Natsumes Book of Friends Season 3 Blu-ray Premium Edition
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many anime series currently in production, Natsume's Book of
Friends is a
quiet and contemplative type of series with an ethereal environment
that is at
times calming. This is certainly a unique effort. This is the type of
that can branch out and bring in some traditionally non-anime fans as
appeal to the bases of anime audiences. It's an enchantingly charming
show that can help audiences to smile.
Book of Friends (in
its anime form) is the adaptation created following the
success of Yuki Midorikawa's manga series. It's from an acclaimed
too: episodes are helmed by Takahiro Omori of Baccano! fame.
The production continued through a fourth season and
it's release in North America is from NIS America, one of the best
companies throughout America. They are becoming well known for
smarter and more independent and spirited anime series which are made
upmost quality and this series is no exception.
series doesn't offer a great
deal in regards to developing plotlines or linear continuing and
storylines. This just isn't something that defines the show. Rather,
series delves primarily into the realm of looking at these great
their development over the course of the series and how these character
interactions and developments occur within it. While nothing ever
complicated storyline wise, these are things certainly as fascinating
with regards to developing characters, yokai spirits, and more.
upon the heels of the
first two entertaining seasons successes, the storyline is still about
man named Natsume and his adventures seeing and seeking out various
spirits that chase after him because of his resemblance to his relative
their belief that he's capable of having a book that contains their
spiritual energy. This is partly accurate because Nasume received a
contains the names of several yokai spirits.
just someone wanting to
return the names to where they came from, and he doesn't want to keep
for himself to become more powerful or anything of the sort. He is a
compassionate, and kind soul to those around him and that includes to
yokai that he views with his inner kindness as well. His real aim to
find a normal life or at least a
life he's hopeful that can be considered as close to such. Of course,
not all of the spirits are as nice to him in return and Natsume has
many strange encounters where he finds himself getting into a world of
trouble with more dangerous yokai.
grandmother Reiko collected the
yokai names into the book of friends, and that Natsume has made his job
putting back the names to where they
belong is a focal point of the entire story: Natsume is determined to
the names so that they belong with the spirits themselves. This task is
at the core
of the series.
the help of a funny and decidedly
strange feline friend and determined yokai who wants the book for his
reasons (and who spends most of his time in a cat appearance) named
Natsume encounters many odd, disturbing, and beautiful yokai spirits as
and mean-spirited ones can be found all around.
journeys to bring about peace
through his own helping of these spirits, for the book of friends, and
He also has the aid of a couple close friends (who are given more time
during season 3, with more to do), whom he spends time with along the
fixing this book of friends and all of that fun, ghostarific jazz
animation on this show is absolutely
beautiful. It's one of the greatest strengths of the show. The
designs are fantastic. The background art and use of colors and design
this series feel comforting and melancholic both at once, while also
viewers a chance to see comparable elements to the works of other
productions out-there, like the work on Kimi
ni Todoke or Puella
This is top-class animation.
series reminds me of a haiku: each
episode seems as though it exists within its own realm of poetic
wonderment. I liken the whole series to
because something about it is calm, beautiful, and delicately artistic
throughout. It's all as impressive as one may hope to find in a modern
production that has genuine creativity in its core design. This is an
enhanced by development of the characters and their journey of
Still, Natsume's Book of Friends
spends the majority of its time in a "yokai of the week" mode the
viewers will find disappointing. I don't consider it a deal-breaker as
series has plenty to offer with the characters and the wonderful
and it's something that is sure to find new audiences over time for
it's a show
filled with quiet beauty and definite charm.
Book of Friends
looks much better with its 1080p High Definition
presentation than it did on DVD with the Season 1 and 2 release. It's a
significant improvement and one that viewers with HD capable displays
greatly appreciate. The colors are better defined and the line-art and
is superb all around. The 1.78:1
transfers retain the original television broadcast presentation.
audio is Japanese Uncompressed
PCM 2.0. Subtitles are in English. The series has a rather standard
presentation that seems more focused on dialogue than anything else,
but it has
improved in clarity significantly with the upgrade to lossless and it
though Season 3 contains more interesting sound effects and mixing
overall. This series does well in regards to reproducing dialogue.
also good depth when it comes to music score. The audio presentation
enhances the overall majesty of Natsume's
Book of Friends. Its lossless
quality presentation will be pleasing for fans.
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America is undeniably the most impressive new anime distributor to
the scene for North American audience in ages, and the company has
four seasons of this series for release over Premium Edition
first collection contained the first 2 seasons with DVD presentations.
Season 3 has received a boost with a Blu-ray presentation.
Book of Friends: Season 3 is a
Blu-ray/DVD combo release.
series is housed in a
collectible art-box with an art-book featuring the outer design of
of friends (as seen in the series), an episode guide for season 3,
designs, additional production artwork, and pages of full-page art from
series. It's the stunningly beautiful presentation that fans should now
hoping to find from all of these Premium Edition sets released by NIS
extras include a clean
opening/ending, a Japanese commercial, and trailers for other NIS
America has released another
excellent set of episodes with this Season 3 Blu-ray Premium Edition
The collection containing Season 1 and 2 was done at once to "catch the
up", so to speak, because of how far along it is and to offer viewers a
discounted price for the amount of content, but it's a pleasant shift
the third season (and future seasons) in this combo Blu-ray/DVD form
the earlier DVD-only method.
series greatest strength can be
found in its animation, so being presented with a release that lets
the show with a lush presentation is a wonderful element to the overall
featured on the release. This is another must-own for NIS America anime
and for anyone who considers themselves a fan of this beautifully
series. It's a quality show presented with a top-quality release.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.