Natsume Yuujinchou

Alt title: Natsume's Book of Friends

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Mushishi

Mushishi

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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HoshikoYoukai HoshikoYoukai says...

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.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

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.

Idaemean Idaemean says...

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.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

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!

veearchie veearchie says...

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....

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

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.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

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.

mtf05 mtf05 says...

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

NerdyNorsman NerdyNorsman says...

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.

youjik33 youjik33 says...

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.

eaper eaper says...

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.

captaincrunch captaincrunch says...

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.

 

rabbitpoets rabbitpoets says...

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.

Foxfairy Foxfairy says...

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.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

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.

kitsune89 kitsune89 says...

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.

mu6 mu6 says...

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.

TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

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.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

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. 

chii chii says...

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.

Theta Theta says...

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.

kurovalte kurovalte says...

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

neverafall neverafall says...

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.

Daemonia Daemonia says...

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.

Florentina Florentina says...

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.

ZakuroToshino ZakuroToshino says...

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

OtakuGirl2012 OtakuGirl2012 says...

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

natsume is about spirits

mushishi is about mushi

snivets snivets says...

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.

ichigodaisuki ichigodaisuki says...

Both Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou focus on the interactions between the people and supernatural beings/spirits of their universe. Sharing an episodic format, you can always jump right back into the series without forgetting the central plot. Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou also respects their audience by providing charming, thought-provoking elements while learning about the characters themselves.

kavvan kavvan says...

Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Mushishi tell a new story with each new episode where the protagonist has to fix different problems which revolve around supernatural beings. Natsume Yuujinchou has slightly more character development thoughout the series whereas the protagonist in Mushishi feels more like a complete and experienced character from the get go. Mushishi on the other hand boasts a slightly more serious and tranquil mood in contrast to NY's more light hearted and familiar feel. One more thing worth mentioning is that all the differences mentioned before should not be interpreted as "extreme" differences. they are very similar to one another, especially in terms of mood and pace.

Sowal Sowal says...

two magical worlds based on japanese culture - Mushishi world is darker and mature, Natsumes world is more childish and joyful. Both amines talks about people, their feelings and thoughts. Imo Mushishi is better one but i recommend both.

lyllyean lyllyean says...

Spirits, spirits everywhere. These two brilliant anime both tell episodic tales of someone dealing with spirits on a daily basis.

Mushishi tends to deal with a more serious approuch on the subject while Natsume Yuujinchou tends to be more light hearted, also both our main protagonist are male, although Natsume is a teenage boy and Mushishi revolves around an adult.

If you liked one of these, I'd recommend you check out the other.

kkkeelie kkkeelie says...

The big things they have in common are-

- Both main characters see supernatural creatures

- Both main characters solve mysteries about/for these supernatural creatures

Edkenijro Edkenijro says...

Both are supernatural although they quite different. Mushishi progressively gets much darker and sinister by the 3rd series, whereas Natsume still has many lighter moments. The aesthetics of both productions are subtle and stylish. Both animes draw upon mythological and folklore themes from Japanese culture, which is for me their synchronous  factor that likely to be enjoyed by similar people.

Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?

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AkaXIII AkaXIII says...

If you liked the anime Natsume Yuujinchou or Hotarubi no Mori e. Can I certainly did not imagine anything other than you also will like the other one! Both are very similar. Understood in this way, there are supernatural beings. both are in the relaxing pace and touching too.

Destifate Destifate says...

Where to beign..

Firstly, I'm pretty sure the voice actor who plays Gin is the same as Natsume's for a start! Secondly, everything about this anime feels great, it makes you feel warm inside watching it which is exactly what Natsume Yuujinchou will do to you!

You also have the spirits etc but that isn't that important xD!

Both these are great animes to watch just before bed when you want something peaceful to end the day with, quite the tearjerkers as well so be preapred!

ShirujiChan ShirujiChan says...

Hotarubi no Mori e gives off the same feeling as Natsume Yuujinchou. It is a relaxing and soothing movie that doesn't offer a lot of action but instead a lot of emotions!

Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Hotaru no Mori e tell a story of a human who gets involved with spirits called Yokai. And there are similar characteristics like what getting involved with Yokai might do to humans and the pain of being able see them when other's can't. Both are very emotional and will probably make you cry.

bokusenou bokusenou says...

Both are based on manga by the same author, and animated by the same company. Hotarubi was written before Natsume, but it's almost as if it was a Natsume one-shot.

chii chii says...

Do you love series about supernatural beings that only one person can see? Both these titles deliver on that. Natsume is much longer (4 seasons worth) than Hotarubi but both give off the same slow paced dramatic feel no matter how many episodes there are. The only difference between these 2 shows is that Hotarubi has a romantic plot to it. Check them out!

