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...
It is said that the spirit who stood at the helm of the night parade of a hundred demons was the supreme commander of all monsters and lord of Pandemonium, Nurarihyon. Young Rikuo comes from the bloodline of Nurarihyon and is one-quarter demon. Though he has the ability to communicate with, and command youkai he has no intention of succeeding his grandfather as head of the Nura clan, instead choosing to live a normal human life. However, with his family and aides all waiting for him to fully accept the succession and his ‘Night Rikuo’ alter-ego determined to become the next leader, can the young schoolboy fight his fate as a Nura to lead the night parade?
Both anime are about the youki and their inherited powers. Both have a very good storyline and interesting characters that help them along. Natsume Yuujinchou is more episodic and less action than Nurarihyon no Mago.
If you want two series with completely different feels and presentations but a similar message and a few similar characters, these are a good match. Each series centeres around someone that is commited to helping yokai and humans get along, stuck inbetween two worlds.
They are both about a boy that everyday has strong interactions with the ayakashi, but struggles to be more human-like. In both animes the main character has more powers than he appears to have; he also has many allies; has a lot of powerfull people protecting him.Both main characters nature are very similar; they're both very kind and brave and always help others regardeless of the danger.
I stongly recomend both of them.
Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?
Anyone who loved the early episodes of Tactics will find more of it in the thirteen episodes of Natsume Yuujinchou. From the other direction, anyone who loved Natsume Yuujinchou will find more of it in Tactics as well -- but with more plot development with twice as many episodes (although the sequel of NY will likely close the gap). They both take place in a world of Japanese mythology, each casting a lonely boy who can see ghosts, which in these two are Kantarou and Natsume. Both of them desire a peaceful life with the monsters (Ayakashi), and they do meet some friendly Ayakashi along their daily lives. The two shows are both close to low-tension monster-of-the-week shows but not quite exactly due to the gradual development of the main characters along the episodes. They are both quite open-ended as well.
While Tactics is more focused on folklore and Natsume more on the Slice of Life aspect, both main characters have the ability to see spirits and befriend them.
Also while Natsume is supposed to be more serious, and Tactics more light-hearted, Both main characters live with youkai and take time to know each other.
Tactics has more development on characters though, as in Natsume the development is mostly on Takashi and Nyanko.
A friendly guy who can see spirits and tries to help them. While Tactics is more focussed on the folklore itself, Natsume is more focuessed on the interaction between spirits
Both of these anime focus on traditional youkai, and have matching mostly-somber atmospheres (with occasional bursts of action or comedy), a pervading sense of loss/loneliness, and washed-out color palettes. I think they'll appeal to the same audience.
If you enjoyed seeing the protagonist of one show interacting with youkai while trying to solve their problems (usually brought on by the youkai), you should check out the other. Natsume Yuujinchou includes many different adventures and stories while A Letter to Momo focuses on one, but fans of one should definitely take interest to the other. Both share a similar somber yet gentle atmosphere while the main characters also share the same experiences of loss and loneliness.
Hanada Ichiro is an abrasive young man who lives with his hag of a mother, his father the drunk, his grandfather the absent-minded, and his older sister. One sunny afternoon, Ichiro's rebellious antics finally take a turn for the worse, causing him to get hit by a car. When he awakens, he discovers that he has the ability to see ghosts, and converse with them (much to his dismay, since they all seem to want helpful favors). Will Ichiro's newfound ability be a blessing, or just another annoyance in his life?
Don't let the art style, OP/ED, or the crude humor of Hanada Shounen-shi fool you. Hanada Shounen-shi and Natsume Yuujinchou both tell chraming stories that sometimes make you go "BAWW" because of the skill both series displayed on certain scenes.
In short, Hanada Shounen-shi is definitely a heart-warming tale about helping spirits and the after-life just like Natsume Yuujinchou.
OK, Looking at it on the surface this may seem like a slightly odd rec, Natsume Yuujinchou is a beautifully slow-paced series and Hanada Shonen-shi is brash and crude, however, at their core, both series are about helping spirits. Both have quite a heartwarming nature deep down so if you enjoyed one and like supernatural anime, then it's well worth giving both series a shot.
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
I admit this may be a weird recommendation, but I do think these shows may share a similar audience. They are both josei with a sort of thoughtful and relaxing atmosphere. They also have heart-warming stories with great characters and a little humor thrown in. If you enjoyed the pace and style of one of these shows, give the other a try.
While Honey and Clover features a heavier focus on romance and everyday life than Natsume Yuujinchou's supernatural aspects, both series possess a gentle, melancholic feeling and emotional plots.