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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!

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Cardcaptor Sakura TV 1998 TBD
XXXHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream Movie 2005 Side Story
xxxHOLiC Kei TV 2008 Sequel
xxxHOLiC Shunmuki OVA 2009 Same Franchise
xxxHOLiC Rou OVA 2010 Same Franchise
xxxHOLiC: Rei OVA 2014 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
xxxHolic 2003 Original Manga
Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen 2009 Same Franchise
xxxHOLiC: Rei 2013 TBD
Name Role
Kazuchika KISE Character Design
Tsutomu MIZUSHIMA Director
S.E.N.S. Music
CLAMP Original Manga Creator
Katsuji MORISHITA Producer
Naomi SUDOU Producer
Yoshihisa NAKAYAMA Producer

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XXXHOLiC cassiesheepgirl 7.4/10 Jul 4, 2010

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Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou

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...

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oneredpanda

Both series feature a boy with the ability to see spirits. Both are episodic and include a lot of shinto culture. Both deal with how the protagonist relates to the spirits, as friends or enemies. Both are slow paced. The difference is that Xxxholic is more gothic, while Natsume Yuujinchou is more rural.

Nocturnalgloria

Xxxholic and Natsume Yuujinchou are extremely similar, in both a young male protagonist is plagued by a special ability that allows him to see spirits. This causes them to be lonely and isolated and it is their journey to accept the world of the supernatural while opening up to others that motivates these anime. Both are heavily influenced by Japanese lore and Asian imagery. With this said, Xxxholic is more conceptual and occasionally darker while Natsume plays it straight and is more light hearted.

LittleBadKitty

A story where a boy can see spirits and is annyoed with them one day meets a strange shop owner, Yuuko Ichihara, who claims that she can grant his wish to never see spirits again. But, in order to grant that wish, he must pay a "price", and thus, he ends up working in the shop that grants peoples wishes along withe the shop owner and its inhabitant's.

A funny story with lots of advices of how the world and the people "work" entwined with the mystrious Spiritual world and its inhabitants.

As to why I recomend them, they show you a different way of seeing the world and have lots of humor and great advices that show you the same thing in a different way.

GrnEydDvl

These shows are both intensely philosophical, while at the same time throwing in a healthy mixture of comedy, friendship, romance, and fear.  In both, the main character can see creatures that other people can't and try to deal with their duel roles as members of both societies.  Both Watanuke and Natsume have a teacher who guides and protects them.  Both shows are incredible and if you liked one you'd definetly like the other.

cassiesheepgirl

Both series focus on a high school boy who can see spirits, and in both cases, neither of them are all that thrilled about it. If you enjoy supernatural anime that documents the interactions between humans and spirits, then both Natsume Yuujinchou and xxxHolic are for you.

Szwagier

Both shows feature almost identical pattern, but have different way of approaching it.

The main character is a young boy, who can see the supernatural since he was young. That power caused him great deal of difficulties, since the spirits aren't just leaving him alone - they often follow him, attack him or just simply scare him. Then one day he mets a strange being (Nyanko-sensei in NY, Yuuko in xxxholic ) that help him protect himself against them, while bringing him deeper into the unseen world, and teaching about different spirits - some dangerous, some harmless.

Both shows follow "encounter of the week" pattern (with some of the xxxholic stories being 2-episodes long) . Both are slow paced, episodic slice-of-life, that shifts between slapstick comedy and melancholic drama. xxxHolic is more focused on the comedy, Natsume Yuujinchou is more focused on melancholy.

eaper

Each of these series focus on a boy that has been somewhat misunderstood because of his ability to see demons (or similar creatures). The series in each follows a somewhat episodic plot that has a few reoccurring character throughout various episodes aside from the main characters. If you enjoyed one, you would likely enjoy the other.

Foxfire

Both XXXHOLIC and Natsume Yuujinchou deal with protagonists that can see the unseen.  The content is mostly supernatural, but I don't feel that is the focal point of either series.  Both are really more of a character study.  We get to watch both Natsume and Watanuki grow through their encounters with the supernatural and with other people.

Both have some tear-jerking moments.  While Holic leans a bit more toward mystery and human interaction, Natsume is a bit more dramatic and deals more with interactions between Natsume and ayakashi.  Both wonderful series.

kitsune89

No other character is so much alike Natsume than xxxHolic's Watanuki. They are both kind, to the point where their kindness hurts them, and you can only love them for this. They both develop in similar ways and their bond with the supernatural is really strong. The stories are written well enough to keep you hooked, and they are sometimes really dark. If you are a fan of the supernatural genre, these series will not disappoint you in any way. In fact, they will make you love it even more.

hamletsmage

The main character can see something few people can see, spirits and demons. While Watanuki and Takashi handle their lives a little different, both are orphans, and both have an older guide to help them understand the world around them.

nataneramius

Well, these both feature some type of person who can see spirits. While Natsume isn't as erm... Violent, I guess, with someone falling out the window, xxxHoLiC Doesn't include as many spirits as Natsume did. At the end, both pretty much learn that the spirits weren't so bad after all.

snivets

xxxHolic and Natsume Yuujinchou are both about humans who can see spirits & resolve trouble caused by the spirits. Yuuko and Nyanko-sensei are similar guide-type characters, and threads of light comedy run throughout both shows. Both are good recs for the other.

