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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.
Kino's Journey and Mononoke have a similar structure, both told through small story arcs, each of which unfolds in a way that will make you think. Kino and the Medicine Seller are both wandering travellers, and very neutral characters, prefering to avoid biases and see things objectively, without getting too involved in other's lives.
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...
Kino's Journey is a deeply philosophical and thought-provoking series for more adult audiences. Natsume Yuujinchou is light-hearted where Kino's Journey is sombre. However, if you're a fan of Kino's Journey (or vice versa), you'll find Natsume Yuujinchou to be perfect fare for you. Both series delve into the matters of the heart with passion and a flare of emotion. If you love one, I truly believe you will love the other. Don't pass it up.
At the height of civilization, mankind stretched its reach from the distant corners of the globe, to outer space. Man's fate took a turn for the worse when a sudden wind swept across the Earth, causing all human beings to lose every memory they owned, and in essence, their humanity. Now, in a primal world with no rules, one man must endeavor to survive, to discover the future of humankind.
Many years ago, sea plane pilot Marco Paggot was placed under a curse which transformed his face into that of a pig. Now, he lives a solitary life as the renowned Porco Rosso and rules the skies of the Adriatic protecting civilians from sea plane pirates. One day however, Marco meets an ace American fighter pilot, Donald Curtis, and the pair immediately clash leaving his plane a wreck. But when Curtis discovers that Marco survived his previous attack, he’s determined to have his victory and makes the gruff pilot an offer he can’t refuse…
When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?
Although they are completely different genres, both share the same melancholy vibe and each of them leaves you with things to think about after every episode. I highly recommend both of these shows, especially to people who have enjoyed one of them already.