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.
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.
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.
They both involve characters that interact with spirts that most others can see. Both of them are more or less episodic, focusing in a different spirit each episode. MC does his best to help the spirit or those affected by the spirit.
These convey an inner peace (equivalent to nirvana) and a sense of break from the busy monotony of contemporary society through the folklore japanese // Estos transmiten una paz interior (equivalente al nirvana) y una sensación de descanso de la bulliciosa monotonía de la sociedad occidental contemporánea a través del folclore japonés.
Natsume Yuujinchou is basically Mushishi only with more laughs, more happy endings and a somewhat less fatalistic view of life. Both are centred around creatures that almost only the protagonist can see although while there are good/evil Yokai in Natsume Yuujinchou the Mushi of Mushishi are neither evil nor good, they are simply lifeforms and do what they have to survive.
Both involve a main character who encounters demons (or in the case of Mushishi a strange species of creature called Mushi) dealing with the supernatural while revealing the human natures and philosophical aspects of humanity through interactions with supernatural elements
These are both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through a difficult situation at each stop. While Kino's purpose is only to travel and to see different countries, Ginko's is to find and research "Mushi." Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons." Although these lessons may be a little easier to see in Kino's Journey, they're there in Mushishi, as well. Enjoy ^_^
Both of these shows focus on a traveler and the people they meet along the way. In Kino's case, she's simply a traveler with no set destination. For Ginko in Mushishi, he goes around to many different places and helps those who have been effected by 'mushi', which is also his job.
They also both share the same thinking-based mature atmosphere as well, sometimes even delving deep into the way the mind works and peoples own effects on the things around them.
These two rather slow, yet extremely interesting, shows are very alike and if you liked one of them you should definitely check out the other. read more
Both tell the life of a traveller who don't stay for very long on the same place.
Mushishi tends to the supernatural genre while Kino no tabi is just a fantasy genre. The main thing they have in common is that both have really deep stories and don't tend to the comedic spot.
I see so many similarities, I don't know where to begin. Both Ginko and Kino are force to give up there past lives due to something happening in their early childhood, and thus travel around the world. While Kino learns about the cultures of different places in her travels, Ginko's journey is more of one to help others affected by the mushi. Either way, both have episodal storylines. Though frankly I found myself enjoying Kino's journey more, there's no way one wouldn't enjoy both in the same way.
Story per episode, not much action, both about forced journey which was started because of some accident, similar beautiful animations, both almost bloodless. If you love one of them you'll love another one for sure.
Both series are episodic, and tied together by the travels of their protagonists. Still, they both hold together very well and have solid pacing. The two anime also frequently have a mythological or philosophical vibe to their stories. The main difference is that Kino has a more surreal kind of setting, while Mushishi's is more traditionally Japanese.
Episodic series about a perpetually travelling protagonist who moves from one locale to another and becomes involved with its denizens on a regular basis. They both have a fairly laidback pace, and the rather stoic yet softhearted nature of both protagonists begs further comparison. Although Kino focuses more on the travelling and Kino herself while Mushishi brings more attention to the mushi and patients being treated, the similarities are very hard to miss.
Both have a very calming feel to it and short one episode story lines and both involve traveling to different countries, but don't let that deceive you, each episode is filled with an amazing story and is concluded with an unexpected/philosophical twist that is bound to amaze you. Also the main characters are very similar in their passiveness(or sense of indifference) as well as their inability to settle down in one place.
Let me start off by saying that these two are both very excellent series in my opinion. Kino's Journey and Mushi-shi possess a certain quality that draws you into their own world. Kino's Journey gives the feel of being in a slightly dark fairytale, whereas Mushi-shi draws you into what seems like a world of mythology and folklore. I strongly recommend either of these series to anyone who is interested in a story book feel to their anime.
They both have a similar vibe of unsteady peace and they both follow the lives of people who travel far. They both focus on the observation of aspects of life (Kino's journey is more moral and mental while Mushishi is more physical and natural)
They are also both very earie and inspirational. Highly suggested!
The step up of the both animes are similar, each episode (or short arc) is it's own story and one does not need to watch them in any particular order to understand them (though I think that is the better course). The reason this is possible is because both main characters are travelers who do not take on any new companions for the duration of both series. Their histories are a mystery and little bits of both are revealed slowly in certain episodes. In addition I feel both have interesting and unique little stories for each episode that seem to have a deeper meaning and come off quite philosophic, though you don't really need to think this way in order to enjoy them. If you liked the idea, plot, characters, stories, or everything about one of these animes I am fairly sure you will love the other. read more
Both anime's stories are episodic with each story arc usually contained to just one episode. In each anime the main character travels around to various towns and cities to observe what's going on and usually lending a helping hand to the residents.
Both have a stand alone episode plot structure. Both have protagonists who have very good reasons for traveling. And both acquire memorable experiences wherever they go.
Kino is more apethetic and distant. Ginko helps any and every.
Theme of the journey, whereby the MC travels from place to place and helps people along the way; episodic; minimal background music/sounds; monotonous, expressionless MC; beautiful art (more so in Mushishi) and beautiful music (more so in Kino); general quiet, serene, & sleepy atmosphere.
The only difference is Kino is more philosophical, explores the human condition, and is full of life lessons, whereas Mushishi is supernatural, explores the paranormal, and is full of mindfreaks.
They're both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through situations at each stop. Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons."
Both animes are slow paced and thought-provoking, episodical in structure and green in look and feel, still, with some drastic shots here and there. Maybe Mushishi is more 'supernatural' whereas Kino no Tabi gets more comical. Both travelling protagonists seem to be fine with solitude, yet accompanied all the time.
Both are about a journey, leading to a path of greater enlightenment. Whether it's understanding the meaning of life or just understanding oneself a little better, both tackle philosophical problems of existence and morality while trying to grasp our own place in the world.
Shows that focus their character development on a solitary wanderer instead of a full cast. The stories the wanderer encounters, however, tell us a great deal about human nature and some very interesting reflections.
Both are beautifully serene and go along at a soft pace. In each, though the episodes may follow an overarching theme and central characters, they are individual stories rather than part of one continuous plot-line.
In Kino no Tabi we have a calm composed protagonist that travels the world seeing many strange and wonderful things. No matter what her feelings on a matter might be Kino never gets more involved than she has to and refuses to settle down, always traveling.
Mushishi has the same sort of formula with the composed traveler protagonist. However, Ginko cannot settle down due to extrenuating circumstances, also Ginko travels as an expert on a subject and therefor keeps a proffesional distance from his subjects.
The real reason someone who enjoyed Kino no Tabi would enjoy Mushishi is that you somehow experience these two shows in the same way, they both have that certain something that keeps you locked in. Also the animation is beautiful and the places interesting. read more
Both series are episodic and are at their core masterful examinations of culture, philosophy & human spirit. Though they have their noticeable and sometimes profound differences, where Mushi-shi has a far more supernatural sentiment that is a reflection of a cultural spiritual identity, and Kino's Journey has a far more down-to-earth approach enlightening an observation of humanities faults and attributing a very real embodiment of human nature.
Both these marvels take the wanderer/adventure/traveler concepts to a new level. Both are modern classics but with an age-old pacing and ambiance. They showcase why this genre is the most expansive and adept at wholly encompassing all aspects of human nature. These gems are the closest I've ever come to a religious experience, they just reek of mysticism and divinity in the best possible way.
Both has the same plot element about the main character travelling to different places and witnessing a problem.
Mushishi deals with spirit-like creatures whereas Kino's journey deals with people.
Both are also episodic (one episode = one story).
These episodic shows follow travelers and tell the stories of their encounters. Some of the tales told are remarkably similar as well: the origin of a name, the mountain's fire. The characters embody the mindset of a traveler: do not disrupt the flow.
Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are very similar to each other in many ways. The two series protagonists, at the very least, lead similar lives. Both are travelers. Both are detached, unbiased, and unprejudiced. Both also seem content to observe their world rather than preach to it. More broadly, both series use episodic plots to tell fables that are both thought provoking and emotionally resonant.
