The premises of both involve their respective main characters (usually mistaken as being mere medicine men due to their appearances) traveling around period piece Japan and solving supernatural problems. But Mononoke lacks Mushishi's depth since, where as the Mushi in Mushishi are an extension of nature that aren't inherently good or bad (nature can be cruel, folks!), the titular Mononoke are vengeful spirits that need to be put to rest. Both series follow a pattern of gaining understanding before the problems can be resolved, but Mononoke's stories nearly all being related to vengeance left much more restricted and limited: always having a murder mystery 'whodunnit?' approach. Also, Mononoke's nameless lead was never explained, and never will be since there's no source material. On the other hand, Mushishi's lead, Ginko, has a full back-story.
In a nutshell, the premises are very similar but what separates the two is that Mononoke is very much style over substance, where as Mushishi is substance over style. read more
Both stories involed a man wandering around japan carrying around a wooden box and deals with supernatural entities and helps people along the way. Mononoke is a lot darker and a bit more cynical then Mushishi is, and the Medicine Seller is more of an anti hero, but that doesn't keep him from being an enjoyable, interesting character. The stories in both series are interesting, each being self contained, though Monoke tells it's stories in a series of 5 arcs. Also, Mononoke's stories are always more on the horror side of things, whereas Mushishi's are usually more emotional.
Both deal with the supernatural and both have charismatic lead characters. The drawings in Mononoke will take a little getting used to. Just a little warning, some parts of Mononoke can be quite scary compared to Mushishi.
Anime with Unique art? Relating to a search of mystic beings of some sorts?
You got it in these both. Although both do have their differences, if you loved one, you'll love the other. As a bonus, both protagonists are lovable (in a hot, respectable way).
Both series have a travelling protagonist who helps different people in each episode or story arc with supernatural creatures they don't understand -- traditional Japanese spirits in Mononoke, and unusual nature spirits in Mushishi.
If you liked the story about a man wandering around from place to place, "saving" people from supernatural creatures, then Mononoke is for you. But Mononoke has bizarre scenes, really artistic detalis, and also...it's a dark version of Mushishi.
Episodic and is similar in the fact that the protagonist is a traveller and medicine seller eliminating supernatural creatures. In Mushishi it was Mushis and in Mononke it is the poor mononokes being terminated. Both are amazing shows.
Both series features a traveling mysterious main character that deals with supernatural phenomena around. While melancholy and drama are foremost for Mushishi and mystery for Mononoke they still have a similar mood. Their artwork have different stylings, but the approach of evershifting reality and simplicity is close.
Both series deal with the supernatural and follow the journeys of a fascinating lead character. There is no over-arching plotline, but a succession of situations involving strange creatures and humans. Each has an original and distinct atmosphere with great art, animation and soundtrack.
Mononoke is simply the dark version of Mushishi. Mushishi is very relaxing while Mononoke is incredibly freaky and horrific with its creepy noises all over the place, both are mature, slow-paced, poetic, and psychological on the other hand.
Both Mushishi and Mononoke are about traveling "magicians" who help solve peoples' problems. Both stories take place during an Edo-like period and have beautiful character designs. Mononoke has longer story arcs while Mushishi has a one-shot episode format. Ginko (Mushishi) is more personable while Kusuriuri (Mononoke) is more ethereal.
Both anime are episodic, has a wandering medicine seller main character. One is chasing after rumours about mononoke and the other is chasing about mushi rumours.
Each of the main characters is helping people with their skills and knowledge.
Mononoke is harder to understand, even with a well understanding of japanese culture and history. Each detail in Mononoke has an explanation.
Both anime are interesting to watch. If you like one of these, you might like the other.
The similarity is that both Ginkgo and Kusuriuri use their knowledge to help when it comes to the spiritual world and the problems that may occur whit contact between the human and mysterious. Besides that, inner fulfillment exists when watching both anime.
