Thoughts: Natori and Natsume go to the hot springs together.
Overall Rating: 9
I really enjoyed watching Natori and Natsume meet again in this episode. First, we see Natsume meet a bunch of little spirits carrying something and unable to continue due to water blocking their path. Natsume places a piece of wood over the water, and they are able to pass and continue to their destination. When he returns home he finds a paper charm in his door, which captures and drags him to Natori. What a way to start a reunion after so long. Anyways, Natori wants Natsume to come along with him to the hot springs. Nyanko-Sensei happyily agrees after he learns pets are allowed. It was quite entertaining.
At the hot springs a vase happens to be making noises within their room. Natsume ends up seeing catching a glimpse of a woman stuck in the floorboards on the first floor. One night, the vase opens all of a sudden and the woman comes out of the floor. Her name is written in the Book of Friends and she has Natsume return it. However, she wasn’t planning on letting them live. It seems that it was previously sealed by someone, and Natori came to purify it. He informs Natsume that he used him by having him come to the hot springs to help rid the inn of the spirit. I’m glad Natsume took it rather well, and works together with him to catch the spirit, rather than turning angry and making the mood worse.
Remember the spirts that were carrying the skull in the beginning? Their lord comes and saves Natsume from the evil spirit, and thanks Natsume again for helping him cross the water. Just goes to show how the favor can be returned if you help someone. I liked that aspect of this episode. Natori and Natsume head back after the spirit was taken care of. Glad they stayed on good terms in the end.