Seriously. Any losers like me who cry have dust in their eyes when watching Natsume Yuujinchou? ><
And it’s not the first time either. I think I cry every alternate episode. (Episode 4 had me bawling like a baby….) I wonder what it is about the slice-of-life genre which never seem to fail to move me. ( I cry when I watch Gintama too…)
In episode 6, the attachment of humans (mainly Natsume) to spirits and vice versa is discussed. We see how Natsume gradually gets fond of Tsubame, and how he tries to help her find a resolution. Madara, though often claiming that he wants to eat Natsume, is the one who always comes to Natsume’s aid in times of need.
I have to say that I LOVE cats! I guess it’s one of the reasons why I continue to watch Natsume: Nyako-sensei XDDD The camaraderie between him and Natsume is just awesome. Friendship is also one of the themes which gets me all the time; it’s not featured that much in Natsume yet though. I can’t wait to see how their relationship will develop.
Back to the main question: Why does Natsume Yuujinchou makes me cry?
Scenes like this (pictured above) do play a part. Strangely intimate and slow paced, nothing much happening, yet so much emotion. These help to create the atmosphere for the tear ducts to start working…
As far as episode 6, most of the stories featured had to do with longing, disappointment with which comes renewal of faith – Stories which touch us because of how we can almost relate them to our own lives and to the way we view people as well.
In the end though, it’s the warmth and kindness and understanding that Natsume gives when facing the demons/spirits which is the key for me.
He detested his gift which made him different from everybody else when he was younger, grew resigned to it as he got older, knowing he couldn’t do anything about it. Yet, even as he had closer contact with the more-often-than-not, weird and scary looking spirits, he became attached to them, and feel for them. Natsume who since young, had been traumatized and disturbed by the presence of these spirits, instead of developing a hatred for them, sympathized and empathized with them. It is this kindness which moves me. It reminds me, the potential that we humans have, to show kindness to anybody, anything.
Like Tsubame, I can safely say that I too, am attracted to the gentleness and kindness of humans.