Mononoke is kinda like a much more sinister version of Mushishi. Both feature an enigmatic medicine seller (although Ginko is more developed) roaming the land "exorcising" mysterious spirits. Mononoke is more of an atmospheric pseudo-horror anime though, and the art is much more stylized (and absolutely jaw-dropping it is).
Both have a very similar feel to them
both are episodic
Both Leads go around running into supernatural events
both have white hair XD
Both have a an eerie atmosphere
Both leads "help" or give advice about different phenomenons to people on their travels
Exactly the same story, but Mononoke is more psychological and horror-infused, while Mushishi is more philosophical and peaceful. Mushishi's world is somewhat more grounded, while Mononoke is heavily centered around Japanese mythology. The simplest way I can put it is that Mononoke is Mushishi's dark, edgier brother - Don't take that as an insult though; Both shows are mature, beautiful looking, and thought-provoking, and can even deliver strong emotional punches.
It can't be said enough, but anyone who liked one show will like the others. Ginko and the Medicine Peddler may have starkly different methods, outlooks on life, and motivations, there is something that ties the two shows together.
Mysterious wandering protagonists with a suitcase of curios travelling and interacting with the world's more unearthly inhabitants.
Very different art styles, but with a similar atmosphere humming quietly with curiosity, showing the subtle enjoyment found in travelling and learning.
Not as serious as people make them out to be, there is plenty of humour and silliness, just not as loud as in other shows.
I could talk about episodic construction these titles which improves impression that they touch the most basic themes human's lives. Or maybe I could tell you about the protagonists who always give the victim a hand but provided that this person wants his help and change the status quo. I could talk... but it is not really important. They are so specific that not everybody will be satisfied after them. But they are worth trying.
A wandering salesman often traveling in rural country is usually tasked with combating supernatural enemies or hindrances. Both main characters have an easy going nature and tend to be highly respected individuals when people figure out who they are.
In both animes, the main character travels around the world: finding answers about rumours related to mushis in Mushishi's case and related to demons in Mononoke's case.
Both are composed by short stories well structured.
Luminous paths. Bewitching Sceneries. What can travellers see else?
Ginko and Kusuriuri are similar to personality, profession, purpose. They traveling various places, and there are all sorts of drama.
Sometimes fortunate. Sometimes melancholy. Nobody knows what will happen to their life.
Mushishi is style of calm. Profound story draw in you. That's beautiful suggestiveness.
Contrastingly, Mononoke is very fright, eerie. You can see Kusuriuri's coolness that unleash sword of exterminating evil.
Both plot is almost episodic. As stated previously, travellers go many new lands. Each episode content is quite deep.
Art and Soundtrack also great. Both are beauty, remaining easy to impression.
If you liked Mushishi or Ginko, you definitely like Mononoke and Kusuriuri.
Well, if possible, I have Mushishi's sequels to watch you. More energetic. read more
Mononoke and Mushishi are quite similar, despite the difference in art styles and general 'vibe'. The two main characters share a similar... occupation if you will. They both spend their days travelling in search of Mushi, or Mononoke. Both stories are interesting, however unlike Mushishi, Mononoke doesn't go episode by episode. The arcs take 2-3 episodes, however each arc is still interesting. Mononoke also contains a catch, unlike Mushishi where Ginko can easily solve an issue in a single episode.
The main characters are both wanderers and travel around the country to solve the problems caused by supernatural beings. I lack the words to properly describe the genre, so I'll label them both as "food-for-thought-anime". If you like short stories with a deeper meaning, then Mushishi / Mononoke (depending on which one you haven't watched yet) is definitely worth (binge) watching.
I wonder why I forgot to create this recommendation as it is so obvious.
Mononoke and Mushishi certainly appeal to the same audience. If you are looking for unique exorcism anime look no further. If you enjoyed one of these, you will certainly enjoy the other as they even share a similar mini-arc episodic story (Mononoke arcs are longer though). Even both protagonists work as lone medicine sellers that deal with demons for a living.
Smart 'demons' designs that are more of phenomena than evil creatures, a very mysterious protagonist and incredible and unique visuals mark some of the similarities.
