Reviews for The Human Mask
Guest chapter 116 . 6/1
Hellooooo! Are you still around? It has been YEARS since you updated. Have you really been that busy? Have you moved somewhere without internet, or even ELECTRICITY? Are you sick? Or even ...dead? (GODS, I hope not!) Please, PLEASE! At least let us know if you are still with us. I know I am only one of many who NEED to know what happens!

May Onwa-sama watch over you.
randomirony chapter 116 . 3/4
I read this story years ago and by chance found myself thinking of it again this past week. I guess it was a story that stuck with me! I didn't even remember what it was called, but I figured if I sorted Natsume fics by word count, I would find it and hey! I was right!

A small part of me was hoping I would come back to find a fully completed fic, but as someone with plenty of unfinished fics to my name, I know how it goes. Wherever you are Harunekonya, I hope you are doing well! Thank you for writing a story that burrowed itself into my brain for all these years. :)
Lyell chapter 116 . 11/4/2023
I think I left comments a really long time ago here. I still love this fic. I read it at least once a year. Its one of the fics on my seasonal list of feel good stories! Perfect for to wind down autumn/spooky season! Even tho its not a spooky fic lol! Love to hear if your still alive!
MangoPeanutSituation chapter 116 . 10/23/2023
Still awesome to read even after all these years
readwithcats chapter 116 . 9/18/2023
Its crazy to think this but as someone who read this right when this chapter was released, its now been 7 years that i binge read this in a weekend, absolutely enthralled. I have no idea if you’ll ever come back to this or if you even look at notifications. But I (and my sister who had been the one who sent it me) will always be waiting, eager for more. We bring it up sometimes when we reminisce about our ff days which are now long gone. Anyways, i hope life has treated you well in the past 7 years. Much love 3
Ukara chapter 116 . 8/26/2023
I may have commented here long ago, back in highschool before the pandemic. I just wanted to a thank you for your time and effort. For writing this beautiful story. I had a rough commute in highschool, reading this gave me solace all that time ago. I'm now a senior in college pursuing healthcare. I hope you are doing well. I like to think this franchise attracts those with tender hearts and kind souls. I'm wishing you the best out there, wherever you are 3
Guest chapter 1 . 5/30/2023
I read this and it changed me, wow. I will be thinking of Lord Onwa for a long time
victory over death chapter 43 . 12/20/2022
love this so sweet
it's wonderful that he has enough power to bestow blessed objects that his family can live long and healthy lives that he will be able to keep them as long as possible
victory over death chapter 27 . 12/19/2022
victory over death chapter 26 . 12/19/2022
I do really like it.
Natsume is still Natsume after all isn't he?
finding a way to take the gentle path
victory over death chapter 22 . 12/19/2022
this fic of yours is lovely. I believe you have done well on emulating much of the softness of the original series. I am enjoying these sweet moments you have unearthed.
precios-notes chapter 116 . 12/12/2022
I had read this fic while it was first being published, I remember I would generally see its updates Monday mornings and then read it from my laptop while getting ready to go to school. I would always get so excited to read it. I was too shy to leave comments then, but I wanted to both re-read and leave a comment this time.

Since I have chosen not to leave separate comments in all chapters this one is going to be quite a long one. I’m quite nervous leaving a comment this long to an English teacher, please overlook any mistakes.

I remember loving this while I was reading it the first time and it was just as pleasurable to read this time. Natsume Yuujinchou always has a special place in my heart and this fic is right next to it.

I always loved Natsume's relationship with Fujiwaras and his friends and I think you have done right by them in this fic. It was so nice to read their acceptance of Natsume even when they have not always knew all there is to know and there were secrets between them..

And again with all the spirits, their want for Natsume to always be with them, their protectiveness towards him,… it was all so nice to read.

I liked how you talked about Matoba too, he is sometimes cruel but I don’t think he is evil at all. He is my favorite character after Natsume. I think there have been some developments about his character in manga, I'm not up to date with manga but I am looking forward to reading it.

Onizuka Kiyoshi was a very interesting and likeable OC. I loved his background and the scenes he had with Natsume.

Another thing I loved was all the cultural notes you have given. I have already known some of them so reading them I was "yup", and I didn't know some too and it was always so interesting to read them and learn.

I also loved how you would reference back to things you have established. For example, how you said sprits didn't care for time much if they don't with humans and then we see Sugawara no Michizane knowing and referencing time by human standards, saying things like months. Or how we have seen other god’s servant thinking Natsume was going to eat Taki and Tanuma but little fox seeing same situation and thinking he is holding court with them.

As much as I like Matoba, I think my favorite chapters were 110 and 111. And some of my favorite quotes were these:
•For when there is always time to do things, what need is there to do them at all?
•But what kind of god would I be if I, in caring for the greater, ignore the ones who I care for most?
•"I'm not Reiko, and Reiko didn't have the Fujiwaras as her guardians," Natsume says firmly. "We'll find another way."
•I do not like to ask anyone for help. Though I've since learned to ask, it has never come naturally to me. A life of being a burden has made me hesitant to place anyone else in that position. But often people desire those burdens given to them, for they see it as a sign of connection—between friends, families, complete strangers. After all, why ask someone you cannot count on? It has been the hardest lesson for me to learn. Sometimes, burdening someone is the ultimate sign of trust.
•It is terrifying to realize that the stronger I became, the weaker other parts of me become.
•In my effort to be grateful, I had perhaps sent the families a different message: that I couldn't imagine that anyone would want me. That I wasn't anyone of value. And so I became something that could be given away—turned from family, to guest, to stranger—to thing
•Better to lie and be considered truthful, than to tell the truth and be called a liar.
•We often overlook the little ones, the weak, the helpless. Those who rule often assume that their lives are worth as little as their power.
•I am used to misunderstandings. My life has taught me to accept them, for I had little power to change people's minds. It is a lesson that has taken a lifetime to learn, but now, I fear, may take just as long to unlearn. It is easy to accept the hurt, to tell yourself that nothing can be done. But that is the thinking of a child. And now I no longer have that luxury.
•If we had thought to share our thoughts with one another, how much sooner would our problems have been solved? If I had reached out when I was having difficulties, would I still be struggling now? How many times have I endured, alone, thinking that my problems were unique? Only now am I starting to realize that perhaps, I might never have needed to be alone.
•As if, because they cannot see, they have convinced themselves that what they imagine has become truth. That only they are the final judge of what is right.
•Sometimes it is hard to imagine that there is another life beyond our own. Trapped as we are in our own troubles, we see but a fraction of the world. It is hard to pull ourselves from that, to realize that there are other paths. To see that even as one life ends, another begins.
•Even now, I see it as kindness—kindness from those who had so little to give, and yet gave it anyway. For me, who now has so much, it can only mean that there is almost nothing I cannot give. Not for the ones who have given me this life. A life that is now so precious, I cannot imagine any other.

Chapter 116 with Nyanko-sensei and Natsume and their new promise was a very good place to be left, but if you someday decide you comeback to this story it would be my pleasure to read more of it.

I hope you are happy and healthy, thank you very much for sharing this with us. Best of luck on your adulting.
kyothefallenkit chapter 116 . 11/12/2022
I love reading this story! I would love for more crossover fun tidbits, but it's still fun rereading every now and again x3
Arwen Amorita chapter 116 . 4/29/2022
I just wanted to pop in and say, this is still my favorite Natsume Yuujinchou fanfic, and every time I come back to reread it is a delight. (ᴗ)
WellIWannaDie2 chapter 116 . 3/16/2022
Considering this is the last chapter, it's quiet fitting.
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