Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, the fifth television anime season inspired by Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga. The first episode will stream on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
The stream will be available in North America, South America, Central America, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Turkey.
In Japan, the anime will premiere on October 4 on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu.
All of the anime’s main staff members are returning from previous anime titles in the franchise. Takahiro Omori (Samurai Flamenco, Princess Jellyfish, Durarara!!), director of all the previous television anime seasons, is returning as the chief director at the studio Shuka (Durarara!! ×2 The Third Arc). Kotomi Deai (Silver Spoon, The Rolling Girls), episode director of the fourth season and director of the Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai original video anime, is serving as director. Sadayuki Murai (Knights of Sidonia, Boogiepop Phantom) is returning from the anime’s third and fourth seasons to handle series composition. Akira Takata (Hotarubi no Mori e, Haibane Renmei) is designing the characters, and Tatsuo Yamada (Samurai Flamenco, Durarara!!) is designing the monsters. Makoto Yoshimori (Hamatora, Baccano!) is composing the music. Sasanomaly is performing the anime’s opening theme song “Takarabako.” Aimer is performing the ending theme song “Akane Sasu.”
The anime seasons and Midorikawa’s original manga revolve around Natsume, a boy who has been able to see ghosts since he was little. Unfortunately, humans shun him, and there is not much fondness between him and ghosts either. One day, he inherits a Yūjin-Chō (“Book of Friends”) from his grandmother. The book is actually full of contracts that his grandmother made to trap ghosts. As one ghost after another shows up, Natsume tries to release or help them — even while many of them seek vengeance on him.