Yet another sequel, but this is one that I looked forward to greatly, because Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my favourite series of all time. It was, however, at its time of announcement, quite a surprise to me that Season 6 would air only 3 months after Season 5 ended, considering there were 4.5 years between Seasons 4 and 5. The dramatic change in scheduling is probably related to the fact that Seasons 5 and 6 are handled by a different studio than the first 4 seasons, but in any case, I’m extremely happy to have more Natsume to watch.
I’m also surprised by how different Season 6 feels compared to Season 5. While Season 5 felt more like a continuation of the worldbuilding established in Seasons 3 and 4 where many of the stories connected to each other, Season 6 has so far been much more similar to Seasons 1 and 2, that is to say it has consisted mostly of episodic stories. And I really prefer it this way. Season 6 feels like the show is returning to its roots, and that’s wonderful.
There’s probably symbolism here but all I see is two dudes lamenting the fact that roses are not nutritious.
I will start this off by admitting that I really didn’t pay much attention to the first episode of this sequel. I guess you could say it’s a bad thing in the sense that the show isn’t really interesting to focus on for 20+ minutes. And in that sense, it’s not an improvement over the first season. Actually, it doesn’t improve upon any of its aspect. But, that’s about as much as I expected, and I managed to finish the first season after all, so it’s not too horribly. There’s some new characters and new plot points (the contract between a shinigami and their black cat), but other than that it felt exactly like an episode of the first season. The reintroduction of the characters meant that there was less snark and deadpan reactions than in the later episodes of season 1, which was unfortunate, but I expect it to pick up with the next episode. And the translation is still pretty funny as well. That’s about all I can say about it.
Verdict: Same as the first season, basically. Continuing, but I’ll probably never be able to focus on it.
Last time I did this I felt like my writing was getting excessively formulaic and repetitive, so this season I’m going to insert some more facts(date of premiere, studio, director, etc.) and maybe shorten my opinions a little bit. It’ll probably make for a shorter post in general, but I hope it’ll still be somewhat entertaining to read.
EDIT March 22 2016: Re:Zero airdate now known, removed section on Manaria Friends due to lack of information.