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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.

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In many ways, Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are nice companions to each other. Indeed, the two series’ protagonists, at least, are very similar. Both are travelers. Both are detached, unbiased, and unprejudiced. Both seem content to observe their world rather than preach to it.

More broadly, both series use episodic plots to tell fables that are both thought-provoking and emotionally resonant.


Kino, like Ginko, is on a journey; and like Ginko he has many secrets. If you liked one, try out the other.


Good storytelling is what Kino's Journey and Mushishi focus on, and they both succeed. With their nice, concise stories, each episode can be just as easily told as a bedtime story. There are no drawn-out continuous storylines here. Each episode can stand on its own feet and be told in any order, without losing its impact.

The main characters are similar, too. Both are calm, calculating types, yet not so much that they are unlikable. Both are travelers, which is why every episode has a standalone quality that matches each character's persona.


The similarities between Kino no Tabi and Mushishi are not in the stories they tell but how those stories are told and what the stories look at. Both Kino and Ginko are wanderers, coming into very different situations that allow for observations and introspective commentaries on society and the people in it.


If you like chill or relaxing anime that make you think from time to time, with chill and relaxing characters, then this anime is for you. If you really liked Mushishi, then Kino's Journey is a perfect fit.


Kino's Journey and Mushishi are quite a bit alike. Both tell the story of a relatively indifferent traveler on a journey from one place to another. As such, each episode is its own self-contained tale about whatever place the traveler is now at, and these tales always find a way to give the viewer something to think about. Although they do this in different manners: Kino with harsh satire and Mushishi with a Miyazaki-esque sort of whimsy. Anybody who liked one should be very sure to try out the other.


Both Mushishi and Kino's Journey are, in their own ways, philosophical adventures into the bizarre. Necessarily episodic in nature, the two titles follow the wandering travels of their protagonist, showing the viewer many thought-provoking and puzzling scenes along the way. Fans of Mushishi are likely to appreciate the humanistic fables and satirical story-telling of Kino's Journey.


Both Kino's Journey and Mushishi share the same serene and laidback "feel", have calm and collected protagonists, and involve a series of interesting short stories with a philosophical bent to them.


Both Kino's Journey and Mushishi have a mysterious character that travels to a variety of different places and meets many people who have problems. Both series have that tranquil feel and are episodic yet still manage to pull you in each episode.


In both Mushishi and Kino's Journey, the main character travels from town to town, learning about its specificities and habits. Their stay in those places will affect how the people there live, whether they come by in order to fix a problem or try to intrude as few as possible. If you liked the one, the other will charm you as well.


Mushishi and Kino's Journey are both series formed as a collection of short stories with a deeper meaning. Taboo topics that both series bring up in every episode are also something that helps them stand out in the ocean of worthless cliche anime mass-produced by studios that came up with one good idea in the past and try to survive on the wave of money.


If you liked the standalone episode format and the laid back story telling style of Mushishi then Kino's Journey should be right up your alley. In both series the main character's story is that of a wanderer and the interesting people, places and (in the case of Mushishi) creatures that he/she meets along the way. Neither of the series have much action; they focus mainly on the interesting stories of the various locations that the characters visit. The individual stories in both Mushishi and Kino's Journey are very well written and are always interesting.


Both Kino and Mushishi are very quiet, thoughtful series. Each are episodic in nature, so you can more or less watch them out of order. Both series have a main character who travels from place to place in each episode, quietly observing or helping others. Both of these series are a journey: Kino's Journey is a metaphorical journey into existentialism, and Mushishi is an imaginative journey into a quiet world where small supernatural creatures live silently among humans. The end of every episode of each series always seems to leave you in a thoughtful mood.


Mushishi and Kino no Tabi feel very similar in style. While the very episodic nature of each show creates a slight similarity, the main character of each show, as well as the light and varied philosophical issues presented in each show create a very noticeable connection. Both Ginko and Kino are rather odd characters, and each act as apathetic observers at times, while becoming extremely involved at other times. Each are led by a similar sense of curiosity, but also act rather passive in pursuit of that curiosity, never stepping on anyone else's toes. In such ways, both shows are likely to evoke similar emotions and thoughts in viewers.


