Ever since I inherited the Book of Friends, I’ve returned the names of the youkai within it. First I bring up an image of them in my mind, and recite “That which shields me, reveal thy name.” To release their names, you need the saliva and breath of someone of the same bloodline as Reiko. When I return their names, I get really tired. They come without asking, and then they leave just the same.
He was a very quiet boy, but sometimes, they said, he was a little unstable. And strangely, he did get hurt a lot. I worried, but when I saw him trying to smile, even if he was awkward, the two of us want to protect him.
Sometimes his eyes are empty, as if his heart isn’t here, and he’s looking far, far off into the distance. How does he see us with those eyes? Will he ever open up to us? Tell us what he wants to do, or wants to have? As if he really was family. Someday… little by little, I know we will…
We know the flowers’ petals will fall someday, and yet still, we’re entranced by them.
– Chuukyuu Youkai, Natsume Yuujinchou Go
When you realize that by “flowers’ petals will fall someday” also means how fragile humans are and how short their life is.
This is something that has been said over and over again throughout the five seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou. Humans’ lives are fleeting. They’ll be gone before you know it. So it’s best not to get too attached to them. Some decide to leave before they get hurt. Some decide to stay and not care. Some try to make the best of the time they have.
This is really beautiful, yet sad at the same time.