|Manga Debut||Chapter 03|
|Anime Debut||Episode 03|
|Voice Actor||Kazuma Horie|
|List of Characters|
Kaname Tanuma (田沼要, Tanuma Kaname) is one of supporting character of Natsume's Book of Friends.
He is Takashi's friend and schoolmate. Tanuma is one of the few humans that knows that Takashi can see youkai.
He too can see spirits, but much less than Takashi can, as he can only see their vague shadows, much less feel their presence only.
He is also easily gets sick or has intense headaches whenever a youkai is nearby.
Tanuma has short black hair, black eyes, and a usually catatonic expression. He was reserved and a loner at the beginning of the series, but later warms up to Takashi and his friends just like Takashi did.
Tanuma worries for Takashi's involvement in youkai, but knows that he cannot stop him from helping them. He tries to help Takashi when he can and was discouraged by Madara, saying he was "useless" since he can't really see spirits. In the manga he strongly desires to protect Takashi and is quick to anger when somebody (usually Madara or Shuuichi Natori) calls him powerless. He is also more insightful when Takashi attempts to hide his feelings or tries to protect him, often seeing hidden meanings below the surface but not understanding them.
This was shown by his curiosity about 'Reiko' when Madara mentions her and his notice of Takashi's reaction.
In the anime he merely asks because the name was unfamiliar and forgets about it afterwards. In the manga he also shows some interest in becoming an exorcist.
Being the son of a shrine priest, Tanuma has small amount of spiritual energy that makes it possible for him to at least sense the presence of any youkai around. But because of the same small amount of energy, he can't see the actual youkai (for instance, he can see the shadow of the fish pond in temple yard reflected on the ceiling, but, unlike Natsume, Tanuma is unable to see the pond directly) and he easily gets headaches due to the heaviness of most youkai's spiritual aura.
However, as the series progresses, Tanuma does not have frequent headaches nor sickens as much as he had at the beginning of the series. He claims that it is because of Natsume's influence, which Madara agrees, using the analogy a pin that's stuck to a magnet gains magnetic properties.
- Main article: Takashi Natsume
- Main article: Tooru Taki
- Main article: Madara
Kitamoto Atsushi and Nishimura Satoru
- Main article: Jun Sasada
- In Chapter 84, Tanuma knows how to play piano.