StayUpThere

Natsume and XXXHolic have numerous similarities. They are both strongly influenced by the supernatural and has to do with problems that arise from this supernatural presence. If you like one you will most likely like the other.

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Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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MaatiSan

Both animes have a wandering almost completely normal protagonist which grows with his encounters with the super natural.  XXXHolic is a bit more focused with comedy, but it's serious moments surpass those of Bakemonogatari.  Bakemonogatari however has a focus on mature themes and relationship issues as well.  Both are the best of the supernatural/superstition genre of anime and should not be missed by fans of this category!

kenikki

Both shows deal with quite "heavy" supernatural stories, even if xxxHOLiC deals more with the stories and Bakemonogatari deals more with the interactions and conversations between the characters. They have plenty of smaller similarities as well, like some slightly different versions of the same myth and how many similarities Oshino and Yuuko share.

AirCommodore

There are quite a few episodic series about supernatural stories/spirits.monsters/etc. Bakemonogatari and xxxHolic are different from the rest of these because of the emphasis on comedy, espacially in the dialogue between characters. I prefer xxxHolic, because Bakemonogatari seems to pander to the harem/moe crowd, but I can easily see how the same people would like both.

KittyEmperor

Both series focus a lot of the dialogue between the characters as the center point for each series.  In addition to this the main character in either series finds himself constantly finds himself in the middle of the supernatural events with little idea as to how to deal with them and must seek help from other characters.  There are also similarities between some of the myths in both series with only slight differences.  So if you liked one then you'll probably like the other as well.

NimirRa

Supernatural dilemmas with a little comedy thrown in for good measure. XXXHOLiC and Bakemonogatari are two shows that explore mystical happenings with roots in issues all too human.

eaper

These series are both rather dialog and humor heavy, while being centered around super natural occurrences. Furthermore, in each series, the main character is drawn to the supernatural, despite not knowing how to deal with it, and constantly needs help, and teaching, on how to deal with it from another character that is well versed in the supernatural.

Doomoo

These two shows take on the same situation from two totally diffrent directions. There is a boy at the turning point in his life to become a man who has some experiance with supernatural and a wise but often mysterious mentor who helps them "save themselves" and helps other's with their supernatural problems. Not to mention that there are many other aspect that are the same that I can not mention without giving big spoilers for XXXHOLiC. Anyway, if you like one for it's theme of Asian folklore and mythology and the general feel of mystery that one has then you should most certainly check the other out because I assure you, you will love the other.

Rayray1000

both share that supernatural theme and both have a main protaganist who grows as the series progresses and he encounters more expierences with the supernatural

xxxholic may focus a little more on comedy as bakemonogatri focuses a little on the more mature side

but they are both great anime you should watch

Hecadoth

Have many resemblance that quite easy to tell: the supernatural theme, the too-helpful main character (Koyomi and Watanuki), the overly-priced problem solver (Oshino and Yuuko) and the slow-pace of the series.

Bakemonogatari has a good romance in it. So if you like watching xxxHolic, you will LOVE Bakemonogatari. No kidding.

jollyReaper666

they both deal with a similiar conflict/senario in a unique way  to each other and should be along the same genre as well so if you like either of these you are sure to like the other keep in mind that both shows animation are slightly unique and have either multiple season or multiple seasons and movies makeing them a bit longer than your short anime films. also on a continuation about the show they are both revolved around a spirtual or god like theme and how they interacte or after society by showing it through an individusl i will not define or narrow this definition as to the fact that people wanting to watch it don't want spoliers

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Mushishi

Mushishi

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Bootaaay

Mushishi and XXXHOLiC both deal largely with superstitions in Japanese culture and religion, but handle the subject in different ways - if you are looking for a light-hearted Anime with great characters and humour then you can't go wrong with XXXHOLiC, and if you're looking for a more surreal and slower-paced series dealing with these subjects, then Mushishi is highly recommended. Either way, these are two amazing anime that more people should watch.

cassiesheepgirl

Both of these series contain central characters who not only deal with the supernatural, but actually attract it. Both of these series also involve the main characters trying to solve problems that their relevant supernatural beings (either the Mushi or the Youkai) have created for the people they encounter. So whilst xxxHolic contains far more humour than Mushishi, if you have an interest in the supernatural then it's well worth giving both of these series a try.

