Mononoke

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Bartender

Bartender

Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his way, Ryuu takes the time to get to know his customers and serves them the most helpful concoction for their joys and sorrows. With a calm demeanor and caring heart, this skilled bartender will do whatever it takes to make his clientele, and colleagues, happy.

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paledog paledog says...

Both anime feature unique content, slow pacing, and episodic storytelling. The medicine seller and Ryuu Sasakura are quiet, mysterous men who solve other people's problems in unusal ways.

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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kenikki kenikki says...

NY is very lighthearted, esecially in comparison to the dark and grim Mononoke. But if you like the fantasy of either of these anime's kind, I'm sure you'll like the other.

Kuuchuu Buranko

Kuuchuu Buranko

Meet the bizarre and twisted psychiatric doctor Ichirou Irabu. Occasionally taking the form of a lime green bear, a young man or even a small child, this freaky physician and his seductively sadistic nurse Mayumi deal with all manner of patients. Though in order to satiate his rampant injection fetish, everyone receives the same treatment: a large vaccination, whether they need it or not! From a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia, to an office worker tormented by a permanent erection, to a romance novelist with OCD and stress-induced vomiting, no one is safe from Dr. Ichirou's unique and psychedelic medical practice.

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Verokomo Verokomo says...

At first glance, those two shows seem drastically different, Mononoke being a supernatural/horror anime infused with Japanese folklore and Kuuchuu Buranko being a modern, colorful, humorous, psychological 'brain-f*ck'. But there core subjects are very similar. The main characters, the Medicine Seller and Dr. Irabu(a psychiatrist) act has the 'evoker' making the patient's/Mononoke's truth, form and reason emerge and by doing so releasing them from there psychological clutches. They are the underestimated outsiders with the knowledge and experience. Both shows are full of metaphors and symbolism and are visually bold and full of stylistic experimentation. Fundamentally they are about the human mind and our perception of reality. They're the kind of anime that might require a certain amount of attention and open-mindedness to fully appreciate.

Muramasa

Muramasa

A wandering samurai, in his travels through the forest, runs across a straw man with a majestic sword stuck into it. He takes the sword and feels within him a surge of great power – a power that soon begins to distort his mind and soul. The samurai continues to wander, striking down straw men in his wake; but what is really going on, and what will happen to the samurai?

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Theta Theta says...

These are both highly stylistic anime with an atmosphere of tension and drama.  If you enjoyed the horror elements of Mononoke you are sure to like the ending of Muramasa.

Puppet Princess

Puppet Princess

The hillsides of feudal Japan are no longer safe; men are being brutally murdered by mysterious, grotesque ninjas that don't seem to die, leaving a wake of terror in their path. In the midst of the chaos, a young girl named Rangiku wanders the land with a ninja named Manajiri, searching for the man who murdered her family and stole their most prized possession: a doll that has the ability to move on its own. With gruesome enemies to conquer and revenge at hand, Rangiku must use her skill of controlling her wooden dolls to destroy everything in their path, or die trying!

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Akeath Akeath says...

Both of these are bloody horrors with lots of twists and turns in the plot.  In both of these animes the horror comes more from disturbing ideas and situations than the blood and violence (although there is plenty of blood too).  They both have innovative art as well.