Both certainly have this "creepy" and eerie aura in some scenes as well. read more
While both of these shows share an episodic format and a similar "plot", they have a different form of entertaining viewers. In Mushishi, the MC isn't always fully involved with the incidents shown and in some episodes he doesn't even appear until the last few minutes. In Mononoke, you're with the MC from start to finish; he's always involved with the supernatural incidents.
When you watch Mushishi, you enjoy the stories it brings; when you watch Mononoke, you enjoy not only the stories presented, but also the mysterious and enigmatic MC.
Series of short story arcs centred upon supernatural entities (Aberrations in Bakemonogatari and Mononoke in Mononoke) taking form and haunting characters. While Mononoke focuses more on the stories and Bakemonogatari on the characters, they structure their short arcs very similarly, both narrative-wise and progression. Both series share this style of storytelling presented with a unique style of animation: Bakemonogatari is more Shaft than the average Shaft, and Mononoke takes upon itself a very "Japanese" style to fit their respective settings.
Both series centre around sequential arcs in which the protagonist tackles a supernatural entity plaguing humans by unravelling the circumstances surrounding it. Bakemonogatari has a modern setting while Mononoke is a period piece, so they complement each other with the contrast.
Both are arc-based stories dealing with one specific supernatural entity in each arc. The true nature of the situation is not always readily apparent at the beginning of the arc but is revealed by the end. They also both have a very distinctive visual style, though not necessarily in the same way.
both series feature the same sort of paranormal mystery aspect, though the two go about it in a different timeframe and fashion. Both feature a unique sort of artwork seen in anime, though the two aren't all too similar in that respect.
These two anime are alike for the structure and the very basis of the show. They are both anime about the supernatural separated into arcs. While Mononoke has a better focus on the execution and the art. Bakemonogatari is more character and dialogue based.
Two series about Japanese apparitions. They're not very similar storytelling-wise, but Mononoke's MC (the Apothecary) is quite similar to Oshino Meme, an aberration specialist from Monogatari (they even share the voice actor). If you enjoy encounters with the supernatural, both series should suit you.
Very supernatural, mysterious, Japanese, arc-driven series.
Both have psychedelic art, one of them having it as a basis for the whole anime.
Paying attention is the norm for watching the two series.
One thing though, while both animes have Mystery tags, Mononoke falls more into the horror genre, while the Monogatari series is focused more on romance and fanservice.
Bakemonogatari and Mononoke are surprisingly similar. The latter is definitely more serious, with a heavy psychological focus, whereas the first has no shame in being irreverent and constantly playing around with meta-references (although it never strays into fields of shameless idiocy or exaggerated humor). Both, however, present unique storytelling and a distinctive and highly experimental (Mononoke being much more iconoclastic) audiovisual experience. Words, images, and sounds are just as important as narration in both cases. And in both cases, it never fails to be interesting.
And by far the most interesting connection among them is how the arcs are focused on the characters and their inner struggles and contact with supernatural entities rather than a "master-storyline" that guides the entire show. read more
Bakemonogatari and Mononoke feature unique art and direction as well as a lot of dialogue. The shows consist of a series of arcs focused on the supernatural which are well complemented by their music and style.
they have the same style of animation...i can't help but noticed from the first scene.. the mysterious male lead with mind-boggling events/things happening... i think i can say gankutsuou is also a little of the horror genre
Both the art direction and style are similar - so if you're a fan of eye candy give this a go too. On the surface that seems to be the only similarity - but both main characters are also similar in that they are both not what they seem to be with a supernatural twist and that both have a single purpose for living. Everyone else is swept away by their agenda and powers.
This is purely art base. You either love it or just hate it.
The story is very different though both have a suspenseful aspect.
If you like the abstract art of Gankutsuou then you will definitely love Mononoke!
It is as if two psychedelic artist decided to go on a rampage and viola! a polychromatic anime.
It is really a must see for one or the other.
