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.
Though the two have their differences, both are about a main character who can see something others can't, and strives to help them. Also, both stories have a certain almost laid-back atmosphere to them. Natsume Yuujinchou, however, has more of a plot than Mushishi, as well as supporting characters that stay for more than one episode.
If you liked Mushishi I believe you'll most definitely enjoy Natsume Yuujinchou. :) I could see similarities right off the bat, in how they both deal with spirits or other supernatural creatures. Both main characters have a sense of compassion when interacting with these entities, and often will try to find the least violent method of solution. Also, both series are episodic, yet it's a style that suits them well. The day-to-day solving of problems has a relaxing sort of mood in both series, and I think they complement each other nicely.
Both are calm, slice-of-life-ish series that deal with the supernatural (youkai/mushi) in one- or two-episode arcs and have protagonists who are quiet and standoffish as a result of their abilities to deal with the supernatural.
Although not similar in the aspect of Japanese Youkai, Mushishi still has good Japanese environments and the obvious feature of spirits that can only seen by certain people. Not many blatant parallels can be made between the two, though there's a high chance that anyone who likes Natsume Yuujin-Chou will like Mushishi.
If you liked Mushishi, you'll probably like Natsume Yuujinchou too. Each episode is a seperate story, and involves with spirits. The artwork of both of the series are soft colors and a pleasure to watch. Mushishi uses earthtones and Natsume Yuujinchou soft pastels though.
Both wonderfully soothing atmospheric slice-of-life series involving male protagonists with the uncommon ability to see spirits. In the course of these episodic stories, we learn that these spirits are neither good nor evil, that they simply exist - a message both shows seem to reinforce. Mushishi tends to be more dramatic, whereas Natsume Yuujinchou carries more of a comedic touch.
You'll surely notice since first episode how much those two anime are very similar to eachother.
- Main character: a quiet, good and mature guy (Natsume and Ginko) which has to deal in his own way with spirits/mushi. They both care abouth the spirits and always tried to do everything to help them and not let people thinking that they are to be considered as "evil".
- Atmosphere: colors, art, music, design will let you fully love the litterally pureness of those anime. The atmosphere is very calm and "delicated".
Personally i think that both, Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou, are two masterpieces which you can't miss to watch, especially if you already enjoyed one of the two! read more
Except for the basic plot: odd things that only some people can see but still can affect many, the main characters are extemely siimilar. They are both easy-going, adorable guys that will try to do whats best depending on the situation rather than some idea that all unknown creatures are evil and needs to be exterminated.
Beautiful episodic tales surrounding the interaction between spirits and humans with a single mature and introspective male protagonist holding the thread between episodes.
Mushishi focuses more on japanesse folklore tales in a rural fudal setting and its more moral driven, whetheras Nastume Yuujinchou is more quaint and simple, following a school boy and his spirit relationships.
Mushihi's drama is more than Natsume Yuujinchou even though both they relax u a lot :) Both anime's story about a guy who wanna help ghosts ( it's name change anime to anime like Yokai & Mushi ) and humans. So they are similar in many ways :)
Both stories follow the main character, who can see strange things. Both series have the same atmosphere, though Mishishi seems to be a more mature. Both stories are warm, affecting and a little bit bittersweet.
These dramas share a slow, easy pace that really allows them to develop a nice atmosphere. Watching these shows leaves me feeling peaceful and calm.
They are both episodic. Nastume Yuujinchou centers around the main character meeting and helping a different spirit each episode. Mushishi is similar, having the main character meet and help someone with a spirit related problem each episode.
Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou both have many similarities. The main characters of shows are the only people that can see spirits. The MC's want to help the people and spirits throughout the series. There isn't much of a plot in both the shows but each episode is very emotional and dramatic.
Both series have an episodic nature and are slow-paced with their stories. The story of both series focuses on dealing with the problems of individual people. In Natsume Yuujinjou this is done through the Book of Friends while in Mushishi it is the mushi that inhabit people. Both series have a large deal of emotions involved and also a large amount of moral questions are raised.
Both stories are about life with another being.
Ayakashi in Natsume Yuujinchou are human like being, where Mushi are more like primitive beings.
Both stories are focusing in slice of life and drama. But Natsume Yuujinchou is more slice of life, where Mushishi is more drama.
Both are top tier class animes.
Both series gives off a similar feeling in which the main protagonist is able to see supernatural beings where normal people cannot.
Although lacking a direct story line, both series has very interesting concepts and ideas that tells a different story each episode. The episodes themselves are lighthearted and has a relaxing feeling to them. The way these two series tell their stories in a surreal and unique presentation.
There are spirits involved in both series as we take a glimpse into how they behave around human beings and specifically the main protagonist. Although slow paced, the exploration of the many ideas are quite insightful to watch. read more
both are relaxing anime in which the main character empathizes with other characters who they meet and try to help them. main character in both anime can see things that not many other people can (mushi/youkai)
As many other people point out, this is as close to Mushishi as you can get. Both deal with Youkai/Ayakashi and are (mostly) episodic in nature, meaning there isn't necessarily a set overall plot, but a series of situations/problems where the entire story of it is contained in one episode, which Mushishi absolutely nailed. Natsume is definitely more heart-warming and emotional than Mushishi, but both will leave your heart tingling.
Both main characters can see things that normal people can't, spirits. Witch a calm and peaceful feel to it, both main characters encounter both good and bad spirits, and helping those in need. Both main characters are pretty quiet, and are the loner type. When they were children, the were thought of a freaks for seeing things no one else could see. After meeting different kinds of spirits their outlook about them and life changes. Both animes are episodic, with both good, sad, and bittersweet endings.
These are both calm and slow paced anime. The feeling of the show is the biggest similarity. Both center around the main character who can see things not everybody can, following events happening around these things.
Mushishi bears a certain spiritual kinship with Natsume Yuujinshou. I think of it as a more austere, reflective cousin but in truth, Mushishi can't really be compared to anything else. The main character deals with the supernatural, stories are told through an episodic format and lastly the serene and mystical atmosphere are some of the similarities between the two. The experience you get from these series don't come along very often, one of a kind.
