My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Natsume's Book of Friends #3 by Yuki Midorikawa
This remains an episodic style manga and the mangaka does say she wants people to be able to pick it up anywhere in the arc and be able to follow the story. Of course that means reading it in a bound version quickly annoys because you have to wade through the same info material about Takashi and how he grew up isolated by his abilities to see demons and how he has his grandmother's book for friends, a book where she wrote the names of yokai in order to control them. Takashi is busy returning the names to the demons to free them.
Include in this volume, Takashi mistakes another yokai for Nyanko, the yokai who guards him (and is fused to a neko kitty form), a man who used to see yokai but no longer can but the female yokai he was in love with him wants one last moment to see him before he marries. Then there's the return of Mr. Natori, a recurring character, an actor who can also see yokai and exorcizes them and this chapter hints there could be a more cohesive theme developing. The most touching story is a side story about a dragon egg that Takashi raises. It's a sniffler.
The art is lovely and delicate. Being episodic we don't get a deeper appreciation of Takashi. It's a superficial relationship. Oddly enough I prefer my TV shows episodic but my manga to have long story arcs. I like this but I wish it were more than the yokai of the day.
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