It’s been four years since Natsume Yujin-cho, otherwise known as Natsume’s Book of Friends, had its last anime run and it’s been much missed since then. But it won’t need to be for much longer now, as Yuki Midorikawa’s supernatural shojo series will be back on our screens for a fifth season, called Natsume Yujin-cho Go, this October 4th. Hakusensha’s Monthly LaLa also announced the anime’s theme performers in August, with Marii Sasano providing the opening theme song ‘Takarabako’, and Aimer on the ending theme ‘Akane Sasu’.
With just a week and a half to go until Natsume‘s return, a new promo video reunites us with our old friends.
The visual below was also unveiled for the series in August:
The new studio Shuka anime series based on Midorikawa’s manga, which is ongoing in Hakusensha’s Monthly LaLa after switching over from LaLa DX in 2008, is helmed by the first four seasons’ director Takahiro Omori, also of Durarara!!, beside the director of Natsume’s OVA series Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni, Kotomi Deai. They lead a returning team, with the third and fourth seasons and Knights of Sidonia’s Sadayuki Murai on series composition, Akira Takata as character designer, and Tatsuo Yamada, who also worked with Omori on Durarara!!, on yokai design once again. And they’re not alone, as the whole cast are coming back to their old roles as below:
Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume
Kazuhiko Inoue as Nyank-san
Kobayashi Sanae as Reiko Natsume
Akira Ishida as Shuichi Natori
Kazuma Horie as Kaname Tanuma
Ryohei Kimura as Satoru Nishimura
Hisayoshi Suganuma as Atsushi Kitamoto
Miyuki Sawashiro as Jun Sasada
Rina Sato as Toru Taki
Miki Ito as Toko Fujiwara
Eiji Ito as Shigeru Fujiwara
Junichi Suwabe as Seiji Matoba
Crunchyroll, who streamed all four of the anime’s previous seasons, describe Natsume’s strange gift and story:
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.
Back in March, the teaser trailer below was released as the first preview of Natsume Yujin-cho Go.