Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume's Book of Friends

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Synonyms: Natsume Yujincho, Natsume Yujin-cho
Japanese: 夏目友人帳
English: Natsume's Book of Friends
German: Natsume Yujincho
Spanish: Natsume Yujincho
French: Natsume Yujincho
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2008 to Sep 30, 2008
Premiered: Summer 2008
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:00 (JST)
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: IyashikeiIyashikei, MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.311 (scored by 176085176,085 users)
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Ranked: #2302
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Popularity: #385
Members: 507,400
Favorites: 14,928

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Natsume and Mushishi are both about the interaction between spirits and humans and nature. Both shows do an amazing job with the storytelling, the characters, and playing with your emotions. If you liked one, you'll surely like the other. 
report Recommended by d388
Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei. 
report Recommended by edwarx
Same basic idea - a guy that can see the supernatural. Natsume Yuujinchou is little more touching and lighter, while xxxHolic is a bit funnier. 
report Recommended by atlantiza
Both feature high-school-age boys helping yokai solve their problems. Both have a fairly light-hearted atmosphere most of the time. 
report Recommended by cptnsuz
deals a lot with depression and opening your heart to others. both are very good at changing your feelings with the mood it sets. some scenes can feel cold and distant, while others feel warm and welcoming. they're overall fluffy, feel good shows. both protagonists are quiet, antisocial, and not good at expressing themselves. both are also frequently taken care of by kind people who are not blood-relatives.  
report Recommended by fizzytastic
similiar style of heart-warming supernatural story with similiar facinating ghosts characters. Touching scenes & stories.. 
report Recommended by sabgian
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. 
report Recommended by Lightfellow
In both anime "youkai" play a keyrole. In both anime as well the maincharacter would like to hide the fact that he can see youkai/is part of a youkai family (In Natsume from his friends and family and in Nurarihyon from his friends) Even thought Natsume is a slice of life another and Nurarihyon is an action anime, if you like 1 you like both for real. 
report Recommended by Lyfa
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. 
report Recommended by webkid94
yes both of them have a different plot and view. but they do have one similarity and that is how they tell us a heart warming story. 
report Recommended by Rendhart
Although they seem like completely different genres etc, they both have the same relaxed and calming quality to it. natsume yuujinchou is more supernatural, and though aria has its supernatural moments (the mysterious cats), it is more relaxing slice-of-life. however, after watching an episode, they both give you a nice warm feeling. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
The reason I started to compare Bakemonogatari and Natsume Yuujinchou actually is that the male main characters are both voiced by Kamiya Hiroshi. Then I started to notice that the themes and the atmosphere is quite similar. And even if the animation is different they share high production values. These shows are about high-school boys who get mixed up with supernatural creatures and phenomenon. The main characters take notice of things that normal humans cannot see and try to help out, even if it is dangerous. The arcs of the different stories are not very long but characters frequently show up again. There is an unique  read more 
report Recommended by DarkLaila
Both concentrates on each characters development and self seeking. 
report Recommended by Nia9001
Main characters are totally different, but both animes have hearwarming stories with ghosts. 
report Recommended by edwarx
Both series are very heartwarming and both have supernatural aspects to it. You will have a feeling about exploring the world that's different from the usual boring human world (Youkai world in Natsume Yuujinchou, Witch world in Flying Witch). If you liked one of these, I recommend that you watch the other. 
report Recommended by modsoulz
Both have a relaxing atmosphere, which is very calming, though it does get serious and there is some action. However Natsume is more orientated towards the supernatural, and Erin is focused more on fantasy. Natsume also seems to be aimed at an older audience. Both are good watches to unwind though. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
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. 
report Recommended by Juxian
Both deal with exterminating demons or spirits. In both anime the protagonists have a demon follower (Nyanko - Natsume Yuujinchou / Mokkun - Shounen Onmyouji) which are very similar to each other. 
report Recommended by DeathfireD
Natsume Yuujinchou and Kamichu are both somewhat slice of life series which revolve around a young person with supernatural powers. And, of course, both series feature an awesome cat! 
report Recommended by Susan
In terms of appearance, there isn't much similarities but both plot has substance in them that is unmistakably heartwarming. Fruits Basket (or Fruba) is just one of those anime that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and empathize with a lot of it's characters. Natsume has that kind of feel too, a sense of calm like your actually watching straight from your eyes and not from the screen. Comparing soundtracks, both are pretty neat, it's very pleasant to hear. Another thing that is pretty similar to both anime is the main lead's way of thinking, like, moving in to a new house with strangers  read more 
report Recommended by brightseries
The lead characters have inherited a book that belonged to their deceased mother/grandmother and that it has something to do with ghosts, spirits and the like. :) 
report Recommended by MaeShareaza
This is a show about a main character who can communicate with spirits whose behavior is so far removed from humanity's understanding that even he struggles with it. Buuut they all think he's actually his ancestor, whom they loved. And he uses his exhausting abilities to the benefit of both races. <--- this description works for either anime. However, Natsume has more endearing characters who make more logical appearances.  
report Recommended by AnimeObasan
Although they differ in the genre, both animes give you a peaceful happy feeling. They also are about friendship and bonds. The main charas, Natsume and Sawako are also alike: they are very shy and at the beggining have a hard time, because they cant express themselves and so other people think of them as weird persons, but with the help of their friends they slowly start to open their hearts.  
