ODEX to screen Natsume’s Book of Friends anime film in late 2018

Licensor announces Natsume's Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World premiere in Philippines and Indonesia.

Singapore-based licensor ODEX has announced on Friday that they are distributing the upcoming anime film adaptation of the popular series Natsume’s Book of Friends in Southeast Asian cinemas.

The licensor plans to release the movie in late 2018.

As of press time, the licensor has posted the announcement on their Facebook pages for the Philippines and Indonesia, but there is no word yet if they also plan to release it the film in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam.


© Yuki Midorikawa / Hakusensha / Natsume Yujincho Project

Natsume’s Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World (Natsume Yujin-Cho: Utsusemi ni Musubu) is an upcoming anime film adaptation of the popular supernatural manga series by Yuki Midorikawa, who also created the popular one-shot manga Hotarubi no Mori e.

The manga is being published by Hakuensha since 2002, which being seen on LaLa DX magazine, and currently has 22 volumes.

The upcoming anime film will be a follow-up to the popular anime series, which ran for six seasons from 2008 to 2017.


Takahiro Omori, together with Hideki Ito, will direct the movie, while scriptwriter Sadayuki Hirai returns to work on the upcoming film.

Hiroshi Kamiya, who voiced the lead character “Takashi Natsume”, and Kazuhiko Inoue, who voiced the character “Nyanko-sensei”, will return to portray their previous roles together with several others.

Shuka, the animation studio that produced the fifth and sixth seasons of the series, will produce the movie, which is set to be released in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, September 29.