Chapter 01

Manga chapter 01 cover

Release Date
  • 5 October 2005 (Jp)
  • 5 January 2010 (NA)

Chapter 01


Natsume Yuujinchou 1

Story Arc

Introduction Arc

Anime Episode

The Cat and the Book of Friends

Chapter Guide
Chapter 02
List of Chapters

Chapter 01 is the first chapter for the series, Natsume's Book of Friends.

Takashi Natsume discovers that he inherited a treasure from his late grandmother, Reiko. Along with it, he meets his self-proclaimed bodyguard, Madara and the two start a new adventure together.


The starting point shows Natsume running away from something (which is later reveal to be a youkai [[[Hishigaki]]]). He encounters Kitamoto Atsushi and Nishimura Satoru, and asks them if there's a nearby shrine. He follows Kitamoto's directions and finds the shrine.

The youkai pins Natsume to a tree but he escapes and makes it to the shrine. In haste, he trips and breaks a rope which turns out to be a protective barrier or seal for a youkai. He releases a powerful youkai (in the form of a fortune cat) which introduces itself as Madara.

With some persuasion, Madara helps Natsume return the name of the youkai following him. He succeeds and returns the name. Natsume promises that Madara can have the Yuujinchou when he dies. From that moment on, Madara becomes Natsume's "bodyguard".

Characters in Order of Appearance



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