English: Natsume's Book of Friends
Synonyms: Natsume Yujincho
Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWhile most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume's possession, the book gives Reiko's grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.
Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.
Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother’s contract.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Issei no Sei (一斉の声; Simultaneous Voice)" by Shuhei Kita
Ending Theme"Natsu Yuuzora (夏夕空; Summer Evening Sky)" by Kousuke Atari
I watched this anime basically on a whim. I read the name somewhere and just started watching it. I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed by this series by the first episode, but that certainly changed later on.
Please note that this is a review of all four seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou. However, my feelings towards this show have changed significantly over the course of watching this. So here is the rough draft of my experience:
Season One: Wow, this is totally above my expectations. Pretty good. 7/10.
Season Two: Well shit, I accidently marathoned this. I fear that I’m falling in love with this show. 8/10.
Season Three: I love this show. Please don’t let it end. 9/10.
Season Four: I LOVE THIS SHOW. SHIT IT’S ENDING NO SHIT SHIT SHIT NOOO– 9/10.
Honestly. This show is amazing. With brilliant bittersweet episodic plotlines, likable and well-developed characters and just an extraordinary overall feeling of atmosphere, this show excels in almost everything it tries to do. This show is one of the most heartwarming anime that I have ever seen, and as it kept going, it only got better and better. A must-watch for everybody, unless you have a brick for a heart or can’t stomach anything without explosions.
Natsume Yuujinchou doesn’t have an ‘overarching plot’ or anything, and mostly relies on various episodic stories to keep itself going. Most episodes follow the following structure:
1. A youkai gets introduced.
2. The youkai either has a problem or causes a problem.
3. Natsume solves this problem and learns something about himself in the process.
As you can see, Natsume’s Book of Friends is a very simple show. But its beauty lies in how much it managed to do with such a simplistic concept. Every story is heartwarming and unique in its own way, and even if the episodes follow the same general formula, it never seems to get old. The episodes in season one and season two mainly focused on various one-off characters, while the third and fourth season began to focus more on Natsume himself. Regardless of what story they’re telling, they manage to make it beautiful. Every episode I left with a small smile on my face, even if I sometimes had a knot in my stomach from the emotional moments. This anime just contains so much heart: it’s very clear that the people behind the show had a certain passion for it and it shines brilliantly.
It also helps that the entire atmosphere for this show is brilliant. The world, in and off itself, isn’t really anything special. But it has this feeling to it that’s very hard to pin down and describe: a feeling that is almost bittersweet, but not quite. Heartwarming, yet, at the same time, it also carries this air of melancholy. It’s a very calm show, and the perfect thing to watch when you are anxious or depressed.
If I really had to nitpick I’d say that the first episode was bad. And yeah, it is. But in the grand scheme of things, I don’t feel like it really matters all that much.
All in all the story, despite (or maybe because of) its simplicity managed to create a beauty that is very rare to find among any form of media.
The characters, just like the rest of the show, only get better and better as the seasons go on. One of this anime’s strongest points, in my opinion, is Natsume’s character development.
Natsume Takashi is the main character of this show. At a young age he lost both his parents and has since been passed down his relatives, none of whom wanted to keep him because of his ability to see youkai. Those relatives ranged from distant to downright abusive. Finally, about a month before the show starts, the Fujiwaras took him in and he finally got a stable life.
At the beginning of the show, we see him as a lonely and somewhat depressed teenager. He has an air of sadness and maturity to him, which isn’t surprising, considering his childhood has been very tough. And this shows. He is mature beyond his age, has some obvious trust issues and is very quiet. He is also very nice and genuinely cares about everything and everyone around him. He is not a saint however; he sometimes gets angry and frustrated. He has emotions like all of us and they can be hurt, but, at the beginning of the show, he is sure to suppress them and not let it show.
As the anime progresses we see him grow from a self-conscious boy into one who is much more secure about himself and has more trust in the world around him. His development is so subtle that you don’t even notice it until you start comparing scenes from the first few episodes to scenes in the later ones. It’s brilliantly done.
Apart from that he, like the show, grows on you without you even noticing it. I initially didn’t think that I cared much about him; I never noticed any sense of particular attachment. However, during an arc in season two, some youkai hurt him and I just found myself immensely furious. I wanted that thing dead, and right now. I think I might have actually started yelling at my screen. That’s when I realized that I actually cared about him to the point of having my protective urges roused, something that almost never happens to me.
As the seasons progressed, I only found myself getting more and more attached to him, until I came to the point that I was probably sadder than him when he got into a bad situation. I think that this might just be the strongest I’ve ever felt about a character.
Another main character that I wanted to note was Nyanko-sensei/Madara. Even though he is largely played for comic relief, he is also a really good character in himself. His interactions with Natsume are especially precious. Even though they argue most of the time and Nyanko-sensei will deny that he cares for Takashi, it is very clear that he does. The way they show this is great, with small gestures meaning a lot and moments of silence often speaking louder than words. If I had the time, I could point out the many scenes I believe illustrate this the best, but it’s best if you just go and watch yourself.
Other than him, the other reoccurring important side characters are noteworthy too. Although their development is littler than that of Natsume, it’s still pretty amazing what they managed to do with relatively little screen time. The differences between the characters are so noticeable when watching the episodes from season one and four back to back, yet so unnoticeable when you’re actually watching the show chronologically, the youkai characters maybe excepted. Even so, I once again have to applaud this anime for their subtlety.
