The Cat and the Book of Friends is the first episode of the Natsume Yuujinchou anime. It first aired on July 7, 2008.


Takashi is running within a forest, being chased by some monster. Two students, (Atsushi Kitamoto and Satoru Nishimura) are walking on a dirt path at the edge of this forest, until when the boy jumps out suddenly. The two students recognize the boy as Takashi Natsume, the main protagonist of this series, who had just moved to the countryside town they live in now. They ask what he is doing, but he says that nothing is wrong. He asks the two if there is a shrine nearby.

One of them says there is one past the bushes on their right. Takashi thanks them and runs off in that direction, which makes the two students wonder. Takashi is a transfer student, but rarely talks, making it hard for the other students to approach him.

Takashi continues to run, saying that he's jealous of the two students who couldn't see "it". From behind, the same monster from before, now seen clearly as a one-eyed monster ghost, is still chasing him. He narrates that he has been able to see Youkai ever since he was small. He's never liked them, especially when coming to this town. They've always chased him or played pranks on him, but he knows that shrines ward them off. Before he reaches the gates of the shrine though, the ghost-Youkai catches Takashi by holding him against a tree. The ghost-Youkai celebrates in capturing Takashi, asking him, even though she calls Takashi a "her", to give her name back.

As Natsume struggles, another youkai, more human-like in form, tells the ghost-Youkai that it would be better to tear out Takashi's tongue. While the two youkai converse, Takashi kicks the ghost-youkai in the eye, making her release him. Takashi reaches the shrine, while the ghost-youkai wails in pain and the human-like youkai is unhappy by this event.

Characters Appearance


  • Takashi Natsume never had a cat, but he easily produced a cat tail (green colour) for Madara.
  • It was Reiko (in Hishigaki's memories) that recommended the sweet bun from Nanatsuji. Ever since then, it is the favourite sweet shop for both Natsume and Nyanko-sensei.


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