It's quite uncanny how similar these series are. Kino's in an exploration of the human spirit, while Mushishi is an exploration of life itself. Both have some incredible things to say regarding both, and it is very easy to become fascinated with either series. If you love one, you'll surely love the other.


Be prepared to be taken on an adventure with both Mushishi and Kino's Journey, two beautiful tales of personal journeys into new worlds, people and cultures. They successfully explore new lands and the dangers that come with, often helping others whilst learning that little bit more about themselves. Majoritively stand-alone episodes, both series have their own design, sub-culture and goals but will leave you feeling exactly the same way - enchanted.


The parellels between these two series are stunning; both feature an episodic format, each one featuring a different supporting cast in a new area. Both feature an unassuming hero in a series of bizarre circumstances. Both have a highly naturalistic view that supports accepting the world as it is, with all its faults. They both even have a similar structure to their episodes where the events of each episode have a logic that is not immediately clear, sucking the viewer into the story by prompting them to ask, "Just what is going on here?"


Kino no Tabi is an episodic anime about a traveller. Mushishi is an episodic anime about a wanderer. Both walk (or ride) around the world on a kind of a philosophical quest... Meeting different people. Getting to know different places. Learning different tales. Watching (or preventing) different tragedies. They travel because that's all they have. They travel for wander lust. They travel, ironically, 'cause there's nowhere to go. They travel so, one day, they may find themself on the road.

Mushishi's world is filled with color, Kino's world is a brown one. In Mushishi, people are subject, almost defenseless against something greater, bigger: nature itself. In Kino people are tortured and subject to their own nature. Still both are very similar shows, both are beautiful episodic tales about lone travellers and the world around them.


When you look at both series there are obviously quite a bit of similarities. Both series have likeable, pure at heart and laidback protagonists, who will observe the world around them as they travel on in their endless journey, while providing a helping hand to others along the way. Both series will let you travel alongside these protagonist and see the beautiful and strange places they visit, each enchanting in their own way.

But there is something similar about the experience of watching these anime too. While the majority series intend to create a lot of excitement to keep the viewers' interest, Mushishi and Kino no Tabi provide a sometimes eerie but mostly relaxing experience that will make you feel at rest by the time the credits roll by. The fact that the stories are all episodic makes this effect even stronger, because at the end of each episode, everything is as it should be.

Despite the lack of action and thrills, both series will certainly grab and hold your attention. An intelligent plot, beautiful animation and scenery, unconventional storytelling and the strong feeling of satisfaction after every episode make these series into the masterpieces they truly are.


Each episode deals with a new situation allowing the viewer to not be bogged down in trying to understand a detailed plot. It is this aspect which makes it easy to compare the similarities towards both Kino's Journey and Mushishi. The gentle flow of storytelling is a nice touch, focusing entirely on the event of the episode rather than building upon the characters much, allowing for a rather different style of anime that works amazingly.


If you liked this animation, especially its pacing and detailed fantasy-oriented storytelling, you will like this one as well. Both are about travelers of sorts, each posessing a special wisdom beyond their years. Both stories have a progressive story, with very few recurring characters.


I can see that many people have already made a lot of connections between these 2 series. For me the most important thing these 2 series teach you is acceptance of certain truths in life. Some people can accept certain things, some can't, some fight, some let it go, some are brave and some are not. You can't really judge any of the many views of the world, you cant say that something is universally true or false. It just is. And only for that single thing both of these anime are uniqe.


When one talks of either Kino's Journey or Mushishi, one can't help but bring up the other. Both Ginko and Kino are travellers observing different humans and towns, which makes for both shows to be slow-paced, episodic, and great at storytelling. While Kino gets more involved in the countries he visits and Ginko is more detached, no one can honestly say that these aren't great companions for eachother. 


Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are both stories about a traveler, but more importantly (in my mind), they are both slower-paced, serious, intelligent stories thick with atomosphere.  Both also have interesting, well developed main characters who's pasts you learn about as the story progresses.