Even the episodic characters are good. Even though they only get one arc to establish themselves, they are still good enough that you actually care what happens to them. Their stories are often heart wrenching and you can’t help but want the best for them, even if they aren’t particularly memorable.
The characters of Natsume Yuujinchou shine in their quietest moments, and the subtlety of their development makes them all the more believable. Like the rest of the show, you will find yourself unknowingly getting attached to them and not regretting a single thing.
The animation and sound are the only parts where the show isn’t doing exceptionally well. The first season in particular fell short on both of these things, with bad animation and a terrible opening. The animation in the fight scenes (as short and limited as they were) was especially cringe worthy. The camera-angles were also off. I first blamed this on bad directing, but after watching the rest of the show, I know that I was wrong. I don’t know what it is, though, but the choices they make are just really weird. Hiding your main character behind an umbrella while he is talking for more than a minute is very distracting, guys.
As the second season began, however, there was a very noticeable increase in animation budget, leading to a drastic change in animation quality. While it still wasn’t the best, it didn’t need to be. It managed to accentuate the tone of the show rather nicely, and the backgrounds in particular were great (they already were in the first season, for the record). I also liked the design for several of the youkai, even if I did notice a rather lack of distinction later on in the series (all ‘good’ spirits began to look a lot like humans).
Like I already mentioned, I dislike the opening for the first season. I just can’t stand it. I think it somehow sounds like a bad cover of a good song, and it bothers me. The second opening, however, is great. I love the visuals for it, and the song is very catchy. It was a joy to listen to. I thought the third opening was kind of meh again, but the fourth was pretty good. The ending to season one was slightly better than its opening, but I still didn’t like it. I love all the other endings equally, though. And the art style they use in them is great.
The background music is simple, using very few instruments (a lot of which are commonly used in traditional Japanese music) and manages to set the tone for this show perfectly. At first, I wasn’t too fond of it on its own, but it grew on me, like the rest of the show.
In short, even though the animation and the soundtrack aren’t the greatest things ever, they still hold up pretty well and complement the show rather nicely.
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a show that has grown very close to my heart. Before watching this, I never understood how people could want a show to go on forever. I have always wanted my shows to end, and I was always happy when I reached those endings. But with Natsume Yuujinchou, I actually found myself stalling, restricting myself to watching only so many episodes a day so that I could enjoy this as long as I could. That is the single biggest complement that I can give a show.
This anime is brilliant in almost every way; the characters are well-developed, the plotlines are heartwarming and the music and animation create the brilliant atmosphere that makes this show what it is. I honestly have no idea how anyone can dislike this anime, unless you just really dislike shows without action or are just plain heartless. Not to say that you're a bad person if you didn't like this but just... how?
It’s flaws are minor, and its pros are huge. Honestly, there is no reason for anyone to skip this masterpiece, so go forth and watch it. Now.
I've been looking forward to this anime ever since I saw one of the promotional images -- Natsume sitting on a tree branch with his foot slightly touching the water underneath, and an unusual looking cat by his side. I fell in love with that image alone and could not stop thinking about it. Needless to say, I watched Natsume Yuujinchou while it was still ongoing and waited eagerly for the subtitles to come out. Now that it's over, I can say for sure -- it was a short but beautiful experience, and became one of my very special personal favorites.
"Thank you... for not growing to hate humans."
Each episode Natsume encounters a different youkai. Sometimes, it's a youkai seeking to get his/her name back; at other times, a youkai wanting some other help from Natsume, which he can never refuse.
As much as those stories revolve around youkai, Natsume Yuujinchou is ultimately about humans. It focuses on the bonds between humans, as well as the bonds between humans and youkai.
Each story is very well thought out and carries a deep message that Natsume derives from his encounters. Reasons why Natsume cannot let go of his bond with youkai, reasons why youkai fall in love with humans; Natsume Yuujinchou is a collection of beautiful bittersweet pieces of a not very ordinary every day life. Each piece left me with a somewhat sad but warm feeling and made me go back to re-watch and think upon it again and again.
Natsume Yuujinchou is full of unique personalities. Natsume does not help youkai just because he has nothing better to do. His bond with the beings of the other world is very deep and is explored in great detail. From a boy who was forced to shut himself off from nearly all humans, Natsume grows to trust humans again and shares his experiences with others. Seemingly eager for nothing more than obtaining the Book of Friends, Madara is also not that simple of a character. With time, he becomes attached to Natsume and, despite his own constant contradictions, appears to worry more about his companion than the actual book.
Youkai are also very interesting. Although most of them appear only in their assigned episode, each one is very memorable, and their personalities and inner troubles are so well thought out that it's hard to believe that they were really present for only twenty minutes.
The artwork is beautiful. It may seem rather simple, but it couldn't be more perfect for this anime. In fact, the simplicity of it is what makes it truly stunning for me. It greatly enhances the story and the atmosphere with its warm colors and memorable designs. Also, every time a scene of Natsume returning youkai's name is shown, I fall in love with this anime all over again; it almost makes me feel his breath as he blows out the letters from the page.
