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When Noboru and Toru Takagami hear that their grandmother is dying, they rush to their late mother's hometown to visit her – however, it was all a ruse. Upon their arrival the two discover that their grandmother is alive and well, that Toru is being targeted by demons, and that Noboru is now head of the Mizuchi family. In order to save his brother, Noboru releases the family's guardian deity, a fox spirit named Kugen who was sealed away due to its mischievous behavior. The demon is defeated; but when it becomes apparent that Toru will continue to attract them, Noboru has no choice but to allow Kugen and Ko (the family's guardian maiden) to live with them. With demons, gods and increased living expenses now complicating his life, will Noboru able to cope?
Both of these are great stories involving god like spirits that take human form. Both of the spirits have found ways to escape their inprisionment and follow the ones who got them out. Spice is a slower moving story, and oinari has more magic use for fighting. And the most obvious thing in common is that both of these have characters with animal like qualities.
Life continues as normal for Natsume - he still lives with the friendly Fujiwaras, walks home with his school friends, and spends his free time adventuring with spirits! However, as his encounters soon reveal, the relationship between spirits and humans is a delicate one and not always friendly either. As Natsume slowly uncovers the mystery of his grandmother Reiko as well as his own unique purpose, can he use the Book of Friends to reconcile the needs of spirits and humans?
Here we have two shows with one very big common theme. In each show, there is a character showing someone around a world which they aren't fully accustomed to. In Natsume, the character being shown around is Natsume himself while the world he's being shown around in is that of the spirit world by Nyanko-sensei, a spiritual cat. In Spice and Wolf, the role is reversed with Horo, a spiritual god of sorts, being shown around the human world by Lawrence, a traveling merchant. These two shows both have an air of seriousness mixed with light comedy that's just enough to make you laugh when needed and smile at the end of the episode.
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?
The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.
While on the surface S&W appears nothing like Nodame Cantabile, both series deal with the tension between pursuing your dreams and being with people you care for.
Nodame Cantabile also shares S&W's laid back tone, adult sensibilities, and beautiful imagery. In the end, if you liked one story about a driven man falling in love with a quirky woman you'll probably like the other.
Beppu Yugo is one of the world's most successful and celebrated negotiators. His cases have ranged from big to small, from secretive to in the public eye. His work doesn't come cheap, but his skills are the top of the line, and through words, not violence, his failure rate is minimal. After a period of inactivity, Yugo is back on the job, to help negotiate the release of a hostage in Pakistan. With harsh terrain and deadly enemies before him, will he survive long enough to save the hostage, and return with his life?
Yes, this is an odd one. Though clearly different in many ways, Yugo and Spicy Wolf do share a common thread of having a unique style of conflict. In S&W it's economics and trading, for Yugo it's (no surprise) political negotiating. So if you found one of these refreshing in that sense and seek another example, here you go.