Mushishi and Kino's Journey have a truly special place in my mind when it comes to anime.  Both channel the same type of energy, a wise level-minded protagonist journeying from place to place to solve problems and mysteries that often tie in to our own situations in the real world.  Both series are admittedly lacksidaisical in pacing, but those interested in directors with a philosophical pechant in storytelling won't mind a bit.  It should be an easy reccomendation for fans of one series to check the other out.


With their slow paced episodic feel both Kino's Journey and Mushishi could have very well been written by the same author. Each episode is a self contained story usually in a form that can most accurately be described as a fable. The main characters in both series are travelers who experience numerous traditions and cultures from episode to episode. Both lead characters share a similar observational and calculated personality that remains consistent from situation to situation. I feel that if I person likes one of these anime then they will most likely enjoy the other.


Mushishi and Kino's Journey are both episodic in nature, with a very strong 'fable' feel to them. Though they are both quiet, the short stories that are told are incredibly meaningful and deep. While Kino's Journey is a more intellectual show focused on human nature, Mushishi is definately more spiritual and focuses on very basic premises of existance, like time, life force, rebirth and coexistance.

The leads of the shows are also similar: they are both calculated, detached, unbiased but not unfriendly, Kino even more so than Ginko.

In short, these series are perfect matches for eachother and if you like one you'll most definately enjoy the other!


Both Mushishi and Kino no Tabi fit under travelling adventure genre, but its not the only thing those have in common. Even though Mushishi has fantasy elements and Ginko (Mushishi's protagonist) has a very different personality from Kino (Kino no Tabi tile charater) those anime feel very alike. In both main characters travel and meet people with different problems. That is probably what those anime are about, which is people and their problems. It might not sound too exciting, but in truth it is. If you liked one of those shows, you should definitely watch the other.

P.S. Mushishi is more about individuals, while Kino no Tabi is more about groups of people.


Does taking a journey throughout the land, simply to gain new experiences, sound freaking awesome?  Good, because that is what these two anime have in common.  A view in the daily life of our main protagonist as they go about exploring new countries and phenomena.  Each episode is a different experience and as the journey goes on, the tales become more grand.  Both anime are eye-opening and imaginative to say the least.  Just take my word for it and watch them both, you'll thank me later.


If you watched either Kino's Journey or Mushishi, and were drawn in my the depressing, and deep messages that each episode has to say, then the other will provide that exact same feeling for you. Kino's Journey and Mushishi are the perfect compliments for eachother if you're looking to have an anime spree, or just something new. They are both episodic, depressing, full of strong motifs, and show off strong, silent characters. Whereas Kino is all about a futuristic world, and the horrible stuff she sees, Mushishi is about ghost like beings, and the horrible stuff he tries to cure.


They're both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through situations at each stop. Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons."


Mushishi and Kino's Journey share a lot of similarities. Both are quite slow paced episodic series with a similar sort of vibe about them. Both Ginko and Kino travel around, never staying in one place too long. While Ginko is a medecine seller and actively helps the people that he comes into contact with, neither of the two series' protagonists get particularly involved with those they meet. While Kino is a more philosophical and heavy series, if you enjoyed one you may well like the other.


Both Have the same calm and refective atmosphere and both allow you to make your own judgements on each particular situation the main characters come across. In both series the main character, Kino in Kino no Tabi and Ginko in Mushishi are the only realy charcaters but all the episodic characters are really developed well in the 20 mins given to them.

Both anime are awesome and if you liked one then i'm pretty sure you would like the other.


If you like either Mushishi or Kinos journey then you will definetly like the other.They are both about a person traviling and seeing various things/meeting various ppl. Also They both have very much the same feel, a new story about every episode or so, but a back story connecting it all.


These series are both mostly episodic shows with a similar feel that follow the main character from village/country to village/country. If you enjoy seeing different cultures, or the feel of the series, you should check the other one out.


has a similar feeling to it ,melanholic but serious one with some fantasy elements . i could compare only theese two animes with each other 


Kino's Journey focuses on the main character observing the world and places she visits without really actively trying to get involved. Mushishi, however, the protagonist's reason for his travels is to help people and bring about some sort of change (though there is another reason as well...).

