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...
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
Both anime involve a young man struggling to bridge the world between reality and ethereal. At the same time, the protagonist is learning his place in the world and discovering more about the world around him. The slow pace of each anime allows for rich character development.
Saitou Yakumo is a young man with a very special gift: he can see the souls of the dead and communicate with them. When the aloof student isn’t duping his fellow classmates out of their money with fake card tricks, he takes on paranormal cases that pique his interest. Making use of his unique abilities, logical mind and his contacts within the police, Yakumo strives to solve each supernatural case he takes on and bring those responsible to justice. But when the youthful detective becomes the target of a sinister duo can he get to the bottom of their scheme before he is dragged into a world of darkness and hatred?
When Yuugo Hachiken enrolled at Ezonoo, an agricultural high school, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. While his classmates revel in the barnyard chores and hard labor, eager to gain skills for their careers, Yuugo is challenged and sometimes downright horrified by the things he’s having to learn, whether he’s corralling stray cows, learning the shocking truth of where chicken eggs come from, or even getting comfortable with riding a horse! Alongside peers such as the lovely Aki, Yuugo will learn all he can about agriculture, making close friends in the process.
Silver spoon strongly reminds me of the feel Natsume Yuujinchou has. They're both light-hearted and you feel happy for some reason after an episode. Although one anime deals with unrealistic things such as spirits, and the other with completely realistic things, they both give you that good feeling after the episode.
Ran Isozaki is a typical middle school student with a typical crush on her childhood friend Rui, and a not-so-typical ability: she has just discovered that she has the power of telepathy! Though she'd rather be finding ways to get Rui's attention, Ran finds herself in the middle of sinister supernatural situations; but she's not alone! Joining Ran is the cocky and beautiful Naha Midori, a fellow telepath who has just transferred to Ran's school. Together, Ran, Naha and Rui will experience the joys of middle school, and the perils of the supernatural!
Both series deal with the same topic - "the hidden world" that co-exists with our world. Common people cannot hear strange voices, cannot see spirits and strange creatures, but the main characters can and are therefore destined to help them and to understand them. The only difference is that Natsume has to deal with them alone with his "cat" while Ran has a precious friend who has the same powers. If you liked one, be sure to check out the other.