Both are series in which ghosts or spirits exist and only certain people can see them. They are both extremely relaxing to watch, the sort of thing you'd watch an episode of before you go to sleep to give yourself a nice dream. Although Mushishi occasionally has unhappy endings and has a more wistful and dreamy atmosphere compared to Natsume Yujinchou's "smiley sunny everyone's friends lets help each other out and be happy" kind of atmosphere in which comedy is occasionally added. In my opinion occasional unhappy endings are a good thing as it adds variety, and I guess it suits the feel of the anime so don't immediately cross Mushishi out. Most of the time each episode has it's own plot line, and one arc rarely continues for more than an episode's length. In this case that also adds to the relaxing effect because you don't have to follow an intricate story line. I personally find the most relaxing animes the ones where you don't have to think. Anyway, both animes are brilliant, personally I prefered Mushishi just because I like the strange lovecraft sort of atmospheres and the protagonist is pretty interesting, unlike your generic anime hero... read more
The key fundamental similarity between both of these series is that they are both episodic, giving each individual episode it's own story arc which doesn't directly connect to other episodes much further than the recurring characters e.g. Ginko, Madara etc. They both center around the theme of the supernatural, both introducing fantasy creatures e.g. Mushi from Mushishi. Mushishi I would describe as more on the philosophical and harder watching side than Natsume Yuujinchou, which has a more of a Slice of Life feeling to it while still remaining thought provoking. They are both slow paced and minimalisitic animes with simple but beautiful animation (especially mushishi) but are probably best watched in moderation rather than 'marathoning' a series. Both Awesome and Original :) read more
If you like Mushishi then I'm sure you will like Natsume. Because in both animes the plot and aura is very similar. There is spiritual things and myths of the Japan folk. I enjoy and liked so much Mushishi and Natsume. There are so relaxing, with beautiful soundtrack, nice main chatacters and with a fantasy mythology that involved the plot. Very recommended!
Similarities: both animes are largely episodic, both really only have a handful of main characters (although mushishi is mostly just Ginko), have a similar atmosphere about them and both main characters deal with helping people affected by spirits, or the spirits themselves.
Differences: Natsume is set in modern day Japan and he lives in the countryside, Mushishi is set in the past and Ginko is a nomad. Natsume also deals with a more personified version of spirits (youkai/ayakashi), whereas mushishi's spirits (mushi) don't really have any character to them. Natsume also has more of a goal he wants to achieve (book of friends), unlike Ginko. Both are equally very enjoyable, and highly recommended. read more
Mushishi and Natsume Yuuchinjou are very good and enjoyable series. The protagonists of both series, Ginko and Natsume, deal with spiritual species that interact with humans, which are known as Mushi (Mushishi) and Ayakashi/Youkai (Natsume Yuuchinjou). Both Ginko and Natsume also deal with loneliness, but still use the gifts/powers they have to help others. They are episodic as well. Both characters accept these spirits as parts of their lives. Ginko before the beginning of the story's setting, and Natsume throughout the show.
However, there are still some differences between the two. For almost every episode of Mushishi, Ginko is usually requested to help a character that has a "disease/illness". He tries to diagnose the problem, and the cause of the problem is always because of the Mushi, in whatever way possible. Ginko then gets rid of the Mushi, but will never kill them, unlike other mushishi. In Natsume Yuuchinjou, Natsume usually helps either a youkai or human with a problem they have, and with those problems, most of the time, he has to use his Yuuchinjou. Mushishi episodes almost always end in a depressing or non-happy way. In Natsume Yuuchinjou, the story of that episode always has a happy ending. Ginko and maybe just one or two other characters reappear throughout the show. In Natsume Yuuchinjou, there are plenty of characters that appear along the way, humans and youkai. There's more comedic scenes in Natsume Yuuchinjou than in Mushishi as well.
In conclusion, both are very well-done series, and are very emotional. Natsume Yuuchinjou is very similar to Mushishi, but is less depressing and deals with more characters. read more
Both Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou have a laid back, relaxing athmosphere and an episodical way of telling the different stories that each has to offer. Both shows deal with lead characters that can see creatures that others can't and their interaction with them.
However, while Mushishi tends to be more dramatic, Natsume has a little more of a comedian touch to it.
The Mushishi series and the Natsume Yuujinchou series are both relaxing series. Both involve protagonists who can see supernatural entities, who learn or have learned to deal with this ability as they grow older. Ginko makes it his life work to work with and deal with mushi (the supernatural entity in Mushishi) and Natsume learns to coexist with yokai whilst slowly learning about the world and politics around exorcists. They both are largely episodic in nature, with Natsume Yuujinchou having more overarching narratives.
Both animes have a supernatural theme, yet are not packed with pure action and fights and such. They are slow-paced and look at things at a different perspective. Plus, the atmosphere in both is really calming and both are good animes to watch, if you want each episode a new story to be told.
Both animes are about the main character meeting spiritual beings and solving problems related to those spiritual beings. Both are episodic animes . And in both anime only a few can see those spiritual beings . And both animes have a mysterious and calm atmosphere that makes it feel like its a great sol anime.
Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou follow gentle, pensive protagonists that are capable of seeing supernatural entities. Both protagonists have a difficult time explaining their problems to normal people and generally keep to themselves. In both universes, the supernatural entities frequently have a negative impact on the people around them.
Takashi and Ginko are both likable, but they have different setbacks/struggles that shape them in different ways. Mushishi can be a bit of an acquired taste; it's heavily reliant on mood and tone to carry it. It's also episodic, most of the characters appear for one episode and are never seen again. Natsume Yuujinchou is less episodic than Mushishi, it incorporates recurring characters and overarching plotlines. It's also far more easy to digest and stays fairly lighthearted.  read more
Hotarubi no Mori e brings some of the best things about Natsume Yuujinchou in one neat 40 minute package. It is pretty much a Natsume Yuujinchou episode, sans Natsume and Nyanko-Sensei, plus the benefit of extra 20 minutes and a higher budget. That makes for a incredibly well done story with one of the sweetest (and saddest) romances I've seen in anime.
This should be a must watch for Natsume fans. If you loved the movie but never watched Natsume... well, what on earth are you waiting for?
Of course watching Hotarubi is like watching Natsume Yuujinchou.
Not only they are from the same manga-ka, therefor sharing the same gorgeous art and a similar story telling as well the taste for the same genre:
those are two titles who, if you liked one of them, you can't absolutly miss to wach the another as well!
Both are sweet, delicate stories, with splendid colors and wonderful characters who'll bring you into those supernatural and fascinating worlds.
Both give you the same calm feeling while watching them.
Not only do Natsume Yuujinchou and Hotarubi no Mori e have the same original creator and similar setting, they are animated by the same studio, with the same director and even the composer is the same. Without any doubt there is more than one that these two would both be liked by the same people.
The girl, Hotaru, in Hotarubi no More e and the boy, Takashi (mostly referred to by his family name Natsume), both see demon and spirits and they both befriend them. Both the film and the series play with a melancholic feeling and the relationship between humans and spirits.
