Both deal with the the 'supernatural', which most people can't see. Also, both develop in an episodic format, although Natsume Yuujinchou has more recurring characters than Mushishi does. The two main characters' personalities are rather different, however they're similar in that they don't hate the youkai or the mushi; They simply want to coexist with them. Both are rather philosophical stories, dabbing in the topics of life and death, and both are told with a similar slow-paced narrative, although Natsume Yuujinchou has its quick action-filled moments.
Drawing on a variety of mystical themes, both series adapts a serene and powerful depiction of fantasy. Both series' main characters has the ability to see what others cannot and helps others who gets involved with such supernatural beings. Mushishi follows more of a journeyman style of direction in its story while Natsume Yuujinchou has more of a slice of life mood. But make no mistake, both series are honest with their premise and its intention to craft unique tales to tell.
This manga concerns creatures the mangaka made up which are similar to ayakashi, called mushi. The main character is an expert on mushi and travels the country, helping people who are being troubled by them. This manga has a similar pacing and situation to Natsume Yuujincho.
I'm honestly pretty surprised more people haven't recommended these two series for one another. These two series have a very similar feel to one another. Both manga center around the stories that arise from dealing with supernatural beings, with Natsume Yuujincho being Yokai and Mushishi being about Mushi. They both have mostly episodic chapters as well. I would say though that Natsume Yuujinchou is the more lighthearted out of the two, so there's that.
If you are a fan of either of these series, you should check out the other.
Both series look at Japanese folklore in an unusual and unique way, with an amiable but mysterious practitioner of a strange trade giving aid to those afflicted by forces they can't see or understand. In both series lessons are sometimes learned, and not all stories end happily.
At first glance you might not notice any similarities between these two series, but dive beneath their surface and you can really tell that they both have a similar theme of trying to create classic folktale-esque stories and deliver them to the audience in both a unique and meaningful way. I took away a lot from reading both of these series and anyone into a more historical or folktale series of stories is definitely in for some good times if they check out either of these.
Although Tousei Gensou is somewhat dark when compared to Mushishi's relatively easygoing tone, both have a protagonist who deals with episodic (usually single chapter or small arcs) supernatural cases he is unusually knowledgable about. Both also delve into the protagonist's past and eventually explain how he came to be the way he is.
Both are episodic, and both main characters help people deal with strange occurrences. Both main characters are also fairly solitary, though Ginko of Mushishi travels while Shinobu of Tousei is based in an antiques shop.
magical, relaxing, easy going yet heartwarming atmosphere with a wanderer as the main character. Both cases have an enormous world with so many secrets. it interesting to note that mushishi focus more on the events that are found by the wanderer while fumetsu focus more on the wanderer path.
This is a similarity that occurred to me while reading the latest chapter of Fumetsu (90), and that led me to feel if you like one manga you will likely enjoy the other.
Fushi the Immortal from Fumetsu has to always stay on the move because he attracts "the knockers" and so cannot stay in one place too long.
Ginko from Mushishi has to always stay on the move because he attracts "mushi" and so cannot stay in one place too long.
^ pretty sure above two statements arent too spoliery, if you've not watched/read either you probably wont even know what knockers or mushi are.
While both give me a similar vibe and atmosphere, they do also have a lot of differences. Mushishi I would say is more chill/relaxing, Fumetsu has much more tragedy and suffering. Both MCs are lone wanderer type characters who always seek to help/aid the characters they meet along their journey along the way. read more
Both series focus around a wanderer moving from town to town. Although the concepts and objectives are different (Vagabond has a lot of action while Mushishi has essentially none, and Musashi aims to become the strongest swordsman in the land while Ginko aims for no such thing), both series are heavily meditative, both feature stunning art which puts the focus on atmosphere rather than literacy and feature themes of self-discovery.
Although the concepts and the motifs are very different, both gave me a strange feeling of melancholy and reflection. Maybe because in both mangas the art is focused on beautiful depictions of natural sights, and the two stories deal with old Japanese traditions
Travelling protagonist visiting various locations of the land, meeting various people and engaging with them, sometimes changing their lives. Also making use of his craft to get around and as a way to sustain his livehood.
