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...
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Both anime center on characters who must deal with the everyday supernatural. They are both slow paced and gentle in their story. Less drama, and more emotion are important in both. Kamichu!, and Natsume Yuujinchou will both leave you with similar feelings after watching each episode. If you like one, you will be sure to like the other.
Focus on Shinto mythology in both shows is really strong. One is about a new goddes, the second about a boy who have book with Youkai names in it.
While Natsume is defienietly more serious and a sadder show, I'm sure that if interaction with spirits from one of the shows appeal to you, you will like the other one as well.
Sumimura Yoshimori is a Kekkaishi – an inheritor of the power to battle demons, using barriers called kekkai. His family is charged with protecting the grounds of Karasumori high school, a building which magnifies the power of demons who enter it. Helping him are his spirit-wolf companion Madarao, and next door-neighbor Yukimura Tokine, the daughter of a rival clan. Years ago, Tokine was injured protecting Yoshimori, and now he is determined to become strong enough to keep her from being hurt again. Of course, he'd rather bake his exquisite cakes than have to fight demons at all, but fate has something else in store! As a shadowy demon organization moves to steal Karasumori's power, can Yoshimori overcome legions of demons, a centuries-old family rivalry, and a grandfather who just can't understand his love for baking?
Kekkaishi, and Natsume Yuujinchou each deal with demon Shinto themes. The characters in each must learn how to survive against the supernatural while balancing their regular everyday lives. You will be sure to like one if you like the other.
Both series deal with the same topic - the world of youkai and ayakashi co-existing with our world. Common people can't see those spirits and strange creatures, but the main characters can and are therefore destined to fight with them, to understand them and help them. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.
In order to bridge the gap between humans and youkai, The Ministry of Spirit Affairs was formed. Military man Kei Agemaki is assigned to the new unit and seems to be the ideal candidate. He’s charming, polite, and a complete gentleman, but there’s just one problem: he’s absolutely terrified of spirits! When he arrives at the new headquarters, Agemaki is partnered up with a cute, yet brash, youkai named Zakuro. Now the unlikely pair must work together to solve the region’s spirit-related problems to help improve relations between humans and youkai, and maybe help Agemaki overcome his crippling fear while they’re at it.
Light shoujo-esque drama about the conflicts between humans and youkai. Zakuro is more intense and less episodic than Natsume Yuujinchou, but they have a similar mood and animation style.
These series are both (mostly) light-hearted, shoujo-y series that follow the interaction of yokai and humans. Although Natsume is much more episodic, if you like yokai and humans trying to get along, these series fit well.
Izumiko has lived a secluded, sheltered life in a mountain shrine since she was born. Having been raised to become the vessel of the Hime-gami, a mysterious force, the girl’s family has carefully planned and measured all aspects of her life - from the prestigious school she’s meant to attend to even her hair style. So when Izumiko is threatened by strange events, her father forces yet another obligation on her: Miyuki Sagara, a mountain monk descendant who’s fated to be her bodyguard. Unfortunately for the duo, neither is happy about the arrangement, especially Miyuki, who’s being exiled from his home city to guard a girl he considers to be useless. Can the two learn to find common ground in their search to understand the supernatural mysteries unfolding around them?
Both shows are centered around shinto themes. RDG is based off japanese shinto legends while Nastame is based off shinto mythology. This gives them a similiar vibe. RDG is suspenseful/mysterious with a bit of slice of life while Natsume is more light hearted.
Aside from having a similar mixture of supernatural elements, Natsume and RDG both are coming-of-age tales in which a shy main character learns to come out of their shell with help from their friends. Fans of one might enjoy the other.
Being the insignificant heir to a talented family is rough, especially for someone who has little of his own talents and honestly desires to live up to the family name. Masahiro is the young grandson of the famed Abe no Seime. Although most consider him to be little in the face of his older male relatives, Masahiro is certain he can not only continue the family legacy but that he can stand in his own right as an Onmyouji. With the assistance of his friend Mokkun, he works to increase his skills and abilities as a spiritual protector and guide. With a great deal of will and the quiet assistance of his insightful grandfather, he will become a force of good in the battle against encroaching evil.
Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Shounen Onmyouji deal with a boy who deals with Yokai, Gods, and spirits. While they take place in different eras (Modern Japan and Ancient Japan respectively,) the formula is basically the same: a young man can see spirits, and is guided by a furry creature that transforms into something much more powerful when he is needed. Lots of Gods and folklore, shrines and spirits galore: if you like your historical Japanese monsters, either of these shows are for you. An earnest and likable main character in each, wth spotted humor: if one strikes your fancy, mood wise, the other will too.
Both series show us the world of youkai and ayakashi co-existing with our world but while Shounen Onmyouji takes place in medieval times, Natsume Yuujinchou takes place in present Japan. Both main characters have an adorable companion with special abilities who helps them to understand this strange world. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.