After the very first episode, I fell in love with both opening and ending songs. Like the artwork, the soundtrack is beautiful in its simplicity and fits Natsume Yuujinchou's atmosphere perfectly. It's the kind of music that probably would not feel the same or as special outside of the actual anime, but combined with the rest of the aspects, it becomes a wonderful soundtrack.
What more can I say? I fell completely in love with this anime. If you want something relaxing and heartwarming, Natsume Yuujinchou is for you. read more
Natsume Yuujinchou is possibly the most powerful, thought-provoking anime I've ever seen. The amount of emotions you'll experience is nothing short of incredible, especially when you consider the anime's 13 episode length.
Pity, anger, sorrow, astonishment, and absolute elation are to name a few.
And some tears on the side...Manly tears, obviously.
Natsume Yuujinchou is episodic, there is no defining plot line. The most common, unifying theme is Natsume's ultimate goal to return all the Youkai names that his Grandmother Reiko took and stored in the Book of Friends. The episodes range from various Youkai simply wanting their names back, to far more complex issues such as lonely spirits longing for companionship, desperate to relive the memories that are so precious to them.
Each episode is wrapped up so masterfully, so beautifully, that it's nearly impossible to not spend the next few moments contemplating what you've just seen. The messages and lessons conveyed are just as pertinent as they are meaningful. At some point in everyone's life, there will be something (a problem, ability, anything) that they feel is impossible to talk about, that no one can relate. As Natsume Yuujinchou illustrates, isolation is rarely the answer, and through purposeful human (and maybe not so human) interactions, inner peace can be achieved.
The art in Natsume Yuujinchou is phenomenal, depicting a gorgeous countryside town. Each aspect of the landscape is drawn with amazing attention to detail, the large plains of grass not just being lush green, but also golden, with a few shades of light red. The bodies of water are drawn to ripple realistically with the hustling and bustling of fish (and water-related Youkai). The light from the sun pours through the openings of the trees in a divine manner. The human characters are drawn with that middle of the road style of animation, where they aren't too realistic but they also aren't too cartoonish, too cartoonish being enormous eyes, no visible nose, etc. Youkai are drawn in almost every way imaginable, the sky was the limit in creating these spirits as each episode continuously provides unique designs. The artwork never falters, and remains beautiful at every attempt made, from fireworks in the night sky, to majestic, elegant Youkai.
I fell in love with the opening song upon first listen. Without thinking about it, I always found myself singing along, the tempo getting faster and faster, my excitement growing more and more. This opening is truly the perfect fit for Natsume Yuujinchou, as it is expressive of my anticipation for the upcoming episode. This was the same case with the end song, perfectly fitting, as it always sums up the current episode, allowing you to become engrossed in your own thoughts. The almost nostalgic way the music starts quietly playing right before the end of the episode, a slightly melancholic acoustic guitar chimes in, and emotions begin to overflow. A memorable end for an unforgettable anime.
Most of the Youkai encountered are, aside from the general superiority complex over humans, very different. Their personalities are what keeps the show fresh. A Youkai that first appears to be nothing but malicious may actually have a much more complicated character, though that isn't to say there are no instances of purely malevolent Youkai.
Despite that superiority complex, most of the Youkai do in fact have human tendencies. Love, loneliness, and real bonds of friendship are all things that Youkai are not entirely devoid of. It becomes obvious that, despite differences in appearence, powers, and social norms, humans and Youkai aren't so different...
This is an anime that is enjoyable from start to finish, and as someone who is more prone to believe in the existence of the supernatural, I was enthralled. From now on, I'll think twice about those moments where a cold chill overcomes you, or when a blast of wind hits you on a relatively calm day.
This show is a fantasy masterpiece. If you're in the mood to cry tears of happiness (manly tears, naturally) or just see a great show, then this is a must watch.
"I can hear the footsteps of Winter, the cold night...But, this place is warm" read more
Natsume Yuujinchou is a touching, thought-provoking and sweet anime. It leaves you with a warm, content feeling after each episode, and a wish for more of it when it's over (luckily there's some sequels :)).
Natsume, the protagonist, is one of the loveliest I've come across (although he does pack a mean punch when necessary). Natsume can see youkai, something most cannot, and due to this, in childhood, he was ostracised and shifted from house to house (a little something explored more in the anime). Despite these difficulties caused by his ability, Natsume continues to be kind and wants to help the youkai, and humans troubled by them, in anyway he can. He is the owner of the book of friends, a relic passed down to him from his grandmother who also shared his ability, which contains many youkai names which he sets out to return to their owners (in turn learning a bit about his grandmother's past along the way).
The only other main character is Madara “Nyanko-sensei”; Natsume's catlike (literally) and somewhat begrudging guide/bodyguard to the youkai world. They do have a funny, yet caring relationship. Natsume's classmates also make a nice addition to the pack as recurring characters, one of them, Tanuma, a little more notable than the rest. As do Natsume's guardians, the lovely Fujiwara couple. There's a few youkai that make more than one appearance as well.
The opening and ending themes are lovely to listen to, and also look great. The art and music coupled together, help to create a pleasant atmosphere in the anime. Some beautiful music and the art, and colours used, fit with the story very well.
Overall, I highly recommend it. You'll experience a rollercoaster of emotions but it'll be worth it. I hope you enjoy the series as much I did. If you have watched, and liked, Mushishi you will probably like this. I hope you have a great day. read more
Both of the main characters can see spirits. Both series are episodic, they can be watched in almost any order. Both have a lot of drama packed into these short stories.
