Review: “Natsume’s Book Of Friends – Season 3” (TV Series)

Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 3 -  Review - NIS America

Details:

  • Title: ”Natsume’s Book of Friends – Season 3″
  • Series: “Natsume’s Book of Friends” (Natsume Yūjin-chō)
  • Creator: Yuki Midorikawa
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
  • Format: Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set
  • Description:
      • “Takashi Natsume has always been shunned by those around him because of his mysterious ability to see yokai. Eventually, he came into possession of his grandmother Reiko’s “Book of Friends,” and together with his bodyguard Nyanko-sensei he set out to return the names of the yokai contained within it. Since then, he’s found a home with the Fujiwaras and surrounded himself with friends at school. Little does he know he’s about to be dragged unwittingly into further trouble…” – NIS America
  • Contents:
      • 2 DVD, 2 Blu-ray  disc set (Episodes 1 – 13)
      • Full Color, Hardcover Artbook (Approx. 11″ x 7″)
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Purchase: “Natsume’s Book of Friends – Season 3″ Premium Edition DVD Boxset (Amazon)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review:
      • This third season of “Natsume’s Book of Friends” doesn’t change up the show’s basic formula much in this latest set of supernaturally themed slice-of-life stories released by NIS America.  The stories continue to range in tone from laugh-out-loud silly to slightly dark action-adventure, but all of them shine brightly thanks to the moments of quiet warmth and bittersweet poignancy that are laced throughout each episode.  Thankfully, although the basic formula hasn’t changed much, the series is far from being stagnant as Natsume finally begins to move forward with his life as he sheds the last of his disdain for the yokai and instead chooses to serve as mediator between them and the rest of humanity.  While this transformation arises partly out of necessity, it is the show’s consistent, emotive writing that makes this change a believable one.

The “Premium Edition” release of “Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol. 3“is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that comes in an illustrated album-size slipcase along with a thirty-two page hardback art book/episode guide.  Aside from the usual array of character bios and episode synopses, the guidebook also includes a nice assortment of character designs and full page art pieces.

Bottom line, if you enjoyed the first two seasons, you will find plenty to love in the third season.

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