- rather episodic nature with minimal backround story development
- great sense of adventure and mystery of the world
- rather stoic, capable main character
- In Mushishi the MC is there to help the people while Kino is more of an observer and rarely intervenes
- Mushishi's short stories feature character interaction with great detail while Kino no Tabi is rather minimalistic and puts its focus on showing the system
- Kino no Tabi is arguably darker and mostly shows the ugly sides of humanity while Mushishi has more of a mix
The 3 best words to describe both of these shows? Episodic, dark and calming. Both main characters seem devoid of emotion, have interesting (and dark) backgrounds and travel from town to town learning about their chosen field. Whilst Kino travels to learn about the world ( ignoring the problems she faces) Ginko learns about Mushi, an invisible (to most) lifeform (similar to that of insects) solving the problems they cause people who dont know of their existence. Mushishi is extremely dark and most episodes can leave you feeling bittersweet or on the verge of tears. If you enjoy The Beautiful World, you will no doubt adore Mushishi as well. read more
The main character of both anime is a travelor. In the case of Kino no Tabi, Kino visits different countries and gets to know people's way of living. Mushishi shows how Ginko discovers the life of Mushi. One difference is that Kino doesn't interfere in the people's lives while Ginko always helps those who are affected by a Mushi. In Kino no Tabi you get to see a few short fights which is not the case in Mushishi.
Two lone travelers exploring beautiful fantasy worlds and encountering unique characters along their journey.
Both anime give a calm vibe but at the same time, there's always a dark side or dark theme involved.
Every Mushi-related issue solved by Ginko or city visited by Kino have a fairy tale feel.
The protagonist in each anime also share a mysterious aura, are generally very calm or 'cool', and have a background and motivation to go on a journey.
The supportive characters in both anime are also very likable and charismatic.
These shows see the world through the eyes of the traveler, giving an objective commentary to the worlds they visit. Each episode is a self contained narrative and their respective protagonists have mysterious back stories.
Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are episodic and follow one or two charcters respectively for the anime's entirety. The main similiarity is that both shows excel at developing their calm but interesting atmospheres, which improves them both greatly.
The premises of both involve their respective main characters (usually mistaken as being mere medicine men due to their appearances) traveling around period piece Japan and solving supernatural problems. But Mononoke lacks Mushishi's depth since, where as the Mushi in Mushishi are an extension of nature that aren't inherently good or bad (nature can be cruel, folks!), the titular Mononoke are vengeful spirits that need to be put to rest. Both series follow a pattern of gaining understanding before the problems can be resolved, but Mononoke's stories nearly all being related to vengeance left much more restricted and limited: always having a murder mystery 'whodunnit?' approach. Also, Mononoke's nameless lead was never explained, and never will be since there's no source material. On the other hand, Mushishi's lead, Ginko, has a full back-story.
In a nutshell, the premises are very similar but what separates the two is that Mononoke is very much style over substance, where as Mushishi is substance over style. read more
Both stories involed a man wandering around japan carrying around a wooden box and deals with supernatural entities and helps people along the way. Mononoke is a lot darker and a bit more cynical then Mushishi is, and the Medicine Seller is more of an anti hero, but that doesn't keep him from being an enjoyable, interesting character. The stories in both series are interesting, each being self contained, though Monoke tells it's stories in a series of 5 arcs. Also, Mononoke's stories are always more on the horror side of things, whereas Mushishi's are usually more emotional.
Both deal with the supernatural and both have charismatic lead characters. The drawings in Mononoke will take a little getting used to. Just a little warning, some parts of Mononoke can be quite scary compared to Mushishi.
Anime with Unique art? Relating to a search of mystic beings of some sorts?
You got it in these both. Although both do have their differences, if you loved one, you'll love the other. As a bonus, both protagonists are lovable (in a hot, respectable way).
Both series have a travelling protagonist who helps different people in each episode or story arc with supernatural creatures they don't understand -- traditional Japanese spirits in Mononoke, and unusual nature spirits in Mushishi.
If you liked the story about a man wandering around from place to place, "saving" people from supernatural creatures, then Mononoke is for you. But Mononoke has bizarre scenes, really artistic detalis, and also...it's a dark version of Mushishi.
Episodic and is similar in the fact that the protagonist is a traveller and medicine seller eliminating supernatural creatures. In Mushishi it was Mushis and in Mononke it is the poor mononokes being terminated. Both are amazing shows.
Both series features a traveling mysterious main character that deals with supernatural phenomena around. While melancholy and drama are foremost for Mushishi and mystery for Mononoke they still have a similar mood. Their artwork have different stylings, but the approach of evershifting reality and simplicity is close.
Both series deal with the supernatural and follow the journeys of a fascinating lead character. There is no over-arching plotline, but a succession of situations involving strange creatures and humans. Each has an original and distinct atmosphere with great art, animation and soundtrack.
Mononoke is simply the dark version of Mushishi. Mushishi is very relaxing while Mononoke is incredibly freaky and horrific with its creepy noises all over the place, both are mature, slow-paced, poetic, and psychological on the other hand.
Both Mushishi and Mononoke are about traveling "magicians" who help solve peoples' problems. Both stories take place during an Edo-like period and have beautiful character designs. Mononoke has longer story arcs while Mushishi has a one-shot episode format. Ginko (Mushishi) is more personable while Kusuriuri (Mononoke) is more ethereal.
Both anime are episodic, has a wandering medicine seller main character. One is chasing after rumours about mononoke and the other is chasing about mushi rumours.
Each of the main characters is helping people with their skills and knowledge.
Mononoke is harder to understand, even with a well understanding of japanese culture and history. Each detail in Mononoke has an explanation.
Both anime are interesting to watch. If you like one of these, you might like the other.
The similarity is that both Ginkgo and Kusuriuri use their knowledge to help when it comes to the spiritual world and the problems that may occur whit contact between the human and mysterious. Besides that, inner fulfillment exists when watching both anime.
Mononoke is kinda like a much more sinister version of Mushishi. Both feature an enigmatic medicine seller (although Ginko is more developed) roaming the land "exorcising" mysterious spirits. Mononoke is more of an atmospheric pseudo-horror anime though, and the art is much more stylized (and absolutely jaw-dropping it is).
Both have a very similar feel to them
both are episodic
Both Leads go around running into supernatural events
both have white hair XD
Both have a an eerie atmosphere
Both leads "help" or give advice about different phenomenons to people on their travels
Exactly the same story, but Mononoke is more psychological and horror-infused, while Mushishi is more philosophical and peaceful. Mushishi's world is somewhat more grounded, while Mononoke is heavily centered around Japanese mythology. The simplest way I can put it is that Mononoke is Mushishi's dark, edgier brother - Don't take that as an insult though; Both shows are mature, beautiful looking, and thought-provoking, and can even deliver strong emotional punches.
It can't be said enough, but anyone who liked one show will like the others. Ginko and the Medicine Peddler may have starkly different methods, outlooks on life, and motivations, there is something that ties the two shows together.
Mysterious wandering protagonists with a suitcase of curios travelling and interacting with the world's more unearthly inhabitants.
Very different art styles, but with a similar atmosphere humming quietly with curiosity, showing the subtle enjoyment found in travelling and learning.
Not as serious as people make them out to be, there is plenty of humour and silliness, just not as loud as in other shows.
I could talk about episodic construction these titles which improves impression that they touch the most basic themes human's lives. Or maybe I could tell you about the protagonists who always give the victim a hand but provided that this person wants his help and change the status quo. I could talk... but it is not really important. They are so specific that not everybody will be satisfied after them. But they are worth trying.
A wandering salesman often traveling in rural country is usually tasked with combating supernatural enemies or hindrances. Both main characters have an easy going nature and tend to be highly respected individuals when people figure out who they are.
In both animes, the main character travels around the world: finding answers about rumours related to mushis in Mushishi's case and related to demons in Mononoke's case.
Both are composed by short stories well structured.
Luminous paths. Bewitching Sceneries. What can travellers see else?
Ginko and Kusuriuri are similar to personality, profession, purpose. They traveling various places, and there are all sorts of drama.
Sometimes fortunate. Sometimes melancholy. Nobody knows what will happen to their life.
Mushishi is style of calm. Profound story draw in you. That's beautiful suggestiveness.
Contrastingly, Mononoke is very fright, eerie. You can see Kusuriuri's coolness that unleash sword of exterminating evil.
Both plot is almost episodic. As stated previously, travellers go many new lands. Each episode content is quite deep.
Art and Soundtrack also great. Both are beauty, remaining easy to impression.
If you liked Mushishi or Ginko, you definitely like Mononoke and Kusuriuri.
