Both series involve mysterious encounters with supernatural creatures and events. And neither of them have high amounts of action.
Mushishi and XXXHolic are very similar. Both have main characters that can see spirits and help people or other spirits. And both are very good.^^
Both deal with ordinary people and their interaction with the supernatural.
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 anime are very strong in the use of the supernatural and spirits.
Both feature a unique artstyle and have a mysterious
feeling about them.
if you like stories about ghosts, legends, folklore opr fairytales you'll really enjoy these animes.
Both animes are episodic and sometimes feture dark themes amidst unbelievable things. Both include many different moral lessons and themes.
The protagonists attempts to solve the "supernatural" (not necessarily ghosts) problems of people they meet. A lot of lessons to be learned.
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.
Both have main characters who can see creatures that regular people can't.
Both are episodic series with some recurring characters.
Both have magic worlds with their own individual spirit creatures.
- similar episodic format
- deals with the supernatural in the forms of spirits/mushi
- melancholy/bittersweet, creepy at times
Main character in the both series can see spirits and where one tries to run away from it, other tries to figure out it.The mystery behind these spirit and their resolve to solve it is eventually showed in episodic manner style story.
The important difference here is this,While xxxHOLiC has more comedic stuff,Mushishi has more slice of life element to it.