report Recommended by Orulyon
-Both series are about a human who interacts with yokai and solves some problems. -Both stories are pretty relaxing with much focus on "life" and its problems. 
report Recommended by iwsifakismag
Both animes follow the relation between a human and a supernatural being. They're also both soft paced and leave a good felling afterwards. Both great to relax, smile and take a break from heavier animes. 
report Recommended by TheDeadServ
both involve youkai's, and have a similar feeling, except natsume yuujinchou is not as lighthearted as oinari sama. 
report Recommended by ten6cha
Natsume Yuujinchou and Gingitsune gives off a supernatural and slice of life feeling in a story filled with serene atmosphere. The main characters from both series possesses the ability to see what others cannot. What they see though is a supernatural being whom they have an odd relationship with. However, they often are able to collaborate together to serve their communities and bring peace to their worlds. There is lighthearted comedy, meaningful dialogues, and fun interactions between various characters. 
report Recommended by Stark700
They're both about the interaction between 'ayakashi'/'youkai' and humans. 
report Recommended by Eclia
The stories aren't similar at all, the idea behind the anime's are completely different, and the characters have little in common. However both Natsume Yuujinchou and Chihayafuru are very warm-spirited anime. In Chihayafuru and Natsume Yuujinchou you find yourself smiling unconsciously when the main characters succeed at one of there goals or a nice emotional moment happens. The most striking similarity between the two is the inter-character relations. Both characters are able to make friends because of their various skills and personalities and this friendships blossom into strong bonds which I think are the basic foundations which make each of these anime so great. Natsume  read more 
report Recommended by JordanDN
A young boy releases a Youkai and they become partners with the intent of the yokai eating them in the end. In both a friendship type bond begins to form between them. There's also a similar "youkai of the week" thing going on. Ushio to Tora is more actiony than the slower paced Natsume Yuujinchou however. 
report Recommended by NaoiSama
Both have a animal-like sidekick and are mostly about capturing things like animals and ghosts.  
report Recommended by DragonsWhip
Both the main character in Mokke and Natsume Yuujinchou are able to see youkai, which ordinary people can't, which makes them special. Both series also show the main character trying to deal with them in different ways. Natsume give them back their names, while the main character in Mokke tries to protect her sister from being posessed. Both series have a nice feel and where mokke perhaps is a bit moreslice of life, they are both good anime series and if you liked Mokke, then you'll perhaps like this, since it s a bit similar. 
report Recommended by Telnari
The setting of the two shows is rather different, but they both have that really strong "feelgood aura" to them. They are both really, really sweet, and full of emotions. They pick you up after a bad day and leave you with good feelings. 
report Recommended by d388
Story and character-wise, they're both very similar in ways and are slice of life genre but with supernatural or magic genre added in, which isn't very common for the SoL genre. While this is a anime recommendation, I am recommending both anime and manga as the Mahoutsukai no Yome anime only focuses on the backstory with 3 OVA. Both have a similar backstory where both the protagonist grew up in a similar way. Troubled and scared as a child because of seeing things normal people can't and because of that, they act differently in a way that scares other people to the point even their own  read more 
report Recommended by Paul
Both series focus on characters involved in the supernatural world and take a "monster of the week" approach (though Noragami is more action-centric compared to Natsume Yuujinchou which is more character-centric). 
report Recommended by Savanting
Thoughtful stories aimed at the heart examining small happiness and sorrows in our lives. A tad too "lighthearted" for some, but any story that can warm people's hearts and sometimes bring tears are notable series worth checking out. Absolutely beautiful music and scenery rendered gently makes for a perfect escape for the tired. 
report Recommended by CookieBun
Both is about spirits, altough Natsume yuujinchou doesn't have all that romance 
report Recommended by Mizuzuu
Both give a similar feeling. Stories aren't alike at all but both share a quiet and mysterious atmosphere. The friendship is important in both. Natsume and Oreki aren't social people, but they finally create a group of friend around them. Plus, both anime refer to a traditional aspect of Japan.  
report Recommended by karoochan
Both protagonists suffer because they see Youkai / spirits and are judged by those who can not. In both the main character finds a round and fluffy creature that protect them and begin to live together. 
report Recommended by Luffy22194
Both can see ghosts, and have a similar, easygoing calm pace. 
report Recommended by Maitreya
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. 
report Recommended by makezh22
Although not too alike in terms of story, both anime involve a main character who is able to see beings that others cannot. In fact, they make connections with these beings and throughout the anime, both good and bad fortune comes along with it. Both movies also follow a somewhat slice of life style type of story with a gentle touch of soft rhythm. Yes, there is also the theme of youkai involved in both anime which are present. They are the supernatural beings from the anime that other people cannot see while the main character can; supernatural addition. Both anime have a slow pacing but are  read more 
report Recommended by Stark700
Like the other user said, they are relaxing. But it is not only that. Although they don't share a similar plot, they focus on aspects of everyday life and interpersonal relationships. They also share a certain vibe that is both relaxing and showcases they beauty in everyday's life. 
report Recommended by KaipZ
I recommend Durarara because it has a similar feel to Natsume Yuujinchou , its mostly a peaceful anime even when there is violence just like Natsume Yuujinchou and there are charactrers and types of people similar to the anime, i dont want to give any spoilers. 
report Recommended by Dannyboy420
They both share the same theme, just Natsume is more serious, while Mob Psycho is comedy 
report Recommended by CrowleYo
Both follow an episodic structure with a slower, gentle pacing. The vignettes are often somber in tone, with quite a few sad moments in both series. If you enjoyed the thoughtful nature of one, you'll like the tone of the other.  
