It has been decided that the 7th season of the TV anime “Natsume’s Book of Friends” will be produced. The TV anime sequel will be the first in six years since 2017, when the sixth season was broadcast. Staff information has also been released, with Takahiro Omori as general director and Shuka in charge of animation production.
The work is based on the manga of the same name serialized in “LaLa,” and the main character is Takashi Natsume, a boy who has been able to see youkai since he was a child. A story about inheriting his grandmother Reiko’s legacy, “Book of Friends,” and spending days with the self-proclaimed bouncer Nyanko-sensei returning his name to the youkai bound there. It depicts Natsume protecting his precious days with the help of his friends through his interactions with the youkai and the people involved.
Since its first appearance in 2003, it has attracted many readers, and the first season of the TV anime began broadcasting in 2008. The 6th season was produced in 2017, making it a long series unlike any other late-night anime.
Also, in September 2018, the movie version with the first feature-length original episode of the series will be released. In January 2021, two fan-favorite short episodes were shown in limited theaters.
From today, July 1st, the animation “Natsume’s Book of Friends” has entered its 15th anniversary, and commemorative visuals and videos have been released. The production of the 7th season was announced in the video featuring Hiroshi Kamiya, who plays Natsume, and Kazuhiko Inoue, who plays Nyanko-sensei.
Comment from Hiroshi Kamiya (as Takashi Natsume)
Thankfully, we are celebrating our 15th anniversary, and I am happy that the 7th season has been announced. I want to do my best to deliver the world of “Natsume’s Book of Friends” by Yuki Midorikawa in the best possible way as an animation, so please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you!
Kazuhiko Inoue (Nyanko-sensei/Madara)
I was blessed to live in the same era as you and create the world of “Natsume’s Book of Friends” together for hours. I want to do my best to act, so please support me with all your might (laughs). Thank you.
Staff information for the 7th animation season, “Natsume’s Book of Friends.”
Original: Yuki Midorikawa’s “Natsume’s Book of Friends” (serialized in Hakusensha’s “LaLa”)
General Director: Takahiro Omori
Director: Hideki Ito
Series composition: Sadayuki Murai
Character design: Akira Takada
Youkai Design and action animation director: Yamada Kisei
Chief animation directors: Takada Akira, Tanaka Orie
Art: Shibuya Yukihiro, Miyake Mao
Color design: Hiromi Miyawaki
Editing: Kazuhiko Seki
Screen design: Hitoshi Tamura
Music: Shin Yoshimori
Animation production: Shuka