Personally, I think Mushishi is a bit more mature of a show than Kino is. I think both bring up interesting philosophical points that aren't blatantly obvious, while being realistic. Well as realistic as one can get with Mushi and talking motorcycles that is. 

Both animes are also set up in a way that the episodes stand pretty much alone, Kino does this slightly more so than Mushishi. There are two episodes in particular that really bring up past occurrences but it isn't THAT big of a deal if one does not watch it in order.


Both shows are very episodic in nature, with each episode being a self contained story basically. They are also fairly slow paced, with the main character traveling around from place to place either helping people or exploring. Both shows also have somewhat of a philisophical undertone and some sort of message to impart to the viewer.


In a similar manner to Kino No Tabi, the tales of Mushishi are seen from an unbiased, neutral view. Thanks to this, the viewer can come to their own conclusions as they observe the world alongside them.


They characters are both travelers, and through their travels many unrealistic yet extremely thought provoking events occur.


These two are definitely a rec made in heaven. With a very peaceful atmosphere, very well spoken and chill episodic presentation, and a very easy on the eyes simplistic art style, they are bound to suit your fancy equally.


both series seem rather surreal, the protagonists characters both travel from town to town obsverving, rarely getting too involved unless necessary. both series can be slow paced but you won't leave disappointed and will leave satisfied. 


Both animes are very calm. If you like one you will like the other. You also come to love Kino just as you come to love Ginko and vice versa.


Mushishi is Kino's Journey, but with a focus on exploring nature, natural phenomenon, etc.

Kino's Journey is Mushishi, but with a focus on exploring human nature. 

If you enjoyed one I literally can not fathom why you wouldn't enjoy the other. 


Both of these shows are extremely mellow journeys of a traveller interacting with the world around them as strange events occur.  More than anything though, it really is the gentle tone.

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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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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.


If you liked either Natsume Yuujinchou or Mushishi, you should definitely try out the other one. Both are intelligent, even-paced shows revolving around a theme of spirits-humans interaction. They are quiet and touching, with every episode revealing not just a refreshing tale of sorrow and charm, but a little bit more about the central protagonist. You can't go wrong with either NY or Mushishi if your tastes runs in this particular vein.


Both series are slow-paced, a little nostalgic, episodic. Protagonists of both anime have to find their way to deal with human and supernatural beings, decide which way to take and how to live. Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou have also small humoristic accents - they are really well balanced.


Perhaps one of the easiest recommendations I've made, both Natsume and Mushishi offer you a slow pace trip into the world of spirits and those who can see and deal with it.  Both focus on the main character as they go about their lives dealing with the spirits in such a way that your drawn into the storyline and once hooked, there's no getting out!


I think you will like both mushishi and natsume yuujinchou because.. firstly they're both are abour spirits, but unlike horror animes, they're more friendly.... somewhat, relieving instead of giving you the tense feeling from watching horror....


Both of these shows are delve deep into the supernatural while remaining grounded in the real world.  Both involve a main character who can see beings that others can't, and it becomes both Ginko and Natsume's goal to involve themselves in the world of these creatures to protect and assist both them and humans.  Also, there are deep philosophical ideas in each show as they meet new characters and explore different realms of friendship, love, and humanity.  They are both fantastic shows and if you liked one, you'd definitely like the other.


While Natsume Yuujinchou is more based in the shinto religion, and Mushishi on the paranormal 'mushi', both series have a similar feel about them. Both are episodic, slow paced and essentially work on the formula of a human who can see things others can't, while exploring the delicate relationship between human and supernatural entity. If you enjoyed one, you may well enjoy the other.


both are episodic, both deal with supernatural and mystical beings, both are slow paced mature anime, mushishi has the advantage in artwork


If you liked the laid back, surreal storytelling, as well as the artwork, music and colouring of eighter Mushishi or Natsume, you will probably like both. The shows got much in common, thei're both about a person who has to live with a special ability wich let him see into a world hidden for most people. Something that can be both a gift and a burden. To be honest, Mushishi's artwork and animation blew me a way slightly more than Natsume did, but as mentioned before it is something in the colouring, and the way the stories are told that instantly make me think of the other. The pase, the editing and the music above all gives a sertain feel that these two animes share.