Deals with the supernatural and very episodic. Has the same calm, bittersweet atmosphere at the end.
Though the two have their differences, both are about a main character who can see something others can't, and strives to help them. Also, both stories have a certain almost laid-back atmosphere to them. Natsume Yuujinchou, however, has more of a plot than Mushishi, as well as supporting characters that stay for more than one episode.
If you liked Mushishi I believe you'll most definitely enjoy Natsume Yuujinchou. :) I could see similarities right off the bat, in how they both deal with spirits or other supernatural creatures. Both main characters have a sense of compassion when interacting with these entities, and often will try to find the least violent method of solution. Also, both series are episodic, yet it's a style that suits them well. The day-to-day solving of problems has a relaxing sort of mood in both series, and I think they complement each other nicely.
Both deal with things that can only be seem by few people. Both have the main character helping someone in which only they could provide assistance. Each episode is about a different spirit/mushi.
Spirits are all around us, but only some have the gift to see them. Both series are somewhat episodic, revolving around human interactions with spirits, as well as with each other.
Both are calm, slice-of-life-ish series that deal with the supernatural (youkai/mushi) in one- or two-episode arcs and have protagonists who are quiet and standoffish as a result of their abilities to deal with the supernatural.
Although not similar in the aspect of Japanese Youkai, Mushishi still has good Japanese environments and the obvious feature of spirits that can only seen by certain people. Not many blatant parallels can be made between the two, though there's a high chance that anyone who likes Natsume Yuujin-Chou will like Mushishi.
If you liked Mushishi, you'll probably like Natsume Yuujinchou too. Each episode is a seperate story, and involves with spirits. The artwork of both of the series are soft colors and a pleasure to watch. Mushishi uses earthtones and Natsume Yuujinchou soft pastels though.
Both wonderfully soothing atmospheric slice-of-life series involving male protagonists with the uncommon ability to see spirits. In the course of these episodic stories, we learn that these spirits are neither good nor evil, that they simply exist - a message both shows seem to reinforce. Mushishi tends to be more dramatic, whereas Natsume Yuujinchou carries more of a comedic touch.
You'll surely notice since first episode how much those two anime are very similar to eachother.
- Main character: a quiet, good and mature guy (Natsume and Ginko) which has to deal in his own way with spirits/mushi. They both care abouth the spirits and always tried to do everything to help them and not let people thinking that they are to be considered as "evil".
- Atmosphere: colors, art, music, design will let you fully love the litterally pureness of those anime. The atmosphere is very calm and "delicated".
Personally i think that both, Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou, are two masterpieces which you can't miss to watch, especially if you already enjoyed one of the two!
Both anime have a calming atmosphere and tells the story of someone with a special ability as they learn to live with the supernatural.
Except for the basic plot: odd things that only some people can see but still can affect many, the main characters are extemely siimilar. They are both easy-going, adorable guys that will try to do whats best depending on the situation rather than some idea that all unknown creatures are evil and needs to be exterminated.
Both series are slow paced, and are focused on youkai, with standalone episodes. Natsume yuujinchou is lighter than Mushishi though.
Beautiful episodic tales surrounding the interaction between spirits and humans with a single mature and introspective male protagonist holding the thread between episodes.
Mushishi focuses more on japanesse folklore tales in a rural fudal setting and its more moral driven, whetheras Nastume Yuujinchou is more quaint and simple, following a school boy and his spirit relationships.
Mushihi's drama is more than Natsume Yuujinchou even though both they relax u a lot :) Both anime's story about a guy who wanna help ghosts ( it's name change anime to anime like Yokai & Mushi ) and humans. So they are similar in many ways :)
Both anime are episodic and supernatural. They have a relaxing atmosphere. Though the protagonists are different, they are both able to see things that normal people can't see, mushi/spirits.
Natsume yuujinchou's story have a similiarity to mushishi.. it all about japanesse mystery story..
Both stories follow the main character, who can see strange things. Both series have the same atmosphere, though Mishishi seems to be a more mature. Both stories are warm, affecting and a little bit bittersweet.
Calm, episodic anime with supernatural aspects.
BOth anime somehow tackles the supernatural side (mushi and yokai) meeting new pwoplw along the way of their journey. Slow in pace but has lessons to give in ife.
These dramas share a slow, easy pace that really allows them to develop a nice atmosphere. Watching these shows leaves me feeling peaceful and calm.
They are both episodic. Nastume Yuujinchou centers around the main character meeting and helping a different spirit each episode. Mushishi is similar, having the main character meet and help someone with a spirit related problem each episode.
The setting is famiiar - both main heroes can see otherwordly creatures, the atmosphere is quite the same too, although theese animes still leave different impressions.
Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou both have many similarities. The main characters of shows are the only people that can see spirits. The MC's want to help the people and spirits throughout the series. There isn't much of a plot in both the shows but each episode is very emotional and dramatic.
Both series have an episodic nature and are slow-paced with their stories. The story of both series focuses on dealing with the problems of individual people. In Natsume Yuujinjou this is done through the Book of Friends while in Mushishi it is the mushi that inhabit people. Both series have a large deal of emotions involved and also a large amount of moral questions are raised.
Both stories are about life with another being.