As for the story, Mononoke is episodic and involves a pointy eared cat like looking man "Bakeneko" who names himself as the medicine seller. But he is not just any medicine seller for he can exorcise unwanted spirit. His method though is a little uncommon as he needs shape(katachi), truth(makoto) and reasoning(kotowari) to destroy the spirits.
At times your eyes start to spin with all the artwork but you will definitely enjoy it!
For someone who is a fan of the unique art style of Gankutsuou, you will enjoy the similar art style employed in Mononoke. Further, if you enjoyed the surrealist aspects of Gankutsuou, you will find much of the same in Mononoke. While the plots may be quite different, for anyone who is in to alternate art styles and truly unique stories - Mononoke delivers just as Gankutsuou does on these fronts.
As obvious as this recommendation may be, the fact that only the last three episodes of Ayakashi relate to it and the first eight are entirely unrelated make it worth making, if only for the sake of clarity.
Ayakashi is a collection of three totally different samurai period horror stories. Only the third and final arc links into Mononoke, which is an episodic 'supernatural case of the week' series where a traveling medicine man exorcises vengeful spirits after playing out 'whodunnit?' murder scenarios. Ayakashi's Goblin Cat arc is best described as being equivalent to a US TV pilot--it obviously proved popular enough for a full series to be made after its test-run in Ayakashi. The full series is, of course, Mononoke. The artsy screen-filter effect, murder mystery structure, main character, exorcism items: EVERYTHING remained identical. A supporting character even made a cameo appearance. Since Mononoke was just an extension of what was in Ayakashi with added episodicness, in my holy opinion Ayakashi's Goblin Cat arc bettered all of Mononoke's, which quickly grew stale.  read more
Very similar mystic atmosphere . Interesting and breath taking scenes . Great plot and various tragical stories are combined in Ayakashi. The very anime is a combination of 3 different chapters , and i`m sure that if you are a fan of Mononoke`s storyline , Ayakashi will be great choice for you !
If you are interested in any anime series which deals with supernatural and bizarre sotylines, with separate arcs in every episode, then this short series of 11 episodes is one of them. You should watch it, the entire series being based on three different stories relating to the demons and ghostly entities from Japan; and know what?
The last three episodes of this series feature the 'Medicine Seller' in the Mononoke series, which is a spin-off of the same.
If you liked this anime (especially the last few episodes focused on the bake neko) then you definitely enjoy Mononoke. It is an anime centered around the kusuriuri that appeared in the final arc of Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror and is devoted to the many adventures of this particular medicine seller. So, if you enjoyed the art style and story found in the final three episodes of this anime, you may want to check out Mononoke. :3
Both animes deal with supernatural beings and have cases that are based on myths and hearsays (they even used a similar tale as a basis for one of their stories). The two animes also plays on human flaws as well as the need to seek for truth. However, Hundred Stories is definitely more violent than Mononoke. Though they do not use the same style, the cinematography of these two animes are also quite unique.
These animes are stories about mononoke, based on Japanese legends and rumors. Main characters are grim and mysterious (I guess the only exception is Momosuke-sensei) and they deal with evil spirits. And, in both animes, the truth about reasons of birth of mononoke is sometimes much more violent than mononoke’s actions. Besides, both of animes have unusual, but not similar art style.
Both series have quite distinctive art style, though not same. Mononoke use brigter colours, where Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari is more muted and use darker colours.
In both series story revolves around supernatural in form of human depravities or ghosts or other creatures. Both are heavily influenced by japanese folklore and myths. Both are set around edo period of Japan. Both are for older audience in tone, though Mononoke is not as violent.
If you liked Mononoke, then you my friend, for sure should try out this series called Hundred Stories.
The series revolves around a writer who is looking for ghost stories all over the world which he can write about, in the journey of which he comes across three entities who indirectly guide him through his venture, simultaneously fulfilling their own purposes.
Mononoke features an unnamed entity who goes by the title of the "Medicine Seller" who wanders around the land casually, coming across various spirits whom he exorcises one after the other.
