Yuki Midorikawa is the creator of Natsume's Book of Friends, which was nominated for the Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize). Her other titles published in Japan include Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies), Hiiro no Isu (The Scarlet Chair) and Akaku Saku Koe (The Voice That Blooms Red).
Natsume's Book of Friends, Volume 2by Yuki Midorikawa
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!
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That cover. Another good volume.
A touching story with beautiful illustrations. Explores the complex friendships and resulting adventures between the main character and the myriad of characters he meets. I would recommend this to anyone ages 13 and up for boy or girl. Everyone should read this story.
... after watching the anime there would be no way I'd miss purchasing the books in the series. Book 2 is just as good as volume one, the stories, meant as stand-alones, are so touching and bring to life the magnificent world of kami, oni, spirits, ghosts and protective familiars of the world of Shinto with a wonderful twist. The character of Natsume is as lovable as ever and Nyanko-sensei, well, who doesn't love a spirit in the shape of a fat cat who gets drunk all the time. It is funny, but more than that, it is heart-warming. The way Natsume breaches the gap between humans and yokai and shows his caring character no matter what just really gets to me and makes me want more. The art is not my favorite, but when I think of the watercolor traditional art, the art in this manga makes more sense. The story and characters make me love it no matter what.