Ayakashi in Natsume Yuujinchou are human like being, where Mushi are more like primitive beings.
Both stories are focusing in slice of life and drama. But Natsume Yuujinchou is more slice of life, where Mushishi is more drama.
Both are top tier class animes.
Both series gives off a similar feeling in which the main protagonist is able to see supernatural beings where normal people cannot.
Although lacking a direct story line, both series has very interesting concepts and ideas that tells a different story each episode. The episodes themselves are lighthearted and has a relaxing feeling to them. The way these two series tell their stories in a surreal and unique presentation.
There are spirits involved in both series as we take a glimpse into how they behave around human beings and specifically the main protagonist. Although slow paced, the exploration of the many ideas are quite insightful to watch.
both are relaxing anime in which the main character empathizes with other characters who they meet and try to help them. main character in both anime can see things that not many other people can (mushi/youkai)
As many other people point out, this is as close to Mushishi as you can get. Both deal with Youkai/Ayakashi and are (mostly) episodic in nature, meaning there isn't necessarily a set overall plot, but a series of situations/problems where the entire story of it is contained in one episode, which Mushishi absolutely nailed. Natsume is definitely more heart-warming and emotional than Mushishi, but both will leave your heart tingling.
Both main characters can see things that normal people can't, spirits. Witch a calm and peaceful feel to it, both main characters encounter both good and bad spirits, and helping those in need. Both main characters are pretty quiet, and are the loner type. When they were children, the were thought of a freaks for seeing things no one else could see. After meeting different kinds of spirits their outlook about them and life changes. Both animes are episodic, with both good, sad, and bittersweet endings.
Both was able to features Japanese Folklore so well and interesting
Both have to do with spiritual creatures called "yokai". Both are very beautiful and imaginative anime. Highly recommend watching
Mushishi bears a certain spiritual kinship with Natsume Yuujinshou. I think of it as a more austere, reflective cousin but in truth, Mushishi can't really be compared to anything else. The main character deals with the supernatural, stories are told through an episodic format and lastly the serene and mystical atmosphere are some of the similarities between the two. The experience you get from these series don't come along very often, one of a kind.
Both are series in which ghosts or spirits exist and only certain people can see them. They are both extremely relaxing to watch, the sort of thing you'd watch an episode of before you go to sleep to give yourself a nice dream. Although Mushishi occasionally has unhappy endings and has a more wistful and dreamy atmosphere compared to Natsume Yujinchou's "smiley sunny everyone's friends lets help each other out and be happy" kind of atmosphere in which comedy is occasionally added. In my opinion occasional unhappy endings are a good thing as it adds variety, and I guess it suits the feel of the anime so don't immediately cross Mushishi out. Most of the time each episode has it's own plot line, and one arc rarely continues for more than an episode's length. In this case that also adds to the relaxing effect because you don't have to follow an intricate story line. I personally find the most relaxing animes the ones where you don't have to think. Anyway, both animes are brilliant, personally I prefered Mushishi just because I like the strange lovecraft sort of atmospheres and the protagonist is pretty interesting, unlike your generic anime hero...
main characters of these series are able to see spirits and go around solving problems. the two anime is also episodic which is smoothing and relaxing. japanese folklore
The key fundamental similarity between both of these series is that they are both episodic, giving each individual episode it's own story arc which doesn't directly connect to other episodes much further than the recurring characters e.g. Ginko, Madara etc. They both center around the theme of the supernatural, both introducing fantasy creatures e.g. Mushi from Mushishi. Mushishi I would describe as more on the philosophical and harder watching side than Natsume Yuujinchou, which has a more of a Slice of Life feeling to it while still remaining thought provoking. They are both slow paced and minimalisitic animes with simple but beautiful animation (especially mushishi) but are probably best watched in moderation rather than 'marathoning' a series. Both Awesome and Original :)
Supernatural/ghosts; Protagonist is a special person who can see these supernatural things and helps others deal with them; both have a very chill and bittersweet feel and slice of life
Similarities: both animes are largely episodic, both really only have a handful of main characters (although mushishi is mostly just Ginko), have a similar atmosphere about them and both main characters deal with helping people affected by spirits, or the spirits themselves.
Differences: Natsume is set in modern day Japan and he lives in the countryside, Mushishi is set in the past and Ginko is a nomad. Natsume also deals with a more personified version of spirits (youkai/ayakashi), whereas mushishi's spirits (mushi) don't really have any character to them. Natsume also has more of a goal he wants to achieve (book of friends), unlike Ginko. Both are equally very enjoyable, and highly recommended.
Mushishi and Natsume Yuuchinjou are very good and enjoyable series. The protagonists of both series, Ginko and Natsume, deal with spiritual species that interact with humans, which are known as Mushi (Mushishi) and Ayakashi/Youkai (Natsume Yuuchinjou). Both Ginko and Natsume also deal with loneliness, but still use the gifts/powers they have to help others. They are episodic as well. Both characters accept these spirits as parts of their lives. Ginko before the beginning of the story's setting, and Natsume throughout the show.