Theta Theta says...

Upon first watching this I though it was Natsume as I had also just DLed the 4th season.  Fans of one are sure to like the other.

kitsune89 kitsune89 says...

Soft animation, haunting music, heart-wrenching story. To those of you who like bitter-sweet stories about humans and yokai, I highly recommend this. Be prepared for a journey full of surprises that you will not forget too soon. 

elliottmarshal elliottmarshal says...

Hotarubi no Mori e and Natsume Yuujinchou are written by Yuki Midorikawa and published by Brain's Base studio so it's not surprising that both are very similar. Both Natsume and Hotarubi are stories about humans interactin with yokai. Both stories tug at your heartstrings (I've cried during both) so don't forget to bring tissues with you when watching!

carnivalian carnivalian says...

Hotarubi no Mori e and Natsume Yuujinchou are really similar, which is mind-blowing! Hotarubi no Mori e is bittersweet and is definitely a plus after watching the seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou!

c00kiedough c00kiedough says...

Both were written by the same mangaka and have the same underlying concepts of spirits; but most importantly, both animes give you the same heartwarming feeling when you watch one or the other. So if you liked one, you'd likely come to like the other!

Kamaitachi Kamaitachi says...

Both are slow-paced dramas that have to do with ayakashi, written and animated by the same people even.

On top of this, both animes will touch your heart, I know both  got me choked up to the point of almost crying or actually crying on multiple occasions.

snivets snivets says...

Two gentle-spirited anime which involve humans and spirits, Hotarubi no Mori e and Natsume Yuujinchou will definitely appeal to audiences who enjoy slice-of-lifes with a supernatural touch.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both of these animes are slow-paced which involve spirits who usually live in the jungles and usually mean no harm to humans. They both have special character who can see the world of the youkai. They are also very visually similar with very relaxing soundtrack. 

These are the kind of animes which can be very appealing to the same kind of audiences.

Sowal Sowal says...

japanese... ghosts (?) living in forests, some out of them are scarung , some are nice...

Great stories about ppl living at the border between people's and ghosts worlds

It's not needed to say more :) 

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Lovely, slow-paced tales of a human's experience with the youkai world. Both are emotional and well done.

lyllyean lyllyean says...

Two brilliant anime about a simple life but with a touch of the supernatural. Spirits play an important role in both of these incredible stories, not in a way that makes them seem dangerous but more in a simple, light hearted way.

Both these stories will also show some impressive character development, which is quite nice and certainly a great achievement, especially for Hotarubi no Mori e, since it's a movie.

These anime won't let you go from beginning to end and will let you experience a truly amazing story.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime have Japanese mythology themes, similar art styles, and a similar vibe.  Both also have plenty of "feels".  Though Hotarubi no Mori e has romance while Natsume Yuujinchou does not (not to metion that Natsume Yuujinchou is alot longer), fans of one will most likely like the other. 

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Spirits, country setting, and a young protagonist that suddenly becomes involved in the spirit realm. The slow pacing really brings these two anime together. If you're wanting some more quiet spirit time, check out the other half of this pair.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Lots of supernatural stuff going on. Both are seriously adorable, and if you like one you'll probably like the other too! 

XXXHOLiC

XXXHOLiC

Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!

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oneredpanda oneredpanda says...

Both series feature a boy with the ability to see spirits. Both are episodic and include a lot of shinto culture. Both deal with how the protagonist relates to the spirits, as friends or enemies. Both are slow paced. The difference is that Xxxholic is more gothic, while Natsume Yuujinchou is more rural.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Xxxholic and Natsume Yuujinchou are extremely similar, in both a young male protagonist is plagued by a special ability that allows him to see spirits. This causes them to be lonely and isolated and it is their journey to accept the world of the supernatural while opening up to others that motivates these anime. Both are heavily influenced by Japanese lore and Asian imagery. With this said, Xxxholic is more conceptual and occasionally darker while Natsume plays it straight and is more light hearted.

LittleBadKitty LittleBadKitty says...

A story where a boy can see spirits and is annyoed with them one day meets a strange shop owner, Yuuko Ichihara, who claims that she can grant his wish to never see spirits again. But, in order to grant that wish, he must pay a "price", and thus, he ends up working in the shop that grants peoples wishes along withe the shop owner and its inhabitant's.

A funny story with lots of advices of how the world and the people "work" entwined with the mystrious Spiritual world and its inhabitants.

