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 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
-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.
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).
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.
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
• 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)