Mononoke and Xxxholic are kindred souls. Thematically both focus on nefarious spirits and their interaction with inherently human flaws and in terms of style the two anime have a very edgy usage of colour that combined with highly original sets help give a truly surreal ambience. In both cases typically Japanese traditions are recreated artistically and the Asian imagery that permeates them is flawlessly is used as medium of communication to tell the story, as much as the dialogue. Mononoke is stranger and genuinely eerie while Xxxholic is perhaps more conventional but both push the envelope in terms of supernatural horror in anime.
The art is similar, the stories deal with Japanese myths and beliefs, and the characters in both anime is involved with spirits.
A arte é semelhante ,as histórias tratam de mitos e crenças japonesas ,e os personagens de ambos os animes tem envolvimento com espíritos .
Both series deal with the supernatural, and the Apothecary from Mononoke is a similar character to Ichihara Yuuko - both are experts in spirits, apparitions and the like. Both xxxHolic and Mononoke also have quite unique, "trippy" imagery when it comes to portraying encounters with the ghosts.
Both are somthing like "old school japanese anime" that contains spirits and some crazy colture of japan, so if you liked xxxHolic you will probably like Momonoke too.
Both are old made animes and when you see random people in both animes you can see that they doesnt have a face / head
Kuchu Buranko is the newest series made by the same staff of Mononoke. Despite having considerable different themes and settings, both have unique art style and animation techniques, with mysterious and intriguing plots led by mysterious and intriguing main characters. If you're enjoying Kuchu Buranko, check Mononoke. If you enjoyed Mononoke, check Kuchu Buranko.
They are both pretty trippy and follow a main character who goes and solves people's problems more or less. The art is similar in that they use textures. You also have to infer a lot of the background information and put together pieces. The way the show is set up, for example: frequent cut scenes, monologues or explanations. If you like short shows that require a bit of mind work, then Kuuchuu Buranko is recommended.
Similar to Kuuchuu Buranko, pretty trippy and you have to infer the story. Once you understand the story it's mindblowing. These are shows that force you to think and really understand what is going on in the show.
Although there are little similarities between these two in terms of story or genre (Mononoke is horror/demons while The Tatami Galaxy is comedy), their animation and art style are very unique and top-notch. If you are looking for great stories paired with great visuals, these two are for you.
In both series the main character gets involved with hatred in different forms and how deceiving humans can be.
Both series include a lot of illusions and/or other paranormal things.
Also these deceiving humans usually get punished and with that the case is solved.
And for another thing, both Soundtracks for the series were composed by Takanashi Yasuharu
Both shows have mysterious protagonists that banish away evil entities and seemingly bring a better sense of justice to the world.
In Jigoku Shoujo, Ai banishes evil humans through the covenant with a person wishing for revenge. The plot concerning what leads up to this banishment is normally fledged out through the perspective of the characters in the episode.
In Mononoke, Kusuriuri banishes mononoke, or evil spirits who bring ill-luck/bad karma, by finding the shape, the truth, and the reason. The plot concerning what leads up to this banishment is fledged out by his own deductive reasoning and interrogation of the characters in the arc (normally 2-3 episodes long each). read more
Similar eccentric art style with equally mind blowing plot twists which keep you seating on the edge the whole time.
Both has episode element, though Kaiba has a main plot between the sub plots.
Both are not your every day style anime and definitely worth your time!
Very similar and unconventional art style. Both series heavily conceal important information from the viewer as a technique to give a feeling of uncertainty throughout the series. Both have an episodic format, although Kaiba abandons this after the first half of the series. Finally each of these anime is very good, very deep, and surprisingly touching.
Although there are few similarities between these two in terms of story or genre (Mononoke is horror/demons while Kaiba is sci-fi), their animation and art style are very unique and top-notch. If you are looking for great stories paired with great visuals, these two are for you.
If you enjoy the intriguing art style of Katanagatari, the feeling of being suspended in a Japanese painting, then you may be interested in checking out Mononoke for a similar, yet completely unique style.
