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.
Orphan main character who has difficulty socializing with others who encounters a fantastic character (Elias for Mahoutsukai, Madara for Natsume) who will gradually help them to open up to others and they will live together many adventures in a fantasy world.
The OST are very similar, very sweet, very pleasant (piano, flute)
The art is relatively similar, warm colors, chara design without exaggerations for humanoid characters.
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 main characters have a special sight to see supernatural creatures. One of the recurring themes in Natsume Yuujinchou is how people in special cases make friends with youkai. However, due to the mortallity of man, when the human passes the youkai becomes lonely misses them, especially the youkai that possess stationary objects. Often, the youkai already understand this but decide to make friends anyway. Parallel with how Chise in Mahoutsukai no Yome is mortal and frail but so many mythological things like to have her around.
-Both show themes of learning about emotions, and coming to understand feelings.
-Both can make you smile, both can make you cry
-Both have an interesting world
-Though this one applies more to Violet Evergarden in my opinion, but both have breathtaking animation
-Both have great music
-Both have an episodic storyline
I am not sure which show should I put as the recommended one, seeing that both shows are already popular in their respective seasons.
Now then, onto the most similar part of these two shows - the process of emotion learning. Both protagonists (Elias from Mahoutsukai, and Violet Evergarden the titular character) have went through a messed up past, causing them to lose the ability to act as humans, and sense emotions. Both shows set up episodic parts and through the interaction of many other characters, our protagonists gradually learn these emotions, often in some sort of heartwarming tales.
Animation wise, both are top notch, we have Wit Studio doing Mahoutsukai and Kyoto Animation doing Violet Evergarden. They are both in fantastical worlds, Mahoutsukai is supposedly set in the real world with magical elements blended and hidden in it, while the latter is set in post WW1 era but in a totally fictional world with fictional countries.
While Mahoutsukai is more geared towards magical, slice of life and romance themes, Violet Evergarden instead focuses on the personal character development of the titular character herself.  read more
Both are episodic dramatic stories about a girl who has had traumatic experiences in the past and builds emotional connections and more confidence in herself as the show continues. A very emotional vibe to each episode, and a Slice of Life vibe. Both series are very pretty to look at but lack substance or good writing or pacing.
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.
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
Both female protagonists have rare abilities that connect them to fairies and are sought out and taken in by the male protagonist who has slight romantic inclinations towards the female protagonist.
Both are centered in England and revolve around British folklore.
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.
_ They are both settled in a well-constructed and intriguing fantasy world, with strange creatures and phenomens
_ They have both the theme of what is human and what isn't
_ They have have both a gorgeus art
_ They have both a fantastic soundtrack
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
- Special Mary Sue with super special power to see spirits, very kind very quiet very used to being alone
- Sudden marriage to mean looking supernatural entity, but haha it's okay because they can be really good looking haha
- Male MCs are really creepy and say unacceptable thing but haha it's okay because they're good looking and aren't human haha
- Make lots of other supernatural friends along the way
KnY protag is more plucky than MnY as a result of a more healthy upbringing, MnY protag is extremely emo. Both have tragic pasts enhanced by cringeworthy writing.
KnY is set in Japan with Japanese supernatural creatures as the main supporting cast, and MnY is set mostly in the UK with a hotchpotch of Western supernatural creatures.  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)
Young women gets taken in by mysterious and reknowned mage. A strange romance occurs. The world is beautiful and filled with vibrant fantasy but with some dark undertones. The setting of both feel very similar.
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.
-A guy instead of a girl, and a witch instead of a magician.
-There are spirits and stuff.
-The guys sees spirits and stuff like the girl.
-The guy is an orphan, had a hard life, is very lonely and sad, etc. Just like girl.
-The witch gets the guy to kinda live with her, and kinda teaches him stuff. Like the other two.
-The guy has some strong powers or something like that just like girl.
-The witch doesn't uses magic much for her own benefit, but she knows a lot about magic and is very powerfull. And lots of "people" come to her to ask for "help". Similar to the magician.
-The witch is kinda human, kinda not. Like the magician.
-They go into "deep" dialogs and wise/long living "people" talk about their life experiences and their feelings. But still haves those "dumb-anime-moments".
-You see how the guy matures a lot thanks to his experiencies and the people he meets. Just like the girl.
-The core idea is really similar. I get the same kind of feelings when watching.
-The list goes on.... read more
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.
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
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).
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.
Plot and general tone of the two shows are very different, but the protagonists (Chise and Yuichiro) are the same in terms of their psychological background. Both had a parent or parents try to kill them due to an abnormality within them which is out of their control, only for said parent(s) to die soon after, leaving them orphans and a view that they are unlovable and unwanted. This caused a pessimistic view of human relationships as a coping mechanism to deal with the longing for acceptance and love they believe they do not deserve to get. They both later gain a family and the two shows explore the protagonist's bonds with them strengthening and the shredding of their previous worldview. However, both characters have manifested a borderline obsession with self-sacrifice, caused by a need to be useful to others to validate themselves, spawned from their past of feeling rejected. If you like to observe this particularly eerily similar character development in two different contexts, then both Mahoutsukai no Yome and Owari no Seraph should interest you. 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.
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
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.
Two red-haired heroines. Both loaded with plenty of fantasy and drama. *coughs* nonhuman love interests *coughs*. Great storytelling and character development. Both touch deep elements in their storytelling and take their viewers seriously. Oh, and great soundtracks! If you enjoyed one, you might really enjoy the other anime.