Natsume Captured is the fortieth episode of the Natsume Yuujinchou anime. It first aired on January 2, 2012. It is the first episode for Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, which is the fourth season of the anime.
Natsume encounters some strange, monkey-mask wearing demons while out in a forest. They want the Book of Friends, and start physically threatening him until Natsume is saved by Nyanko-Sensei. Later on, Natsume was followed by the monsters to his school. To avoid injuring other people, Natsume lead them to outside, at nearby forest. However Natsume is captured by them, and brought to their forest.
Meanwhile, Nyanko-sensei learns some interesting things from Misuzu about the forest the monkey mask demons lives in. Misuzu warns Nyanko-sensei to steer away from the Eastern Forest, where the monkey-mask demons origin from.
Running away from the demons, Natsume and Nyanko-sensei are unintentionally saved by Matoba. Matoba, alongside with his shiki servants, are actually in the process of capturing the spirits in the forest.
Not wanting to confront him, Natsume runs again but gets lost in the woods, and stumbles upon an old house, which belongs to the Matoba. Both he and Nyanko-sensei are captured, but manages to escape and find each other, though being lost in the house. Natsume, overhears about where his belongings was put, tries to find the room. Instead they found the monkey-mask youkai sealed-away in the pot. The sealed youkai offers to guide them the direction in exchange for the Book of Friends.
Nyanko-sensei set off to search for the room himself, leaving Natsume with the sealed youkai. The episode ends with Matoba finding Natsume saying, "It's been a long time, Natsume Takashi-kun."
Characters in Order of Appearance
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