report Recommended by iwantcandy2
-Both main characters can see yokai's/spirits -Both relaxing animes that give you the same feels -Supernatrual 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
Both contain dramatic stories of supernatural creatures which the protagonist meets. For "Kimetsu no Yaiba" these are stories of people who lost their lives and became demons that try to compensate their regrets from the lifetime. Tanjirou is helping them just by understanding them and treating like humans. In "Natsume Yuujinchou" the protagonist solves problems of many youkai, the most common issue of whose is loneliness caused by inability to communicate with people. 
report Recommended by Monogatari
Both follow the life of a young boy(ish) who has supernatural abilities and how he makes friends along the way. He has to grapple with being different and having to protect the ones he loves. 
report Recommended by mai_mai_
"Beautiful" is the word I'd choose to describe both stories. They both leave you with this heartwarming, happy feeling. Ojiisan no Lamp is a lot shorter than Natsume though. 
report Recommended by xpaula
Both are on friendship and trust theme...both are on slice of life and have comedy in them.. 
report Recommended by industrylamp
Both have similar main characters with little supernatural adventures each episode. Both are fairly episodic though xxxHOLiC definitely links more episodes together. 
report Recommended by Chicken008
The show is very calming and slightly slow-paced like this show but both are very enjoyable just the same. ^_^ 
report Recommended by hamstar138
At first it doesn't seem similiar at all. But there is some things that connect these series and I probably only noticed because I watched them one after another (I watched Natsume immediately after Kuroshitsuji). Both have a contract with a demon who promises to eat them after all is done (or in Natsume's case when there is an opening.) In both cases the main lead is about the only one who knows about it. Furthermore the male leads seem similiar in personality, appearing adult, serious and short-tempered. 
report Recommended by kujika
Both lead characters (Natsume and Jinta) are able to see spirits, in Jinta's case its only Menma. Both are slice of life/dramas, but AnoHana is much more of a tear-jerker.  
report Recommended by webkid94
One of the things "Tonari no Totoro" is known for is the cat themes which also shows up in "Natsume Yuujinchou. Both" involve the spirit world yet involve a soft take on the subject yet utilizes soft tones for the art work. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both series have a relaxes, slow pace to them, while telling a story that involves a lot of action. They have a similar brand of humor, and tell a story of a young, lonely, powerful boy 
report Recommended by as3
relaxing atmospheres, yet natsume has more action and supernatural element as well. yet both seem to show how beautiful world it is and ends each episode with a nice calming feeling 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
Both relatively quiet anime revolving around the secret world of yokai that runs parallel to the human one in urban fantasies that weave together perfectly. While they have their share of action and humor, their effortless psychological and emotional depth elevate them to something more than your average anime without falling into the "Obviously trying to Hard" syndrome or becoming something that hurts your head to watch. Both awesome anime that should appeal to people who like fantasy, yokai and a little something more. 
report Recommended by noirgrimoir
Both MC's meet Spirits and the People involved with them. They listen to the Stories, then try to help them with the problems that arise from Humans and Spirits meeting. Not all encounters are Happy outcomes, but both are Great to watch. 
report Recommended by bushman66
when u watch this kind of anime its just make u want to watch more and never end but at somepoint it will end , natsume yujinchou its a great series and the slice of live is just astonishing in every way ive already watch all the series ova and the movie , it never give u hate or any short of it its a great shot if u never seen it  
report Recommended by yutshu_chan_lord
Slice of life show with a protagonist that can see spirits and end up getting into all sorts of hijinks due to them.  
report Recommended by Pseudo_O
Natsume Yuujinchou gave me same feeling I felt while watching Ghost Hound. Even if the stories are quite different, they have this power to absorb you. Simply marvelous. 
report Recommended by kurotera
Both involving daily lives with human/humans and talking creatures/animals. 
report Recommended by ZeroMoon
They are both slice of life series with some fantasy aspect. Natsume yuujinchou is a bit more serious, but both have many heartwarming moments that really makes you happy for the characters. 
report Recommended by Telnari
although jigoki shoujo and natsume yuujincho have a VERY different atmosphere, i feel each show is similar because... -both have episodes which show the main character helping characters that mostly do not appear a second time -both have a message in each episode -involve main character helping people  
report Recommended by Neko-Shinobu
Kindhearted boys in the present day have encounters with the supernatural that range from cute and funny to scary and sad. They make friends with other teens and a motley but mostly cuddly assortment of critters. Together they laugh, cry, and go on mild adventures. You'll probably laugh and cry, too, often in the very same episode. 
report Recommended by q_3
Youkai Watch and Natsume Yuujinchou are similar in that both the protagonists befriend and are troubled by youkai (though one can see youkai because they are "gifted" and the other through the use of a watch-like device). Natsume Yuujinchou takes a more sad and serious tone to the youkai presence in the protagionist's life and focuses more on the protagonist. Whereas Youkai Watch takes a more lighthearted and comical tone and focuses more on the youkai. However, both series have a tendency to leave you feeling the same way. They both have touching and warm stories that can make you smile. 
report Recommended by awkwardbonds
-easy, slow paced show -episodic -a few "main" characters but a focus on side characters -quality sound track -a feeling that the show could be very different but consciously chooses to be a simple story that focuses on human interaction and simple feelings. Both Isekei Shokuduo and Natsume Yuujichou give you a sense of a greater world that what you expect, yet they limit your view into that world. this can either be infuriating or enjoyable and happily both fall in the latter category. If you like one, I would recommend the other as a similar, worthwhile story. 
