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Natsume Yujincho Season 1 Episode 13: Humans and Youkai Review

The curtains close on part one of a show that I've grown very fond of. Natsume Yujincho has reached the end of its first season, and an excellent first season it's been. The final episode could have been an instance of saving the best for last: one final knockout story to top all the others. The show could have done that and done it well, I have no doubt. But how much better for it to do what it has done. How much better to tell a story, not to go beyond the other tales, but to sum them up and gather them into a whole. In that form they cohere, and it becomes possible to see their true value now that they're together. Everything in the episode has a special quality of remembrance. Even the setting of the show compels looking back the way things were before. The episode plays out against the background of autumn, the most nostalgic time of year. We see the leaves of red and gold and think back to the times when they were green; and as the leaves have changed, so have many other things. That is one of the things the fall season means. Another thing it means is abundance. Autumn is the time of harvest, the time of plenty; a time for celebrations. And a celebration is, I think, what the episode truly turns out to be. It is at any rate what the episode is built around.

Natsume Yujincho Season 1 Episode 12: Five Day Mark Review

When you're dealing with a world of monsters, you have to learn to deal with dangerous situations. It's something we've seen in most of the stories Natsume Yujincho has served up so far, even if we generally get little more than a mouthful at a time. This time, though, there's a different wrinkle on the situation. When Natsume finds himself in peril, the situation usually pops up suddenly and is over pretty quickly. This time there's a buildup, and, on top of that, the danger is an integral part of the episode, rather than a temporary obstacle to be overcome. There's one immediate and positive result of moving the peril closer to the center of the story and drawing it out. Of all the times Natsume's been in danger, this episode generates the most suspense. Of course, the time of suspense is relatively brief. Natsume Yujincho as a whole stresses the supernatural character drama and the relationships, and this episode is no exception. It just works in something a bit different than the show typically does. But it comes, at least in this case, at a price. To Read More Click Me!