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June 2023 Spotlight 
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a contemplative and heartfelt anime/manga series about a boy who inherited a book from his grandmother, allowing him to control youkai. Instead, he chooses to free them. This series sits at the intersection of fantasy and slice of life, and it touches on many aspects of Japanese folklore and culture, at the same time telling a story about connection and compassion. In this module, we will watch and discuss the first two seasons of the anime, paying particular attention to themes including: the iyashikei (healing) genre of anime, the portrayal of youkai in popular culture, and the use of concepts and imagery from Japanese literature and folklore in the series.

This module is primarily discussion based, with some contextual information provided by the preceptor. There will be a Google Doc for class discussion and your preceptor will use slides, but sparingly.

Required Texts

The series is available on Crunchyroll as premium content. For each class session, students will watch 3-4 episodes (about 25 minutes each). We will watch 26 episodes (about 11 hours worth of material).
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Days and Times

Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, (skip 22 for Mythmoot), 27, 29

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