Well, if possible, I have Mushishi's sequels to watch you. More energetic. read more
Mononoke and Mushishi are quite similar, despite the difference in art styles and general 'vibe'. The two main characters share a similar... occupation if you will. They both spend their days travelling in search of Mushi, or Mononoke. Both stories are interesting, however unlike Mushishi, Mononoke doesn't go episode by episode. The arcs take 2-3 episodes, however each arc is still interesting. Mononoke also contains a catch, unlike Mushishi where Ginko can easily solve an issue in a single episode.
The main characters are both wanderers and travel around the country to solve the problems caused by supernatural beings. I lack the words to properly describe the genre, so I'll label them both as "food-for-thought-anime". If you like short stories with a deeper meaning, then Mushishi / Mononoke (depending on which one you haven't watched yet) is definitely worth (binge) watching.
I wonder why I forgot to create this recommendation as it is so obvious.
Mononoke and Mushishi certainly appeal to the same audience. If you are looking for unique exorcism anime look no further. If you enjoyed one of these, you will certainly enjoy the other as they even share a similar mini-arc episodic story (Mononoke arcs are longer though). Even both protagonists work as lone medicine sellers that deal with demons for a living.
Smart 'demons' designs that are more of phenomena than evil creatures, a very mysterious protagonist and incredible and unique visuals mark some of the similarities.
Both certainly have this "creepy" and eerie aura in some scenes as well. read more
While both of these shows share an episodic format and a similar "plot", they have a different form of entertaining viewers. In Mushishi, the MC isn't always fully involved with the incidents shown and in some episodes he doesn't even appear until the last few minutes. In Mononoke, you're with the MC from start to finish; he's always involved with the supernatural incidents.
When you watch Mushishi, you enjoy the stories it brings; when you watch Mononoke, you enjoy not only the stories presented, but also the mysterious and enigmatic MC.
They pretty much share the same mentality regarding nature and spiritual life, both being influenced by the supernatural. The overall atmosphere is also the same with incredible scenery and hauntingly beautiful music. The most simple things turn out to be miracles of life.
Mushishi and Mononoke Hime explore nature in a fantasy setting.
With their themes, both anime adapt a mystical background with ingredients of a tale involving characters that get themselves involved with supernatural beings. They also present a powerful background with a natural outlook of its nature.
The soundtracks are smooth ones that retain a serene-like feeling with minimal comedy. Character relationships are explored and the laws of nature with humans and beasts are also emphasized.
Both share themes of nature, humanity, and the cycle of birth and death. Mononoke Hime has spirits of the forest, gods, demons... These are very similar to the mushi of Mushishi, with the main character of Mushishi also trying to find a balance between humans and nature, the same way Askitaka does. Both have gorgeous scenery and animation, with heavy emphasis on natural surroundings.
both the same supernatural feeling, and the same aspect of not having one storyline, but many covered in each episode. xxxholic has humour, whilst mushishi is more mature, still both brilliant watching with a strange warming sense to both.
Is also about the supernatural that only few can see. The main character of Mushishi is a traveler that helps people with their problems involving Mushi. They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi".
Both series contain supernatural elements focused on a non linear storyline through the usage of Japanese culture.
The main characters in both series attracts the supernatural and tries to solve problems that these creatures have created. Both these series are slow paced and contains a lot of drama and mystery.
These two series are dialogue driven in an episodic basis that have an insightful way of telling stories.
Slice of Life? check
Casual tone? check
Different cases? check
Basically, Mushishi is alot like XXXHolic mostly because it's pretty similar in aspects of how the anime is approached in terms of supernatural beings, except it focuses on Mushi, and instead of people coming to Yuuko, it's Yuuko coming to them.
They're completely different genres, but they are both episodic anime which has a mysterious calming feel. mushishi is more supernatural and deep with more drama, and aria is much more relaxed, however they have the same kind of strange indescribable feeling to it.
Mushi-shi is an episodic series largely carried by its masterful creation of atmosphere, leading viewers to be absolutely engrossed and immersed upon watching every individual episode, leaving them with a sense of awe and wonderment thereafter; the same applies upon watching ARIA. The intense and engaging characteristics that both series possess naturally hack into your biological reward system, yet perhaps paradoxically, all episodes are rather mellow and serene, not flashy, bold, and exciting. However, Mushi-shi has a largely pensive overtone in contrast to ARIA's largely sweet and charming overtone. Each standalone episode in both series are rich with thematic Aesops, philosophical/metaphorical/existential insights, and/or absolutely gripping mysteries, pushing you to crave more and more the deeper you get into each series. read more
For lack of a better description, both series are essentially about nothing, and yet you enjoy them anyways. They both contain a soothing pace, a beautiful and creative world, and are just plain relaxing to soak in. Slice of life at its best. And yes, I agree with the previous recommendation that scenery candy is delicious!
I immediately thought of Mushishi while watching Aria.
Both shows create a very relaxing fantasy world about characters with a passion for their occupations. The settings of the shows are further enhanced by amazing soundtracks.
Aria and Mushishi are two of the best shows you can watch to lighten up a rainy day.
Although these aren't similar in many ways there is one thing both of these shows do extremely well and it is: serene atmosphere. In other words both of these shows are extremely relaxing. Mushishi is slightly more "sinister" in some episodes while Aria is mostly just optimistic and enjoyable ride.
Meditation, spiritualism, softness, kindness. An stressful life can be difficult to handle: but these two titles offer a compelling way to just sit back and relax. Not too complex nor mindless, simply a watch that ensures you a satysfing moment and leaves you with a void after it ends. If one can acquire addiction to something: Aria and Mushi-Shi are the healthiest ones. Differences, though, are that Aria leans towards a far more "sunshine", moé Sci-Fi setting with an optimistc message; while Mushi-Shi is about metaphorical lessons of life, not afraid of being a bit tough when it needs to.
Tranquility, gentleness, melancholy, and philosophy carry these two anime that have a firm understanding of how an anime can wield atmosphere to its advantage. Both are pensive, slow, and beautiful, and they share a similar art direction.
A rather mellow and relaxing atmosphere is present in both of them, only ocasionally broken. They more or less focus on getting the viewer to reflect upon oneself, without coming off as pretentious or intrusive. While Mushishi is definitely not to be marathoned, one can do so with Haibane, as matters presented in the latter usually require a little more thought than the former.
Low-key fantasy anime that rely on atmosphere for immersion, both employ modest storytelling methods along with a reliance on grey morality to get their messages across. Both push Zen-Buddhist concepts and beliefs; universal compassion as well as the equilibrium of the human psyche for Haibane Renmei, the relationship between man and nature for Mushishi, coexistence and karma for both.
Both anime had the same kind of atmosphere about them. They were set in olden eras and followed the same kind of easy pace, following traveling characters. Putting that aside, I even thought that Lawrence and Ginko looked vaguely similar as well.
Both Mushishi and Spice and Wolf are very laid back series, which is nice. They also both focus on solving things; Mushishi it's things that relate to spirits, Spice and Wolf it's related to things that involve trade and commerce. Both series have very good characters and character development as well. And finally, the pair of male leads even look like each other!
Although the plots are very different, both male protagonists are similar. They are similar in the way they act, travel and see the world. Additionally, they both have deeper meanings built into them, but it is much more prevalent in Mushishi. Spice and Wolf focuses on the depth of person to person interactions while Mushishi explores the interaction between humans and the world around them.
Both Mushishi and Ookami to Koushinryou are styled after traditional legends and folktales, with fantasy elements delicately intertwined with reality. There is also a sort of inexpressible atmospheric similarity to the shows; one gets the sense that they don't go out of their way to impress the viewer, they simply present their own particular reality. To cite Mushishi,"everything is only as it is."
This is a genre of anime that I personally am in love with. Both of these animes are about traveling. These two anime manage to blend in fantasy with reality in such a way that will not seem far-fetched at all. Mushishi is a little more calm compared to S&W. Both animes have beautiful art. What I like most about these two animes is that they are both set in a medeval time peroid, although it's harder to see what time peroid Mushishi is in, it's not as important as it is in Spice and Wholf. Watch both of these anime if you want to set your mind at peace and relax. I highly recommend them! read more
Each series has a single very knowledgable character -- Ginko in Mushi-shi and Ryuu Sasakura in Bartender -- who helps other people. Both are episodic series and, in each episode, the main characters find creative ways to help different people with their unique problems. The pace in each series is calm and neither has much action.
