There are some things that can only be said after death. Aided by a talking staff that thinks it is alive, Fumika delivers Shigofumi, the last words and feelings of the dead in the form of letters, to their addressees. Whether they are letters of apology, revenge, or simply a final farewell, she always brings them to their destination. Delivering Shigofumi is not always an easy job; as some people refuse to believe such things as letters from the dead are possible, while others are afraid of what these letters might contain. But the mail must go through; what the recipients decide to do with it afterwards is up to them.
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.
The relationship and personalities (and choice of weapon) of Kino/Hermes and Fumika/Kanaka are very similar. Also the main character will spend time philosophizing about the situations they encounter.
The personalities of the two main character for each series is strikingly similar: the quiet, unmoving female heroine, and her talkative inanimate object of a partner. Kino's story is an episodic exploration of existentialism, so the story goes a little bit slower than Shigofumi, but if you are patient you may like it quite a lot.
Both of these anime revolve around competent, gun wielding women who act a bit like guys. They have an episodic feel to them, although Shigofumi is less so. Also, neither of the main characters judge what they witness, they simply observe. Overall they both have a similar feel and if you liked one you should like the other.
Both Shigofumi and Kino no Tabi have a similar main character. Fumika and Kino are both silent girls with somewhat similar attitude towards world and the philosophy of not getting involved in events surrounding them. Both are accompanied in they journeys\\\\work by a talking item (Kino's motor an Fumika's staff). Although Shigofumi takes place in modern japan and Kino no Tabi takes place in a fantasy world, they both contain interesting (but different) drama. If you liked one, you should check the other one as well.
P.S. Did I mentioned that both are quite grim?
Undoubtedly, those who loved Shigofumi will love Kino's Journey as well, and vice versa. First released as light novels of the same names, both Shigofumi and Kino's Journey feature rather similar main characters -- Fumika and Kanaka, Kino and Hermes. The two girls and the two others are each in a relationship of a wanderer and a guide; the girls roam about, from people to people, from place to place, with their purposes. They have their personal history revealed along the way, but for most of the story, they live the life of wise observers: indifferent but thoughtful ones who can reflect upon the very question of human nature.
If there is any "spiritual successor" to Kino's Journey out there, it is Shigofumi. Each follows an observer and her inanimate partner through a variety of individual stories, most involving some sort of social commentary, irony, message, etc. It's worth noting that Shigofumi has more of an overarching plot than Kino, with a few recurring characters and a dedicated development of Fumika's backstory over time. Whether this is ultimately for the better or not is up to the individual, but in the end anyone who enjoyed one of these series should surely find the other to their liking as well.
Shigofumi is like Kino's Journey 2.0, with a similarly-characterized quiet/contemplative girl with a gun and her rather animated inanimate companion. Additionally, each deals with similar themes about humanity in a pseudo-episodic format.
Both shows are heavy on philosophy and themes of morality when humans find themselves in extreme situations. The heaviness of the themes is lightened by the amusing interaction of a chatty non-human object and a stoic girl who prefers observing to participating in events she encounters.
Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
Jigoku Shoujo and Shigofumi have the same basic premise, a mysterious and detached girl with a connection to the world of the dead interacts with the living. Disturbing dilemmas, a psychological bent toward the darkest themes possible and a great dose of horror elements make these titles a perfect match.
Both of these series deal with the supernatural and the afterlife: Jigoku Shoujo carries out vengeance, Fumika delivers letters from the dead. However, Shigofumi is a little more lighthearted that Jigoku Shoujo. Jigoku Shoujo is more episodic than Shigofumi, with less of a plot to follow. In any case, if you are into supernatural series, both of these are great choices!
The main aspect which I find them comparable and similar, both anime are about the social issues and its conclusions in a way, whether it's bringing a mail from afterlife like in Shigofumi or asking Jigoku Shoujo's help to kill someone. However, while Shigofumi has more concerted plot, both heroines have their own problems to deal with..
Both anime are about shinigami but the main difference is that in Jigoku Shoujo the shinigami kills the person out of revenge where in Shigofumi the shinigami helps the person that has died by sending a final letter to a person of their choice. Both anime have mysterious female leads who are the shinigami and leave you wanting to learn more and more about these interesting girls. If you like tales about the dead check either of these out.
Both Shigofumi and Jigoku Shoujo follow a mysterious and supernatural young girl who aids those in ways that they cannot themselves achieve. While Shigofumi deals with the dead sending letters to the living, Jigoku Shoujo follows those who feel so trapped that they have no way to help themselves other than by cursing the other party. Both are slightly heavier series, and if you liked one, it's worth trying the other.
In Amberground, the land of eternal twilight, Letter Bees and their dingos – creatures trained to protect them – deliver mail to the general populace. However, unlike normal mail carriers, their job is perilous as they must traverse the country while fighting off the giant armored insects known as Gaichuu. One day, a Letter Bee named Gauche collects his latest delivery: a young boy named Lag Seeing, whose mother was taken under mysterious circumstances to the capital of Akatsuki. As the pair travels together, they strike up a friendship, but when they finally reach their destination Lag and Gauche part ways. Now, several years later, Lag is about to take the exam to become a Letter Bee himself so that he can meet with Gauche again and find out what really happened to his mother all those years ago. But before any of that, he must find himself a dingo...
Both Letter Bee and Shigofumi are about mil carriers with a difference. While one is set in a fictional world, and the other in modern day Japan, both place heavy focus on delivering heartfelt emotions to people who will be unable to see their loved ones for one reason or another. If you enjoyed this about one, then it's well worth trying the other.
Each of these series reolve around someone not in an "ordinary" circumstance delivering letters. Each series is centered mainly around younger kids and supernatural events.
Letter Bee and Shigofumi are both about mail carriers whose jobs are a little more unusual than just delivering everyday mail. Both shows focus on questions of right/wrong and what it means to be human.
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
Both of the series have that mysterious, supernatural feel to them. They'll send chills downyour spine at first. They're good for when you're in a dark mood.
Death Note, like Shigofumi, is centered around supernatural workings involving the dead. Also, the stories in each of the series are quite dark, and they both have a similar (and great) animation style.
In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.