The stories revolve around a protagonist, which are similar to one another, traveling the land of his world and finding out about the nature in it. The atmossphere is slow, mellow and both mangas rely a lot on it.
Both series have a travelling protagonist who helps different people in each place he stops with supernatural creatures they don't understand -- traditional Japanese spirits in Mononoke, and unusual nature spirits in Mushishi.
These are probably the best two mature supernatural titles out there. Both have excellent artwork and engaging, if episodic, stories revolving around two men who have a "gift" that gives them a view into unique and mysterious worlds unseen by most people.
Episodic tale of lone (kinda) protagonist seemingly aimlessly travelling through world and interacting with lifes of others. Both works have extremelly well crafted storytelling and even minor characters are well developed, making every story as the protagonist encounters them interesting.
Both being made by the same mangaka, is extensively based on rural japan. Similarly like Mushishi, a lot of focus is given on myths and the lives of the people affected by it. If you're looking to experience the same kind of heavenly feeling, this should be up your alley.
I can't count how many times I was reading Nightmare Inspector and was thinking "Wow this reminds me so much of Mushishi" and vice versa. Both of these manga have these strange little stories involving supernatural activities. Although, both main protagonist are very different, Hiruko doesn't care for the customer as long as he gets his nightmare while Ginko really tries to help them. Also Nightmare Inspector's stories usually end bad while Mushishi's usually end good. Either way if you like one you'll definitely like the other, although Nightmare Inspector is like a darker version of Mushishi.
Story about a man that has to live his life as a wanderer because of his job. Even though chichi doesn't talk about supernatural stuff, it tells a history about a wanderer pharmacist that seems quite similar to Ginko. Also the way that the stories develop gives a refreshing and calm feeling in both manga.
Both are great gems of the slice of life genre. Mushishi's about the MC, Ginko, who can see strange creatures called 'mushi'; whereas Kotonoba's MC Suu-chan has the ability to experience strange occurences around a heritage site for about 5 mins.
The striking feature in both cases is the serene, peaceful atmosphere. Try them on a rainy day and you won't regret it.
If you enjoyed the natural, biological aspect of Mushishi, like Ginko explaining how the mushi live, and their effect on people, then you will probably enjoy this manga. Inaho no Konchuuki has a remarkably similar premise to Mushishi; the main character is a genius in their field of natural science, and they use this knowledge to help people, usually a different person or group of people in each chapter. The main difference is that Inaho no Konchuuki deals with real insects, while Mushishi deal with amazing creatures that are their own kingdom, neither plant nor animal, maybe more like a cross between a spirit and bacteria. Inaho also takes place in a modern, urban setting, while Mushishi is set in a feudal Japanesque who-knows-where. Both series are filled with interesting stories about creatures and how they affect people by living with them, but in Inaho these creatures are totally real, and thus the explanations are a bit more educational, while still managing to be as intricate and suspenseful as in Mushishi. The main characters are also similar, if not in appearance, age, and gender, then in spirit. They're both enigmatic characters who act as bridges between the natural and the human, and both are true geniuses in their respective fields. Basically, Inaho is a modern, more mainstream, and realistic (to the point where everything in the manga is wholly possibly) version of Mushishi. Inaho may have less artistic beauty and graceful subtlety, but it makes up for both of these things in realism.  read more
Maybe it seems a little odd to compare a historical, supernatural Manga with a Yaoi - but here is why I'll do it anyway:
The first thing to notice is, that the art of both works are alike. It's a style I've come to like very much during my time with "Mushishi" and so I was excited to see such a similar way of drawing in "Nirameba Koi". But that only adds up to the main point:
The atmosphere in both works is very subtle but tense, there is no big uproar in neither of the mangas and yet they are very captivating. I think that's thanks to the main Charakter of "Mushishi" and the one part of the Yaoi-Couple. They are gentle, confident but certain. They take things as they are and love even - or more like especially - the rather strange and at times scary mysteries of their worlds. I like their way of handling issues and being just theirselves.
