anibee Features: Natsume Yujin-cho Director, Takahiro Omori

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3 seasons and still going strong - there's no stopping our friends, Takashi and Nyanko-sensei!

In celebration of reaching such a milestone, we managed to get the Director of the series, Mr. Takahiro Omori, for an interview! Here's what he had to say:

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anibee: Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. "Natsume Yujin-cho" has already reached its 4th season - congratulations! How does it feel to have come this far?

Omori: Thank you very much! After 'travelling' with Takashi Natsume for such a long time, it feels like I'm coming home!

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anibee: For the subsequent seasons of Natsume Yujin-cho, what changes can we expect to see in our favorite characters like Takashi and everyone else?

Omori: Takashi's desire to get the people around him to open up their hearts to him has definitely been one of the major points. He has become a lot more selfless, wanting to find out what troubles other people, and helping out in whatever way he can. But this brings about bigger risks too, such as more of his friends finding out about the ghosts/Youkai, and potentially getting into greater danger.

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anibee: For 4 seasons now you have been able to work together with many of the same talented and amazing staff members and voice actors/actresses. How do you feel about this?

Omori: It has been an extremely challenging, but wonderful experience! I probably say this for every production that I have worked on, but it truly is the people you work with that makes the difference. Having people who understand one another and use that to undertake and resolve even the most daunting of problems in the most creative of ways is extremely fulfilling. Additionally, being together with a similar crew on a production allows you to maintain a consistency and improve the level of the production in many ways you can't otherwise.

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anibee: What do you think is "Natsume's" (the series) main appealing point that has made it such a popular show?

Omori: I think one of the biggest elements of Natsume is firstly, how it depicts Takashi as both a person who can see ghosts, and how he balances this amazing ability of his with his wanting to be a normal person. This theme of finding the right balance is definitely one of the biggest things to think about.

Additionally, the kind of special 'friends' that Natsume makes through out his journey, such as Nyanko-sensei, is certainly a huge appealing point!

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anibee: Please say a few words to all the fans of the show!

Omori: It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have been able to bring Natsume Yujin-cho to you all. The amount of support and how the show has touched every one of you has truly been overwhelming and encouraging for us all! Being able to transcend cultures and language and being accepted by audiences everywhere is truly wonderful. I have never been to Singapore before myself, but I do hope you all will invite me down there someday - that will certainly make my day! ;)

Natsume Yujin-cho San is now available on anibee!

- Q

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