Interesting art styles and full of engaging dialogue. Music that fits perfectly with the shows' tone. Mononoke and Katanagatari are both very unique and clever in terms of their execution and direction, giving a rich experience for the brain as well as the eyes and ears.
-Both shows contain Japanese folklore
-Both contain an eerie sort of horror and atmosphere
-Yami Shibai is a short while Mononoke is not.
-Yami Shibai is episodic while Mononoke contains arks of usually three episodes.
I would recommend either show to anyone who enjoys the haunting, eerie sort of Japanese horror as well as something unique.
If you see the sypnosis of both animes, they may not look too similar: Mononoke is about a medicine seller in which job is to try to protect people from Mononoke/demons, while Madoka is basically an Evangelion-like turn on magical girls. If you watch both animes, then you'll be surprised that they would look somewhat similar: plot twists, weird imagery, unsettling moods, fighting against monsters, and places taken something from an overly surreal world.
Mononoke is more episodic as it tells a different story through it's arc-driven plot, but if you're looking for dark, psychedelic anime, then those shouldn't be missed.
In a facet of artwork which revolves around an dynamic plot one could argue against these similarities as one is episodic and the other series' based.
However, where art and thriller is concerned both shows are exceedingly similar in psychological aspects.
Shows about yokai/mononoke/spirits.
Mononoke is more serious and more experimental in art and execution with a drier sense of humour; whereas Fukigen na Mononokean is a simpler series set in high school with a more standard/accessible sense of humour.
Mononoke is more or less entirely 'episodic' (comprising of 3 almost completely unrelated arcs), focusing more on the yokai's story, leaving the MC shrouded in mystery; whereas Fukigen na Mononokean definitely has a clear overarching connection between each yokai encounter in the form of the main character's story.
Not quite the standard recommendation considering the stylistic gap ( though the colours in the Underworld of Mononokean does resemble the Mononoke palette), but if you're looking for more yokai stories after Mononoke, or you want to expand your anime horizons after watching Mononokean, give this a go. read more
Besides the similar sounding titles, both are humans/ayakashi who fulfill requests and solve mysteries dealing with spirits, demons, or ayakashi. While FnM has a lighthearted episodic feal with a decent production standard, Mononoke is a take on artistic horror, with compounding visuals, creepy sound, and vibrant colors. Both shows are enjoyable in their own ways, and ultimately the mood you are in will determine which to watch first.
A mysterious stranger appears and through various trials the characters we focus on reveal more and more about their pasts. As a result of that, they either move closer to their doom or their salvation. There is that general feel that there's always more than what appears on the surface and the unusual surroundings they are in might not be any worse than what is going on in their minds.
Both anime try to reveal deep human emotions, regrets and the darkness that is hidden within them while the main character remains emotionally detached from it all. Mononoke is far more superior compared to Death Parade in my opinion though.
both have the same episodic/arc storytelling. in both we can see some confusing mystery getting revealed with the use of supernatural powers. both are based on japanese classics. main characters have the same aloof image, and use sort of supernatural creature to get to the bottom of the mystery. while mononoke is more serious and enigmatic, un-go is lighter and more about fun.
Un-Go is similar to Mononoke as it deals with the life of a detective Yuuki Shinjuuro whom people refer to as The Defeated Detective for some professional results. He hangs out with a young boy who is actually a demon who's taken a human form. Yuuki often uses the helping hand of this demon (Inga) to expose the truth or the lies in people's hearts in order to solve his cases.
However, it is also a limitation of Shinjuuro who cannot do anything significant unless Inga asks one question to a particular person, as prescribed by Yuuki; which people are bound to answer.
There's some bit similarities in this two anime, although there's pretty siginificant difference but I think for you guys who like Mononoke should try Kara no Kyoukai, since I haven't saw any recommendations for this one. Both deals with person that drive away the disturbing supernatural events that causes victims and explore about the cause of this events in a pretty detailed way. The story arcs of Mononoke is unrelated each other while in Kara no Kyoukai, the 5th movie connected and explained the whole series.