Hotarubi no Mori e is like the 2 episode version of Natsume Yuujinhou. Even the main characters Natsume and Jin are similiar. Also, musics, the athmosphere and animation styles are alike. I loved Hotarui no Mori e more than Natsume because there was a romantic story in it. I wish it could become longer.
Both anime are written by the same author, Yuki Midorikawa hence contains similar themes, mood, and settings.
Both series has a mystical feeling which is smooth, slow paced, serene, and natural. The music in both series are also collected and calm. Both series also involves a main protagonist dealing with supernatural beings, specifically spirits.
These two anime are both relaxing to watch that are considered rare gems.
Same voice actor for main male lead and similar plot about ghost spirits wandering around. The main story of Hotarubi is limited by the fact that it's movie, and so it doesn't have as much touching stories as Natusme, yet it is still very moving. Both emphasizes the importance of relationships, especially that of a close friend.
Similar Artwork, similar soundtrack, similar storyline. Both stories are about interaction between yōkai (supernatural monsters) and humans. Protagonists in both stories are complex and evolve in beautiful ways.
Both shows a story about a world were the yokai (ghost, monsters etc...) exist and live without the humans realize. I like Hotarubi no Mori e because its diferent from the typical romance, and i love yatsume first season because was different from the typical shounens.
Two animes that show us several points of view about the feelings of the Yokai, mainly the solitude, where although some hate humans, others wish to approach them. Where the protagonist is relates to the world of the Yokai, knowing more what they feel in their eternal loneliness.
They both share the same director, and both share the same setting of the story - a real world, but with spirits living together with humans.
Beautiful and touching stories, amazing animation and art, you will enjoy every minute of it.
Natsume Yuujinhou and Hotarubi no Mori e both tell stories about the various ways the line separating humans and youkai is crossed. Hotarubi no Mori e tries to bridge the gap between its main characters through a more interpersonal relationship while Natsume Yuujinchou has the main character try to reconnect with humans while struggling with his tight connections to the world of youkai for an intrapersonal mode of story telling.
Atmosphere and setting has clear similarities between each accompanied by a similar OST as well. Both highly enjoyable watches for those looking for some Iyashikei-esque anime. read more
The movie seems like a Natsume Yuujinchou movie with different characters and romance (the two anime have the same producer and sound director). To sum it up, the setting is the same: there are youkai and the story mostly takes place in a forest, both anime are calming and lovely. If you liked the latter aspects, you may most likely enjoy Natsume Yuujinchou a lot.
The character of Watanuki (xxxHolic) is very similar to Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou). Even though the stories of the two series are different except for the boy-who-can-see-spirits thing, the "feel" is the same. Also, Nyan-ko sensei is kinda like a cross between kuro-Mokona and the Kudakitsune.
Both main characters are the only one's in the story that can see spirits. They also share the same sense of loneliness that comes with it. There's a few episodes in both Natsume Yuujinchou & xxxHolic that go into true detail about their feelings of being alone. It's drama unlike i've ever seen before, and i love that part about each of these shows, so much. If you've seen one of these shows, then i highly recommend you check out the other.
Both protagonist can see things others can't and have a best friend who accepts them for that, even though he can't see spirits himself. The protagonist's guardians and loving yet harsh on them, teasing them a lot. I am sure that if you love one you will love the other. Both series' offer a lot of knowledge into Japanese folklore and provide characters you will fall in love with.
Well, as already many ppl said:
both series have main character really similar: Watanuki Kimihiro & Natsume Takashi. They are good guys, with a special ability: they are able to see spirits/ghosts/demons.. They also share the 'loneliness' side, b'cuz of their capacity they are usual to be alone.. Maybe watanuki's personality is a bit more 'funny-comic' than that natsume, but anyway they are both real good ppl with a "golden heart" that help others.
About the story, well both stories are really similar b'cuz of the *oriental japanese tradition* in them, about the traditions to believe in something like typical japanese spirits and about all the atmosphere!
The way how both stories are showed, is simply awesome: delicated, sweet and loveable.
About Natsume, the anime it is really full of amazing colors, and also graphic design is exelent^^
Well, from Holic's side, it's an anime from CLAMP so char design is obviously great.
What else i have to say? they are both awesome. Holic is more known than Natsume, so i suggest you: don't lose that gem that NY is! believe me, watch it ;3 they both worth it!^^ read more
Both of these shows feature a leading male character who can see demons/spirits. They both hope to get rid of their ability, but start to realize how useful it is once they start using it. They also start to figure out who they can trust with their secret. Overall, the plot is fairly similar.
The protagonist both meet a lot of humans/supernatural beings that would make them realize a lot of lessons in life. They have problems that are quite similar but not all is bad in their new found lifestlyle.
In both series, the main protagonist is able to see spirits and demons, beings that only very few people can see.
Both series presents stories in an unique way each episode that follows the main protagonist's lives and the situations as he deals with his gift/curse. It is quite well written because the way it presents them with a sort of mystical and serene feeling.
Both series features a lot of interactions between various characters that can be dramatic, comedic, and sometimes emotional.
Both series are episodic that has a slow pacing which also follows a slice of life feeling. Nonetheless, many themes are explored in both series with the guidance of a senior as they learn more about the world, how to handle their supernatural abilities, and helping others while learning more about themselves. read more
- Both animes have very distinct accult themes.
- Both protagonists have an unusually strong spiritual sense for a human and often times find themselves in perilous situations involving various non-human entities as a result.
- despite the above neither is very adept at handling these situations.
- Both have a somewhat tragic male protagonist.
- Both protagonist seem to be orphans.
However Both Natsume and watanuki have very different personalities.
Both XXXHolic and Natsume Yuujinchou tend to have very different atmospheres.
Natsume Yuujinchou has a more light hearted bittersweet atmosphere and tends to have much milder content than XXXHolic. XXXHolic may come off to some as having a more modern gothic vibe. And can also be very philosophical at times. read more
Drama, comedy, and supernatural.
Episodic anime about the unseen paranormal creatures- Ayakashi and Youkai.
The main character, Natsume Takashi/Watanuki Kimihiro, is an orphaned teenager who possesses spiritual abilities and is able to see spirits.
He has a best friend, Tanuma Kaname/Doumeki Shizuka, who lives in a shrine and has an ability to sense spirits, but his abilities are inferior to the MC.
Natsume Yuujinchou leaves a warm fuzzy feeling. It has a lighthearted atmosphere.
xxxHolic is macabre, creepy and dark. It includes profound and psychological dialogues.
These shows focus on a young man who can see spirits. They each use this curse/gift to help others, and through this, they find what they lacked. Each show is episodic with the overall arc being the development of the main character.
Both these shows deal with the main character seeing spirits that only they can see. Additionally, both main characters, Natsume and Watanuki develop relationships with powerful characters that can see or are spirits as well. Both can be considered slice of life with fantasy elements.
