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Natsume's Book of Friends is written and illustrated by Yuki Midorikawa and published in Japan by Hakusensha. It began serialization in 2005 in the bimonthly shōjo (aimed at teenage girls) manga magazine named LaLa DX; in 2008, its serialization switched over to the monthly sister magazine LaLa. The chapters, all untitled, have been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes as of July 2011.

The series is licensed in English in North America by Viz Media, with the first volume published in January 2010. It is also licensed in French by Delcourt, in South Korea by Haksan, in Taiwan by Tong Li, and in Thailand by Bongkoch Publishing.

Volume List

This list contains all chapters current in Tankobon format.

Current Volumes

Fanbook

  1. Published on January 5, 2009 (ISBN 978-4-592-18696-0)
  2. A notebook reproduction of Natsume's Book of Friends was published July 3, 2009 (ISBN 978-4-592-18690-8).

See also

References

# Japanese English
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 5 October 2005 ISBN 978-4-592-17158-4 5 January 2010 ISBN 978-1-4215-3243-1
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 1
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
200 [1]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 1 Cover
When Reiko was Takashi's age, she bound the names of demons and spirits in her Book of Friends, enslaving them to her capricious whim. Now Takashi is the owner of the book, and the creatures will do anything to get their names back.
2 5 August 2006 ISBN 978-4-592-17159-1 6 April 2010 ISBN 978-1-4215-3244-8
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 2
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192 [2]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 2 Cover
Much to his surprise, Takashi is settling into his new home. He's even making friends at school. So when some of the other kids invite him to a test of courage at the old abandoned high school, he joins in despite his reservations. But the rumors about the old school being haunted are absolutely true, and the spirit that lives there has a special hatred for humans!
3 5 February 2007 ISBN 978-4-592-18446-1 6 July 2010 ISBN 978-1-4215-3245-5
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 3
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Natori Shuuichi
Pages :
192 [3]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 3 Cover
Takashi is busy returning the names his grandmother trapped in her book and helping the local youkai with their problems. But he has to put his good deeds on hold when a black Nyanko Sensei look-alike snatches the Book of Friends! Takashi and the real Nyanko trail the bad cat to a secret youkai meeting. Will they be in time to stop the impostor's wicked plans?!
4 5 August 2007 ISBN 978-4-592-18447-8 5 October 2010 ISBN 978-1-4215-3246-2
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 4
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192 [4]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 4 Cover
Takashi's quiet afternoon in the forest is disrupted when an angry spirit tries to possess him. He manages to dodge the spiritual attack, but he can't as easily avoid the youkai's pleas for help. Now he's tracking down an escaped evil spirit that threatens the life of the forest. But he's still learning that youkai never tell the whole truth, and the secrets spirits keep spell trouble for him!
5 5 March 2008 ISBN 978-4-592-18448-5 4 January 2011 ISBN 978-1-4215-3247-9
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 5
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Taki Tooru
Pages :
192 [5]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 5 Cover
Takashi thinks he's found a balance between youkai and friends when he goes with a group of classmates to a country inn for a marathon cram session before school starts again. But even the prosaic threat of homework can't keep the "other world" at bay, especially when the innkeeper has been dabbling in mermaid blood!
6 5 July 2008 ISBN 978-4-592-18449-2 5 April 2011 ISBN 978-1-4215-3248-6
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 6
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192 [6]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 6 Cover
Takashi rescues a young boy named Kai from an abandoned house, where he had been locked in a box. But this isn't just a case of bullying gone too far. Kai has been complaining about being chased by ghosts. Does he see youkai too, or is there something darker going on?
7 5 January 2009 ISBN 978-4-592-18667-0 7 June 2011 ISBN 978-1-4215-3274-5
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 7
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Matoba Seiji
Pages :
192 [7]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 7 Cover
Someone is attacking youkai and stealing their blood, and Takashi is dismayed to discover that the assailant is human! The more he investigates the attacks, the more danger he finds himself in as he digs deeper into the occult world of the exorcists. Someone is planning something horrible, and even the help of Natori—actor and exorcist extraordinaire—might not be enough to save the youkai…or Takashi!
8 3 July 2009 ISBN 978-4-592-18668-7 2 August 2011 ISBN 978-1-4215-3592-0
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 8
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Tanuma Kaname
Pages :
192 [8]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 8 Cover
Nyanko Sensei is recovering after being wounded in the last youkai incident, so Takashi is on his own when he accidentally releases a youkai right before the school festival. With new friends and his ever-strengthening relationship with the Fujiwara, Takashi has more reasons than ever to keep the supernatural at bay. But does he stand a chance without Nyanko Sensei's power to back him up?
9 4 January 2010 ISBN 978-4-592-18669-4 4 October 2011 ISBN 978-1-4215-3887-7
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 9
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192 [9]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 9 Cover
Natsume learns that no good deed goes unpunished when an irate youkai accuses him of stealing her ring when she came to the Fujiwara house to get her name returned. Natsume thinks he knows where the ring has disappeared to, but can he find it in time, or will the place he’s come to think of as home be destroyed by the vengeful youkai?!
10 5 July 2010 ISBN 978-4-592-18670-0 6 December 2011 ISBN 978-1-4215-3939-3
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 10
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Pages :
192 [10]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 10 Cover
One of Natsume’s elementary school classmates is in town, but the unexpected reunion is for a dark purpose. Shibata knows Natsume’s secret, and threatens to expose it if Natsume doesn't do what he says!
11 4 March 2011 ISBN 978-4-592-19361-6 7 February 2012 ISBN 978-1-4215-4122-8
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 11
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Pages :
192 [11]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 11 Cover
Natsume and Tanuma are spending a rainy day helping Taki clean up a storehouse full of her grandfather’s stuff. But old clothes and books aren't the only things sealed away. The friends accidentally release a very angry youkai. Is teamwork enough to stop the youkai from going on a rampage?!
12 5 July 2011 ISBN 978-4-592-19362-3 3 July 2012 ISBN 978-1-4215-4231-7
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 12
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Pages :
192 [12]
Natsume Yuujinchou Volume 12 Cover
Natsume meets a kindhearted youkai who has found a ruined letter he desperately needs to read. There is another youkai who has power over paper who might be able to help him. But this youkai’s name is sealed in the Book of Friends… Will it be willing to help the grandson of the woman who bound it?!
13 4 January 2012 ISBN 978-4-592-19363-0 3 January 2013 ISBN 978-1-4215-4923-1
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 13
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192 [13]
Natsume-yuujinchou-volume-13-cover
Intrigues abound in the world of professional exorcism, and Natsume wants nothing to do with it. But he has no choice when Matoba, head of a prominent exorcist clan, blackmails him into coming to an exorcist meeting. Is Natsume’s fate sealed when one of his special talents is exposed in front of Matoba?
14 5 July 2012 ISBN 978-4-592-19364-7 2 July 2013 ISBN 978-1-4215-5375-7
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 14
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Misuzu
Pages :
128 [14]
Natsume-yuujinchou-volume-14-cover
Many of Natsume’s problems with the local youkai stem from his grandmother, Reiko. When she was his age, she went around challenging youkai, and when she won she sealed their names in her Book of Friends. But lately Natsume has been learning that Reiko was more than just a cruel conqueror. Will he ever know the full truth about his grandmother, and will youkai be the ones to help him discover it?
15 4 January 2013 ISBN 978-4-592-19365-4 7 January 2014 ISBN 978-1-4215-5967-4
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 15
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Natori Shuuichi
Hiiragi
Pages :
157
Natsume-yuujinchou-volume-15-cover
Natori summons Natsume to help him with an odd exorcism case. A retired exorcist can no longer see youkai, even the ones who are his servants, and strange things have started happening at his house. Are his bound youkai trying to kill him to release themselves from their contract?
16 5 July 2013 ISBN 978-4-592-19366-1 3 June 2014 ISBN 978-1-4215-6782-2
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 16
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Pages :
192
Natsume-yuujinchou-vol-16-cover
Natsume's human friend Taki can only see youkai if they walk through one of her spell circles. Although many youkai see her spells as aggressive traps, putting her at risk of their retaliation, the latest youkai to pass through her circle may have something other than revenge in his heart. But is that any better...?
17 4 January 2014 ISBN 978-4-592-19367-8 7 October 2014 ISBN 978-1421575247
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 17
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume

Hinoe
Pages :
192

Natsume yuujinchou vol-17 cover
Can yokai and humans ever really be friends? Natsume meets a yokai who is trying to let go of his feelings for a human for both their sakes. But Natsume isn't sure that kind of sacrifice is necessary. Can he help, or will his meddling only make their parting harder to bear?
18 5 September 2014 ISBN 978-4-592-19368-5 2 June 2015 ISBN 978-1421580241
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 18
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume

Hiiragi
Pages :
192

Natsume volume 18
A local exorcist has passed away, leaving behind a study packed with a lifetime of important yokai research. But his family are normal and don't know where he's hidden his workroom. Now all the exorcists in the area are on the hunt for the mysterious library. But Natsume can't decide what is more dangerous - letting the other exorcists find the collection or discovering it himself!
19 1 May 2015 ISBN 978-4-592-19369-2 5 January 2016 ISBN 978-1421582481
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 19
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume

Madara
Pages :
192

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Natsume isn't looking forward to meeting with old of his old classmates, even though his new friend Tanuma is coming along for moral support. But brash Shibata has more on his mind than just reminiscing - a house on his street is being haunted by evil dolls! Can Natsume help, or will his presence just make a scary situation even worse?
20 April 5, 2016 ISBN 978-4-592-19370-8 March 7, 2017 TBA
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 20
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192
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Even though Natsume is getting better at dealing with yokai, he still tries to stay uninvolved. But when he runs into a yokai with his head stuck in a jar, Natsume can't leave him to suffer. But the yokai's idea of a gift of gratitude turns Natsume into a little kid with no memories of his current life!
21 October 10, 2016 ISBN 978-4-592-19371-5 TBA TBA
Chapters list :

Natsume Yuujinchou 21
Cover character :
Takashi Natsume
Madara
Pages :
192
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