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.
Both of the main characters can see spirits. Both series are episodic, they can be watched in almost any order. Both have a lot of drama packed into these short stories.
Deals with the supernatural and very episodic. Has the same calm, bittersweet atmosphere at the end.
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 deal with things that can only be seem by few people. Both have the main character helping someone in which only they could provide assistance. Each episode is about a different spirit/mushi.
Spirits are all around us, but only some have the gift to see them. Both series are somewhat episodic, revolving around human interactions with spirits, as well as with each other.
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,
Both anime have a calming atmosphere and tells the story of someone with a special ability as they learn to live with the supernatural.
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.
Both series are slow paced, and are focused on youkai, with standalone episodes. Natsume yuujinchou is lighter than Mushishi though.
Similar classic Japanese spirit seer protagonist and mysterious bittersweet stories.
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 anime are episodic and supernatural. They have a relaxing atmosphere. Though the protagonists are different, they are both able to see things that normal people can't see, mushi/spirits.
Natsume yuujinchou's story have a similiarity to mushishi.. it all about japanesse mystery story..
Slow pace anime with magic creatures and epic story
Both are one-shots that follows the life of one character (though Natsume's Book of Friends starts branching out more) and you will likely need a box of tissues.
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.
Calm, episodic anime with supernatural aspects.
BOth anime somehow tackles the supernatural side (mushi and yokai) meeting new pwoplw along the way of their journey. Slow in pace but has lessons to give in ife.
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.
The setting is famiiar - both main heroes can see otherwordly creatures, the atmosphere is quite the same too, although theese animes still leave different impressions.
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 are about interactions with supernatural entities and solving various problems caused by them. They are quite lighthearted but can be very serious and grim when they want to be. Very nice art, excellent soundtracks, and similar mood throughout. Mushishi is a bit more isolated and solitary.
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
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)
Got the same style as Natsume Yuujinchou, is a slice of life, adventure, but is quiet and relaxing and episodic , the anime style put you in calm mood and u always crave for more eps .
Both are Slice-of-Life anime where the mc deals with supernatural (yokai/mushi) with kindness. Great light-hearted anime that you can watch and relax to.
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.
Both anime have the same peaceful setting, and each episode there's a new mushi/ayakashi that our main character meets. Unlike other people who usually fear mushi/ayakashi, Natsume/Ginko (the MCs) try their best to understand them and their true nature.
Both was able to features Japanese Folklore so well and interesting
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.
Natsume yuujinchou and Mushishi both have aspects of a character who can see supernatural things that very few people can see or understand. also both are slow paced mature anime
Both have to do with spiritual creatures called "yokai". Both are very beautiful and imaginative anime. Highly recommend watching
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
main characters of these series are able to see spirits and go around solving problems. the two anime is also episodic which is smoothing and relaxing. japanese folklore
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)
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!
Both centred around Youkai, slow paced story lines, and a great lot of character development and emotions.
Both peaceful anime
Supernatural/ghosts; Protagonist is a special person who can see these supernatural things and helps others deal with them; both have a very chill and bittersweet feel and slice of life
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.
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
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.
Supernatural creatures that both characters can see that others can not. Both series are soft and relaxing
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.
Both these are really calming to watch it lifts your spirits. Natsume Yuujinchou has youkais while Mushishi has mushi both which impact their lives. They kind of have a soft warm lonely feeling to it.
Both these animes focus on bringing the unseen world of yokai to life through vivid narration and interesting characters .
Both are episodic spiritual adventures that give off the same vibe both having a bittersweet ending
Supernatural anime series with a Japanese atmosphere, lots of very memorable episodes.
both are about mythical creatures and they are episodic animes following the life ofa young man and his relationship with these creatures also they are relaxing to watch
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.
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 series are about demons and supernatural beings that live in this world but few can see it.
Both shows focus on aiding with problems regarding supernatural entities. Both shows are also more atmospheric in progression
Both are slow paced but interesting anime.
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
The same recurring theme, chilling soundtracks, unique plots and most of all a satisfying watch for all the mushishi fans out there. 100% recommended
Main characters travel around encountering various supernatural occurrences and attempt to resolve them.
Both the main characters can see things others cannot.
In Natusme Yuujinchou, the people around him don't necessarily believe that what he sees are real, so this anime is has an alternate viewpoint to me.
- Both have wise, emphatic and calm protagonists being able to interact with the supernatural world
- Both share a similar art style and mood
- Both don't take side with neither the humans nor the supernatural, aiming for fair balance rather
- Both share a positive, compromising approach to solutions of the challenges both protagonists solve
The main differences are:
- the nature of the supernatural world. Mushishi's entities are closer to natural phenomenons and animal intelligence creatures meeting ordinary humans, while Natsume deals with humanoid, sentient ghosts.
- Natsume's challenges tend to be more interpersonal and emotional level, and have more dialogue involved.
- Natsume has a recurring cast
Both Are Slice of Life Supernatural . Deals with Yokai And Mushi in Daily life basis and gives off peace of mind.
Anthology/episodic, ayakashi, freeing troubled people/spirits, overall feel
This two anime shows a lot of mystical elements and interesting scenes especially on how the plot was extremely expressing the art of seinen and shoujo. Both of this anime are quite uniqe in terms of story resolution and has a specific good relationship between the cast and those super natural creatures.
Both are serial anime.
Both main character have special ability which is can see what most people can't (Mushi and soul).
Have the similiar conflict but different object.
Have a warm, sad, and miss feeling when it ends in every episode.
natsume yuujinchou and Mishi-shi both have aspects of a chariter who can see supernatural things that very few people can see or understand. also both animes have a relaxing sence to it, no realy big bad guy and each protagonist takes life as it comes.