The atmosphere is similar - calm, meditative, leisurely-narrative, various stories of various people are told within each episode.
Mysterious main characters, they're masters of their craft. Bartender and unseen-otherwordly-creatures expert - you don't say it at first, but the core of they're job is to help people and they do it using what they know best.
I feel that Mushishi and Bartender have a lot in common, at least in the way they make me feel: bitter-sweet, calm yet unsettling, but at the end I cannot find any more physical similarity other than they are both episodic
and made by Japanese, and only Japanese can make them I'm sure.
The former is more fantasy like but still roots in reality, and it's a beautiful reimagination of Japanese unique view of the world. The latter is a simple and straight-forward story about how the bartender serves his costumer with unique cocktails who has different backstory in a small bar called "Eden Hall" in modern Japan.
I don't drink other than beers, but I'm sure you don't need any knowledge about cocktails to enjoy Bartender because it explains every details you need to know and at the same time it doesn't force-feed information or bog down the story. You may probably be surprised by how well the cocktails complement the feelings of the character, and be amazed by the different types of cocktails presented in the show. The characters are not spectacular but they really feel like everyday people that are easy to relate to, or I should say "us".
Watching Bartender to me is like meeting up a stranger that I gaze upon thinking that it's a shame we didn't know each other earlier. If you like Mushishi for it's atmosphere and human element, you may also like Bartender. Watch it at the end of a busy or fruitful day if you can't go or find a bar nearby. read more
Both of these animes are about people who deal with the interactions of otherworldy creatures and humans. The series are divided up into short segments. However, Bakemonogatari's short stories can last a few episodes long while each episode of Mushishi is seperate. Bakemonogatari is more eccentric with unique animations and a cast of very developed characters. Mushishi focuses more on nature and harmony and has only one main character.
Bakemonogatari is recommended for more mature viewers.
I get the same feeling when I watch these animes, it has similar mystical worlds and creatures that does make human life more difficult. The main characters always finds themselves helping those that are around them. It's really worth the time watching.
Both involve oddities, although Monogatari is more about the characters and their role within the story, and Mushishi is more about the interesting and unique oddities that exist within its world. Mushishi is episodic however.
Bakemonogatari and Mushishi have quite a few similarities.
First of all the Main Characters Araragi and Ginko have a lot in common. They are trying to help other people with their problems and oddities.
The show is not about the Main Characters themselves, as you do not learn a lot about their own past and story, but more about the people around them.
Both shows have a mystery/supernatural side.
The biggest difference between the shows is how they are presented.
Mushishi is really serious and give you an experience that not a lot of shows will give you. Bakamonogatari has a fun side and it has a completely different artstyle.
Both series talk about a main character using supernatural powers to save other people from their supernatural problems.
Both anime have a dark eerie atmosphere, intriguing mystery with a historical theme.
Bakemonogatari being in a high school setting, also has humour, romance and some fanservice.
While Mushishi is about a lone man on the road which makes it more on the Adventure side.
The art is beautiful and the voice acting is on point
Both anime are episodic in nature.
Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl) delves into stories where people face menacing situations, and to what length people will go to escape their reality.
Details about the protagonist (Enma Ai) are sparse at first, but slowly accumulate as the series progresses, similar to how Mushishi slowly unravels Ginko's over time.
Mushishi is much more lax in it's storytelling, letting the landscape and environment tell the plot, whereas Jigoku Shoujo focuses greatly on the character interactions.
Despite the difference in storytelling, both anime deal with the supernatural and showcase the consequences of impulsive actions.
Both are episodic in nature. Both have a similar atmosphere (art and music in particular). Both have awful theme songs (but who cares haha). Mushishi is a bit more relaxed and chill where Hell Girl is a bit darker. I think you'll certainly like both.
Well, they're not exactly the same thing but these two anime have a lot in common imo.
Mushishi and Hotarubi no Mori e gives off a serene like feeling that is natural. Both series has supernatural themes with the main character being calm and collected. There is of course, strange rules in this world and applies it throughout both series.
Both are wonderfully presented that has spiritual feeling to them which makes them relaxing to watch.
-lonely white haired free-spirit
-having fun outside in beautiful nature scenery
-isolated villages with traditional air
-returning over and over to visit
-spirits and supernatural
-accepting facts as facts
The art of these two shows and the main male protagonist are similar. The beautiful landscapes of both Mushishi and Hotarubi are breathtaking and very similar. The art design for the characters is also quite similar. Not only do Ginko and Gin look alike, they also have a very similar purpose in their respective plots and act/think in similar ways. There is also a very similar kind of nostalgic tone to both shows. Additionally, both have meaning under the literal and will leave you thinking.
slow moving, calm pace, presentation that is strongly supported by an excellent music score and a unique animation style, story has a mysterious feel to it and it all falls together slowly piece by piece. Mushishi is episodic and more plot/world focused, and Saraiya Goyou is more character centric.
There is a relaxed feel to both anime. Good for a rainy day when the pace will not bore you to death. At times it can seem a bit dark and sad, but at the same time, it's light hearted and doesn't sadden you too much. You'll enjoy one if you like the other, when you're in the right kind of mood to watch it ;)
There's a similar sense of feeling and backgrounds in both series. Mushishi and Saraiya Goyou (House of the Five Leaves) both has a slow pacing with a elegant mood to them.
Both series follows a more episodic path rather than arcs/linear story.
Both series' main male protagonist has great development and interactions with other characters and also bears some similar physical features. The coloring in both series is also natural and again has that elegance to them.
Both series presents a mature way of nature.
Mushishi and Saraiya Goyou are slow-moving dramas that touch more on the day to day sentiments of diverse people, rather than the power-levels of a prepubescent teen attempting to save the world.
The same soothing and heartwarming atmosphere can be found in both, as well as the attention to detail in the art that makes the viewing experience such a joy.
There are only a select few people who can see the small creatures that are always there but most people can't see. Both animes are somewhat light hearted and have an earthy feel... if that makes sense.
Both stories are about "other forms" of life, Mushi in Mushishi and Microbes in Moyashimon.. We are invited to those beautiful world, exploring it, enjoying it and we can study many things from those stories..
There is a different where Mushishi is more of drama, Moyashimon more oriented at comedy.. Both are great stories ! but I think Moyashimon is little underrated here..
Two rare gems in the anime world, these two series are often overlooked in terms of their qualities. Let's break this down and check out their similarities and why they are likeable:
Both series involves a main character who can see what others cannot. Talk about uniqueness and having that special gift/curse. (however you look at it)
Both series have a bizarre yet entertaining environmental feeling to them that makes the series likable.
While both series have different genres, they both involves supernatural themes and deserves some more attention that they should be.
If you liked Mushi-shi, then this would be an anime you would also enjoy.
Both have a same theme in discovering the value of life.
Both have similar organisms as part of the plot: mushi in Mushi-shi and microbes in Moyashimon.
Mushi-shi is more serious and more focused on mythical while Moyashimon is full of comedy as well as focus in science.
Both are light-hearted and very refreshing to watch!
After only watching one episode of Master Keaton, I could tell that Mushishi is similar. Ginko travels and solves problems with mushi, and Keaton solves problems for (insurance problems if the anime stays consistent) people who are in trouble. They both have the slice of life style pace, and from what I hear it is kind of episodic. But you probably would have heard of Mushishi before this one.
Ginko and Keaton both solve issues effectively in their day-to-day activities, while maintaining a carefree appearance that always manages to surprise strangers when their expertise and abilities come to light. The episodes themselves are highly varied both in substance and tone, ensuring that the viewer will never become bored while watching. Mushishi is a supernatural series while Master Keaton is very much rooted in our modern-day reality, but it's very hard not to find that the two are evocative of the same feeling and the same style.
Mushishi and Master Keaton both have a mature protagonist who travels from places to places and helps people with their problems. While Ginko from Mushishi is specialised in supernatural, Keaton deals with a wide variety of situations, sometimes making use the knowledge he acquired on history, archaeology and military, but mostly being the witness of touching stories from all around the world, sometimes mere spectator.
