Archive for March 4, 2012

How Repetitive is Natsume Yuujinchou Shi? (Ep 3-8)

I’ve had a lot of exposure to Yuki Midorikawa’s works the past couple weeks, as I’ve been catching up on Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, watching the Hotarubi no Mori e film, and reading some more of the manga Natsume’s Book of Friends. Suffice to say I’m a big fan of these stories, but as the Natsume series continues on week by week, I think it’s good to pose the question: Is it becoming a little too repetitive? This is, of course, one of the biggest difficulties in creating a long-running episodic series. If it’s too formulaic, people are more likely to move on to other things after a while. But at the same time, the general atmosphere of the series probably needs to be maintained, since that’s perhaps Natsume Yuujinchou’s biggest selling point.

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