Both Mahoutsukai no Yome an Natsume Yuujinchou have a protagonist that can see extraordinary things. They both suffer a great deal in their childhood because of their ability to see what normal people can't. Both anime tell the tale of their protagonists' lives and how they deal with the world that is beyond the ordinary human eyes.
- Slow, calm atmosphere
- Magical beings (Western folklore in MahouYome and Japanese in Natsume)
- Ostracised protag with lots of childhood trauma, but are actually low-key powerful
- High-key powerful supernatural protective figures
- More or less episodic
Natsume is the definitely the better executed of the two.
Takashi Natsume and Chise really had the same childhood and abilties. They can see supernatural beings and treated badly by people around them. Also Mahoutsukai no Yome gives you a heartwarming feeling just like Natsume Yuujinchou and gives Spirited Away vibes, too, just like NY.
The first strong association Mahoutsukai no Yome was with Natsume Yuujinchou because the main characters can see things that the rest of people don't see, and because of these peculiarities they are black sheeps being bullied by others. But while time goes on they recognise and accept their unique power and start to understand the world they live in...
Both are about red-haired girls finding their place in society, with one being a mage and the other being a court herbalist. While their personalities certainly differ, both girls eventually become driven at being the best of their kind. I enjoyed the fantasy setting and the development of romance equally, though Shirayuki-hime definitely is more romance-driven while Mahoutsukai focuses more on the lore and worldbuilding.
Both have similarly relaxing atmospheres and a red-haired heroine that is whisked away into a new life. While Shirayuki is centered around court life, Mahoutsukai has more fantasy elements to it. The romance element is there in both, but Mahoutsukai's romance is not as intense as Shirayuki. If you enjoy a gentle story, fantasy or other-worldly, and beautiful and soft animation, then you will enjoy both of these shows.
Both have a character and a troubled past. They are also male protagonist with Influence/Power to protect them.
However, unlike Shirayuki-hime, Mahoutsukai does not focus on much romance. But they are still very similar.
-Both protagonists are apparently similar (short red hair, green eyes), in addition, they also have a slightly shy personality. This, I believe, should be the main similarity between both animes;
-Romance with a important characters that happens to treat the protagonist well;
-Both have similar environments, in a place close to nature.
While the setting could not have been more different, the two main characters are identical.
Powerful non-human, who despite not being able to feel human emotions, admires humans for them and wishes to understand them and his apprentice, young woman with exceptionally troubled past.
The main thread that ties Magus Bride and Death Parade together is the dynamic between the two leads of each series. For one, the male leads (Decim of Death Parade and Elias of Magus Bride) are both tall, stoic, imposing, otherworldly and otherwise well-dressed figures. Being immortal, neither of them can comprehend human emotion and show very little of it themselves (one has a bone-face so he can't help it). However, they are rounded out by their respective female counterparts.
Both Chiyuki in Death Parade and Chise in Magus Bride serve as assistants to their respective male counterparts. Because both are mortal and new to the worlds in which they are introduced, Decim and Elias serve as their mentors, respectively. However, the gentlemen themselves may have something to learn from the ladies about what it means to be human.
Other common factors between the two are somber themes dealing with death and depression, beautiful artwork, lovely soundtracks, and a colorful cast of secondary characters. read more
Both are neither your typical shoujo anime (based on an ongoing manga) with a redheaded leads. In both Akatsuki no Yona and Mahoutsukai our heroines are both gifted in a fantasy world, who learn and begin to form their own definitions of family and love. Both heroines share an underlying romance with tall, dark, deep-voiced males, as well as beautiful coming-of-age stories. They are also both REALLY underrated!
