Isn’t it great when the subs of a show you’re watching come out as soon as the episode itself appears. That’s been the case with Natsume Yuujinchou so far. It really is nice to have something that’s a regular weekly watch rather than the subs lagging behind, like the case seems to be with Birdy the Mighty Decode.
In this episode we have a giant furry. But far more shocking is the fact that there was not a single cyclops!*gasp*
The episode begins with Natsume rooting through Reikos old stuff. He finds an old train ticket to somewhere and a bunch of library books that Reiko never returned (which sums up Reiko quite well). He keeps the ticket with hopes to find out why she never took it, only to be confronted by oh-so-obviously-flirtatious boring girl from the last episode who wants to meet more of these invisible friends Natsume keeps talking to. Or that’s what she tells Natsume as she holds on to him and gives him the come ‘ere hot stuff eyes. Luckily Natsumes new friend tricks her so her can jump on a bus to get away from her.
When Natsume reaches the abandoned train station he finds a giant, rather annoying furry called Santo. Santo tells him his story about how he got into an argument with his friend, ‘cept he couldn’t remember because he’s too fick to remember properly (seriously). So Natsume uses his book o’ pals so we could have our first Reiko flashback in 3 episodes!
We find out that Reiko decided to help Santo to get to the place where his friend was, but then she conveniently forgot. So Natsume decided to bring him there himself. So with the trio of a giant furry, a funny looking cat and Natsume, they walk down the train tracks to the next town. However, on the way they get attacked by trees, so Nyanko turns into his super wolf form and runs the rest of the way there, which begs the question as to why they didn’t do that in the first place.
When they get there they meet that thing in the picture. A giant Catfish with full control over his tentacles, which it must be said that Japanese have an unusual fascination with. So Nyanko gets involved in a huge fight in which Natsume is absolutely no use whatsoever in. But the fight breaks down and the giant catfish turns into a little fish and he is back to being friends with Santo and everyone goes home happy.
Nyanko hits the nail right on the head there. Santo was just annoying and this was a very poor episode of Natsume Yuujinchou. Every other episode managed to balance lightheartedness with their little message of loneliness quite well. This just struck me as a childish episode in which we learn about the importance of friendship. As usual, the bright spots were Nyanko and Reiko. Reiko manages to have a huge effect on the anime even though she rarely appears. I just hope we don’t meet any more spirits like Santo.
Note:There is really something weird with this spellchecker. It wanted me to change ‘Natsume’ to ‘Nazism’.