Natsume’s Book Of Friends Anime Announced A New Film
On Friday the Anime Franchise, Natsume’s Book Of Friends, inspired by the Manga of the same name by Yūki Midorikawa has confirmed through its Official Anime Website that it will be receiving it’s Second Anime Film. The film is set to premiere in Japanese theatres in the Early spring of 2021 and will be featuring two separate stories both of which will revolve around the protagonist Natsume. The movie is titled Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor.
The Anime Film, Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor, will be handled by Studio Shuka and the movie will be directed by Takahiro Omori and Hideaki Ito. The Script for the film will be written by Sadayuki Murai and the Character Designs will be taken care of by both Tatsuo Yamada and Hiromitsu Hagiwara.
The Manga Series, Natsume’s Book Of Friends, has inspired a total of 6 anime seasons and an Anime Film prior to this new movie. The Anime Series was handled by Studio Brain Base for the initial 52 episodes and for the remaining 22 episodes were handled by Studio Shuka. The first half of the anime (#1 – #52) was directed by Takahiro Omori and the second half (#53 – #74) was Directed by Kotomi Deai. The anime ran from July of 2008 to June of 2017 before coming to an end.
The Anime Film titled, Natsume’s Book of Friends The Movie: Ephemeral Bond, was released in 2018 and is the most recent anime film of the franchise. The staff and cast from this movie are the same for the new movie.
About The Anime Film | Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor
The Story follows the Journey of Takashi Natsume who is an outcast amongst humans because he can see and interact with Yokai, but isn’t even close to them hence the middle man that belongs with no one. Natsume stumbles across his grandmother’s book which consists of all the Yokai she has trapped and decides to go on a journey to free these Yokai.
The two stories that the film will be featuring include “Ishi Okoshi” and “Ayashiki Raihōsha”. In “Ishi Okoshi,” Natsume meets a small yōkai called Mitsumi in a forest. Mitsumi tells Natsume that he was going to wake up the Divine Yokai “Iwatetsu” who is in a deep slumber. Upon hearing this Natsume decides to go along with Mitsumi to help him in his task.
In “Ayashiki Raihōsha”, a mysterious person begins visiting Tanuma, and chats with him every day for a little bit and then takes his leave. Natsume being aware that the stranger is a Yokai is a little worried but feels like the Yokai means no harm but slowly and slowly Tanuma’s health begins to decline.
The Cast For The Anime Film Include:
Hiroshi Kamiya (Known for voicing the role of Trafalgar D. Water Law from One Piece) will be voicing the character of Takashi Natsume.
Kazuhiko Inoue (Known for voicing the role of Kakashi Hatake from Naruto) will be voicing the character of Nyanko-sensei and Madara.
Kazuma Horie (Known for voicing the role of Snow Lily from Servamp) will be voicing the character of Kaname Tanuma.
Takaya Kuroda (Known for voicing the role of Sullivan from Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun) will be voicing the character of Misuzu.