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...
Satsuki and Keichiro are new students of the haunted Amanogawa Elementary School - a school where their late mother attended as a child. Soon they meet the perverted Hajima Aoyama and #1 spirit researcher Leo Kakinoki, and thus their ghost hunting group is formed! WIth the help of Satsuki's mother's ghost diary and the crafty wiles of Kaaya, a cat that has been possessed by the demon Lord Amanojaku, the gang will seal away ghosts in order to rid Kaaya's body of Amanojaku and save the day. Can the four friends manage to seal away toilet ghosts, deadly nurses, creepy dolls and a variety of supernatural phenomena, all while passing their classes?
Comparing Ghost Stories and Natsume Yuujinchou reveals a similar set of plot points that makes the recommendation compelling. First similarity is the presence of a "guardian" character in both series -- Nyanko-sensei in NY and Amanojaku in GS. Both of them are powerful ghosts/monsters, but they conceal themselves as cats and aid the protagonist(s) throughout the series. Their interactions with the protagonist(s) sometimes bring about a humorous scene, and sometimes a touching sight. Another is the existence of an inherited spellbook in each series -- Yuujiinchou in NY and mom's ghost diary in GS -- that guides the protagonist(s) through their encounters with the ghosts. Combining these elements with the familiar monster-of-the-week format, you get each of these two series. Liked Nyanko-sensei and Reiko-san, or Amanojaku and the spell book? Take a look at the other. If you only liked the series for the relaxed pace or the high-spirited kids, this recommendation is not for you.
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.
Slow-paced and introspective, Haibane Renmei and Natsume Yuujinchou have a mellow color palette and lead characters that are emotionally removed from the societies they live in. They would appeal to similar audiences.
In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?
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.
Kino's Journey is a deeply philosophical and thought-provoking series for more adult audiences. Natsume Yuujinchou is light-hearted where Kino's Journey is sombre. However, if you're a fan of Kino's Journey (or vice versa), you'll find Natsume Yuujinchou to be perfect fare for you. Both series delve into the matters of the heart with passion and a flare of emotion. If you love one, I truly believe you will love the other. Don't pass it up.
Though the world may seem to be a normal place, in the midst of shadows lies the supernatural and terrifying. Beings from the shadow world known as Kokuchi have begun to invade the human world, and it’s up to certain people to defeat them; Akira Nikaido is one such person. Though his life used to be ordinary, one day, the bishounen and affectionate Shirogane asked Akira to form a pact with him; and consequently, Akira became Shirogane’s shadow partner. Together, the two hunt down stray Kokuchi – but more importantly, Akira must fend off Shirogane’s advances and try to make his classes!
They've both got something to do with Youkai, even though Monochrome Factor focuses more on the bad Youkai, Both animes are based on Guys, which slowly gain more friends in each episode.