report Recommended by treeflyer
Both deal with supernatural entities, such a youkai and ayakashi, and feelings of loneliness of the main characters. 
report Recommended by Balut
Both anime deal with yokai (ghosts) and their protagonists who can see them while the rest of the world can't. Both protagonists try to avoid the evil yokai, although Natsume talks to them while Miko is scared to talk to them. Mieruko-chan has a LOT of fanservice as well but Natsume doesn't. Also, both protagonists are students and some events take place at school. 
report Recommended by Walter_White18
- Both deal with youkai/demons/monster/spirits - Both shows focus heavily on a familial bond between of an unlikely pair, growing friendship that start off apart, but slowly grow closer and stronger over the course of the show - Both shows are based heavily in Japanese folklore - Both shows hold similar themes of overcoming/accepting ones painful past in order to move forward in life. - Both have seemingly unconnected singular episodes, but each episode plays a part in building the overall story and play into each character learning and growing.  
report Recommended by websky
natsume is more relaxed, whilst ghost hunt is more complex and less supernatural/mystical. however same humour, and both amazingly enjoyable watches. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
I recommend the two because they give the same feeling to the audience when watching. Both anime are about spirits and humans becoming friends and understanding each other slowly. They possess similar themes and pacing with a slight slice of life quality about each episode. The music and animation of both anime are light and airy with a hint of laughter to relax the audience into unconscious enjoyment. 
report Recommended by eien_kiseki
Both main characters are in a lot of contact with monsters—as friends, not as enemies. A nice change compared to all the monster-slaying anime out there. 
report Recommended by GeniusofIron
Both have a similar vibe concerning supernatural and the ability to see youkai or mysterious things. Both have good humour and similar supporting characters 
report Recommended by holmeskudo
They both entail demons/youkais and humans understanding each other. They both are visually appealing and not to mention cute!  
report Recommended by hello_moto
Heart-warming stories told in a spiritual way. 
report Recommended by king_pineapple
Both main characters decide to live for both sides. In Natsume Yuujinchou, Natsume helps both the ayakashi and the human, and as for D. Gray Man, Allen fights for both the Akuma and humans. They both portray the interesting internal conflicts between the supernatural and themselves.  
report Recommended by 78cheesecake
Both of them are episodic anime. Both of the stories are based on supernatural events and spirits.  
report Recommended by Shusmita
-Both anime's moods, animation, and flow of the story/plot are very lighthearted. -Both are slow-paced and centered around Slice of Life over Comedy. -Both have the calming quality. 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
Both have a similar interpretation of the slice-of-life genre: appreciating the beauty in small actions and especially the relationships that develop because of them. Through these small interactions and the main character's gradually developing awareness of the feelings of others, these two anime also both subtly suggest (to me at least) the idea of mono no aware, or the sadness of transient things. The protagonist's character development is also central to both plots; Rekki and Natsume are essentially coming to understand themselves and accept their unique life situations through their experiences with the various characters they meet along the way. They are both  read more 
report Recommended by greatganjamomma
both plots are based on gods and their familiars although noragami was action packed , natsume wont have much action but it wil not dissapoint you natsume is the main character who has a book called "book of friends" which has names of all ayakashi's (phantoms) which gives direct control over all the ayakashi's who's name is present in the book , this book was created by his grandmother to collected the names of the ayakshi's by defeating them supprisingly natsume doesnt misuse it but returns their names and a lot of fun happens in this process , natsume yuujinchou is a must watch if you  read more 
report Recommended by sahilz0412
Makai Ouji and Natsume Yuujinchou are dissimilar in perhaps more ways than they are the same, but there is one striking similarity that I feel makes these two series connected. Differences: The vibes are completely different, as are the protagonists. Makai Ouji has a sort of ridiculous feeling to it, with characters so over the top as to seem unbelievable, as well as a protagonist who is centered around wholly unimportant things (such as his grades). Natsume however has very well rounded characters who in many ways lack the eccentricities of the characters in Makai, but are deep enough to seem real to the  read more 
report Recommended by greatganjamomma
Those anime deal with the death of a parent, supernatural and cute companion and countryside of Japan. Futhermore both anime are making me relax and happy for the characters. Indeed two great anime to chill ! 
report Recommended by MSTMC
Both are very introspective with a slow pace and a generally muted color palette.Two sometimes somber, sometimes uplifting anime about loneliness. 
report Recommended by Monjoex
Both anime have a calm atmosphere. They also have some moments that are funny. The openings are smooth and amazing. The main characters have a problem that prevents them from doing things (For Natsume, making friends and for Kousei, playing the piano). They both have a great cast of characters.  
report Recommended by gyuudons
1. A warm story. 2. Protagonists are orphans. 3. Both the protagonists have a cat as their main companions. 
report Recommended by nyankonyanko
Natsume Yuujinchou is about the daily life of a boy named Takashi that inherits the ability to see & speak to yokai from his grandmother whereas Nekogami Yaoyorozu revolves around the daily life of a Cat God named Mayu that was expelled from her home & forced to live on earth. Both series give a calm yet not so boring vibe that makes you yearn for more. Another similarity that both series have are the heartwarming friendships the MC's gain throughout the series. Also note that Nekogami Yaoyorozu is more comedy oriented. 
