Natsume Yuujin Chou – 2

The second episode covers a little more on the dynamics of the Yuujin Chou and the returning of names.


While talking to his friends at school Natsume gets chased by a demon who wants the Yuujin Chou but gets saved by Madara right on time. Over dinner he gets visited by Tsuyukami, a spirit who wants Natsume to return his name. Natsume tries but he can’t because the page with Tsuyukami’s name on it it stuck to another page. The next day he goes to visit Tsuyukami’s shrine and meets Hana, an old lady who worships at the shrine, on the way. At the shrine, Tsuyukami tells Natsume the story of how he came to stay at the shrine. A long time ago, someone prayed at the shrine because of a drought and coincidentally it rained the next day. That was a long time ago but Hana is the only person who worships at the shrine now.

Upon Natsume’s suggestion, Tsuyukami tries to help him find the spirit who was captured by Reiko before him, but with nothing but his drawn picture they don’t have much to go on. Though they try to search for it they come up blank. They see Hana at Tsuyukami’s shrine and Natsume talks to her on the way back. She tells him that she’s been worshiping at the shrine since she was a girl because she saw an apparition of Tsuyukami, though she didn’t talk to him out of concern.

The next day, after Tsuyukami tells them he’s found the spirit, they set off to find it. While running through the mountain, they spot the spirit, whom we later find out is known as Susugi. While being strangled, Natsume is shown Susugi’s memory of Reiko. Madara then transforms and frees Natsume, who returns both Tsuyukami and Susugi’s names. As he does he also sees how Reiko met Tsuyukami. Soon after, as Natsume visits his shrine, Tsuyukami starts to disappear because Hana, being the only person who’s worshiped him, has passed away. Natsume offers to worship him but Tsuyukami declines saying that Natsume is his friend. In some place, we see Tsuyukami talking to the younger version of Hana.

My thoughts;

Now this was a brilliant episode; being both heartfelt and informational at the same time. Up to this point I’ve found Natsume Yuujin Chou and Mahou Tsukai Na Taisetsu Koto ~ Natsu no Sora to be the more solid shows of this season. I hope it continues like this!

Anyway, this episode we find out more about Madara, though most of the information came indirectly. He seems to have known Reiko rather well seeing that he knew of her bad habits as well as the method used to deal with Susugi. This makes me wonder what his connection to her really is? Well, that should be a good backstory for this series to deal with.

Looks nothing like the picture.

Tsuyukami and Hana’s story was really touching as well. Being alone all the time, I guess Natsume would be able to understand Tsuyukami’s feelings. Once again, I’m wondering how the human-spirit relations in this anime work. Do all the spirits get theur energy from human worship? Or are there other methods? Eitherway, the scene in which Tsuyukami’s decided to go on with Hana was really was executed very well.

Another thing I noticed was how well the music blended with all the scenes. I wasn’t thinking about it much during the last episode but the realization hit me rather hard in this one. I also like the way they transition from the end to the ending theme, which I totally love!

So, yes, I did enjoy the episode alot and I’m hoping the directors keep the pacing of this show as it is. After all thats what gives it that cool, laid back vibe its been giving off so far. Anyway, until next time then! (I’m still sick! >_< )



3 Responses to “Natsume Yuujin Chou – 2”

  1. issa-sa Says:

    Do you need to be worshiped to feel get better? 😛
    It’s really sad when your existence literally depends on people taking notice of you… Oh wait, isn’t that like real life already?

  2. blissmo Says:

    *gasp* you’re sick! I hope you get better soon!

    I love it when music blends in really well with anime, or any other shows for that matter, especially the music in The Lord of the Rings, which I hear another director besides Peter Jackson will be directing The Hobbit soon.

    Anyway, if those Yokai or spirits whatever get their power from human worship, then it’d be interesting if there was some sort of cult trying to create a deadly spirit and give it their power so that it could take over the world lols.

  3. rroknedaj Says:

    I seriously hope not O_o

    Oookay… But seriously, that would totally throw of the pacing. xD

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