These two anime series have both the same kind of setting where a young man/student can see youkai and has to live with them. Both have a unique atmosphere and are definitely a good watch if you liked either of both!
More or less episodic shows about beautiful boys interacting with youkai/spirits/mononoke to the sound of refreshing music tinged with a little tradition.
Yuujinshou is more subdued with a more faded colour palette, whereas Mononokean is stronger coloured and louder voiced. Both have a colourful cast of yokai and just enough supernatural action to keep the show moving at a nice relaxed pace.
Both are, cut down to their basics, the Main character(s) helping certain Youkai in a semi-episodic format, meaning that some stories only take one episodes while others take multiple episodes to get resolved. Both also have a similar atmosphere and make (almost) everybody, including the Youkai, seem likable.
In both anime, the MC(s) are also accompanied by an adorable Youkai that decided to stick with them on their own.
Both explore the relationships and friendships between yokai and humans, as well as the troubles that come with that connection. The main characters in both are driven to help yokai whenever they can, they even both have a small yokai companion throughout their individual journeys ( although one of them is distinctly more affectionate with their human then the other). Natsume Yuujinchou can contain more of a serious tone at times but I find the message that I took from both was the same in the end. I adored both for the same reasons and if your looking for a feel-good supernatural show that focuses on connecting with others then I certainly recommend you check this out!  read more
Both deal with the interactions between an ordinary human protagonist and the supernatural creatures they encounter. Both have similar meticulous pacing, themes of friendship, character growth, and are pretty much guaranteed to warm your heart at least a little.
Natsume Yuujinchou revolves around a phycic teenage boy named Takashi Natsume, who is hounded by spirits on a regular basis.
Recently, Takashi's grandmother Reiko passed away, leaving him the mysterious 'Natsume book of friends'.
Reiko, in her youth, was quite a myschevious girl, who would challange spirits in the codition that if she won, she would seal their name in her notebook, rendering them a servant to her.
Upon inheriting this book, Natsume is faced with more spirits, those wanting thier names returned, and those out to steal the book in order to gain servants.
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Spirited away revolves around a young girl named Chihiro, who, with her parent, walk into what they belive is an abandoned themepark. This is a trap.
After her parents are turned into pigs, the residents of this loccation finally appear, only to be revealed a series of bizzare spirits.
Chihiro is rescued by a mysterious young boy who knows nothing about his past, he advise's to keep her head down in order not to gain attention.
We soon discover that a which is dictating this spirit wold and stealing the name and identity of others, who have no choice but to serve her.
Natsume YuuJinchou has quite the oppsosite storyline to Spirited away, yet inspite of this, their are great similarities...
Spirited Away - A sweet little girl gets stranded in the spirit world, being the only human
Natsume Yuujinchou - A pleasant teenage orphaned boy, see spirits in his everyday life
Spirited Away - Thoses in the spirit world have their names taken from them, i.e. losing their identity and freedom
Natsume Yuujinchou - Many spirits have had their names stolen from them and sealed in the book of friends, i.e. losing their freedom
Both stories feature sweet, lovable main characters, who have a shapeshifting spirt acting as bodygaurd. read more
both are full of loving characters you will never forget. while spirited away is more fast paced natsume yuujin is more slow and calm. Both are full of supernatural creatures and the determination of a child/teen to do what they think is right. fully fleshed out characters that are brought to life on the screen right before your eyes. if you liked spirited away you will love natsume yuujin because both are unforgettable in their own right.
Both Natsume and Spirited Away concern the relationships between humans and spirits; in Natsume, it is the relationship between him and the youkai apparently only he can see, in Spirited Away, it is the relationship between Sen and the spirits of the bath house. Due to it being a movie, Spirited Away has a much more prominent plot, whereas Natsume, being a slice of life show, is more laid back with episode-long story arcs. Both are fantastic.
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.
Both are slice-of-life series more concerned with building bonds and interactions between characters (with ocassional endearingly quirky humour) than any kind of overarching plot. Natsume Yuujinchou has the distinction of incorporating strong supernatural themes, but if that was excluded they'd be remarkably similar series! Even with that, they have a lot of thematic and stylistic similarities, generally giving off the same pleasant, heart-warming vibe.
Similar relaxing feeling overall (although KtB is not supernatural). Slow gentle pace in a plot that revolves around friendship and bonds. Its about the daily life and the important things in life, it gives you some good lessons. And both have cats who are usually near the protagonists.
Since there are no youkai (monsters) in Kimi to Boku, both anime still have the similar relaxed and calm vibe. The protagonists are all likable and there is no doubt that either anime is quite well made. Although portrayed differently, and yet comparable, friendship, one of the two will definitely fall in taste if you've already seen either Kimi to Boku or Natsume Yuujinchou.
I think it's similar because of the relaxing vibe both of the anime's present. Along with character design. Kimi to Boku is practically just the life part of Natsume Yuujinchou, none of the super-natural.
While Natsume Yuujinchou has supernatural elements, both series are slice of life. They both have soft colours, mellow music and give off a very relaxing feel. They are both anime that is more calming than exciting to watch (but still very enjoyable all the same). There are also heartwarming moments and strong friendships between the characters.
Cats are also featured in both.
These series are just two of a kind, dealing with the ghosts, life-after death and family themes. Hanada Shonen-shi is more visually explicit, more complex, more parodic and globally aimed towards a more mature audience despite the age of its main character, while Natsume is more of a conventional slice-of-life/comedy with traditional but great characters. Both are equally good, but Hanada Shonen-shi deserves to be known better. If you liked Natsume, you definitely have to check out Hanada.
The similarity between Hanada Shounen Shi and Natsune Yuujinchou is both of the main character can see something that ordinary people cannot see. Well of course, its not entirely the same of both whole series. Hanada Shounen shi's main character deal with the dead people's unfinished business and Natsume Yuujinchou's main protagonist deals with spirit by giving back their name. Natsume Yuujinchou is more to relaxing and fun anime series. Whereas for Hanada Shounen Shi, is more to comedy and also can trigger one person's emotional. =)
Stories where humans and the supernatural mingle together.
Kamichu is a very lighthearted look of this delicate and strange relationship, somewhat reminiscing My Neighbor Totoro by Studio Ghibli.
Natsume Yuujinchou takes a deeper and a quite more painful look into this relationship, introducing us to a string of beautiful stories between humans and youkai that are touching and often times sad.
Both are set in the summer, a time of the year that fits both series perfectly.
