Monday, October 13, 2008

Natsume Yuujinchou (Ended): Nice Touch

I once thought Natsume Yuujinchou is just another "Mushishi light", I was wrong. Natsume Yuujinchou is much more than just an ordinary ghosts and spirits story. Compare to Mushishi and Mokke, Natsume Yuujinchou is focused much more on creating atmosphere for emtional moments. Ghosts and spirits are just the medium.

As most series like this doesn't really have an ending with resolution, Natsume Yuujinchou is no exception. The ending, is merely a big gathering. I saw that coming long time ago. Howerver, there is some hooks left in the last episode that indicate there might be a season two. I'd be really glad if they do make another season. Series as heart touching as this nowadays are pretty rare. That's why I'm going to award Natsume Yuujinchou with the

Most Heart Touching Anime of 2008

I've once thought Clannad would be the one earning this award. However, the tv series just didn't deliver enough to deserve this award.

Final scoreboard (out of 5):

Drama: 5 (Very dramatic)
Comedy: 4 (Not its focus, but pretty good for what it had)
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 4.5 (Not quite fond of it in the beginning, but I slowly learned to like it)
Sound/Music: 4.5 (Perfect music for the theme)
Character: 4.75 (Very well developed)
Plot: 5 (Good collection of short stories)
Ending: 4.5 (Good enough for a series like this)

Re-watch value: 4 (Some emotional moments are worth to be relived)

Overall (not average): 4.8 ~ Heart Touching

Recommendation: If you like traditional Japanese ghost stories, this one is for you. If you like heart touching stories, this one is also for you. If you like both, this should be the No. 1 series on your "to watch" list. If you like neither, well, give it a shot anyway, it might change you.

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