Chapter 01 is the first chapter for the series, Natsume's Book of Friends.
The starting point shows Natsume running away from something (which is later reveal to be a youkai [[[Hishigaki]]]). He encounters Kitamoto Atsushi and Nishimura Satoru, and asks them if there's a nearby shrine. He follows Kitamoto's directions and finds the shrine.
The youkai pins Natsume to a tree but he escapes and makes it to the shrine. In haste, he trips and breaks a rope which turns out to be a protective barrier or seal for a youkai. He releases a powerful youkai (in the form of a fortune cat) which introduces itself as Madara.
With some persuasion, Madara helps Natsume return the name of the youkai following him. He succeeds and returns the name. Natsume promises that Madara can have the Yuujinchou when he dies. From that moment on, Madara becomes Natsume's "bodyguard".
Characters in Order of Appearance
- The Flower-Arranging Youkai didn't appear in the manga.
|N/A||Volume 01||Volume 02|
|Chapter 01 • Chapter 02 • Chapter 03 • Chapter 04|