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...
Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...
Both of animes have at lease some paranormal aspects. Clannad has a slight dose of it, while you can say natsume is a full meal. They both have a nice slow pace that doesn't really become annoying. And the bigest similarity in both of these shows is the warm fuzzy feeling they leave at the end of the episodes.
Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues to live with Nagisa and her family, even if it means getting roped into organizing a baseball team for the family bakery. Life at school continues as normal with Sunohara as carefree as ever; however, when his sister Mei voices her concerns about him, the series of events that follow place a strain on Sunohara and Tomoya’s friendship. Whether it's saving a person from themselves or passing on a message from the past, one thing’s for sure: no matter how tough things get, good friends will always be there to help out.
Both of animes have at lease some paranormal aspects. Clannad After Story has a slight dose of it, while you can say natsume is a full meal. They both have a nice slow pace that doesn't really become annoying. And the bigest similarity in both of these shows is the warm fuzzy feeling they leave at the end of the episodes.
A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.
The world of the supernatural is a terrifying place, especially when youkai decide to seek revenge and punish humans for their careless ways. Luckily, help is at hand in the form of a young ghoul named Kitarou, who has taken it upon himself to protect mankind from malevolent monsters. With the help of his walking, talking eyeball of a father and his various spiritual friends – including the tricky and rather smelly Nezumi Otoko, the tomboyish Neko Musume, and the elderly Sunakake Baba and Konaki Jiji – Kitarou defends the clueless humans from soul-stealing Yasha, demons of death and many, many more.
These series are kind of like two sides of the same coin. Whereas Natsume Yuujinchou focuses on helping spirits, GeGeGe no Kitarou is more about stopping harmful spirits from harming humans. However both of these series are heavily rooted in Japanese mythology, so for anyone who holds an interest in that, both these series are a must-see.