A brand new website has opened for the anime adaptation of Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends) manga, announcing that an anime film of the series is in production for a 2018 release. The first visual for the film was also released.
The announcement has revealed that animation studio Shuka (Durarara!! ×2) will return to produce the film. The studio animated season 5, Natsume Yuujinchou Go, and season 6, Natsume Yuujinchou Roku.
Two cast members were also revealed to be returning to reprise their roles in the 2018 movie:
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Koyomi Araragi in Bakemonogatari) voices Takashi Natsume
- Kazuhiko Inoue (Kakashi Hatake from Naruto) voiced the role of Madara
Season 6 of the Natsume Yuujinchou anime premiered on TV Tokyo on Wednesday, April 12th and ran for a total of 11 episodes, during the Spring 2017 anime season. There will also be two OVAs bundled with the season’s home media release, titled Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni and Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai respectively.
The production staff of the 6th season includes:
- Chief Director:Takahiro Omori (Durarara!!, Natsume Yuujinchou)
- Director: Kotomi Deai (The Rolling☆Girls, Silver Spoon Season 2)
- Series Composer: Sadayuki Murai (Natsume Yuujinchou, Sidonia no Kishi)
- Anime Character Designer: Akira Takata (Natsume Yuujinchou, Haibane Renmei)
- Animation Studio: Shuka (Durarara!! ×2)
Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends) is a supernatural slice of life manga written and illustrated by Yuki Midorikawa. The series began in 2005 in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine, where it is published bi-monthly. To date a total of 22 volumes have been published. The series received an anime adaptation in 2008 from studio Brain’s Base (Durarara!!, Spice and Wolf) directed by Takahiro Omori (Durarara!!, Baccano!). The series was followed by five additional seasons: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou in 2009, Natsume Yuujinchou San in 2011, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi in 2012, Natsume Yuujinchou Go in 2016 and Natsume Yuujinchou Roku in April 2017.
Here is the series synopsis from MAL:
While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or “Book of Friends,” which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume’s possession, the book gives Reiko’s grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.
Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.
Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother’s contract.
A Natsume Yuujinchou anime has been announced and is in production for a 2018 release. Additional information about the movie, including what it will be adapting, will be revealed in the upcoming months.
You can visit the anime’s website here: http://www.natsume-anime.jp/
And follow the series’ Twitter: @NatsumeYujincho
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