Day 8 of Anime

Natsume Yuujinchou

Annnd it’s what you’ve all been waiting for - the first blank in this incomplete 100 Days of Anime list! To fill in the blanks, I’ve asked our very own resident potato, Sebastian, to suggest a question or topic for today and he did not fail me. Without any further ado, let’s get this next day rolling.

Day 8 - Anime you remember most fondly

Hmm, this is still as difficult as the rest were. Again from what immediately comes to mind, I think one anime I will definitely remember very fondly from here on out is Barakamon, but that’s also one of the more recent ones that I can remember. Lighthearted and fun, it reminds me a slightly more carefree time as well as a cosy living room curled up on the couch with a significant other. But it might not necessarily be the one remembered the most fondly.

Thinking on it, I don’t think I have any choice but to go with Natsume Yuujinchou and I’m pretty comfortable with this. Natsume himself is just likeable, Nyanko-sensei such a comedic character at times and each series is just so easy to get into and often an adventure.

I first started watching Natsume Yuujinchou in the middle of airing of the latest season, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, while I was completing my internship at HP in 2012. I marathoned all the episodes over the space of a weekend and began to await each week’s new episode with great anticipation. It even went as far as waking up early to download and watch the series before going to work.

To be honest, I had to watch the episode before work or else I wouldn’t be able to concentrate all day. And watching one always put me in a good mood for the day.

It’s been quite a while since I was that excited for the next episode of a series coming out so this is definitely one of the reasons I think of Natsume Yuujinchou fondly. But another is also just that it brought me such comfort when I was doing an internship which I had been dreading for over a year, ever since the first internship. A further reason is just that overall I think it had magnificent storytelling and the quality of the animation always felt top notch all the way through, whereas so many animes start to let their standards drop near the end - rushed by deadlines.

To be honest if anyone ever asked me to recommend a series, I would recommend Natsume Yuujinchou in a heartbeat, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s always everyone’s cup of tea. Someone new to anime/manga might feel the Japanese mythology or traditions hard to understand. That’s a shame.