Both of them have a slow plot and maybe will make you bored if you don't like a soft anime.
but if you like soft and SOL anime, this anime will make you washed away when you watch. The conflict between Human and Nature, then the fantasy with supernatural are the most interested point and making you comfortable to watching
The pacing in Death Parade resemble Mushishi a little bit. As with each new episode you will see new characters, that most likely won't appear in the next episode. Ending's of mushishi episodes put you in some kind of a harmony state, while in death parade it is more intense.
Decim in Death Parade also has a similar appearance to Ginko.
Both shows have a very similar vibe to them, both deal with the unknown, and both happen to feature a protagonist with white hair and one eye covered by said hair.
Plus, both shows have a story that is very "Episodic" - essentially, for the most part, you could watch them in any order you wish.
Mushishi and Death Parade, these shows are psychological masterpieces. Both shows have an episodic style with a larger story. (In Death Parade their is also a game playing aspect, but that is not what the show is about).
Both shows start off slow, but after a while they get really interesting. (especially Death Parade).
Mushishi has multiple seasons as well so if you like it you have about 45-50 episodes to watch. Death Parade is only a short anime with only 12 episodes (atm), but for a 12 episode show, the story is well-brought and it's just amazing.
These shows give you a special kind of vibe that you can't stop watching. Death Parade is one of my favorite shows and Mushishi is a very good show as well. read more
Both series are quite episodic, they center their stories and close them sadly or joyfully no matter what impact it generates. Personally I love both series, they are unique in their way of telling their stories.
Both Mokke and Mushishi have this similar "mysterious" atmosphere. Both of them are about something supertural that, in some cases possess people and cause diseases etc. to people. Both of these are trying to get this feeling of little country village / places like that. And in both of these there's main character who understands these supernatural beings.
It's just that everything Mokke does, Mushishi does better. So if you like Mokke, you could like Mushishi too.
In both series, there is supernatural themes involving a character with the ability to see what others cannot. They follow a slow pace with serene like feeling every episode.
Both series also features various creatures that makes up much of the every standalone episodes.
There is some themes involving mysterious events and portrays a more majestic form of nature. They have similar atmospheres and are generally for fans who are into supernatural fiction.
Investigations of the human psyche. Deal with the overlap between the world of the human, and the world of the supernormal, and the creatures within it. Have a quiet, yet pensive tone, with occasional horror, and take place in the countryside. Feel a little unusual, even experimental. Similar music. Mushi-shi is episodic, while Ghost Hound follows the same set of characters throughout.
This may seem like an odd recommendation at first glance, but it's not completely without reason - both invite contemplation on moral issues, the characters, and the mystical world they're set in without making any judgment, welcoming the viewer to either make their own or simply accede that there is no clear right or wrong. Shinsekai Yori is much more dramatic and epic, presenting a world that is dystopic; Mushishi is subdued and calming, presenting a world that is filled with muted wonder, if at times melancholic.
Something about the eerie, mysterious settings remind me of each other. The Mushishi episodes are not really connected in a linear manner as Shinsekai yori is. Both have protagonists with a special power trying to figure out mysterious phenomena.
Both shows are incredibly atmospheric. The sceneries are beautiful and calming. Both are capable of drawing you into the story with visuals alone. While the plots of the shows are completely different, both have a calming feeling to them. Best watched at night.
Well, it seems like Mushishi manga was partially inspired by Black Jack and I guess that's pretty much clear, since they both are episodic, focused on extraordinary main hero who travels different places and tend to help others in trouble with his skills and knowledge (being doctor in one case and mushi specialist in other). Though there are certain differences, like Mushishi setting has more mystique and fantasy world rather than almost real world in Black Jack settings, and Dr. Black Jack having more deep and controversial personality than Ginko from Mushishi who is not so emphasized, similarities are pretty much straightforward.
Eponymous wandering doctor with a special physical condition that looks cool, but is a consequence of a tragic past, which shaped his life and appearance. Mostly dealing with episodic cases, involving a degree of supernatural, which are simple tales, often tragic and with a moral. He's benevolent, but not a boyscout, and may have to teach characters important lessons the hard way, and fight life-threatening dangers once in a while.
- Both are anime-style: a story per episode.
- Both protagonists are quiet. Serene, to be exact.
- Both anime have the same construction style: A person is suffering - In Mushishi, is because of Mushi, in Black Jack, is because of illnesses / accidents. The main character goes there and help these people.
- In both anime, the end of each episode, most often tries to show us some kind of lesson.
Another *Love Nature* anime, or maybe the only other love nature/earth anime so far except FF: The Spirits within. Both stories try to explain the symbiosis of all living beings and the earth itself. If you are celebrating Earth's day, these two animes are 'a must see'.
Both EMA and Mushishi deals with the environment stuffs that affects society, while Mushishi is episodic series dealing with 'mushis' co-exist with humanity, EMA talks about more on societal issues that destroys earth little by little..
Both the animes protagonists (Ginko-san & Juna-chan) try seek a ways to help society be in one with the nature and its natural order of life..
Ecology, Human VS Nature, human nature, self destruction, humans ignorance and arrogance, all these themes are raised there. "Earth Girl Arjuna" - "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" - "Princess Mononoke" - "Mushishi" - ... They are similar, with some same context and themes risen, but they are different in presentation of those themes.
Helping others expecting nothing in return is what Mushishi and Natsume's Book of Friends is all about. In Mushishi, coexisting with creatures is important to have a mutual understanding. In Natsume's Book of Friends, the message of acceptance and friendship between the uncanny and the living is addressed. If you love the tranquility of Natsume's Book of Friends, you will probably like Mushishi
A quote from my review:
"The best way for me to explain the series to someone totally in the dark is to use Mushishi; a very popular, totally episodic title, with very little development for its lead and few recurring characters. Like the lead of Mushishi, Black Jack is always on the move, attempting solve mysteries in order to save the lives of his patients. Each episode focuses on a different problem, and Black Jack often finds himself in a race against time to save lives. There's isn't much in the way of greenery, the stories mostly taking place inside towns, and there isn't any relaxing music that soothes the soul, but the basic premise of both titles are very, very similar. There are even a number of supernatural cases included, meaning there's no realism/supernatural divide separating the two. Black Jack does try to stick closer to reality, with its lead using the power of science rather than information about supernatural life-forms, though." read more
These titles both contain similar attributes to the supernatural genre; although Mushishi is more supernatural-heavy. There are beings which are in a different dimension from what the human 'universe' is in, and only specific beings can interract with and enter these fields. They are both the same length (26 episodes), and the animation/art for both entries are spectacular for their given time of production. Finally, both protagonists are calm and collected whilst interracting in abnormal circumstances, even though Akari (Aria Franchise) is more playful.
Similar simple art and animation, action progression is equally slow.
There is no useless moves, actions, scenes. In both anime reactions of charachters are believable and it simply gives us similar feeling of well spent time after watching anime where there is actually almost nothing to complain about.
Usagi Drop is about a thirty year old man named Daichi who goes to his grandfather's funeral, and learns that his grandfather had an illegitimate child named Rin, who's 5/6 years old. Due to the scandal Rin's existence would cause, none of the relatives want to take her in. Daichi, the kind-hearted soul that he is, agrees to take in Rin, much to his entire family's dismay, believing he'd be an incompetent parent and taking her in would bring shame upon the family. He does struggle with raising Rin, but he's up to the task of growing as a parental figure. Mushishi is about a nomadic traveller named Ginko. Ginko is a mushi master. Mushi are (mostly invisible) life forms that can be very harmful to humans or the land/object/host it occupies. Ginko travels, helping people who are affected by mushishi- a healer/exorcist, for lack of better terms. These shows have very different plots, but they're both slice of life with a slow but calming pace. Both talk about growing as a person, and finding their place in the world.  read more
I've found this one trough recomendations for JK, it is indeed reminds me a lot about Twelve Kingdoms, but that's not all of it. It also reminds me about Mushishi and Rurouni Kenshin.
Mushishi for it's slow, but intriguing pace with lore as a big aspect of the story.
Juuni Kokuki for feudal East setting and fantasy aspects.
Rurouni Kenshin for a warrior, who swore not to take another life.
All in all it is an incredible title.
These two series here are a nice refreshment and excellent in their own rights.
First of all, both series has a mature main character who is independent and wise. Additionally, they have their own morals in the fantasy world and have goals of helping others. Speaking of which...the fantasy world in both of these series is well crafted with nice visual artwork and gives off that feeling of naturalism.