However, there are still some differences between the two. For almost every episode of Mushishi, Ginko is usually requested to help a character that has a "disease/illness". He tries to diagnose the problem, and the cause of the problem is always because of the Mushi, in whatever way possible. Ginko then gets rid of the Mushi, but will never kill them, unlike other mushishi. In Natsume Yuuchinjou, Natsume usually helps either a youkai or human with a problem they have, and with those problems, most of the time, he has to use his Yuuchinjou. Mushishi episodes almost always end in a depressing or non-happy way. In Natsume Yuuchinjou, the story of that episode always has a happy ending. Ginko and maybe just one or two other characters reappear throughout the show. In Natsume Yuuchinjou, there are plenty of characters that appear along the way, humans and youkai. There's more comedic scenes in Natsume Yuuchinjou than in Mushishi as well.
In conclusion, both are very well-done series, and are very emotional. Natsume Yuuchinjou is very similar to Mushishi, but is less depressing and deals with more characters.
Both Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou have a laid back, relaxing athmosphere and an episodical way of telling the different stories that each has to offer. Both shows deal with lead characters that can see creatures that others can't and their interaction with them.
However, while Mushishi tends to be more dramatic, Natsume has a little more of a comedian touch to it.
Supernatural creatures that both characters can see that others can not. Both series are soft and relaxing
Both animes have a supernatural theme, yet are not packed with pure action and fights and such. They are slow-paced and look at things at a different perspective. Plus, the atmosphere in both is really calming and both are good animes to watch, if you want each episode a new story to be told.
Same basic idea - a guy that can see the supernatural. Natsume Yuujinchou is little more touching and lighter, while xxxHolic is a bit funnier.
Both are about ayakashi and yokai, share a bit of story and they both have a Zashiki-Warashi in it. xxxHolic is pretty dark, while Natsume Yuujinchou is lighter and uses more colours.
The character of Watanuki (xxxHolic) is very similar to Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou). Even though the stories of the two series are different except for the boy-who-can-see-spirits thing, the "feel" is the same. Also, Nyan-ko sensei is kinda like a cross between kuro-Mokona and the Kudakitsune.
Both series start out very similarly, both of the main characters are being chased by spirits which only they can see. Both are fairly episodic though xxxHOLiC definitely links more episodes together.
Both main characters are the only one's in the story that can see spirits. They also share the same sense of loneliness that comes with it. There's a few episodes in both Natsume Yuujinchou & xxxHolic that go into true detail about their feelings of being alone. It's drama unlike i've ever seen before, and i love that part about each of these shows, so much. If you've seen one of these shows, then i highly recommend you check out the other.
Both protagonist can see things others can't and have a best friend who accepts them for that, even though he can't see spirits himself. The protagonist's guardians and loving yet harsh on them, teasing them a lot. I am sure that if you love one you will love the other. Both series' offer a lot of knowledge into Japanese folklore and provide characters you will fall in love with.
In both anime there's a boy who can see yõkai and want's to get rid of the ability. Involves also a lot of adventures in/with/about the spirit world.
Both series are about an introvert boy trying to deal with seeing spirits.
Well, as already many ppl said:
both series have main character really similar: Watanuki Kimihiro & Natsume Takashi. They are good guys, with a special ability: they are able to see spirits/ghosts/demons.. They also share the 'loneliness' side, b'cuz of their capacity they are usual to be alone.. Maybe watanuki's personality is a bit more 'funny-comic' than that natsume, but anyway they are both real good ppl with a "golden heart" that help others.
About the story, well both stories are really similar b'cuz of the *oriental japanese tradition* in them, about the traditions to believe in something like typical japanese spirits and about all the atmosphere!
The way how both stories are showed, is simply awesome: delicated, sweet and loveable.
About Natsume, the anime it is really full of amazing colors, and also graphic design is exelent^^
Well, from Holic's side, it's an anime from CLAMP so char design is obviously great.
What else i have to say? they are both awesome. Holic is more known than Natsume, so i suggest you: don't lose that gem that NY is! believe me, watch it ;3 they both worth it!^^
Lots of similarities. For one both MCs can see supernatural stuff that keeps hunting them down. Both MCs try to solve supernatural problems and have someone to guide them and both series are episodic.
Main difference is that xXxHolic takes a slightly darker approach and tries to bring some horror factor from time to time.
Both of these shows feature a leading male character who can see demons/spirits. They both hope to get rid of their ability, but start to realize how useful it is once they start using it. They also start to figure out who they can trust with their secret. Overall, the plot is fairly similar.
Both main character can see spirits, even though both animes are quite different, they both are wonderful o^.^o
The protagonist both meet a lot of humans/supernatural beings that would make them realize a lot of lessons in life. They have problems that are quite similar but not all is bad in their new found lifestlyle.
In both series, the main protagonist is able to see spirits and demons, beings that only very few people can see.
Both series presents stories in an unique way each episode that follows the main protagonist's lives and the situations as he deals with his gift/curse. It is quite well written because the way it presents them with a sort of mystical and serene feeling.
Both series features a lot of interactions between various characters that can be dramatic, comedic, and sometimes emotional.
Both series are episodic that has a slow pacing which also follows a slice of life feeling. Nonetheless, many themes are explored in both series with the guidance of a senior as they learn more about the world, how to handle their supernatural abilities, and helping others while learning more about themselves.
- Both animes have very distinct accult themes.
- Both protagonists have an unusually strong spiritual sense for a human and often times find themselves in perilous situations involving various non-human entities as a result.
- despite the above neither is very adept at handling these situations.