As to why I recomend them, they show you a different way of seeing the world and have lots of humor and great advices that show you the same thing in a different way.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

These shows are both intensely philosophical, while at the same time throwing in a healthy mixture of comedy, friendship, romance, and fear.  In both, the main character can see creatures that other people can't and try to deal with their duel roles as members of both societies.  Both Watanuke and Natsume have a teacher who guides and protects them.  Both shows are incredible and if you liked one you'd definetly like the other.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both series focus on a high school boy who can see spirits, and in both cases, neither of them are all that thrilled about it. If you enjoy supernatural anime that documents the interactions between humans and spirits, then both Natsume Yuujinchou and xxxHolic are for you.

Szwagier Szwagier says...

Both shows feature almost identical pattern, but have different way of approaching it.

The main character is a young boy, who can see the supernatural since he was young. That power caused him great deal of difficulties, since the spirits aren't just leaving him alone - they often follow him, attack him or just simply scare him. Then one day he mets a strange being (Nyanko-sensei in NY, Yuuko in xxxholic ) that help him protect himself against them, while bringing him deeper into the unseen world, and teaching about different spirits - some dangerous, some harmless.

Both shows follow "encounter of the week" pattern (with some of the xxxholic stories being 2-episodes long) . Both are slow paced, episodic slice-of-life, that shifts between slapstick comedy and melancholic drama. xxxHolic is more focused on the comedy, Natsume Yuujinchou is more focused on melancholy.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series focus on a boy that has been somewhat misunderstood because of his ability to see demons (or similar creatures). The series in each follows a somewhat episodic plot that has a few reoccurring character throughout various episodes aside from the main characters. If you enjoyed one, you would likely enjoy the other.

Foxfire Foxfire says...

Both XXXHOLIC and Natsume Yuujinchou deal with protagonists that can see the unseen.  The content is mostly supernatural, but I don't feel that is the focal point of either series.  Both are really more of a character study.  We get to watch both Natsume and Watanuki grow through their encounters with the supernatural and with other people.

Both have some tear-jerking moments.  While Holic leans a bit more toward mystery and human interaction, Natsume is a bit more dramatic and deals more with interactions between Natsume and ayakashi.  Both wonderful series.

kitsune89 kitsune89 says...

No other character is so much alike Natsume than xxxHolic's Watanuki. They are both kind, to the point where their kindness hurts them, and you can only love them for this. They both develop in similar ways and their bond with the supernatural is really strong. The stories are written well enough to keep you hooked, and they are sometimes really dark. If you are a fan of the supernatural genre, these series will not disappoint you in any way. In fact, they will make you love it even more.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

The main character can see something few people can see, spirits and demons. While Watanuki and Takashi handle their lives a little different, both are orphans, and both have an older guide to help them understand the world around them.

nataneramius nataneramius says...

Well, these both feature some type of person who can see spirits. While Natsume isn't as erm... Violent, I guess, with someone falling out the window, xxxHoLiC Doesn't include as many spirits as Natsume did. At the end, both pretty much learn that the spirits weren't so bad after all.

snivets snivets says...

xxxHolic and Natsume Yuujinchou are both about humans who can see spirits & resolve trouble caused by the spirits. Yuuko and Nyanko-sensei are similar guide-type characters, and threads of light comedy run throughout both shows. Both are good recs for the other.

StayUpThere StayUpThere says...

Natsume and XXXHolic have numerous similarities. They are both strongly influenced by the supernatural and has to do with problems that arise from this supernatural presence. If you like one you will most likely like the other.

alonzoel16 alonzoel16 says...

-both about yokai

-protagonist ho can see yokai

-protagonist help people/yokai

-protagonist hate to see yokai

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods follows the everyday life of Makoto Saeki, who is the 15th successor to her family’s shrine. As a result, Makoto is able to see Gintaro, a messenger of the gods who is the spirit of a sacred silver fox and has lived at the shrine for over 350 years. As a messenger of the gods, Gintaro has the ability to see into the future, and uses it to help Makoto only when she is truly in need. This is the story of friendship between a delicate teenager and a shy and stubborn messenger of the gods.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

Both these anime feature a main character that can see and talk to supernatural beings. Both these anime have a mellow laid back pace that can be very relaxing to watch. Both anime involve the main human character coming into conflict with the spirit world as they try to live their normal lives.

Really what makes these two anime a good match is the general laid back atmosphere. If you're looking for anime that get away from the somewhat common fast pace and instead take their time to let their plot unfold or like anime that deal with Japanese folklore then you should try both of these shows. 

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Gingitsune share a main character who has the ability to see supernatural beings. These characters, Natsume from Natsume Yuujinchou and Makoto from Gingitsune, help spirits, other humans, and themselves throughout the series with their special ability. The characters are quite different; Makoto is more bubbly and social while Natsume is quiet and outcasted by his peers, but they're both good-natured and try to do the right thing. If you're up for more Shinto-based adventures with drama and youkai in every episode, these two are definitely worth a try. 

animelover1477 animelover1477 says...

