of the spirits she defeated and bound to her will. Assisted by a cat whom Natsume addresses as Nyanko-Sensei (lit. Master Little Meow), Natsume aims to return all of the names to their rightful owners.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Dew God's Small Shrine
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8.52
89 votes

#2 - The Dew God's Small Shrine

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/14/2008

Natsume is visited by the village's local god who is currently fading because of the lack of devotees.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:iTunes
Heart-Colored Ticket
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8.57
70 votes

#3 - Heart-Colored Ticket

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/4/2008

Natsume comes across an old ticket in Reiko's belongings and decides to go to the abandoned train station to see why she kept it. There, he meets a slow witted spirit named Santo, who was waiting for Reiko the entire time to go Kiriganuma, to see and make up with his friend, Mikuri, but the trip isn't as easy as it first seems...

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Nyanko's Book of Boredom
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8.67
64 votes

#4 - Nyanko's Book of Boredom

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/15/2008

When Natsume finally has enough of Nyanko's behavior Nyanko leaves, wandering about by himself and causing trouble.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Mysterious Person at the Eight Fields
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8.74
76 votes

#5 - The Mysterious Person at the Eight Fields

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/21/2008

Natsume is implored to help spirits who are currently being exorcised. He finds a kindred spirit in Tanuma, a boy who also senses spirits although not as powerful as Natsume.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:iTunes
Autumn Banquet
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8.77
61 votes

#6 - Autumn Banquet

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/29/2008

Tanuma finds out Nyanko-Sensei is a spirit. Tanuma and Natsume enjoy the autumn festival and previous acquaintances are seen again.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
A World Unbent
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8.79
53 votes

#7 - A World Unbent

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/30/2016

Natori's family has always been exorcists... until they lost the abililty to see youkai. After generations of fearing the youkai's revenge, Natori is suddenly born with the ability to see them. His family doesnt want anything to do with his powers, though, and he's left to figure out how to live on his own. His life changes when he meets a young Matoba at an exorcist gathering, and the two of them end up hunting a powerful youkai together...

When I Was Deceived
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8.80
54 votes

#8 - When I Was Deceived

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/21/2012

Natsume is walking home one day when he's accosted by a flying Tengu, who lifts him up into the sky! Meanwhile, Nyanko-sensei is stuck in a well, where Nanase tells him a story about how she learned to never get close to a youkai.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:iTunes
Distant Festival Lights
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8.80
51 votes

#9 - Distant Festival Lights

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/23/2016

Natsume and his friends go to a distant hot springs to help with the renovations. When he arrives, he meets an old friend of Tanumas, but he quickly gets caught up in local youkai trouble. Tanuma's old friend is actually a youkai, and she threatens terrible things if Natsume reveals her secret.

Shigure and the Girl
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8.83
70 votes

#10 - Shigure and the Girl

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/28/2008

Natsume's secret is found out by Sasada, the class president, during the "Trial of Courage." She asks for his help to find the spirit that lives in the abandoned school. Natsume denies the fact that he can see anything, but she won't take no for an answer. Meanwhile, the spirit, Shigure, captures the rest of their school mates, in fury of the school being torn down...

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Asagi's Koto
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8.83
65 votes

#11 - Asagi's Koto

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/8/2008

Natsume is possessed by a sick koto player, whose friend wants her to be able to play one last time.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:iTunes
Shadow of Linked Chains
star
8.85
54 votes

#12 - Shadow of Linked Chains

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/26/2016

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.

The Broken Mirror
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8.87
52 votes

#13 - The Broken Mirror

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/6/2011

After a brief incident in the forest, Tanuma has become distant to Natsume like he is avoiding something. In the meantime, there is something breaking glass around the school.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Soundless Valley
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8.87
52 votes

#14 - Soundless Valley

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/2016

While out on an errand for Touko-san, Natsume is caught by two hairy-ball youkai, who influence him with dark energy and make him unable to speak. He is rescued by a bird-like youkai name Hidaka, who takes him to her "nest" in an abandoned valley.

Ayakashi Purification
star
8.87
62 votes

#15 - Ayakashi Purification

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/1/2008

Natsume meets a popular actor named Natori Shuuichi who can also see spirits, and has a side job as an exorcist.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:iTunes
The Letter From the Exorcist
star
8.87
55 votes

#16 - The Letter From the Exorcist

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/19/2016

Natsume receives a letter from Matoba, an exorcist whom he's had unpleasant dealings with in the past. The world of exorcists is a dangerous place lately, and Matoba wants Natsume's help. Natsume wants to refuse, but Matoba threatens to reveal Natsume's powers to his adopted family, which would spell the end of his peaceful life.

The Swallow at the Water Bottom
star
8.92
71 votes

#17 - The Swallow at the Water Bottom

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/11/2008

Natsume gets possessed by a swallow spirit, who wishes to meet a human that helped her before. Natsume agrees to help her and the two grow attached. When Swallow finds the human, Natsume feels bad that she can't actually meet him, but when of he hears of a kimono that can turn a spirit human for a day, he strives to find it...

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:iTunes
Natsume Captured
star
8.92
53 votes

#18 - Natsume Captured

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2012

Natsume is jumped by a group of Youkai trying to steal the Book of Friends for their master. Once captured, Natsume discovers that an old problem is back in a big way.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Nishimura and Kitamoto
star
8.92
53 votes

#19 - Nishimura and Kitamoto

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/17/2017

Natsume's friends reflect on how they met him, and the difference he made in their lives. He's found a home, and he means a lot to the people who live there.

Watch Now:Amazon
Following a Narrow Path
star
8.93
54 votes

#20 - Following a Narrow Path

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/7/2016

While on the run from a fearsome youkai, Natsume accidently sits on a tiny mushroom youkai. The mushroom youkai is incensed, as it has a meeting with a 'noble person' later in that day. It insists on Natsume helping it prepare for its meeting with this 'noble person', and Natsume finds himself drawn into the strange story of its past...

What the Mirror Shows
star
8.94
51 votes

#21 - What the Mirror Shows

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/13/2011

Tanuma is experiencing how Natsume lives every day. While Natsume and the youkai gain an understanding.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Exorcist
star
8.94
53 votes

#22 - Exorcist

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/16/2011

Natsume finds out who's been stealing the youkai blood: the exorcist Matoba Seiji. He investigates with the help of Natori, but is captured by Matoba's servant youkai. Matoba is willing to sacrifice any number of youkai for his own ambitions. He tells Natsume why he's gathering blood: to release the seal on a powerful youkai. Natsume learns that there are people who treat Youkai in a totally different way than he or even Natori.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Moon-Splitting Festival
star
8.94
53 votes

#23 - The Moon-Splitting Festival

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/28/2012

Every 10 years the followers of Houdzuigami and Fudzukigami have a battle to determine the fate of the land. Natsume is approached by the followers of Houdzukigami to act as their missing god. Natori has been given the job of finding the missing god or seal Fuduzkigami before he wins.

Directors: Takahiro Omori
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
What Flows
star
8.94
53 votes

#24 - What Flows

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/7/2017

Natsume travels to an inn for a study session with the rest of his class. While he's there, a flood washes away a local shrine. The shrine is said to house three masks, but Natsume can see four...

Gomochi's Benefactor
star
8.96
52 votes

#25 - Gomochi's Benefactor

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/24/2017

Natsume meets a youkai named Gomochi, who has come in search of Reiko. The youkai has a message for Reiko, and wants to thank her for a favor she did him long ago. In hearing his story, Natsume comes to learn more about his mysterious grandmother.

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