report Recommended by Yuuwi
Its got the same bittersweet feels and its very chill and emotional 
report Recommended by Premiumsoybeans
The protagonist is a teenager that can see youkaï, spirits and other paranormal beings Some youkaï see the MC as someone who can help them, some others see the MC as a target or a threat Natsume Yuujinchou is however more light-hearted (in a certain way, because it also deals with a lot of drama and sad stuff) and more a SoLesque anime than Kyokou Suiri 
report Recommended by Damuzen
Another Josei title. Magical, ghosts, spirits, many similar themes. No romance in Natsume, but similar vibe of helping ghosts and spirits each episode as in Koukyuu. 
report Recommended by botanybeetle
from nobody to closeness to each other. ++ friendship, warmness,  
report Recommended by yukyakyuk
por ambos passarem uma sensação de comforto muito grande pra mim, e pq são rapidos e faceis de se assistir 
report Recommended by juuvpixymind
Relaxing anime relating on Japanese folklore/mythology. Both are also about growing and overcoming hardships 
report Recommended by addictedtoliving
Having seen both Natsume Yuujinchou and Kyoukai no Kanata, it's easy to spot the similarities. In fact, it's very easy to see the two animes taking place in the same world/setting. Both animes have spirits, first off. The youmu and the youkai are practically identical beings. In both animes neither the youmu or youkai are visible to normal people, which is a huge similarity. Then, the Spirit World Warriors in KnK are very similar to the various exorcist groups in Natsume Yuujinchou (think Matoba clan). It's all the same stuff. Curses, fighting, friendships, all that. The only glaring difference is that Natsume Yuujinchou goes at  read more 
report Recommended by Amalythea
Both have human and non-human protagonist having a beautiful bond with each other like a teacher and student but also like a family and the non-human protagonists have cat forms and a similar vibe of youkai and fairies existing in the world with the mix of fantasy and reality,both gives off a peaceful feelings but has interesting stories to unfold with climax. 
report Recommended by chibi-tan-chi
Both have a similair calming feeling, yuyushiki has wacky charachters similair to the yokai fro natsumes book of friends 
report Recommended by Louvioun
Both shows have this feeling to them Just trust me and watch it  
report Recommended by Kurapimpa
Shounen no Youkai is an ecchi comedy strongly inspired by Natsume Yuuijinchou, which is far more serious. In both anime, a teen with the ability to see youkai assembles a group of them around himself. In Shounen no Yokai it just happens that they resemble the stereotypical harem of sexy girls. Occasionally you see shots which are pretty much taken from Natsume one-to-one, e.g. when the MC is sick and the harem gathers at his bed. 
report Recommended by inim
I feel like Tenki no Ko and Natsume Yūjinchō have some things in common. Natsume Takeshi being an orphan who can see yōkai, and has more yōkai friends then human ones. As a child, Natsume was ostracized by the other kids because they didn't believe him. As a teen, Natsume mostly keeps his ability to see yōkai secret. (Although there are a few people he knows who can also see yōkai, so he's open with them.) Although, Hodaka from Tenki no Ko isn't an orphan, he is a runaway. We never see has parents, but we know his home life was bad. He meets a  read more 
report Recommended by Ameonna93
Both are iyashikei with deeper messages. Not much goes on goes on in them and they're both episodic, slice of life shows. They have a similar calm atmosphere, though Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is overall bleaker.  
report Recommended by Halcyon116
When both the protagonists were young, things were okay until people found them weird, seeing, hearing, and talking to youkai or ghosts, beings invisible to the normal human eye. So natsume takashi (natsume yuujinchou) and ayazuki mei (meiji tokyo renka) became outcasts and frequently isolated themselves socially. As they grow up and realize that others don't see and experience what they do, they cover it up with smiles and kindness. As the story goes on, both of them find themselves more involved in otherworldly situations. Natsume Yuujinchou is a very good touching and slow paced anime with several (currrently 6) seasons where visible growth of  read more 
report Recommended by Joiks
I don't know what it is, but they somehow have a similar peaceful feel to it.  
report Recommended by Kurapimpa
It gives you the same beautiful and relaxing feeling after watching it. It goes deep into a sad story background. And the type of music are quite of similar  
report Recommended by Sommeil-Eternel
They are both about a Main Character that can see magical creatures (ayakashi and mushi). Both give a pleasant ride for the spectator, being an episodic kind of show, that follows a simple story line at times. Both are really good, and if you like one of them, it is a fact that you would like the other one. 
report Recommended by TonhaoNoXablau
Paladins are usually bunch of self righteous a holes. Same goes for exorcists or others dealing with supernatural. Will and Natsume are different. Compassion is more important than purity for these guys. 
report Recommended by blackhaulmike
Both anime are bromances featuring schoolkids paired with supernatural creatures. 