These wo show give off he simlar vibe/felling i rec. them both , their both a good watch . N.Y has more episode so there is more depth while G. is only 12 episode but they are all solid watches. They are both slow-paced slice of lifes that you will fall in love with 

snivets snivets says...

If you like a quiet slice of life about a human who can see spirits, both Natsume Yuujinchou and Gingitsune are quality choices. There are some differences in character & focus of each show, but the themes & atmosphere are similar enough that fans of either should enjoy the other.

Qem Qem says...

Both series are slow paced, slice of life, series about teens with the ability to see supernatural beings. Natsume is a little bit more dramatic but both have a great atmosphere and I think viewers who enjoy one are likely to enjoy the other.

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both series feature teenagers with the power to see youkai. Both the MC's have grumpy old spirits for mentors/friends and make new spirit friends as the story goes on. Both shows have humor filled moments and moments that will tug on your heartstrings. 

Sadweeb Sadweeb says...

Both Natsume and Gingitsune about highschoolers who have fluffy spirit "sidekicks" of a sort. With natsume, it's a snarky cat, and with Gingitsune, it's a bara foxman. Both are made of pudding and you will love them to death. While I feel Natsume, being longer, has better pacing, over all aesthetic and thematic style, and more memorable plotlines, it was meant to be a longer show with a different overal moral to convey. If Gingitusne is a an anime to watch on a warm summer evening before bed to relax, then natsume is a series to watch when it's too hot to be outside so you can go out on a walk in cooler temperatures and be at peace with the world around you. 

YoshidaAki YoshidaAki says...

There is nothing better than entering the spiritual world... I would actually like to see these two anime series to meet like in an ova or something^^

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these Japanese mythology anime have a slow pace and generally take place in less crowded areas. Both feature a young person who has inheritedvthe ability to see the supernatural. The youngster also has a sharp-witted, rather grumpy spirit that follows/leads the youngster. 

But the real factor is the mythology. If you like learning about different youkai/heralds in one, you're sure to entertained with the other.

Wagaya no Oinari-sama

Wagaya no Oinari-sama

When Noboru and Toru Takagami hear that their grandmother is dying, they rush to their late mother's hometown to visit her – however, it was all a ruse. Upon their arrival the two discover that their grandmother is alive and well, that Toru is being targeted by demons, and that Noboru is now head of the Mizuchi family. In order to save his brother, Noboru releases the family's guardian deity, a fox spirit named Kugen who was sealed away due to its mischievous behavior. The demon is defeated; but when it becomes apparent that Toru will continue to attract them, Noboru has no choice but to allow Kugen and Ko (the family's guardian maiden) to live with them. With demons, gods and increased living expenses now complicating his life, will Noboru able to cope?

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oneredpanda oneredpanda says...

Both shows feature a male protagonist protected by a shinto spirit. Both follow the everyday lives of these boys and there friends/relatives, as they go to school. Both have a lot of shinto influence: spirits, gods, shrines, etc. They are slow paced, relaxing and uplifting.

redfire389 redfire389 says...

in both series there are a lot of spirits, and in both you find that there are good spirits and evil spirits, and in both there's a boy that has basically something the spirits want, or they are simply in danger, and there's an animal spirit in both series that protects the boy from all danger and is very powerful. You'll find both series aren't too similar but I think they are enough to make you like one if you liked the other

shoahunter shoahunter says...

Wagaya no Oinari-sama-Natsume Yuujinchou: Both shows share a similar plot, person releases Shinto spirit and there lives are changed. If you liked one you will probably like the other, as they share the same story set up and similar characters, but tell different adventures.

Although both shows are casual watches, both are well enough made and kept my attention throughout.

Additionally Wagaya no Oinari-sama is more of a comedic-action like Shakugan no Shana, while Natsume Yuujinchou is more slow paced, calm, relaxing like Mushishi.

YamiRin YamiRin says...

these two shows have very similar feel and are both about a boy who come to live with a supernatural being. they are both good shows that are likely to appeal to the same audince so if you like one you should definitly check out the other.

scizorg45 scizorg45 says...

Spirit lives in main characters house to drive other spirits who want to hurt him away. Wagaya takes more eps to do stuff.

Destifate Destifate says...

Very very similar! Everything about Natsume Yuujinchou is in Wagaya no Oinari-sama! The lovely heart-warming feeling you get watching the peacefulness watching the main characters go about their daily lives. Of course they are both centred around spirits :)! While Natsume does contain some sort of plot line, Oinari-sama does not, this isn't a problem if you love Natsume at all, in fact it just makes it even more peaceful to watch :)!