Colourful and at times nonsensical anime about the relationship between demons and the human world, chock full of references to Japanese mythology and starring a mysterious protagonist who is not what they appear. The animation is very high quality, especially in action scenes, and there's always something to look at due to the rich art styles. While Mononoke is a historical series with a set of goals for each arc, and Kyousogiga is set in the modern era and depicts random events, the elements of mystery and madness tie them together and make them, if nothing else, a joy to experience.
In Onikirimaru, the MC goes around slaying oni while in Mononoke, the MC deals with all types of ayakashi/demons. Onikimaru looks like your typical 90's gorefest horror but with an episodic format, and Mononoke handles its horror with a unique, experimental art style. Besides the few short arcs in Mononoke, both are episodic and can be watched in any order without prior knowledge of the show. On top of that both MCs are not human and don't seem to age as they go on to the next incident so by the transition to the end of each episode it creates a similar bittersweet feeling knowing more is to come. read more
While differing in both a visual and content approach, on a fundamental level both series are the same. Both Bartender and Mononoke deal with conflict/issue resolution. The respective main characters in each series serve to absolve the side characters from their problems. While the approach is different, the idea and end result is the same.
Bartender is a much lighter, heartwarming series to watch while Mononoke is a much more serious, darker series.
While not similar in content, both are close to episodic mystery like anime following a nameless protagonist who help people out. They both use unique art styles and are incredibly interesting and satisfying to watch.
Both are episodic anime about a traveling protagonist who helps people deal with their supernatural encounters.
Mononoke is much darker and more horrific than Mushishi.
Mononoke runs in multiple episode story arcs unlike Mushishi.
• Both anime are stories that mainly focus on the characters and events surrounding their main characters, rather than the main characters themselves.
• Both shows put great emphasis on atmosphere.
• Both are short series with stories of varying lengths.
• Both anime explore a range of different themes through the characters encountered in them.
• Both have self conclusive stories that won't majorly (or at all) overlap with the other stories.
• The art style of Kino no Tabi is simplistic while Mononoke's art style is quite experimental and out of the general norm.
• The main character of Kino no Tabi's reason for travelling is explored while the main character's reason for hunting mononoke in Mononoke isn't detailed.
• While they both put great focus on the world of the series, Kino no Tabi puts more focus into the events and the setting in which they come to unravel than Mononoke, while Mononoke deals with exploring the characters in that setting rather than the place itself.
• Kino no Tabi has some more lighthearted stories in its midst, while most of the stories in Mononoke are quite tragic. read more
on the surface it may not seem like it, because Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is as comedy as it can be and Mononoke as dead serious as a mafia thread!
but if you love japanese culture, esp. kimononos and their language, you will both enjoy them equally and they are both anime unlike any other.
I find both of them have similar vibes and are at least somewhat thought provoking.
Both animation styles are different from the usual ones you find in anime and are unique (Though not similar to each other).
Both are series containing multiple stories (Mononoke contains 5, Aoi Bungaku Series contains 6).
Lastly, both of them are (somewhat) hidden gems.
Both Baccano! and Mononoke have an unconventional structure of story telling. In both series you'll be captivated by the mystery of the story and by engaging and strange characters. Both series rely heavily in color choices to relay mood and tone (Mononoke does this with the use of colors and textures while Baccano! uses a more somber palate) I feel confident that if you liked one you'll like the other.
These two anime are art house anime that have a artsy feel to them and have a really mysterious and unique character in the main role. These two anime focuses on supernatural beings and their affects on human beings.
eye-catching and original style of animation.. kind of artsy with awesome use of color and a sort of comic book style of shading.. both series will give you the willies, but it's nothing too scary.. just creepy and interesting.. they set a very similar tone/mood.. for me, it was mostly the animation that sucked me in.
Despite their disparate art styles, Spirited Away and Mononoke have very similar atmospheres. This in part stems from more traditional Japanese influences (themes centering around Shinto, social structure, and other worlds, etc.) mixing with more contemporary aesthetic and narrative features of anime. Also, while I am sure there are more natural comparisons, the fact that these are both so strong makes the watching experience hard to equal in both cases.