Red haired girls with unique power try to go ahead despite difficulties on their paths. The previous lives are broken up. They meet new friends that become a new family... and don't forget about strong romance line
-European inspired fantasy setting
-Romance between a human and a magical creature
-Chemistry between the two main leads
-Slow paced story
-Focuses on a specific aspect of its respective world (economics in S&W, magic in MnY)
-Themes of companionship
-Atmospheric and relaxing feel because of the detailed background art and serene soundtrack
a fantasy world that is mysterious at first. but you learn more about the characters as the story unfolds. it deals with a lot of serious and dark themes such as the meaning of life mortality, what gives us meaning, sacrifice, death, trust and so on. its the type of show you can watch multiple times and you can still learn something new, now that you have knowledge of some things you did not before. the story only gets better and better. also the animation <3
Mahoutsukai no Yome and Houseki no Kuni both explore themes of guilt and existentialism. However, they explore them in different ways, which is ultimately why this recommendation is so consequential. If you enjoyed Houseki no Kuni, you likely won't enjoy something that treads the same ground, but instead you'd probably enjoy something that approaches it in a new way.
Here goes my 1st recommendation. Both of these girls feel all alone during their childhood (like how mine was) because of their special ability whether it be seeing spirits or the ability to read minds. Then their life gets turned upside down when they meet someone who takes them out and shows them how special they really are. (too bad I have yet for that to happen to me).
They both have beautiful world building, and gorgeous, vibrant animation. Both tend to be quite philosophical at times (of course, Kino no Tabi more than Mahoutsukai), and have a very serene feel.
Even though they're different in a lot of ways, they share the same sort of atmosphere, and are both about seeing the beauty in a confusing and often painful world.
There is a lot more character development and overall plot in Mahoutsukai (Kino no Tabi is episodic), but if you like one, I'd encourage you to give the other a try. XD
Both delve into the supernatural aspects of London, England. While one is about a boy who summons a demon in exchange for his soul, and the other is about a mage who buys a human to become his wife/apprentice; they both have very common themes. Sebastian and Elias seem to be very similar characters as neither is human and nor do either understand human emotions. They both try to help their human companions throughout their journeys to accomplish their goals.
While the Made in Abyss has a fairly different type of plot it is another fantastic world building anime which I would highly suggest for anyone with an innate curiosity. While Magnus Bride presents a new world in the form of magic and magical creatures, Made in Abyss presents a new world in the form of a giant hole/cave in the ground which presents its own set of environments and creatures.
• Both have main characters of a young girl and an older male mage/wizard
• Both settings are in Europe or have strong European influences
• Both consist of magical acts taking place in an otherwise everyday setting (magical realism)
A girl with underlying potential is stuck with a guy who knows a lot but won't tell.
You will find tragic past weaved with mystery behind the guy who burdens himself with too many responsibilities. As the girl learns more and more, she falls in love and becomes an important person to him.
Both Chise and Watanuki are plagued by their ability to see spirits/monsters. They both encounter a wise and powerful sorcerer, Elias and Yuuko who teach them magic and how to deal with otherworldly creatures. Chise and Watanuki are exceedingly kind people but lack a sense of self-worth and will give to the point of harming themselves - something they must learn to overcome if they want to understand what it means to love those important to them.
When it comes to relaxing Slice of Life animes, Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi and Aria comes to mind. While it is true that the former two are more closer to Mahoutsukai no Yome in terms of the themes they are dealing with (supernatural elements), Aria and MnY do share many similarities.
(This recommendation was made from my early impressions of the first 3 episodes of Mahoutsukai no Yome).
Both involve telling short, episodic tales on how life can be very beautiful should we view it in a positive light, allowing them to be great shows to ease our stressful minds that took a huge toll from our daily lives. As ugly as the real world may be, there are wonderful things to be discovered, and both shows did great to highlight these things.
When it comes to presentation, both are similar as well, utilizing beautiful scenery and landscape, as well as relaxing music as we indulge ourselves in the beautiful world both shows are presenting in. The worlds introduced are large and are full with mysteries, and both shows will guide you slowly and gently as you immerse yourself into the worlds.
Mahoutsukai no Yome may have slightly darker elements as compared to the pure Aria the Animation, as both our leads seem to have dark pasts surrounding them.  read more
The female protagonists are both "choosen" ones. Both male protagonists have had a dark phase in their past life and have done something regretful. They both have trouble to understand their "feelings". Both anime deal with spirits, gods and other supernatural stuff, but also a lot of enemies they encounter on their way.