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The Case Study of Vanitas and Natsume's Book of Friends are two *very* different anime; they don't even belong in the same genre and there is not an ounce of "iyashikei" (the healing / soothing subgenre) in Vanitas, which is not slice of life either. However they share the same central plot device (minor SPOILER for both anime following): Each anime has an important book and each anime involves the return of names from that book to creatures who lost them. The supernatural creatures of the two anime are different and the circumstances of their name losses also differ, but they both use the same  read more 
report Recommended by Sharpedon
Human is able to see spirits. Said human makes many supernatural friends. Very relaxed pace with incredible music and art. 
report Recommended by Lupo_Reed
Same feels but there is not much similar about them on the surface except for the fact that most people that love one usually love the other as well 
report Recommended by Zero_Kashi
While at first sight those two anime doesnt seem very similar, I think they share very important points. In both of them we see short stories about human/youkai lives and some entity Decim/Natsume who judge them or help them pass on. Besides in both of them there is main plot mystery surrounding some of protagonists. 
report Recommended by qub4honor
Damn, this anime is wholesome and depressing at the same time 
report Recommended by boyoungsi
I found Shoutarou similar with Takashi and Sakurako similar with Reiko (or Madara). Despite 'Natsume Yuujinchou' more concentrate on helping spirits, while 'Sakurako-san' on murderous cases, both share somewhat similar 'heartwarming slice of life' atmosphere. 
report Recommended by uchikina-kinoko
Although Natsume Yuujinchou is a fantasy slice of life with supernatural yokais and 3-gatsu no Lion is about shogi, they have similar themes in overcoming struggles, depression etc. They have similar vibes and look good and unique. 
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Made in abyss and natsume-series have a lot of similarity ,both does have a huge amount of potential in evry subject and it does have a good team backing behind it , both does promise u a feeling that u will never forget as far as i myself have experience it , probably the thing u will get the most is happiness and cheerfulness, they serve you those feeling pretty well i would say myself :) and u will find yourself in a positive mood through out the series ( n also be in mind that when i make this reccomendation the anime is still not  read more 
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Obviously the plot and themes are different - the subtleties are where the similarities lie; the music and art style in particular. Both series feel very relaxed and emit a sort of halcyon modernity, if that makes sense. Also, both series are light hearted with serious undertones, and a lot of the humour comes from irreverence (although it's far more ecchi in Chobits!) If you've seen Chobits and resonated with it's atmosphere, I would definitely recommend Natsume, as it has a similar tone. But if Natsume's the one you've already seen, I'd only try Chobits if you're up for something a little more depraved, and in  read more 
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Both include ghosts and many different stories each episode. Both include a main character that is alive working along with ghosts Also are both in the "supernatural" genre. And with a that both main characters come with a helper which helps in their journeys. (Hanako: Minamoto Kou) / (Natsume: Madara or "Nyanko Sensei") Finally, both have to solve something to make it t the goal or end of the story 
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The main characters are lonely teenagers with paranormal powers. Both are rejected by family and childhood colleagues, because have strange powers. When they move to other city and other school, they realize finaly that can make new friends, because that people accepted them like they are. Both have comedy and drama. There are some only differences... 1 - Koutora-san : The main character is a girl, ( Haruka Koutora ) and her power is telepathy. ( She can hear people thoughts ) Has romance and ecchi, but no adventure. This is the first and only season at moment. 2- Natsume Yuujinchou: The main character is a boy ( Takashi Natsume ),  read more 
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The protagonist is a boy with strange powers, (while Natsume has the power to see Youkai, Lag has the power to show the "heart" of people contained in letters) and has a funny friend that follows him, protecting him anywhere he goes to help someone. Its mostly about bonds and true friendship, where every episode is centered about different characters and their touching stories. There is also a very important character from the past of the protagonist that appears a lot in flashbacks (Reiko/Gauche).  
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The drawing style is relatively similar, and both include supernatural elements. While Natsume Yuujinchou is a bit -more- supernatural, it doesn't stop both the main characters from being bothered by otherworldly spirits and curses! 
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Summer wars focus on a cyber world and Natsume Yuujinchou focus in spirits/ youkai but they have in common a male protagonist who spent a lonely childhood with his parents and only when he meets his "new" family he starts to enjoy and value a lot of things. In order to help the "real" world, Natsume has cat spirit to help him, and has to fight and help other spirits, while Kenji has a cyber bunny helping him and he also has to fight and help the cyber world in order to help the real world. Both are animes are essentially about the power  read more 
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The similarities in these two shows stems from the similar settings and the slow pace that both stories use to tell the tales of the protagonists. A high school student in Natsume Yuujinchou and a middle school student and an adult in Asatte no Houkou. The narratives for both stories are slow and reflective, there are supernatural and mystical events in both shows, and the overall melancholy tone of both stories makes them comparable. Yuujinchou however is more episodic than Asatte, and the plot is superior to the lighter Asatte no Houkou. But if you liked one you'll probably like the other.  
report Recommended by Halo_s_Maze
Soft fluffy story line with a similar tone, not to mention similar styles that have their variances.  
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both series are about high school boy who can see yokai. In both the boy is scared at first but through story learn to accept them and help them.  
report Recommended by drakonka
you will feel kind of the same vibe from watching it.  
report Recommended by ahmed10
Very similar feel! Both have very lighthearted moments with adorable creatures and also have a creature that watches over a human with kindness. Both very sweet but also have sad moments. 
report Recommended by jayjayy
Natsume Yuujinchou isn't a water related anime but both are equally fun!!! Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou) and Yuki (Tsuritama) are kinda similar in terms of how they have difficulty making friends. Natsume is worried about rejection while Yuki's isn't good with people. Both leard to open up and make friends. Both of the anime is about friendship, opening up and learn to find happiness in the littlest things. Both delivered a warm hearted feeling. MUST WATCH! eno-shima-BOWL!!!!! 
report Recommended by anika12332
Both deal with the complexities of relationships and life. They have similar art and contain bittersweet and touching moments. 
