Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.
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.
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.
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.