If you are into mystery-plots and not averse to some nice pages of boys-love you're good to go! read more
Both is traveler who have to deal with supranatural problems. The both story is episodic, have unique art for the creatures, and deliver some meaning in its own style. Mushishi is more heartwarming, while Mononoke-Zoushi bit darker.
Both series are supernatural fantasy series with heavy focus on visual story-telling and atmosphere. The Garden of Sinners is drastically more violent and confronting, though both serve their intended purpose well.
Kuro is pulling many of the similar strings as Mushishi does, the codependency of spirits that can turn against you, and supernatural phenomena. Even if Kuro is set in a Europe-like world it's still got the same cozy/scary feeling.
This manga is made by the same Author as Mushishi the MC is similar to Ginko, the 'flow' is the replacement to Mushi in this series creating a variety of phenomena and just like Mushishi its about dealing with them.
Basically this is the same product just with a modern setting and an assistant to go along with the MC.
If you liked Mushishi there is no reason why you won't like this, they're very similar.
- mysterious world/setting
- supernatural beings interact with humans
- reader is given almost no information at all concerning the surroundings or the history and thus explores the world together with the main protagonist
- similar atmosphere
Change Ginko's age from late 20s/early 30s to teens and you have Junkie Fiction. Episodic chapters of a boy who uses the power of supernatural medicine as he continues his journey to search for his mother and his past identity followed by a moe cat girl.
Similar tone and brushstrokes (in some cases) yet although Takemitsu Zamurai appears episodic at first, as is Mushishi, the story quietly interlinks while you're not looking, it has more of a complete feel than Mushishi-just try both in any case as they are both brilliant reads-but i prefer Takemitsu Zamurai overall
Episodic narratives focusing on the interaction between humans and a curiously supernatural brand of nature. Hanashippanashi is more a collection of vignettes as opposed to Mushishi's comparatively conventional method of storytelling.
A mysterious person who travels around their unique world meeting interesting people and helping them. Both are highly enjoyable to read and have interesting stories with intriguing characters that you feel for as they struggle to survive.
Majo may be much more grand and abstract, but they both contain the same air of mysticality. Both use elegant, "less-is-more" styles of storytelling, and the art styles are at least somewhat similar. Fans of either will most likely enjoy the other.
These two pieces infuse a kind of supernatural phenomena into stories that are well-thought out and interesting. While supernatural or mythical, both stories never lose the feeling of natural beauty that permeates the art and the plot. If you enjoyed Ginko's travels, then enjoy yourself in a more oceanic mystery with Kaijuu no Kodomo and vice versa.
Both deal with the interconnectedness of all living things, a central tenant of some Eastern thought. Mushi are organisms of the purest form of life that only a few can see; their only purpose is survival, which generally causes great harm to humans (i.e., parasitic relationships or environmental damage). Rather than opting to kill the indifferent Mushi creatures, Ginko, the protagonisti, seeks to only divert their harm away from humans. He understands that Mushi are living organisms without malicious intent and encourages compassionate understanding many times throughout the anime. Moreover, Siddhartha's central message in Tezuka's masterpiece is also very similar. He encourages his followers to value all life and live in harmony with one's surroundings. Basically, both Ginko and Siddhartha preach about the sanctity of life and one's place in life. read more
Much like a Mushishi chapter, Omoide Emanon incorporates a supernatural element into an otherwise mundane world to tell a poignant story about an aspect of what it means to be human. Emanon also shares some similarities with Ginko as a character. Both are forced to live a nomadic lifestyle due to their respective supernatural condition (and for what it's worth, both are heavy smokers).
Both stories about about talented and mysterious people(who are masters in their own worlds," Mushi Master" in Mushishi "Glass of the Gods in Bartender") who throughout the story help solve all sorts of people's problems(Mushi in Mushishi, Cocktails in Bartender)