Both series has excellent writing with a strong narrative. Both series are overall a nice breath of fresh air so give it a try.
The main characters in these series aren't mere humans, they can see mystic creatures. Both Kantaro and Ginko don't think these creatures are evil; their attitude seems more similar with the attitude towards nature, neither good nor evil. Besides that these series have the same structure: one episode - one story. If it's not enough for you to put these titles together, you'll definitely enjoy the mystic atmosphere in Mushishi and Tactics.
If you are searching for an anime about spirits then you can stop your search because these two animes are about weird things and spirits...In both of them at each episode shown different situations and the main char have to solve the problem with some kind of spirit(s).
Mushishi and Tactics are both animes where some episodes can be watched in any order. Tactics (for most episodes) and Mushishi basically have a different mystery to be solved in each episode. If you like animes about mystery and supernatural happenings I would recommend Mushishi.
Peaceful, calm, contemplative, melancholic, poetic and even philosophic.
Same mood, great ost.
Girl's last tour is maybe a little cuter but if you enjoyed Mushishi you can only appreciate Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryouko, they convey the same feelings.
Both of these series have managed to show us how minimalism can be beautiful. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou did this perfectly, proving that you don't need a fancy world and loads of action to make a story enjoyable. Mushishi has the same calm vibe, focusing on one character, wandering and travelling.
Although the atmosphere can vary a lot, the two series share a lot in common.
From the technical section, the animation and the soundtrack of both series is sublime. They are worth it simply because they are so beautiful. Whether it's a lush forest or abandoned ruins, it transmits a calm and very relaxing serenity. And their music adapts wonderfully to their situations.
And with respect to their argument, both series, although they have relative continuity in their episodes (especially Girls Last Tour), are rather a collection of oneshots. Exploring new situations and events in each chapter.
But what I like most about both of them and what makes one remind me of the other is how they portray the loneliness of the trip and how it affects its characters in different ways. But at the same time, not sharing the same conditions for their characters, makes them very different series so one series does not step on the other.
My most sincere opinion is that both complement each other wonderfully. read more
Beautifully crafted landscapes and countrysides, each image seems to be a celebration of nature and different colors of life. The aesthetic blend of music, artwork, and direction of Kaguya-Hime, coupled with the symbolism in the story and presentation, reminded me of Mushishi. They are both clearly influenced by Japanese culture, folk tales, and myths. At times, its like 'reading' a picture scroll (Emakimono) - a feeling that is clearly more present in kaguya-Hime.
Both are very moving and poetic, and while Aoi Bungaku deals with a lot of more disturbing and horrific events. They are both very emotionally driven and convey a very strong sense of atmosphere within them.
Mushishi is very similar in the theme of Natsume Yuujinchou San with creatures that cant be seen by all. There is similar feeling in the stories natsume and ginko participate.. The deference between them in my opinion is that Natsume Yuujinchou San can appeal to younger fans since it is more relatable since it involves school and has a more goofy feeling to it.. On the other hand Mushishi feels more mature with its lack of comedy. Also Ginko is like a wandering doctor for the supernatural.(It doesnt sound cool i know but cool is not its selling point)
They may not be similar in genre or art~ but they are in another way. Mushishi is an episodic series in which the main character goes on a journey and learns the stories of other people. For the first half of Kaiba there are also quite a few episodes in which the main character meets and learns about other people while traveling. Both series are very unique as well
Both anime venture off from the typical storylines, and give the viewer something unique (something that is becoming increasingly rare in the anime world). If you feel like you are seeing the same types of anime over and over again, and they are getting stale perhaps this is would be worth the watch. Both anime's are rather well made and if you are unsure of what to watch you might want to give Kaiba a shot.
These two anime series both involve supernatural beings, which also could be referred as youkai or in the other case as mushishi. Both these series have a very unique atmosphere and pacing and are definitely a great watch.
While the first season of Natsume Yuujinchou was already compared often to Mushishi, Natsume Yuujinchou was always a lot more gentler and less that's-the-way-life-is than Mushishi. Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou for the most part is just like the first series, but it's a tad bit darker and closer to Mushishi, with its theme being confronting with reality and making a choice rather than the changing of the main character of the first season. Otherwise, watch both series for the reasons stated by others for natsume Yuujichou.
(Zoku) Natsume Yuujincho and Mushishi both share that gentle pacing, along with being for the most part episodic (in a positive way), and a similar main character (though Ginko would be a 10 years older and more mature Natsume, if that's even possible). While Natsume Yuujincho deals with ayakashi and Mushishi with a most basic type of lifeform called mushi, you will likely find something in both that will tug at your heartstrings.
-Solving mysteries related to paranoia activity that effect humans negatively (Mushi and Spirits)
-Mainly episodic or small arcs which makes it easy to follow and doesn't get too boring/long
-Ginko (Mushishi) works alone while there is a team of experts in Ghost Hunt
-Mushishi has a calm atmosphere while Ghost Hunt is more horror/ghost stories, but I found both animes extremely enjoyable. However, if you are not into scaring stuff, than I wouldn't recommend Ghost Hunt for you.
"Just like Mushishi but with more action!" That's what I thought after a few episodes.
Both anime are dealing with a beings from a different world that blends with our reality and affects people.
The main character gets rid of a beings called Phantoms that cause problems to people the same way as Mushi do and Ginko takes care of them in Mushishi.
Both anime are about creatures that affects the people. Mushishi is a more serious show with a dark tone, Noragami has more action, more humor and has vivid colors. Death also plays a role in both Noragami and Mushishi.
Both are mostly episodic with a subplot forming very passively through the series. But the reason you will like both is that they have the same type of viewing experience. The nice soundtrack in Cowboy Bebop and the beautiful artwork in Mushishi really make for a lovely viewing experience. There is also the same serene mood in both series (although both can be quite exciting at times).
The people who dislike either mushishi or Cowboy bebop ussually think they're too slow or episodic. Both have vignettes that raise questions you can think about. Both are very athmospheric and have a certain vibe created by amazing art and animation and a great soundtrack.
Vampire Princess Miyu TV focuses, like Mushishi, on episodic stories that explore how darkness can enter any human being's story, and how we can either triumph or succumb to our circumstances. Both Miyu and Ginko serve as either a savior for those normally doomed, or an arbiter that knows the truth of when it is too late for rescue.
~ Both animes have a pretty dark feel and they are pretty much episodic.
~ In both series you rarely get a happy end that you would imagine although the problem is always solved.
~ They both involve supernatural beings, though in Mushishi they are some sort of form of life and cannot be seen by everyone while in Vampire Princess Miyu they are disguised as humans.
Both anime is about people trying to co-exist with some unknown lifeform. But mushishi narrative style more like in parables and each episode tells completely different story with some lessons for viewers (which he should find and learn by himself). Both anime somewhat philosophical and psychological.
These two series are polar opposites of each other in every aspect save for two: catharsis and uniqueness.
Allow me to explain. The two are unique series in their own manner, however both are extremely appealing for this fact (as shown by their very high ranking), this certain "appeal" can only be experienced with a clear and open mind while viewing them, unclouded by prejudice or preconceived notions of expectations. In other words, take the series as they are, and you will enjoy the series to the fullest.
As for catharsis, both series are able to hold much "intelligence" within them. What I mean by "intelligence" is that they utilize laws and phenomena within our society and our universe in a realistic sense, even if there are supernatural elements (characters act as we think we would given the situation). More than this, and call me cheesy or corny if you will, but what makes these two series so amazing is the manner in which the human pathos is put forth (heart, courage, soul, etc...), rather than pure "intelligence". The cooperation of these two opposing ideals are what give these two series their strengths, and why they are more similar than you think. read more
Both take you into a magical, beautiful, but sometimes dangerous world.
The art and sound in both Mushishi and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo are beautiful and well done, the story is wonderful and the creatures in the two anime are both mysterious and captivating.
There are many differences in the two as far as how the story goes and the setting, but if you like one, there's a good chance that you will like the other.
Genshiken is a study of people, a documentary, and there is not so much a plot as there is an extract of life, and we happen to follow a few select characters through it. It is serene in a very particular way.
Mushishi has that same tranquility and although it contains the supernatural it is also unmistakably a study of people, a documentary, and it too is serene.
