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?
Finding himself yet again in the wrong place at the wrong time, Vash the Stampede is caught in the middle of a bank robbery by the notorious robber Gasback. However, when things take a turn for the worst and the robber's comrades turn on him, Vash saves Gasback's life and both Gasback and his traitorous partners escape. Twenty years later, Gasback is rumored to be planning something big. Bounty hunters from all over the world are gathering in Macca City, the predicted target, to try their luck at his $$300 million bounty. But what business does Vash have in Macca City, and who is the mysterious girl that he keeps following around?
Both of these stories have male leads and are revelutionary to the anime world, princess mononoke brought to life by disney brought a real world to life in princess mononoke and Trigun does the same thing, maybe even better. Both the main characters save a heroine from "Themselves". One from killing gasback and one from killing the leader of Iron town. It would take a long time to list all the similarities of these anime films, but the main thing to know is that they are both revelutionizing in the anime-american industry.
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
If, like me, you find Japanese spirituality and superstition intriguing then you'll surely enjoy XXXHOLiC, a wonderful series with great characters and humour and chock full of revealing information about Japanese culture. After reading about the beliefs behind the tree spirits (kodama) featured in Princess Mononoke I went hunting for anime centered around Japanese superstition and the Shinto religion; XXXHOLiC is what I came up with and I was not disappointed one bit.