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 of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends.

Takashi Natsume discovers he had inherited a precious treasure from his late grandmother, Reiko. Along with it, he meets his self-proclaimed bodyguard, starting a new adventure together.


The first chapter of the series, it shows Natsume running away from something unseen. He encounters Kitamoto Atsushi and Nishimura Satoru, and he asks them if there is a nearby shrine. He follows Kitamoto's directions and soon spots the shrine.

During this time, the unseen follower is revealed to be a youkai. She pins Natsume down to a tree, but he escapes and makes it to the shrine. In his haste, he trips and breaks a rope, which turns out to be a protective barrier. He releases a powerful youkai, which introduced itself as Madara.

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

Characters in Order of Appearance



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