It has the same heartwarming and yet melancholy tone. The main characters can both see gods and supernatural beings and possess of supernatural powers, without being flashy about them. Friendship, getting along, solving problems and helping both people and creatures seem to be an important theme in both.
The Japanese gods and creatures are also the same.
Other recs I can think of are Spirited Away and XXXHolic
They are both centred around spirits and follow the adventures of a person who can see these spirits. Kamichu is about a young, extremely cute (I never really say that but she really was) girl who suddenly becomes a Goddess and Natsume Yuujinchou is about a guy who helps spirits with their problems and desires, aswell as returning the names of those that his grandmother had written down.
They may not have very similar stories, the only think that connects them in this regard are the spirits. However both are extremely mellow and calming to watch.
You can simply sit back, watch and just enjoy with a smile on your face. read more
friendly main characters who happen to be teenagers...have some sort of super natural power and uses it to help supernatural beings...somewhat similiar feel in the graphics but set in different periods
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.
Both series are focused on a protagonist who serves as a bridge between the youkai and human worlds and works to keep harmful youkai from disturbing the human world while receiving support from amicable youkai and spiritually gifted humans. NuraMago is more action oriented, but both are centred on themes of friendship, interdependence, and the supernatural all the same.
Both shows deal with youkai (spirits) and a lot of them. In Natsume there's a contract with spirits which was inherited by his grandmother and in Nurarihyon no Mago the main character is the heir of a youkai family.
They both evolve around Yokai. Their protagonist's, at first, dont want to accept that they live a life around them and try to shun the role that they are destined to follow. However, in time, they are unsure whether they hate yokai or not.
Bot deal with youkai/ayakashi, a young boy who can transform into a youkai and lead his ayakashi-army. These animes are not visually similar but the story is.
This is like Natsume Yuujinchou but with more action.
Both has a male main character who finds a spiritual creature (in wagaya a fox and in Natsume a cat) that end up protecting them.. they also share that both creature know a person related to the male main character, who is also had a spiritual power..
So they are pretty much the same..
I'll mostly be reiterating what has already been said: They both deal with a young man/boy who has a haughty guardian and they both must contend with youkai who pursue the main character(s). They both also have episodes that deal with helping youkai and Shinto gods in solving problems. Somehow, I just get a somewhat similar feeling when watching Natsume as when I watched Oinari. On the other hand, as others have said, Wagaya is more light-hearted and less melancholy/nostalgic than Natsume. It's been a year and a half since I watched Oinari so I may be remembering certain details incorrectly. Anyway, if you've watched one of these, there's a chance you may like the other. read more
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.
First instalments of many following seasons, so this is a rec for both franchises as a whole. Natsume and Aria are both the best that the slice of life genre has to offer, each with their own uniquely peaceful atmosphere and with supernatural story elements. Later episodes of Natsume Yuujinchou have a few instances of action and drama, but overall it is absent in both. Both series are episodic, and the relaxing feel in each series is heightened by their gentle music, with many memorable pieces of BGM. Both also have a cute cat mascot: Nyanko-sensei and President Aria.
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.
I'm not really sure how to explain it but this anime for some reason reminded me a lot of Natsume Yuujinchou. They both tell a story in a different way to most animes and it's a nice change.
The stories themselves are not similar but both animes have the same feeling I guess. I might be alone in this recommendation but I think if you enjoyed Kemono no Souja Erin you'll probably enjoy Natsume Yuujinchou.
Kemono no Souja Erin is similar to Natsume Yuujinchou in the almost slice of life feel it gives off. The peaceful feel good moments and the sad touching moments feel somewhat similar. Erin was picked on because of her hair and Natsume was picked on because he could see youkai. If you look at the titles you can see how they are related. Beast Player Erin, she is friends with the beasts. Natsume's Book of Friends, Natsume becomes friends and enemies with various youkai through the use of the book. Both are shows you grow to love the more you watch them, please give Natsume Yuujinchou a try. read more
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.
Definitely different in genres, Natsume Yuujinchou is supernatural themed while Kimi ni Todoke is a pure romantic shoujo, but somehow i can tell that they are very similar indeed.
- Graphicly talking: they both do share very clear and quiet colors, amazing character design and pretty good music themes which all of them make lead the serie to this very calm and relaxing atmosphere, pretty enjoyable.
- About the story: the main characters from both series (Natsume and Sawako) are, at first, without friends due to been judged weird and lonely. But, thanks to their good personality they finally come to know new people and make real nice friends which will help them in many occasions.
I strongly believe that whoever liked one of those serie will love the other as well. read more
Both series have a very similar vibe, they give off a peaceful, relaxed feeling. =) And now that I think about it, both shows follow a reserved, misunderstood protagonist through the seasons as they begin to open up to new friends and form lasting relationships.
First differences. Sawako from KimiTo is rumored to be able to see ghost or to be heavily involved in the supernatural. Natsume from NatsumeYuujinchou can actually see ghosts and the supernatural. Sawako has more trouble hiding her emotions, she cries a lot more when she is happy or when she is sad. Natsume is better at hiding when he feels hurt because he grew up being called a liar. KimiTo is a romance. Natsume is supernatual and a slice of life.
Similarities: Both stoires leave you with this wonderfully sweet feeling. both characters feel isolated from the people around them. Both want to be close to others. Both are hurt by bullying but are not broken or twisted because of it. Both are quietly strong. Both care a lot about other ppl (or in natsume's case yoki). Both have familys that care about them (natsume are not bilolgical though) and are important to the characters, but the characters they don't confide in them. and finally i love the sweet relaxed feeling of both of them. read more
Kimi ni Todoke and Natsume Yuujinchou have the same gooey feeling when you're watching. Although Kimi ni Todoke is romance and Natsume Yuujinchou is slice of life, they leave with the same floaty feeling. Kimi ni Todoke's heart warming story about innocent and pure love between two high schoolers is on par with Natsume Yuujinchou beautiful stories centering around the hardship of our main character and the spirits he meets. Both main characters in the shows have similar characteristics. Natsume and Sawako are shy and awkward at times. They both yearn to have a colorful school life with friends, yet don't have the courage to approach people most the time. This characteristic is one many people can relate to which makes both stories all the more beautiful. I highly recommend both shows to anyone looking for a light hearted, comedic, and heart rendering watch. read more
Both anime series are about life, but from a little bit different angle. Honey and Clover is basically about life, love and friendship while Natsume Yuujinchou has supernatural features in it. No matter how you look on the series, they both are worth watching. Even the major messages are alike plus the anime series are beautifully done.
Both anime deals with exterminating ayakashi. In both anime protagonist have an demon follower (Nyanko - Natsume Yuujinchou / Mokkun - Shounen Onmyouji) both are very similar to each other.