- Both have a somewhat tragic male protagonist.
- Both protagonist seem to be orphans.
However Both Natsume and watanuki have very different personalities.
Both XXXHolic and Natsume Yuujinchou tend to have very different atmospheres.
Natsume Yuujinchou has a more light hearted bittersweet atmosphere and tends to have much milder content than XXXHolic. XXXHolic may come off to some as having a more modern gothic vibe. And can also be very philosophical at times.
Drama, comedy, and supernatural.
Episodic anime about the unseen paranormal creatures- Ayakashi and Youkai.
The main character, Natsume Takashi/Watanuki Kimihiro, is an orphaned teenager who possesses spiritual abilities and is able to see spirits.
He has a best friend, Tanuma Kaname/Doumeki Shizuka, who lives in a shrine and has an ability to sense spirits, but his abilities are inferior to the MC.
Natsume Yuujinchou leaves a warm fuzzy feeling. It has a lighthearted atmosphere.
xxxHolic is macabre, creepy and dark. It includes profound and psychological dialogues.
about japanese folklore, ayakashi and youkai, art, and a lot of other things
Episode s are not connected
they both have characters that can see spirits and stuff...
These shows focus on a young man who can see spirits. They each use this curse/gift to help others, and through this, they find what they lacked. Each show is episodic with the overall arc being the development of the main character.
Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei.
Hotarubi no Mori e brings some of the best things about Natsume Yuujinchou in one neat 40 minute package. It is pretty much a Natsume Yuujinchou episode, sans Natsume and Nyanko-Sensei, plus the benefit of extra 20 minutes and a higher budget. That makes for a incredibly well done story with one of the sweetest (and saddest) romances I've seen in anime.
This should be a must watch for Natsume fans. If you loved the movie but never watched Natsume... well, what on earth are you waiting for?
Of course watching Hotarubi is like watching Natsume Yuujinchou.
Not only they are from the same manga-ka, therefor sharing the same gorgeous art and a similar story telling as well the taste for the same genre:
those are two titles who, if you liked one of them, you can't absolutly miss to wach the another as well!
Both are sweet, delicate stories, with splendid colors and wonderful characters who'll bring you into those supernatural and fascinating worlds.
Both give you the same calm feeling while watching them.
Indeed, very highly recommended both ♥
Not only do Natsume Yuujinchou and Hotarubi no Mori e have the same original creator and similar setting, they are animated by the same studio, with the same director and even the composer is the same. Without any doubt there is more than one that these two would both be liked by the same people.
The girl, Hotaru, in Hotarubi no More e and the boy, Takashi (mostly referred to by his family name Natsume), both see demon and spirits and they both befriend them. Both the film and the series play with a melancholic feeling and the relationship between humans and spirits.
Hotarubi no Mori e is like the 2 episode version of Natsume Yuujinhou. Even the main characters Natsume and Jin are similiar. Also, musics, the athmosphere and animation styles are alike. I loved Hotarui no Mori e more than Natsume because there was a romantic story in it. I wish it could become longer.
Not only do they share the same creator, their art style, the music, the setting and themes are similar as well. They are both touching and will probably leave you with tears.
Both are about Youkai. Both have that bittersweet feeling to it.
Hotarubi is about love while Natsume is about friendship with Youkai. If you enjoyed one of them, you will enjoy the other.
Both anime are written by the same author, Yuki Midorikawa hence contains similar themes, mood, and settings.
Both series has a mystical feeling which is smooth, slow paced, serene, and natural. The music in both series are also collected and calm. Both series also involves a main protagonist dealing with supernatural beings, specifically spirits.
These two anime are both relaxing to watch that are considered rare gems.
Gin gives an extremely similar feeling to Natsume. They are both extremely soothing and relaxing to watch, although one offers a more dramatic experience.
Same voice actor for main male lead and similar plot about ghost spirits wandering around. The main story of Hotarubi is limited by the fact that it's movie, and so it doesn't have as much touching stories as Natusme, yet it is still very moving. Both emphasizes the importance of relationships, especially that of a close friend.
Hoturabi no Mori e is almost exactly like an episode of Natsume Yuujinchou without natsume in it. About a Girl who meets a youkai it is also extremely touching.
Similar Artwork, similar soundtrack, similar storyline. Both stories are about interaction between yōkai (supernatural monsters) and humans. Protagonists in both stories are complex and evolve in beautiful ways.
A dip in the simplicity and tranquility in a rural landscape
through appearances in folklore,
the charm, the beauty and magic of the forest and,
the "poetry" of a wonderful Yuki Midorikawa.
Both shows a story about a world were the yokai (ghost, monsters etc...) exist and live without the humans realize. I like Hotarubi no Mori e because its diferent from the typical romance, and i love yatsume first season because was different from the typical shounens.
It's like Natsume Yuujinchou, but shorter and with some romance mixed in. Even if you don't like romance, watch it!
They both share the same director, and both share the same setting of the story - a real world, but with spirits living together with humans.
Beautiful and touching stories, amazing animation and art, you will enjoy every minute of it.
Produced by the same studio, so if you enjoy the style of Natsume Yuujinchou then you'll love Hotarubi no Mori e.
Both explore the relationship between people and spirituality, with Hotarubi no Mori e focusing more on romance. Can't recommend these works enough, 10/10 for both.
similiar style of heart-warming supernatural story with similiar facinating ghosts characters. Touching scenes & stories..