Both series take an unconventional approach to horror/mystery, forcing you to question the characters' perception (as well as your own) by blurring the line between reality and illusion via complex visual metaphor and cryptic dialogue. This more nuanced method of storytelling allows a lasting sense of dread and unease to be built organically, rather than relying on cheap jump-scares and excessive gore to momentarily shock the viewer.
Both are about Ayakashi (supernatural monsters)
Both have link to traditional Japanese culture (gods, tales etc.)
Both have underlying metaphors/themes for real life problems/situations
Mononoke has unique/rare art style
Noragami focussed more on combat/comedy
Mononoke focussed more on mystery/horror
If you liked the dark & mysterious Ayakashi in Noragami, and you like horror stories, Mononoke will be a fun ride. (For some art style may need some getting used to)
If you liked the dark & creepy Ayakashi in Mononoke, and you like action/comedy stories, Noragami will be an enjoyable ride. (Animation & audio are high quality with great music used throughout)
Conveying words through art is a skill that is exceptionally fundamental and important to a films subtle qualities and is thus a very hard aspect of story-telling to fully grasp. Mononoke and Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki are two such shows that use art to its utmost potential, both films tell horrifying stories made all the more potent through the visual phantasmagoria that is Mononoke's hybrid of Japanese traditional paintings and watercolor pallettes, and Midori's relentlessly surreal and grotesquely callous environments. Both shows are must watches for anyone looking for something bursting at the brims with experimental, artistic flare.
Both contain philosophical themes and stories with spirits tied into both. They each have deeper meanings. Natsume Yuuijinchou deals with a teenage kid who has an abnormal ability to see these spirits with a rambunctious fat cat supporting him along his excursions. It is also a more calm tempo style that lets you take everything in within an easy pace and less emphasis on horror.
Exept the funny moments in Higurashi, they both gives the same "bad" feeling.
In Mononoke, just as in Higurashi, is some blood, you'll feel the creepiness and your head will be full of mystery. Yeah, mystery is the top of this recommendation - both, Higurashi and Mononoke, stands on this. It is very... psychotic.
If you liked Higurashi, you'll like Mononoke too.
If you liked Mononoke, you'll like Higurashi as well.
Historical, abstract, done like a painting, and done with sounds of old japanese theater. Although mononoke is much more abstract, the animation style and sounds of Otogizoushi reminded me instantly of mononoke.
Both the art of Hairy Tale and Mononoke are inspired of traditionnal Ukiyo-e and they're both great tale of samurai, trust and betrayal, love and hatred.... well, not quite Hairy Tale is about shampoo, but whatever, if you forget about the two last seconds it looks great and all.
Gore, horror, supernatural and demons, both have also a mysteric yet charismatic main character.
Though Hellsing Ultimate is more action oriented while Mononoke is more mystery-oriented. But Mononoke have some awesome action sequence and there's a little touch of mystery in Hellsing Ultimate.
Although the art styles are very different they're both very unusual and interesting and have a big effect on the overall tone of the shows. Both shows also feature themes of daemon hunting and transformation as well as a good dollop of mystery and intrigue. That said the pace, tone and central plot of the shows are very different but if you like one it's definitely worth giving the other a try.
Both are related to traditional japanese folklore and have a similar moving pace. If you enjoy the art style of Hoozuki no Reitetsu, then you'll love the art in Mononoke as well! Both also have a cool and collected supernatural leading man!
Both are about Japanese folklore, essentially, although Inu is much more comedic and romantic; there is one episode in particular (7) which is almost a direct parallel to any Mononoke episode, where the spirits need to be driven away and the animation style changing (reversing) due to that.
Kurozuka moves from the distant past to the near future in the first couple of episodes while Mononoke doesn't shift into a more recognizable setting until the last storyline, but they both tell a historically-based supernatural story with a Noh/Kabuki-derived aesthetic and storytelling methodology with sound effects to match.