The main difference is that Shounen Onmyouji occours in the past and Natsume Yuujinchou nowadays and the fact that there isnt any romance in Natsume Yuujinchou which is very important in Shounen Onmyouji.
Basically the same story in different time period.
Both Animes have main character who can see spirits. Each main character have unnatural body guard who is feared and respected in Spiritual world.
Both Animes are rather episodic, but overly enjoyable and always a recommendation for watchers.
In other words: If you loved Natsume, you'll love Shounen Onmyouji and vice-versa.
The art quite similar (i prefer kamisama's but natsume yuujinchou also has very nice art) and they both feature humans who have become entangled with the demon/spirit world. natsume yuujinchou is about a guy that has this magical book and has the ability to see spirits. The general feel of the animes are similar as well. They're both favorites of mine, so I definitely recommend it.
Natsume Yuujinchou and Kamisama Hajimemashita are similar because two protagonists are surrounded of mystic spirits. Also two animes have the feeling of the Japanese folk Culture. Although Natsume Yuujinchou don't have romance. Both series are calm and nice. Very recommended.
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 and feeling a sense of acceptance, taking everything what life throws at them and being able to stand back up again and also handling the supernatural around them and learning to accept them as who they are. Both anime, in my opinion, are very excellent, but for those who can't stand slow paced stories (like Mushishi-pacing), I think it's still worth a try. read more
Both are very episodic and calming in nature, though Natsume focuses more on the spirits and supernatural elements. The caring main character meets many strange characters and attempts to solve their problems and open their hearts. Touching and heartwarming moments galore.
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.
-Both share the Slice of Life and Supernatural genre with Comedy elements
-Both set in rural Japan
-Both involving supernatural creatures and spirits
-Natsume Yuujinchou is more Drama focused whereas Flying Witch's focus is Comedy
Overall if you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other as well.
Now I really don't know why flying witch has such a low rating, but I'll try to be objective here.
The Natsume Yuujinchou franchise is something that is held in a very high regard in the anime community and Flying Witch has similar aspects to it. They have got similar art styles and the same relaxing feel to it. Both shows have supernatural aspects to them that shows different characteristics that appear in each. If you liked the Natsume Yuujinchou series (which you should) then you should definitely give Flying Witch a try.
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.
Spice and Wolf and Natsume Yuujinchou are rather episodic anime that focus on the development of the two main character's relationships. While the relationship between Natsume and Nyanko is not romantic it is similiar the the relationship between Horo and Lawerance in that it is between two beings who would ordinarily not get along, Natsume a human and Nyanko a youkai, Lawerance a human and Horo a wolf diety.
The main characters in both encounter a supernatural being which they become very close with. Both stories are easygoing and relatively peaceful to watch. Each show beautifully incorporates music at the right times to set the mood of the story.
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.
with a slow tempo and grace, they tell a story that is a bit sad and sweet, and they both leave you with a sense of lightness and ache. context is not similar, but if you appreciate the stories in aria you will likely appreciate natsume's as well as they both find happiness in their situation.
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.
- In Natsume Yuujinchou there are two main characters, namely Natsume and his bodyguard/companion Nyanko sensei (Madara).
This is similar to Kino no Tabi where Kino is accompanied by his talking motorcycle Hermes.
- Natsume helps/deals with Youkai and Kino visits countries, each one unique and a world on its own. Both have beautifully crafted episodes that present slice of life things. In general an experience is shown rather than it being judgemental.
-Both series are relaxing (although some might cry) and episodic.
-Last but not least, both are master pieces.
Let's pretend you are like me... You're sipping on some diet ginger ale doing shots of Wild Turkey and Old Grandad... You are reminiscing about that person in your life... "the one that got away".. And like Natsume Yuchinchou you can see ghosts... Now let's pretend that you see the ghost of that a**hole that stole the girl you really liked away.....
you know life may suck at the moment, but that girl you liked... ... Well her husband might become a ghost... And you might have a shot with her... And maybe you won't have to be drinking by yourself late at night....
Sorry... At this point let me the wild turkey drinking fool interject for one second... "God I love anime..." There is always a perfect anime for whatever you are feeling...
Well from me to you let me recommend Natsuki Rendezvous. I can barely type and I'm also pretty F*@#cked up... read more
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.
Ushio to Tora is the action-shounen version of Natsume Yuujinchou (a.k.a Natsume's Book of Friends is a slow pace but fulfilling slice of life). The protagonist share an indistinguishable path which starts with meeting a legendary youkai who is bound to an important item that soon ends up in the hands of the protagonists. From the get go the youkai wants to kill the protagonist but a certain promise is made to put the tension aside until the protagonist complete their goal. As the story progresses, a bond of friendship and trust starts to shape and form. A lot of feel good and bittersweet moments with their interactions with other characters they meet down the line. read more
Both are talking about yokai.
Just like in Natsume Yuunjinchou, the protagonist has a protector with almost the same behavior(Madara and Tora).
The main character is making friends as long as the story goes.
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.
Though the stories are different, both give off a similar vibe and atmosphere. Both also begin with a protagonist who doesn't interact with others often. As the story progresses, both protagonists slowly begin to make friends and find their place in the world. The art in both is lovely and gives off a "warm" feeling. Both contain different types of traditional Japanese culture.
Talking about all four of the natsume seasons as a whole. Very very similar feelings, in a good way, in which almost every episode is the beginning of a new issue, with some issues extending on to later episodes and so on. Natsume in contrast focuses more on friendship than hyouka, and includes romance, but not directed toward the main character. Both main male characters undergo significant maturation and mental changes, and both anime leave you with an oddly satisfied and happy feeling after each issue is concluded.
Well.. both animes are more or less "slice of lives" types of animes. But the main point in this recommendation is the main characters. Natsume & Hachiken are both lonely, stepped on the new field, hard workers, loyal to their friends and aware to always help. In the end they both of them going to be surrounded by friends.
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.
Same premise of a young person getting into trouble because they can see spirits. Both heroes receive help from a powerful good spirit that becomes their familiar. The two shows manage to convey a lot of emotions.
As for the differences, Pupipo is a tad more comedic and childish, it's also shorter.
Both of the main characters are able to see things that others can't, namely spirits and such.The main characters have lived a lonely childhood due to this fact and are shunned by their fellow students. If you like shows where the main character is the only one to see spirits in our world, you'll like both of these as they seem pretty similar.
The protagonist in these both find a book that was used to seal demons. The monsters are based on Japanese ghost stories.
In Natsume Yuujinchou, the main plot was to release captured demons. In Ghost Stories the protagonist accidentally releases all the demons sealed in the book, and needs to find and reseal all of them instead. Both the mascot characters that help the protagonist is a demon in the shape of a cat.