If you liked this anime you will definitely like Spirited Away, the main character in both animes can see spirits and they have to deal with them through it.
Both deal with the interactions between an ordinary human protagonist and the supernatural creatures they encounter. Both have similar meticulous pacing, themes of friendship, character growth, and are pretty much guaranteed to warm your heart at least a little.
Both are about Youkai. Well, Spirited Away is a wonderfull movie, completely must to see for everyone. The ones who enjoyed Natsume's story will love Chihiro.
Natsume Yuujinchou revolves around a phycic teenage boy named Takashi Natsume, who is hounded by spirits on a regular basis.
Recently, Takashi's grandmother Reiko passed away, leaving him the mysterious 'Natsume book of friends'.
Reiko, in her youth, was quite a myschevious girl, who would challange spirits in the codition that if she won, she would seal their name in her notebook, rendering them a servant to her.
Upon inheriting this book, Natsume is faced with more spirits, those wanting thier names returned, and those out to steal the book in order to gain servants.
Spirited away revolves around a young girl named Chihiro, who, with her parent, walk into what they belive is an abandoned themepark. This is a trap.
After her parents are turned into pigs, the residents of this loccation finally appear, only to be revealed a series of bizzare spirits.
Chihiro is rescued by a mysterious young boy who knows nothing about his past, he advise's to keep her head down in order not to gain attention.
We soon discover that a which is dictating this spirit wold and stealing the name and identity of others, who have no choice but to serve her.
Natsume YuuJinchou has quite the oppsosite storyline to Spirited away, yet inspite of this, their are great similarities...
Spirited Away - A sweet little girl gets stranded in the spirit world, being the only human
Natsume Yuujinchou - A pleasant teenage orphaned boy, see spirits in his everyday life
Spirited Away - Thoses in the spirit world have their names taken from them, i.e. losing their identity and freedom
Natsume Yuujinchou - Many spirits have had their names stolen from them and sealed in the book of friends, i.e. losing their freedom
Both stories feature sweet, lovable main characters, who have a shapeshifting spirt acting as bodygaurd. read more
both are about spirits, but Spirited away has more action, and Natsume Yuujinchou is more relaxing, :)
both are full of loving characters you will never forget. while spirited away is more fast paced natsume yuujin is more slow and calm. Both are full of supernatural creatures and the determination of a child/teen to do what they think is right. fully fleshed out characters that are brought to life on the screen right before your eyes. if you liked spirited away you will love natsume yuujin because both are unforgettable in their own right.
Both have a human become involved in a spirit community.
Both are supernatural tales regarding interesting ghosts and their stories. Ghosts in both anime aren't the horrific killer ghosts, but just spirits that just want to live peacefully.
Both are slice of life, very easygoing and heartwarming stories. I definitely felt that Kimi to Boku reminds me of Natsume Yuujinchou without any supernatural elements. Both also have very soft and sweet ED themes. There are cats in both series that play a definite role. The one major difference is KtB focuses on a group of friends, while Natsume Yuujinchou focuses on just a few characters.
Both are slice-of-life series more concerned with building bonds and interactions between characters (with ocassional endearingly quirky humour) than any kind of overarching plot. Natsume Yuujinchou has the distinction of incorporating strong supernatural themes, but if that was excluded they'd be remarkably similar series! Even with that, they have a lot of thematic and stylistic similarities, generally giving off the same pleasant, heart-warming vibe.
Similar relaxing feeling overall (although KtB is not supernatural). Slow gentle pace in a plot that revolves around friendship and bonds. Its about the daily life and the important things in life, it gives you some good lessons. And both have cats who are usually near the protagonists.
Since there are no youkai (monsters) in Kimi to Boku, both anime still have the similar relaxed and calm vibe. The protagonists are all likable and there is no doubt that either anime is quite well made. Although portrayed differently, and yet comparable, friendship, one of the two will definitely fall in taste if you've already seen either Kimi to Boku or Natsume Yuujinchou.
A strong emphasis on friends and friendship. The pacing of the story is similar, episodic rather than overarching.
I think it's similar because of the relaxing vibe both of the anime's present. Along with character design. Kimi to Boku is practically just the life part of Natsume Yuujinchou, none of the super-natural.
While Natsume Yuujinchou has supernatural elements, both series are slice of life. They both have soft colours, mellow music and give off a very relaxing feel. They are both anime that is more calming than exciting to watch (but still very enjoyable all the same). There are also heartwarming moments and strong friendships between the characters.
Cats are also featured in both.
Both animes deal with supernatural powers (youkai) and in both animes the main characters are young men who have power over those youkai. Natsume Yuujinchou leaves a way more positive feeling, though.
friendly main characters who happen to be teenagers...have some sort of super natural power and uses it to help supernatural beings...somewhat similiar feel in the graphics but set in different periods
They both involve a person who can see things that others can't see. They both try to solve problems with the best of their abilities. They both have non-human sidekicks.
Both deal with the complicated realtionships bewtween humans and spirits. Both also have humor.
an episodic story that centers on a guy with an ability to see youkai. Tactics is like a darker and creepier version of Natsume.
Both about generally kind-hearted youths who get along better with spirits/monsters than with people and have strong protectors who are also friends.
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