The basic premise of both shows is similar in that they revolve around a main character who can see and interact with creatures most people can't. Mushishi is set in the past and Natsume Yuujinchou in the present, and the mushi are far more animalistic/primitive than the youkai in Natsume Yuujinchou, but the slow, quiet pacing and overall feel of the shows are very similar. Ginko and Natsume also have a similar level of respect for the strange creatures in their lives, preferring to coexist with them when possible.

Both of these shows are very low-key and leave you with a sense of wonder that's rare and refreshing.


Both of these series are very episodic, centered around the supernatural, and have a very relaxed feel to them. If you enjoyed one you're sure to love the other.


Both are relaxing slice-of-life (although less slice in Natsume) series with paranormal focuses. They also both follow the exploits of a person trying to help the people they meet with their problems.

Each follows a fairly laid back pace and are best watched at the same pace.



Natsume Yuujinchou isn't quite as solemn as Mushishi, as it has a pretty funny comedic side to it as well, but both have almost a serene tone, touching upon the supernatural and the how they impact people's lives in powerful ways.


I am pretty sure anyone that like one of these two shows will like the other. Both center around a male lead who is the only one who can see certain spirits. Also there is a magic only the main character can perform to deal with these spirits. True Ginko is an adult and Natsume is a kid, but the story around them would appeal to the same audence. The humor is very slight in both, and the connection to the past very in depth.


Both of these anime have a male lead dealing with the unnatural world that few others can see. The episodic nature of each anime gives the story of how both Ginko and Takashi take a passive and unerstanding approach to dealing with the paranormal, whereas others (Other Mushi masters or exorcists) attempt to exterminate the paranormal life forms. Each episode gives a touching story of the spirit-human interaction and how it affects the life of the main protagonist.


These series are a must-watch for all the fans of slow-paced stories filled with supernatural stuff. Both series are out of the ordinary, and even though they are episodic, the stories are well-written and you cannot get bored while watching them. Although Mushishi tends to be a bit darker and more mysterious than NY, it is a good title if you like the genre.


If you've watched either, you'll very likely enjoy the other. They have basically the same premise and format- a protagonist that has to deal with his gift (or curse?) of supernatural perception, one closed story per episode, often tied to the fate of a person- but Natsume and Ginko (the protagonist of Mushishi) handle this very differently. Although both are alienated from society due to their 'jobs', Ginko is much more accepting of his situation. Because of this, the two series complement each other pretty well, as you get different veiwpoints on the same concept.


Natsume and Mushishi tell the exciting tale of two people who can see spirits.  With such a power, each search for spirits to either help or learn more about.  When new episode dawns, we are given a glimpse into different spirits lives and their diverse powers.  As the pace carries on, Natsume and Ginko do what they do best, solving the problems that baffle humans.  Magical stories await as you step into the world of Natsume and Ginko; where spirits come alive.


These two animes tell the story of odds in our world. Mushishi is about mushi and Natsume Yuujinchou is about youkai and they are both very well packed into a slow paced anime with beautiful soundtrack. If you enjoyed either of these animes then check out the other. 


Both series have a similar feel about them due to the main character being able to see "creatures" that others for the most part can not. Both are episodic shows so some stories might be more interesting than others but overall you should enjoy the slow paced story telling with a supernatural touch. If you enjoyed one, you should enjoy the other.


These are both engaging and artistic dramas that are at the top of their genre.  Natsume has a continuous plot while Mushi-shi is episodic, but they are both excellent.


they both have very similar, relaxed atmospheres, and both feature a central protagonist, meeting lots of different types of spirits


Even though the storylines vary a lot from eachother, they still have their similarities. Each of these animes don't really get anywhere in the plot but you find yourself drawn in by the interesting characters and ideas. Both of them are somewhat episodic animes which tell different short stories in each episode. They are quite slow-paced but that doesn't show any problem because they are great animes. Natsume Yuujinchou, on the other hand, has 4 seasons whereas Mushishi only has one. But in both, the main character doesn't really discriminate against the other life forms but they are not really best friends with them either. They carry this thought that "they are merely trying to exist just like we are, the humans" which is mainly the whole idea in both animes. I strongly suggest these animes to everybody even if it's not their anime style. They are great watches.


