Bakemonogatari

Alt titles: A Monster Story

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Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...

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MaatiSan MaatiSan says...

The japanese mythology and spirits both play a huge part in both animes.  Natsume Yuujinchou chooses a slower pace mainly by a more stotic main character, but all the same the basic premise of solving the problems of spirits to set them at peace are the stable of both animes.  Where Bakemonogatari does this in a frantic yet stylish and dialogic pace, Natsume Yuujinchou does it in a slower, serene, adventurous way.  Fans of one will most likely enjoy the other due to the paranormal backdrop, and artistic flair as well as a cast of likable characters.

eaper eaper says...

The main of each of these series, aside from being the same voice actor, has many very similar characteristics, namely that he helps absolutely everyone he can, without really trying to get a reward. Aside from that, each series focuses around the supernatural in general. If you like the main or just overly kind lead characters, either of these series would work well for you.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

These two shows take a somewhat similar premise and go in total opposite directions with it. Though both deal with 'unique' problems and are slow-paced with beautiful visuals, the similarities end there. If you enjoyed one of these shows try the other on for size and see just how differently the story can be told.

Mononoke

Mononoke

In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

 Mononoke and Bakemonogatari are unique. Both are horror anime that give an original spin to Japanese folklore while exploring the medium in novel ways. The visual artistry involved is stunning and matches a narrative style that impacts the viewer by being genuinely creepy. These efforts match a stunning artwork and fluid animation with a keen insight into the uncanny. Fans of one are strongly advised to check out the other, especially since this kind of anime is rare and hard to come by.

Howlorihara Howlorihara says...

These two animes actually have quite a bit in common.  They both deal with supernatural creatures and their affects on human beings.  In other words, in discovering more about the creatures, the main character also learns more about the people involved in the story.  They are both beautifully and uniquely animated.  These two are some of my favorite animes I have seen.

Signas Signas says...

Bakemonogatari and Mononoke both deal with monsters from Japanese folklore. To defeat monsters the main characters need to learn how the monsters came to be in the first place.

If you liked one and crave for a similar series, the other is really worth checking out.

Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt

Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.

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Marshal396 Marshal396 says...

If you enjoy bakemonogatari then your going to love Ghost Hunt with its supernatural content and well thought out plots.

they both share the a similar storyline being that they help people with the paranormal

im afraid if you liked bakemonogatari for its ecchi or comedy side then you might not be the biggest fan but the more you watch it the more you wish it will go on.

Peyton112086 Peyton112086 says...

These are similar in the sense of the mystery and tone as well. Lately i have been craving supernatural mystery and that is exactly what these anime are. The process of showing the viewer each piece of the puzzle, and in the end it all coming to a spectacular conclusion. They also  each both have very creative stories. 

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Both series resolve around solving supernatural mysteries.  While Ghost Hunt doesn't have any of the comdey that Bakemonogatari has both series are good in that they never reveal everything from the beginning.  Instead they give the viewer a small piece of the puzzle and doesn't reveal everything until the end.  So if you liked one of them then you should consider checking out the other.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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Konakaga Konakaga says...

Both Haruhi Suzumiya and Bakemonogatari starts off with the main lead meeting a very odd, or unique girl if you prefer; which leads him into being involved with other bizzare things, while having plenty of comedy moments as a result of this, though also in no small part due to  witty comments by the male lead of the series. Addition both series only have a rather small cast of characters, most in high school, and tend to focus on them, and generally ignore most other people. And lastly they both have the whole nobody is really normal thing.

hoonoki hoonoki says...

The dtnamic between the two main characters is similar, with beautiful, confident Haruhi dragging the guy around and treating him almost sadistically. In both; the animation is very clean and gives great attention to movement. They both have a sense of mystery. Bakemonogatari is odder and darker, with more explicit fanservice.

xaynie xaynie says...

Both are witty parody anime which break apart each characters' stereotypes. While Bakemonogatari's characters take themselves less seriously, Haruhi's characters don't even know they are stereotypes, which makes the story more interesting as they try to unravel their world.

Both are brilliant in their own way and a must watch if you like one or another.

SoulTaker

SoulTaker

Date Kyosuke is a young man with problems. After being stabbed by his beloved mother, he discovers he has a long lost sister -- Runa. She is the first of many relatives that he and others in the story find tied into the seeming chaos of their lives. Date embarks on a quest to find Runa, aided by his new ability to turn into a monster; all the while in pitched battle at almost every turn with agents of mysterious organizations.

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wanryavka wanryavka says...

Like odd color schemes, weird camera angles, or extreme close ups of peoples eyes?  Then you'll love these two animes.  Both directed by Akiyuki Shinbo known for his strange style.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

The plots of these anime are completely different but if you like anime with an odd visual style then you might want to try these anime. Bakemonogatari is more of a slow paced character study, whereas SoulTaker is an action story with more traditional character types.

Both these anime use their unique visuals to tell parts of their story through symbolism. The symbolism is never particularly deep, but it does add a bit of richness to the anime. Bakemonogatari has much richer dialogue and characters, but it's plot is slow and plodding. SoulTaker has a much faster moving plot with shallower characters and dialogue. 

If you're looking for anime that look a bit different, come with a generous dose of fanservice then try either of these titles.