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Kuragahime is a lighthearted, fun, interesting story that relates to Natsume Yuujinchou in ways that you have to see to understand. -Both Tsukimi and Takashi are surrounded by interesting characters (sometimes troublesome ones), they are also somewhat loners who have heavy hearts due to their parent(s) death. -There is also cute animal (sort of) companions in both and revolve around the characters every-day life. The soundtrack/music are very similar. So much in fact that I wouldn't be able to tell if I heard either one by themselves. Although they don't have much in common on the surface, they have that special feel to them that makes the story  read more 
report Recommended by LordOfShawows
Both anime exudes the same lightheartedness. Both of them deals with day to day lives of friends. One deals with supernatural while the other is not. Nevertheless they deal with bonds and friends. 
report Recommended by srsng
Both of these people can see the spirits that used to be worshiped but have been forgotten. Each has their own spins on the situation but both inherit their powers from the grandmother. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both of these Anime feature a male lead with semi to full slice of life style storyline dealing with the supernatural events going on around them that cause them to be different from the rest of the world. They are also dealing with their grandparents legacies. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Dantalian no Shoka and Natsume Yuujinchou can be described as supernatural series that use a mystery/monster of the week storyline format. Natsume Yuujinchou has a slice of life narrative whereas Dantalian no Shoka is a mystery anime. Huey and Dantalian have a similar dynamic as Natsume and Madara. However, Natsume Yuujinchou is a better anime than Dantalian given that Natsume has better character development and there are more seasons to develop supporting characters.  
report Recommended by lancelot200
A human is unique in their ability to speak with spirits. Similar atmosphere and pacing. A person who enjoys one should enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Cren
Both have nearly identical episodic formulae: establish a problem and resolve it emotionally. The "weekly dish" in NYC is a monster, in IGLOO it's an experimental weapon. While in the former the plot focuses on the actual weekly variation, the latter uses the Weapon of the Week merely as a backdrop for the story and focuses instead on characters. 
report Recommended by fawertesfs
Beautiful story. It's hard to describe without spoiling it, so I'll list the main differences: Natsume: youkai, fantasy, slow paced with some comedy, episodic for the most part. Marnie: slice of life with some mystery, it will make you cry. 
report Recommended by vampiricneko
Both about a kid that inherits his relatives past ghost hunting ability's and powers. Kekkaishi is more so about hunting and exercising demons where as Natsume Yuujinchou is about returning the demon's names and allowing them to pass on. 
report Recommended by DeathfireD
both this anime series have demons involved and also both of the main characters have supernatural powers,the anime Natsume Yuujinchou i recommend it to those anime fans who like mystery action  
report Recommended by ErioMondial
Both main male characters are able to see supernatural beings that no one else (or rather, very few others) can. In Tasogare Otome x Amnesia it's ghosts, and in Natsume Yuujinchou it's ayakashi/youkai/mononoke. 
report Recommended by Numi
It has the same feel. She has to help people and stuff like how Natsume helps youkai and there are some funny parts. 
report Recommended by daisuke86
Both series are set in a fantasy world. Both series incorporate a quest that the main characters are trying to achieve. The two series may have one universal prerogative but for the most part they are episodic in nature that try to connect with the main objective. Both series are laudatory and reverrential due to their fantastical world setting. 
report Recommended by Aeonic
In both are many traditional Japanese ghosts and myths. They have a really good animation too. :) 
report Recommended by yuli
they appear to be completely different, but the feeling and relaxing atmosphere of both of them are similar. slice of life with a tad of drama, and supernatural elements :D 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
- Both main characters (male) can see spirits and are always involved in supernatural events. - Both talk always about the feelings of spirits. - There are more people with supernatural habilities that they end being involved with 
report Recommended by surieldl
slice of life, similar style, relaxing atmosphere and lonely MC characters Natsume (Male MC) while Issukan (female MC)... In natsume the reason the hero doesn`t have any friends is a supernatural one while in Issukan friends the reason is the heroine's memory loss ....  
report Recommended by setogirl2
Both animes are about Ayakashi or Yōkai in the world of humans. They both highlight the incompatibly of humans and Yōkai with each other. Natsume is somewhat episodic while Ayakashi is collection of three classic Japanese horror stories. If you like the Book of Friends and horror anime you will love Ayakashi. 
report Recommended by Jamerocksojen
both anime deals with demons and spirits.  
report Recommended by lovemaze
Both are dealing with spiritual beings and myths. The main similarity is however in the overall atmosphere. Both shows are simply cute leaving this heartwarming feeling in the viewer. Natsume as a character is quite similar in his behavior and kindness to Jesus and Buddha as their are depicted in Saint Oniisan. 
report Recommended by iHitokage
Both are grat shojo anime with supernatural, the main characte's Yuuri and Natsume, both kind and naive ordinary students - when they got a supernatural power they use it to help others & become friends with them, sometimes succeeding and sometimes attracting uttention from dangerous characters that want to use them. Both anime have a calm & peaceful atmosphere that makes you want more seasons. 
report Recommended by Narushisto
Its has very similar overall plotlines. Both have a loner type character that is makes friends with supernatural creatures and learns to makes friends. Gugure! Kokkuri-san is more in the comedy genera vein while Natsume Yuujinchou is a lot more serious show. While Natsume Yuujinchou is more serious it has a lot of heart and ends up being the better of these two shows. If you liked Gurgure! Kokkuri-san, then Natsume Yuujinchou is a must watch anime. 
