A wee bit behind with this post of Natsume, but I’m usually hyper punctual so I’m sure nobody else will mind. Besides, Bokutachi no BLOG is currently doing it’s 2008 fall/Autumn anime preview! This will be out when Brian and Loba have collected their thoughts, so keep a bookmark on here because I’m sure you’ll learn something new about the new series from us.
But that is for later and this is Natsume Yuujinchou episode 10, and I have to say that this was my favorite so far.
Natsume is just idling about when a youkai umbrella appears from the sky, as they occasionally do. So he takes a look inside and what does he see?
This chap doesn’t seem too happy with Natsume for some reason, but this time it has nothing to do with the book of friends. In fact, there has been very little to do with the book of friends recently. It’s gotten more into youkai stories but, funnily enough, these past few episodes have been better.
What he wanted to do was put the spirit of some women into Natsumes body. Natsume hasn’t exactly had the greatest experiences with being possessed so he not-so-politely declines. But our dear cyclops friend won’t take no for an answer so he waits till Natsume is asleep and then puts her in. Which resulted in…well just look at the pictures
Yeah…the last one made me LOL a lot. Anywho, Natsume obviously cops on as to whats going on and asks the cyclops friend (who he dubs bullseye, not to bullseye’s apparent delight) what is going on. Bullseye tells him that he wants Asagi, the girl who possessed Natsume, to play the koto again. But no ordinary koto. It has all these specific ingredients that they have to hunt for.
As they search we gradually learn more about Asagi and Bullseye. How Asagi couldn’t play due to a rather creepy illness and how Bullseyes only job is a protector and an umbrella holder but stays by her when she has been left unable to play.
So one slightly dramatic fight later they manage to get the koto finished and Asagi gets to play it for Bullseye, albeit through Natsume. It was a rather touching end as Natsume parted ways with Asagi and Bullseye as off they left, leaving Natsume alone with Nyanko again.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a sap for little love stories, but I absolutely loved this episode. It was great to see Bullseye change throughout the episode as he gradually became less confronting and we learned about his relationship with Asagi. It is quite a standard story of how a guard falls in love with the princess, but with a nice twist on it. And of course, there was the line ‘I’m just an umbrella holder’ which the old romantic side in me just went ‘awwww’.
Best episode yet. Bullseye was great,LOL’s were abundant and the story twanged at your heartstrings. Well done Natsume Yuujinchou, my impression of you has improved quite a bit since the first 5 or so episodes.