Mushishi and Kanon are definitely dissimilar in a lot of ways, but they share qualities too. for example, the main protagonists in both shows are very quiet and conserved and full of secrets. The two shows have the same sort of absent, airy feel while you watch them as well. Both these shows are some of my absolute favorites, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. If you got a kick out of Mushishi, you will probably like Kanon, and vice versa. I highly recommend both.
They both have similar themes of strange life forms that are misunderstood.
Both Nausicaa and Mushishi are very intriguing, and nature as well as human coexistence with nature are central themes in both anime.
I can highly recommend Mushishi to any fan of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind!
Both of these shows are about living in harmony with creatures who are hard to understand. While Kemono no Souja Erin also focuses somewhat on the politics and war that is effecting the country where it takes place, it still focuses heavily on the research and understanding of creatures just like Mushi-shi. If you want another folktale-like story similar to Mushi-shi, Kenmono no Souja Erin deserves a shot.
If you have a strong love for scenery and detail, you've come to the right place.
I believe that Osamu Tezuka spent more time on the details of the characters, but the emphasis did fall greatly on everything else just as the creator of Mushishi did.
Both of these involve solving mysteries, but other than that and the art work they don't really have much in common. Even the way in which the mysteries are solved is different.
Imagine 2 completely opposite plots, give them opposite mood and setting but involve somewhat similar characters and outstanding value. That would be Mushi-shi and Darker Than Black. One is almost exact opposite of another, and both are captivating in manner of its own.
Main characters look somewhat same and are more (Hei) or less (Ginko) insane. Besides both are very composed, mature and logical. Both may seem older than actually are and are brilliant professionals in own fields. Difference lies in their approach and goals. While Mushishi's character longs to light, DTB's one is forcing self deeper and deeper in darkness.
1. outstanding art value. DTB has amazing choreography and Mushi-shi elates you with spectacular backgrounds,
- extremely lovable main characters,
2. episodic stories. You can watch just one random episode and still understand it fully without need of following whole plot line.
1. mood. While Mushi-shi, despite all pictured hardships, leaves you warm inside, Darker Than Black attempts to eat your soul out,
2. music and sound. Mushi-shi sounds like temple in early morning and DTB is just another action oriented anime. I'd say voice acting is better in former too. Ginko was given amazing manner of speech,
3. comedy. There is none in Mushi-shi but there is a bit in DTB.
Reason to watch both and why I expect you to like:
1. They both are very moody.
2. They are just like opposite reflections of one another.
3. It is interesting to see how goal setting can lead one personout from most dreadful situation and help find peace and make another literally submerge himself in hell. Watching both series might inspire some deep thinking. read more
I can't believe anybody hasn't recommended this already!?
Both animes are very atmospheric while being supported with the background music and narration is enhancing mood even more!
Both animes have abstract fluent animations with beautiful and colorful effects to the point of almost looking supernatural at certain point just like Mushishi!
some Chihayafuru's characters do have almost inhuman abilities at certain points
the main difference between both animes is Mushishi is about adventure and seeking path in life alone with supernatural touch while Chihayafuru is more Game oriented seeking your path in life through playing Karuta with friends!
If you liked the atmospheric feel and music in Mushishi you will probably like the bit more intense but still atmospheric anime Chihayafuru! read more
On the surface, these anime may seem like they have nothing to do with each other. One is an occult detective story about mysterious life forms, the other is a cross-class romance. However, these anime are very similar in terms of atmosphere. Thick, heavy atmosphere. Sometimes relaxing, sometimes mysterious, sometimes somber, but always strong atmosphere. Every episode has a weight to it, every character a long-staying presence. If you enjoyed one of these anime and are willing to watch another series based on similar tone and mood alone, give the other one a shot. Also, they could both be considered "historical" if only because both of their stories take place in the past: Mushishi taking place in Japan in a fictional time between the Edo period and the Meiji Restoration, and Emma taking place in Victorian London towards the end of the 1800's.  read more
At first glance these anime couldn't be more different since they are completely different genres, but what they have in common is a dense atmosphere and a mysterious soundtrack. Also both anime deal a lot with nature and animals.
Although the content of the two works differs greatly, the tone and general atmosphere of The Place that Was Promised very much reminded me of Mushishi, and I believe that anyone for whom the tone of this movie really resonated is likely to enjoy Mushishi for the same reason.
While a completely different premise, these shows share a strong bond in a peculiar serenity and beauty that comes with centering around gods, spirits, and myths in simple yet touching stories.
Both shows are also quite episodic, solving one prevailing myth per episode, while Konohana Kitan is a bit stronger on continuity and overarking storylines but Mushishi touches on some more sincere topics.
The major difference, apart from the premise, is the general vibe and feel - Konohana Kitan takes a more cheerful approach while Mushishi can sometimes get quite gloomy.
Both series have a comparable mysterious ambience to them, and kind of give off a similar vibe - especially with their somber art styles. Although they don't have the same plot, Dororo almost feels like a more action-packed Mushishi to me, dealing with strange 'out of this world' creatures. They also take place close to the same time period in Japan - Dororo being during the Sengoku period, and Mushishi between the Edo and Meiji periods.
If you enjoyed Violet Evergarden's one-off episodes that don't serve much purpose to the overall story (although I personally consider those to be the worst of the bunch), then you might like Mushishi.
A series with a similar atmosphere and dealings with the supernatural. The similarities between yokai and mushi are apparent between the two and they are probably the closest you'll get to the same feeling you get from one of the two.
- Both Anime share a fascination of mysterious sightings of creatures in their own unique forms.
- Both Banba and Ginko chase rumors of occurrences that are tied to finding out about their own sightings of mysterious creatures in both of their own respective series.
- Both are episodic animes in someway that center around both of these main characters Banba and Ginko who travels from place to place and they usually wind up helping someone through certain situations and events.
- Both are Atmospheric.
- Even though both series have different art and animation, Both have their own haunting themes in someway.
They're different, it's true: different characters, different plot, different setting...
So why am I making this reccomendation?
Because few animes thouched me like these two: nostalgia, sadness, hope and more.
Both main characters are searching their purpose, and i love both personalities in the same way.
So yes, if you like Mushi-shi try Fune wo Amu!
while not similar in plot or world build, both shows have an incredibly strong usage of art and animation, as well as individual stories in cinematic and non-cinematic ways to percieve their stories and motifs in the best way. both are incredibly well built and thought out, and heavily rely on atmosphere as a way of passing the story to the viewers.
- Calming music. Generally light and twinkly. Grimgar features lots of acoustic guitar tunes which is always refreshing, but it also varies more both in style and quality.
- Great voice acting; in Japanese at least.
- A slow story that's not in a rush to get to places. Chill out, get a long glass of lemonade, enjoy the scenery and the little things in an anime.
- Realistic characters and behaviours. Drama is dealt with in a serious but low key sort of way.
It may surprise you at first, but you don't need much time to realize about similarities that they share in almost everything. From the same director, the two series share a slow pace, the use of long frames, great depth in the characters, their evolution (or their no evolution), and the depth of the message whose existence becomes obvious, but underlying deeply in the work. The setting of both is quite different, but is from the few things which haven't in common. Two pieces of art.
This might seem like a strange recommendation, given that one series is about supernatural events, and one is about trans children living their everyday lives. However, they're both slice of life series that have a similar bittersweet atmosphere. This atmosphere is created largely through the art and sound in each of them. They also both feature very beautiful backgrounds.
Apart from being different in so many ways, ghouls and mushi bear resemblances in some ways. Most important part of them are these two beings that are just trying to live, without the thought of pleasurably harming humanity (With some exceptions on ghouls, but thats because they have intelligence and their actions can lead their sanity, unlike mushi), and many humans are strongly against them because these species threat their lives, both CCG and other Mushishies. Also, main character are guys who loses their past after unpleasant events, and then later their hair color both changes to white, as well as the color of one of their eyes. read more
They are both episodical anime with story around a main character that has to travell because of his job. They both excel in both visual and story part and each episode brings something new and original. While Mushishi is fantasy and Space Dandy is sci-fi, if you liked one, you´ll surely like another.
It's the Fictional, yet somewhat believable environment they're both set in. The slow going pace of each episode and the small dosage of humor here and there. If you enjoyed the slow, "refreshing", movements and random story line, then Mushishi could be a nice choice also.