Extremely similar stories~ almost annoyingly similar. Both protagonists have inherited a book containing the names of the youkai their grandmother/mother fought, with the slight difference that in Natsume Yuujinchou, the boy wants to release those youkai, whereas in Ghost Stories, the girl releases them by mistake and tries to seal them again.
They are both helped by strong demons which get by in a cat form, called Madara in Natsume Yuujinchou and Amanojaku in Ghost Stories.
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.
Both anime have a similar light-hearted tone and feel. They focus a lot on the characters. Though this anime is more of a school-life, comedy anime, it has a lot of similar character depth and fun obstacles Tanaka must overcome on his journey to being listless. I loved both!
- Main characters are presented as precocious children who are initially withdrawn from society due to circumstances.
- Story is nonlinear and series is broken up into short stories. Mainly seem to be coming of age stories of protagonists slowly coming out of their shell.
- Shows make viewers want to protect their sweet cinnamon rolls.
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.
Both main characters are the only one's in the story that can see spirits. They also share the same sense of loneliness that comes with it. There's a few episodes in both Natsume Yuujinchou & xxxHolic that go into true detail about their feelings of being alone. It's drama unlike i've ever seen before, and i love that part about each of these shows, so much. If you've seen one of these shows, then i highly recommend you check out the other.
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.
-Both have a soft atmosphere that makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside
-Both are slice of life, Natsume is just supernatural
-Both are about friendship, bonds, and enjoying the life you have right now.
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).
- Both have mystical creatures. (Youkai and Phantom)
- Both have characters that will exterminate the mystical creatures. (Gods and Exorcists)
- Both of the main characters have the same seiyuu. (Hiroshi Kamiya for Yato and Natsume)
- Both have an interesting story. (In my opinion)
The importance of friendship and family as well as the meaning of "humanity" are the messages of these shows. Noragami is an action packed show. In Natsume's Book of Friends, however, is more calm and relaxed.
Saraiya Goyou and Natsume are different anime with different plots, but the they have both an elegant delicate feeling to it, with touching plot points. Both main characters' main feature is kindness to others.
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.
In both worlds of Natsume Yuujinchou and Uchouten Kazouku, there exists mystical creatures with fantasy elements. Their worlds do they place in more of the modern world though.
The main male protagonists has similar personalities and forms relationships with various characters. There's a sense of slice of life mixed with drama and comedy present as well. It contains a small cast of characters but all of them has his or her own dynamics that are explored throughout the show.
The two stories are about characters that have to deal with "good" spirits and "bad" spirits. They're about to help the spirits but also the humans that are involved with those creatures (even though in Hakkenden some of the characters involved aren't specifically humans)
- These shows both have settings were youkai and humans live side by side, and separately at the same time.
- The art in both is similar and I personally consider it beautiful.
- They both have interesting stories even though I think that Otome Youkai Zakuro has little bit more depth in its story than Natsume Yuujinchou has. While Natsume's story develops slower and it introduces many different stories of different youkai and characthers, Otome is more concentrated on Zakuro's and other half-spirit's stories.
- In both series the characthers understand at one point that there are also gentle and good youkai among the evil ones.
- Both very good series indeed. I highly recommend both! :) read more
In both, the main character has a familiar and can see spirits. And Both have to keep their spiritual powers a secret from others because their sight causes problems for them and others. Another similarity is that both have the same kind of light-hearted and cute atmosphere to them.
Both of this anime have a different point of few where "Inu X Boku SS" tell the story from the main female character point of few "Natsume yuujinchou" do it from main male point of few.
both of the anime are a good anime, that developed really nice. as the episode goes they might give some heart warming effect to you. still even though it's have the same effect both anime have a different taste. whereas inu X boku SS will give you more about romance enjoyment, natsume yuujinchou give you more about the meaning of life it self.
if you really are looking for heart warming story like this, without any doubt I'll certainly recommend you these anime. I'm sure that you won't regret it. read more
The main characters Tarou (Ghost Hound) and Takashi (Natsume Yuujinchou) are alike. While Ghost Hound is darker and more psychological, Natsume Yuujinchou is a bit lighter and has a slice of life feeling. Still they both have supernatural elements.
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 mixture of peacefull daily life and violent supernatural occurences. Bakemonogatari has more graphic violence, Natsume on the other hand always tells touching stories...  read more
These stories have some interesting parallels. Both are "boy who can see yokai/spirits" shows taking place in the modern day, with main characters in high school who help others dealing with problems pertaining to the spiritual world, and have older, more experienced exorcist mentors. The main characters are somewhat similar despite having different appearances and are both voiced by the same Japanese seiyuu. The two mains come to terms with their place, locked between the human and spiritual word, and find happiness in that role.
There are some noted differences, however. Bakemonogatari focuses primarily on helping humans who have come across dangerous yokai that are cursing or possessing them, and spirits are rarely characters in and of themselves. It's also much more action-oriented and humorous, along with having a harem aspect to it and use of quirky human characters with moe and fanservice elements. The main character also acquired his ability to see strange think later in life, and is dealing with a new skill rather than an old one.
Natsume Yuujinshou is more of a Slice-of-Life, where Natsume helps out and befriends both yokai and humans, as he deals with his ability to see things that others can't. He changes from a person who was alienated and passed from family to family because of his strangeness, and the frightening things he saw as a child. He comes to value his ability as it allows him to make friends with yokai, and help them out. There's some action and humor, but it's a much more subtle and quiet series than Bakemonogatari.
The two series themselves have different animation styles, Bakemonogatari's being somewhat bizarre at times, but both are short-story oriented, with Natsume Yuujinchou being completely episodic and Bakemonogatari having short arts a couple episodes long. Both are sometimes considered 'slow' or 'boring', (though this is far from the case), because Bakemonogatari focuses so much on dialogue and characters, and Natsume has a more quiet atmosphere with only short moments of action or horror.
These are both great takes on the "guy who can see spirits" genre. And both worthy of a look. read more
Both contain main characters who see spirits who are somehow able to become friends with them towards the end. Both MC's are a bit outside-ish until they meet the right people (or spirits). Both MC's gain their power from female family members that they do not know personally.
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.
Natsume Yuujinchou and Kamisama Hajimemashita are similar because two protagonists are surrounded of mystic spirits. Also two animes have the feeling of the mystic asian japanese folk. Although Natsume Yuujinchou don't have romance. Both series are calm and nice. Very recommended.
For some reason I kept thinking of Totoro when I watched this series. Both have great artwork, and unique characters. There are some very Miyazaki-esque characters in Natsume Yuujinchou - and both the movie and the series have good stories. I'd really recommend both these for someone wishing to experience something a bit more unique from an anime
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.