Both series have the same theme seeing invisible beings. Both are rather feelgood whereas Mushihi is more laid back and free standing episodes and Natsume is more a series.


Both center around the interaction between mankind and the spirit world. Natsume is bit more assessable and perhaps not as thought provoking as it's counterpart Mushishi,but they still both appeal to the same type of audience.


If someone love anime with youkai and japanese mythology  shown in Natsume Yuujinchou, he would love Mushishi too.


same feel........................................................

natsume is about spirits

mushishi is about mushi


Both of these shows have a similar peaceful atmosphere, and a slow pace of storytelling. Both main characters see spirits, and try to help humans/spirits for the sake of harmony between the two.

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  • TV (12 eps x 24 min)
  • 2007

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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If you like a person who looks like a medicine seller, if you like a main character with charisma so big that it can kill an elephant, and if you think that there should be special people which hunt/destroy different [evil] spirits as well, these two anime are a good match. Mr. Medicine Seller and Ginko are twins in my mind.

Sure, Mononoke and Mushishi have drastic differences in their drawing and story-telling styles, and they accent different parts of people whose lives suffer from fighting with spirits; but the result is the same, while the techniques vary.

If you liked one of these anime, I'm sure you will like the other too.


At first glance Mushishi and Mononoke seem quite different, but if you liked the story of the know-it-all medicine seller turning out to be an exorcist in one, then the other is a perfect match.


Do not let the difference in visuals blind you from the similarities of Mononoke and Mushishi. Both have a mysterious character who travels to different places in search of spirits, and puts many of the spirits to rest in many ways. If you liked one you may enjoy the other.


The story and feeling of the two are similar, even if the drawingstyle is quite different. Both have a down to earth feeling to them, and use the mystical part of the story to bring out human nature in the characters.


Mushishi and Mononoke have differend graphic styles, but they both tell stories about a travelling person who puts spirits to rest (and have quite unique way of behaving and dealing with people). Mononoke may be a little more drastic sometimes, but in general both series are really good math.


Both Mushishi and Mononoke focus on lone travellers who solve supernatural problems that they encounter, be they mysterious beings called Mushi or Spirits. If you enjoyed this aspect of one then, try the other.


Mushishi and Mononoke are both crafted together from a selection of neat and touching supernatural detective-stories, acted out in the Japan of days gone by, combining magic and human drama.


Well, mushishi and mononoke both have an interesting main character who hunts ghosts of different sorts, they are both Horror type, episodic anime's though my personal opinion is that Mononoke is more suspenseful than Mushishi. Even still I think if you enjoy a horror / ghost hunter type anime, and enjoyed either of these two anime's you are sure to enjoy the other.


Mononoke and Mushishi both tackle the supernatural with a feel of suspence and a dash of fright. Not only are the themes very similar but also the main character in both is a wandering "shaman" if you will. These are both excellent anime for those of us that like a little suspence and a great ghost story told with the lights turned off.


Mononoke and Mushishi involve a dispassionate traveller solving various paranormal mysteries. While Mononoke takes a more horror/mystery approach that occasionally gets quite spastic, Mushishi is far more delicate and genteel. However, differences in style aside, if you liked one, you are bound to like the other for its creative and sensitive storytelling.


The common thing about Mononoke and Mushishi is that main protagonist is traveling like medicine seller and helping people in feudal japan. Both are slow-spaced shows and the main characters have misterious past.


Both are pretty dark fantasy anime with colorful main characters that has either episodic or arc based format. Perfect recommendations in my opinion.


Mushishi and Mononoke are both about strange creatures beyond human understanding (mushi, mononoke) that not everyone can see. The lead character of both animes are also medicine sellers!!!

At first sight they may seem different but when go into the story they have a lot in common.

If you liked either make sure to definitely watch the other.


Mushishi and Mononoke are both great series for people that enjoy a lot of psychological or philosophical quandries in their anime.  Both of these anime also are episodic and focus on a wandering medicine man, who solves problems that usually have to deal more with human nature than actual medicine.  Mushishi is the more laid back of the two; Mononoke has a more psychadelic flavor to it.  Both series stand out by having deep and concise arcs that effectively create intrigue around their mysterious protagonists.  Both series are very thought provoking.