report Recommended by Kaizoku_Mugiwara
Both do have such amazingly fat and lovely cats. There are many people who watch Natsume yuujinchou only for Nyanko-sensei. So in Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki the cat is the main hero and is absolutely round. Watch for cute cats :3 
report Recommended by Reiichi_Junda
Both main characters deal with the struggle of not allowing people discover their secret power. Nyanko Sensei and Migi, the Protectors to both Natsume and Shinji, are only their to protect their masters in order for their own personal gain. Although reluctant at first, Both Natsume and Shinji develop a relationship with their protectors later on in both shows.  
report Recommended by V0rtexxzz
Both Ichigo and Natsume can see spirits and have to deal with them. Kon and Madara are similar as humorous animal sidekicks. 
report Recommended by Hstar
Both are very wonderful heart-warming animes with a little melancholia and deep personalities but also with many funny and lovely moments. Both protagonists are male and good-looking, also both series have light hints of Boys'Love atmosphere. 
report Recommended by Salvina
A guy who can control supernatural beings and has companions. Orphen is on a journey, Natsume is mostly in the same city/forest. Orphen has more action while Natsume is calm and emotionally intense. 
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They have supernatural creatures, are lovely and dreamy. Both warm your heart and enchant you in a beautiful adventure you'll love. It'll give you this certain feeling of "when I'll have children, I need to show them those beautiful, nostalgic 'fairy tales' ". Both are emotional in so many ways and embrace your soul. Both have some melancholic sides but Natsume's story is even more moving and so sad at times you might need to cry. At the same time they are so heart-warming that they bring you happiness. Natsume's story is more educational showing that superficially scary beings aren't bad at all,  read more 
report Recommended by Salvina
Both main characters can see things that other people cannot. Both animes also seem very relaxed and light. 
report Recommended by ihdh
Well in both series, there seems to be a lot of mysteries going in the background. Additionally, there's this main protagonist who seems to have supernatural powers. There's shinto themes in both series and makes it in a more lighthearted/fantasy like environment. Both series also features a school in which the main characters resides in. The main male protagonist has many interactions with the characters and in essence, each of them have a different backgrounds but relates to the overall tone of the story. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Similar: soft atmosphere, daily life, both main characters own cats as pets. Both are very calming to watch Different: Natsume Yuujinchou has a supernatural aspect and has a bit of action every now and then as well.  
report Recommended by animedork95
Okay, these series are polar opposites when it comes to tone and presentation, admittedly. However, they both share a common theme of dealing with loneliness. If you related to Shinji's struggle to feel loved and accepted, then you will probably feel for Natsume, too. Both protagonists have trouble relating to other people, and struggle with self-worth. So if you liked the existential musing more than the giant robot fights in Evangelion, I would definitely recommend Natsume Yuujinchou.  
report Recommended by iwantcandy2
An interesting story that is fairly chill, that should be interesting for those who liked the mystical aspect of Tatami Galaxy. 
report Recommended by SuperDUD
both are calm,and enjoyable like a soft summer breath.  
report Recommended by yami-tamashi
both have an interesting storyline, if you like mysteries, spirits, and comedy, then give this one a go.  
report Recommended by kibak
both relies the same message to the watchers. While Eve no Jikan focus more between the interaction of humans to robot/androids, Natsume Yuujinchou focus on interaction of a human with demons. 
report Recommended by mlcdl
the mood of both is relaxed mellow with some humor and a little melancholy. Both are slow paced and focus on slow growth. The warm and slightly awkward, loving and appreciation Natsume and Arima have with their parents. Both worry about being burdens. Both struggle with scars from the past but want happiness. There is light humor/goofiness in both of them from Nyanko-sensi and Miyazawa Yukino who each have strong personalities. both nyanko and Yukino start off as enemis to the main guy and then their relationship changes. Both are slice of life but His and Her circumstances is has drama and romance where Natsume's  read more 
report Recommended by BreathOfFire3
Guys who can see spirits and have side kicks 
report Recommended by Lark_Freya
Both of these have fantastic settings, lovable characters, and great attention to detail when it comes to both character writing and world building. Super cozy and relaxing most of the time, but can sometimes get pretty tense. Especially Natsume Yuujinchou, which becomes borderline horror at times. Very good soundtracks and sound design in both. They also both feature very good fantasy elements, which make up the core forces that drive the narrative forward.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
While the stories being told here are quite different, the atmosphere, world-building details, and scenery are quite comparable. They are both (mostly) very cozy and give off a warm feeling. Natsume Yuujinchou certainly has lots of darker moments, some are borderline creepy, but it is also full of very touching and heartwarming scenes that remind me very much of Non Non Biyori's more contemplative moments. Also, most of the jokes around Nyanko-sensei feel right at home in Non Non. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Both of them give off a relaxed, somewhat calm atmosphere which magically draws in the watcher. 
report Recommended by YowaiHito
The main characters are human boys with slight supernatural abilities when it comes to demons/spirits/ghosts. Despite being human, they can see and interact with them. Both their grandmothers were exceptional at dealing with demons/ghosts and strangely, their grandmother is the only relative that is given importance or even mentioned in the anime. They both have "pet" cats which are actually demons that take on a cat form, but can transform into a larger more threatening form when needed, although Nyanko sensei and Rokumon have completely different personalities. These animes sort of have their own plot per episode so you can enjoy a fresh story that  read more 
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