Well, honestly stories are a lot differents, but yeah, there are some little things that made those 2 so different series becoming 'similar'.
Both main characters have a "contract" with a demon that will gonna 'eat' them whenever the contract will be done.
But it's not only this, i noticed a similitude in personalities of characters~
In fact, Natsume and Madara have a strange relationship that remember the one between Sebastian and Ciel. Because Madara and Sebastian have the part of the 'bad characters' but they care about their contractor for real, so afterall we could say there's a bit of "love" from them xD;
Also another thing about personalities, that made those chara even more similar is that: Natsume & Ciel are both mature for the age they have. They really are mature guys and take hard decisions sometimes, like adults do.
About their main stories, well a shared thing is that both series have a 'paranormal' side. i mean, Natsume has spirits and whatever is linked to them of course, and Kuroshitsuji has shinigami/angels/demons thing.
Well, anyway, don't hope to find in Kuroshitsuji a similar anime to Natsume (or viceversa) 'cuz, i repeat: stories are really differents.
Relationships, main chatacters, personalities, "paranormal" side: those are the things that both series share, in my opinion^^
By the way, Natsume is highly recommended!
Have a nice watch :3 read more
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.
While Durarara is much more intense than Natsume and deals with an entirely different setting, both the soundtrack and animation really give off the same vibe. The similarities between Natsume and Durarara are subtle, but there.
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.
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 makes fiends with the spirits that continue to bother him and Chihaya is able to conquer the challenges that face her because of her friends.  read more
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.
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 enjoyable by the way it is presented through its backgrounds.
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.
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.
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 branches off from the main plot each episode for the most part. They both radiate a very mellow, slice of life kind of feel. read more
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.
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.
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 point of tangibility. Natsume also has an overarching slice-of-life feeling to it, which differs considerably from the shonen overtones of Makai Ouji. The art and music for both are very different too -- I personally prefer the softer palette and lines of Natsume Yuujincho, with its beautiful watercolor backgrounds, as well as its intriguing and extremely well suited instrumental music; whereas I didn't find Makai Ouji particularly enrapturing musically or visually.
The supernatural background for both of these shows is also very different. One deals with very biblical mythologies (If you're familiar with judeo-christian mythology its funny to see the subversions present in Makai Ouji), and the other deals with more traditional Japanese shinto beliefs -- the idea of a 'god' is not present at all.
The similarity lies in the main plot elements of both shows. Makai Ouji features a protagonist who is the descendent of Solomon, a great king of Israel who subjugated 72 demons, which has modern day (like, 1800s modern day) repercussions for his descendent/reincarnation William Twining. Because of Solomon's actions, William must deal with the constant incursion of many demons who want his political support, and one demon comes to his aid to protect him from the constant besiegement of these vying supernatural factions. Natsume is similar in that the protagonist, who has the unique ability to see spirits, finds himself the focus of many spirits' negative attention, as he has inherited his grandmother's 'book of friends'. Like Solomon, she subjugated many spirits and bound them to her, and Natsume must decide what to do with this powerful inheritance -- in this he is also helped by a strong spirit who protects him from the more malevolent ayakashi that seek the book of friends.
These two anime are definitely more different than they are similar, but despite this they share a strong similarity in plot and the situation that both protagonists find themselves in. Despite this, the protagonists still are completely disparate personalities.  read more
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 very character-driven shows, whose protagonists share a quiet kindness and genuine concern for others. Natsume and Rekki both struggle with their respective 'quirks' (Natsume being able to see ayakashi and Rekki being a Haibane) as these in some ways alienate them from other people and seem to detract them both from a 'normal' human experience.
Yet despite (or perhaps because of) these abnormal protagonists and the serene, sonderous lives they lead, both shows ultimately focus on what it means to be human.
Also, the setting for both is of beautiful countrysides, rich in color and pastoral accoutrements.  read more
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.
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 a more urban environment. read more
both are episodic and wonderful animes.the main characters can see spirits and they have to solve the problems caused by them.
both animes have a relaxing atmosphere and the background is very beautiful with the natural views.
plus character design and drawing techniques are quite the same.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, they can become friends and have reasons for being so scary at first (the same goes for Howl's film). It opens your mind for deeper thoughts and lets you value timely limited situations in your life more, especially when you get to know more about Natsume's story. The same for Howl's film: You begin to value other things more than focusing only on the surface of one's body and how one does look to others. Nothing's going to stop you, no matter what happens, if you feel things with a warm heart. Both have the same message. read more
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.
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
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 a slower pace, with less action. You most likely won't find yourself crying at Kyoukai no Kanata, while Natsume Yuujinchou sets most off on every single episode. Sure KnK is less feelsy, but it has them.
Also, in both of these fantastic animes, you'll find yourself becoming attached to the mains, Natsume and Akihito. They're very similar in appearance, but also in personality. Neither of them fail to be persistently naïve. Ever. In fact, there are a lot of character similarities. The youmu appraisal woman in Kyoukai no Kanata is very much like Hinoe from Natume Yuujinchou, with that ever-calm personality. Both of them smoke, even! Then the second main in KnK is very much like Taki Tooru in Natsume Yuujinchou. Both are secluded, shy, nervous, and withdrawn from society. In fact, they even both have curses! Of course, both warm up to the mains.
All in all, for Natsume Yuujinchou lovers, Kyoukai no Kanata is a wonderful follow-up, and at 13 episodes is basically another season of the prior.  read more
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
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.
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.
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.
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.  read more
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.
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 families don't want anything to do with them. How each managed to cope with it is what sets them apart.
The main story itself revolves around them as teenagers where they've manage to find a place they can call home and even meet people or creatures along the way who befriend them and they do their best to live their daily lives with those who understand them, while occasionally running into trouble.
Mahoutsukai no Yome focuses on magic and fantasy elements while Natsume Yuujinchou focuses on supernatural with yokais and such. read more
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.
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.
Both anime are episodic, revolving around a central character who helps various others solve their problems. Natsume Yuujinchou focuses more on the relationships between characters and the heartwarming feeling, while Trapeze focuses more on the personal development of the self and the comedy of the process. The similarity is subtle and not apparent at first glance, but for me, at least, there was a comforting feeling common to both series.
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 of bonds, family and friendship. read more
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).
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.
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 ), and his power is see youkais and spirits.
Has adventure, but no romance.
In total, included this, are 4 seasons.
If you like one, probably will like other!!! read more
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 book of Friends is supernatural read more
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 ....
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!
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 progress smoothly, and leave you with a warm-hearted feel. read more
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.
- 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
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.