They are both "Think Pieces"; each feels reflective in its own way, on its own subject matter. Overall it is the tone of Kunio Kato's creations that are similar to Mushishi to me and I would recommend one to a fan of either.
The anime world is filled with series that boast of amazing supernatural events with unique characters. However, not many have captured the sentiment as well and as truly as Mushishi and xxxHOLIC. The lead characters do not pretend to be the best at everything they do and are fatally flawed characters whose tapestries slowly unravel to reveal its masterful weaves, which are accented by the fantastic supporting cast. There is no fan service nor the typical moe scenes. These two series are the rare art that you come across while watching as you waddle through the muck of what is called anime today.
Both of these animes involve supernatural elements, and a main character who chooses to investigate and solve the mysteries and problems plaguing various people. Both shows feature ensemble casts. Mushishi is a much calmer show, probably lacking most of the 'paranoia' that was present in Paranoia Agent, but there are certainly great things about both. They are thought-provoking and profound stories about unique people and their efforts to make change in people's lives, whether they want to or not. It has been a while since I watched PA so this might not be the most accurate, but I still felt many similarities while I was watching Mushishi. read more
Both series deal with fictional sciences. One deals with alchemy while the other deals with the study of a fictional phenomenon called "mushi". Ginko, the main character in Mushi-shi, is similar to Edward Elric of FMA in that he is very knowledgable in his respective science. Every episode of Mushi-shi features an interesting and imaginative explanation of the phenomenon of mushi while FMA makes in-depth explorations into the concepts and laws of alchemy.
Another "supernatural" series with an interesting lead character. Supernatural is in quotation marks because Ayatsuri Sakon usually presents mysteries with supernatural clues but always ends up being a person's evil scheme. Much like Ginko, Sakon acts like a detective to unfold very interesting mysteries.
Mystery that unveils in different ways. Both slow paced in their own ways. While Mushishi is much more of a relaxed, yet serious watch; Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is more of a horror(bloody) dramatic anime.
Very different in everything apart from the core feeling, but both intriguing in their own ways. (And I think I never said 'own ways' so many times in my life)
Though essentially different storywise (YKK is more slice of life while Mushishi is fantasy), people who enjoyed one should be able to appreciate and enjoy the other.
They both have similar slow pacing and evoke a calming feel. Both are peaceful and nature plays a part.
Pet Shop reminded me of Mushishi because of how supernatural creatures were mixed together with everyday, normal characters; the sort you'd see in slice-of-life titles. I suppose Pet Shop is more 'horrifying', while Mushishi is more relaxing, but there are definitely similarities between the executions of the two.
Both series deal with supernatural beings, and focus more on character interaction. In Mushishi's case, the series focuses on a new character every episode, and details how their life is affected by the Mushis. Zettai Shounen, on the other hand, has more of an air of mystery about it, and focuses much less on the interactions between material fairies/evils and the characters. They both have a very relaxing atmosphere about them, as well as a slow-paced plot progression.
Hanada Shounen-shi is a hidden gem that captures a quite similar atmosphere to Mushishi (or Natsume Yuujinshou for that matter). This show made me laugh and cry. A lot. It's much different from current anime and makes you feel somewhat nostalgic.
The setting is a realistic one, presumably post WWII, although the war is never directly mentioned.The comedic parts are sweet and fun and the story of the humans/ghosts are gentle and moving. It's outrageously unknown and deserves much better.
At first you wouldn't think that an anime about swords could be alike to a story of a man who travels around and help people with their problems. But actually Mushishi and Katanagatari are a lot alike. Both have this wonderful slow pace which brings peace to your mind. They both are made in an episodic style where in each episode you'll see a story which may not have much relevance to the previous nor the next episode. Of course the art style in both of them is very nice, Katanagatari's might need some getting used to but it's really nice once you finally have.
So, if you like Katanagatari I'd suggest you to watch Mushishi and if you like Mushishi I'd suggest you to watch Katanagatari. If you've seen neither of them, then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and watch them at last! read more
both are relaxing most of the time but at times have some awesome action and at times makes you "FEEL". Houseki has more actions scenes but they are Biutiful to look at.
both have a mysterious world that you learn more and more about as you watch the show. similarly, the characters learn and grow as the story unfolds. truly a must watch.
Lot of characters which allow for the main characters to drift in and out of the series. Being produced by the same studio results in both the anime having a great background art as well as music. Very philosophical at times due to the well written dialogues.
Both series have a very peaceful feeling to them.
.Hack//Sign reminds me more of a lullaby, while Mushishi reminds me of calm water.
-white hair protagonist
They're very different genres, but if you like one you may like the other.
Both feature very calm and relaxing/warm atmosphere. Both have similar style and sound theme. Mushishi deals with themes similar to ENJ in several episodes. Both animes feel very similar in terms of storytelling as well. One major difference, though, is that ENJ is set in the future, and Mushishi is set somewhere in 1800's (?).
Some of the scenes in Utawarerumono give a very similar feel to the scenes in Mushishi. The beauty of nature, the connection man has to nature, etc. The series has an overall feeling of mystery in its setting that is similar to Mushishi.
Anthologies about healers who travel the lands, observing various cultures and helping people with their problems. Each tale often focusing on a single classic theme (e.g. family, independence, responsibility, romance).
Merc Storia is mostly simple fairytales for younger audiences, while Mushishi is more contemplative folktales for mature ones.
Although on the surface there seems to be little in common between Mushishi and She and Her Cat, both feature, at their core, very rich and human stories, told with great sensitivity. The visuals, though one is colour, the other black and white, achieve a similar feel with subtle but eloquent animation, framed within leisurely, lingering shots.
Mushishi, if one is interested in vast philosophical questions, can be somewhat similar to Pokemon because it's about these mushi, which are like spiritual bugs, and the protagonist goes around managing them... other than that, though, it's more about dissolving conflicts than actual battling with the mushi or other characters. It's episodic too, so doesn't necessarily continue on with the same storyline as Pokemon, but still has the same atmosphere through the 50+ episodes. The music is really beautiful and appropriate too.
Set in similar era, has supernatural themes and melancholic feel to it. Both deal with dark mythological creatures and unsolved mysteries. Amatsuki has more fighting, confused main character, time-travel and it is plot-driven. Mushishi depicts different setting every episode and has a master in 'mushi' as a main character.
Similar era and characters' costumes and Japanese ancient mythology themes. Both anime have supernatural beings and a main character with a power to see them. Shounen Onmyouji deals with ayakashi(aka familiar) and is action-packed, while Mushishi has a slower pace, 'mushi' and darker themes.
Well, it´s not because they´re both episodic. But how they deal with it. A bit hard to explain, but they both deal with a certain situation linked with a moving past (though gintama deals with people and mushishi with mushi). In both, the solution might leave you a bit sad or rather relieved because anything can happen.
But there are big differences. Gintama is mostly meant as a humurous/parody show whereas mushishi is very serious. Gintama has 201 eps, mushishi 26. A part of the 201 consists of filler, arcs, special eps, character dev eps etc. That's why you cannot compare many eps with mushishi but least more than it has itself. read more
At first glance, belonging to quite different genres, one a mystery, the other a historical action, Mushishi and Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen are still linked in a deep, perhaps more important way. A certain calmness and wisdom of unspoken simplicity have spread their roots through every scene, creating an experience not unlike that of drinking a fine cup of green tea on a quiet afternoon. Apart from all that, there is the the setting of feudal Japan and thus similarities in art style which feels more akin to that of a carefully constructed art piece than a cartoon.
Both have this soul-cleaning-ambient feeling that is able to make one cry out of happiness. Also, the constant Japanese natural atmosphere, with its fields and deep woods, is just too beautiful in both.
Well, oriental setting, and with that Naruto occasionally manages to deliver the same kind of tranquil 'zen' feeling that Mushishi is completely based on. If you're into Mushishi's atmosphere and characters and don't mind the occasional martial arts sessions, then you'll like Naruto too.
Also the way the Mushi in Mushishi twist reality is sometimes similar in its weirdness to the use of Ninjutsu in Naruto. Both series' worlds therefore contain a mystical layer with them.
The monster type elements floating around and being objects in Mahoutsukai no Yome, directly reminded me of Mushishi with that not everyone could see these elements/creatures.
Both stories are quite different in terms of atmosphere and character progression though. But still wonderful on itself.