In both series, the main 'character' is the universe itself and the conflict that ensues when supernatural elements (Mushi or Mononoke) encounter humans. The actual cast consists solely of a medium who comes in to resolve this conflict (Ginko or the Medicine Seller) and the humans-in-peril of the week.

Both series also have formulaic standalone episodes (2-3 episodes together for one arc in Mononoke; 1 ep per arc in Mushishi). The traveller comes to town, learns about the local supernatural problem and the humans involved, and then resolves the problem using the universe's specific rules.

Both series also rely heavily on their style for atmosphere - even though their styles are almost completely different. Mushishi uses a minimal, naturalistic style to create suspense and a sense of the unknown in nature. Mononoke uses bright colors and jarring music to convey the sense that the world is deeply unnatural and wrong.

In short, if you like episodic horror of the suspense variety (and not the gore variety) and you value the universe strongly over character development, both series will appeal to you.


Both feature mysterious,charismatic travelers, well-versed in all things related to the spirit world.Story telling techniques and visuals differ,but once you get down to the nitty-gritty the two are inescapably similar.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.

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Haibane Renmei is like Mushishi because the characters you meet in both are shrouded in mysteries. Haibane deals with questions such as how did they get here in this town? Why can't they go over the wall, and where do they go on their day of flight? Who were they in the past? It, like Mushishi, is truly an anime worth watching. It's an anime that gently sweeps you along.


When I saw Mushi-shi I found myself wondering why it reminded me so much about Haibane Renmei. Except for beautiful animation they seemed to have absolutely nothing in common, but they made me feel the same way when watching them.

After I had thought for a while I had a theory: they are both presented to the audience in the style of Icelandic Sagas. There are no rights or wrongs, things just happen and there is no need to explain the why's. Likewise the characters are who they are and only their actions really matter, not why they did them.

Both Mushi-shi and Haibane Renmei manage to adapt this style to anime very well, and I am convinced that even if you have seen neither you will love both. And have you seen one, see the other, you will not regret it.


It's almost difficult to put a finger on what Haibane Renmei and Mushishi truly have 'in common', but they are drawn together by a certain feeling that is uplifting yet ominous at times. These are both very dreamlike anime, with mystical beings who you want so badly to understand.

These two anime also have a somewhat similar style of animation. Haibane and Mushishi both make great use of darker and less flamboyant colors and have wondrous landscapes and background sceneries. If you liked one of these anime, I am positive you will like the other.


Haibane Renmei and Mushishi are both calm and relaxing series that leave you with that same dream-like and magical feeling. Also both series have great scenery and a slow pace, so if you really enjoy that you should check out these titles.


Aside from the exquisite animation that both of these series exhibit, Mushishi and Haibane Renmei are also both more slow paced anime. Both of these series are very gentle, neither of them throwing you into a sea of craziness or action, but still proving to be incredibly entertaining. Whilst the storylines are different (with Mushishi's episodes being self contained stories) both deal with the unfamiliar and the world of another species be it the Haibane or the Mushi. If you like the pace and gentleness of one of these series, the chances are you will like the other.


Mushishi and Haibane Renmei both share gorgeous scenary and similar pacing, as well as some general themes. Both are wonderful watches and both go well togeather.


With gorgeous scenery, intelligent writing, and a slower pace than typical anime fare it's easy to mistake one series for the other. Both series present a world that's easy to get lost in; mesmerizing in its beauty, even while terrifying in its execution.


You need patience, a calm mind, and a tissue box to watch Haibane Renmei and Mushishi. They are slow-paced and take a slice-of-life approach in trying to capture simplistic lives but each is worth every minute. To add spice, both series provide prominent supernatural elements that throw the characters' lives into confusion. I would say Mushishi deals far more with external struggles whilst Haibane Renmei is about the internal conflicts of its characters, but both provide fantastic insights into human strengths and weaknesses. Tragedy has never been so profound.


Both Haibane and Mushisi are slow-paced series, In both you can find more questions than answers. They're nostalgic, touching, great in expressing human (and not only human) emotions, dilemmas - and they give viewer quite common feeling. And style of animation is in a way similar in both series - you will not regret trying to watch another of that series, if you have seen the other one.


Both of these titles are extremely slow paced and show many different sides of human emotion. Furthermore, the scenery in each is extremely well done.


Both series feature touching, low-key stories with plenty of mysterious or supernatural elements told with slow pacing. The backgrounds and music in both shows are incredibly beautiful which only serves to enhance the experience.. Haibane Renmei has a much larger recurring cast and it isn't nearly as episodic as Mushishi, though.


Although both series deal with vastly different things, there is this surreal feeling in both, like something isn't quite right just under the surface of the story. There is no evil or good event/person in either series, only what is and the character's reaction to the event that lends depth to our mysterious cast and draws us to them on an emotional level.

Also, both have gorgeous artwork, animation and music.

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Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito

In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?

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Both Seirei and Mushishi have high quality animation and environments, and an interesting narrative. They are contemporary fantasies that are set in the past, and have similar pacing. Mushishi's plot is more circular; every episode has a different story. It's about a Mushishi named Ginko who travels around ridding people of their Mushi (invisible insect-type creatures) problems; there is a reason why he can never settle down for too long. Also, if you like Balsa as a character in Seirei, you'll like Ginko; both are competent and good at what they do. The same can be said for the reverse.


These two anime have a similar pacing. The main characters are both wanderers who can't settle down. Also, there is a similar balance of alternating suspence and slice-of-life. The slice-of-life feel in a fantasy anime is rare and I really enjoyed that both of these had that element and recommend it to others who enjoy the same thing.


Mushishi and Seirei no Moribito take place both in a fantasy world with magical creatures and situations. And the main characters got several things in common, Ginko and Balsa are looking for something to complete their lifes, both are traveling without a fixed goal.

The structure of the plot is different, Mushishi has a new story in every chapter, and Seirei no Moribito has only one big story. But both animes got an incredible direction and editing, they are masterpieces. And both have a similar rhythm, if you liked the slowly way of developing the action of one, you will love the other too ;)


Both Seirei no Moribito and Mushishi feature rich animation, wandering protagonists and unseen forces of nature that are both good and bad. The leads, Ginko in Mushishi and Balsa in Seirei no Moribito, aren't just wanderers they're singular in that they're both rather phlegmatic about anything that comes there way. They ready to accept just about anything that comes along in the course of a day and not question the validity of it's impact on 'logical thinking'. This makes them spiritual in a different way from their surrounding societies. What you get from Ginko you'll find in his female counterpart Balsa.


Like Seirei no Moribito, Mushishi is a series that relays on extraordinary writing and character development rather than breakneck pacing and action.  Both are beautifully drawn and animated as well.


Both series contain a fantasy element mixed with a medieval setting.  The lead characters are wise, interesting and immedietly likeable.  They conduct investigations into strange circumstances to save others and there is a similar flow about their stories.  Seirei no Moribito contains some great action, while Mushishi focuses on mostly drama.  The overall feeling of both series are the same, slow paced with moments of great intensity.  Needless to say, if you like one, try the other!


both are fantasy set in ancient times, have amazing artwork that looks similiar in each, mushishi is episodic while Seirei no Moribito has a progressive story line


Both Anime offers a very rich detailed environment that can absorb you. If you like the fantasy elements of one, you should also check out the other.


Both anime take a historical period piece and add a mix of fantasy. The interaction between the spirit and human realms make these animes very similar. The idea of the "Mushi" and the realm of "Nayuga" link these two anime.


Both these anime focus on mature and well-developed characters. They feel genuine and so do their struggles. There is a respect for the world and for nature and the customs of the people and culture. The animation in both is beautiful and detailed, reflecting the time of feudal japan where nature is abound and humans are but a part of the world, not controlling it. The episodes flow in a similar pace, a bit slower in some parts designed for reflection on certain aspects of the show. 

I would reccomend this series towards a more mature crowd, 16+ as the themes explored fringe on unsuitable for children due to the constant death and loss and sacrifice.