oryx

oh.. xxxholic and mushishi.. two awesome animes! Ginko and Yuuko can be compared to eachother, since theyre both /all-knowing/ in their field. Ginko with mushishis, and Yuuko with the folklore. Altho xxxHolic is based on Japanese folklore, and Mushishi on made up.. organisms :)  Mushishi is slower paced and more serious, with beautiful artwork. xxxHolic is comedic and smart. both animes are great, and I definitely reccomend them both :)

animerules201

These animes are about sprirts that no one seems to know about! How cool would it be if someone could...! But, you'll only find out if you watch it! :P

RedCrossRobbery

XXXHolic and Mushishi are closely related storylines. They both delve into a supernatural, "spirit" world, and progress at an episodic pace. The difference between the two being Mushishi is a mature, more depressing anime. XXXholic is fairly mediocre, and child friendly.

Esiris

If you like the pace of the story telling and the supernatural elements of XXXholic or Mushishi, you should defenately watch the other if you haven't already. Both stories feature an almost puzzle like quality to their tales. As the stories progress, the life behind the supernatural entities changes. I also think the moral insights offered in both make for a complementry perspective on the supernatural. Both Yuuko and Ginko serve as an emotionally moderate guide to a world that is frightening to outsiders and this lends both a sense of realism and honesty to the experiences of other characters who rely on them as the voice of reason.

hamletsmage

Both anime have a main character that can see and interact with spirits, both good and bad. A lot of mythology is involved in both. Despite both being fairly episodic, there is a flow to the series that is enjoyable. If you liked one, you'll definitely like the other.

eaper

Each of these series focus on a very episodic and dialog driven story that centers around the supernatural.

suzume234

Both animes create a similar mood.  They are episodic rather than a series.  They both involve magic and helping people the best you can. 

Starletka

Both Mushishi and xxxHolic are about people who can see supernatural beings and try to help those in need. They have simmilar atmospheres and are both episodic, involving a lot of Japanese culture.

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Pet Shop of Horrors

Pet Shop of Horrors

At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.

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imperialaspirin

Both XXXHOLiC and Pet Shop of Horrors have the same mysterious feel to them and both deal with paranormal occurances. I also learned a lot about Japanese culture and festivals from these series.

Himitsu

Pet Shop of Horrors and xxxHoLiC are one-shots with events that are out of the norm. The main characters have a mysterious but overpowering personality to them, and they're never predictable; while the supporting characters always give the comic relief. There's always a good twist, turn, and surprise in the two series.

SingerOfWhiteLine

Both series tell about shops granting wishes, but in different ways. While Yuuko's shop takes symbolic payment and things that might come in handy, Count D's shop takes real money, sometimes sweets, and a list of rules about the purchased pets. Also both series are quite serious (pardon my pun), but still have time to be funny. If you want to see what will happen to one who has his wish granted, you should see both.

lovelyduckie

Both shows feature the owners of shops of a very mystical nature. Each show may be broken up into mini stand-alone stories of each customer, this keeps both stories fresh and interesting. Both owners sell wishes, however, the wishes sold may turn out badly depending on the nature of the customer and their ability to resist temptation. The difference in these two shop owners? Yuko's customers may meet a tragic end, however it is typically not an ending brought about by Yuko herself. Count D on the other hand may use his customer's own weaknesses to bring about a quicker more tragic demise.

Kari5

Both of these shows are similar because they involve one-shot stories of people trying to solve their problems by visiting the shops in these animes. Also, in both something must be sacrificed in order to recieve what you're looking for, or face the consequences.

foureyedalice

xxxHOLiC and Pet Shop of Horrors both tell stories of supernatural wish fulfillment, usually gone awry. Though xxxHOLiC features regular characters, and overarching story and some lightness/humor, while Pet Shop's has a strictly episodic horror format, they both present creative stories of what happens when metaphysical power meets human frailty. If you liked the 'twilight zone'-like irony and creepiness of Pet Shop, xxxHOLiC delivers it and more.  Likewise, if you enjoyed the one-shot, 'supernatural elements in the real world' stories in xxxHOLiC, you should give Pet Shop a try.  

stingreis

the art style in both these anime's are the same, along with the mysterious uncharacteristic tone the main character portrays.. along with a supporting "everyday joe" character that see's the everyday wierd occurances that revolve around the life of the main character...

Thus, if you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other

MugiwaraMarius

Pet Shop of Horrors and XXXholic both feature a protagonist that is wise and mysterious and yet they both have a funny quirky side that makes them extemely unpredictable and fun to watch.

Both Yuko and Count D attempt to help people but the help the people get is not what they expect...

hamletsmage

In these shops, you can find whatever you're looking for, and as long as you follow the instructions, you'll be alright. But break a compact with either shop owner, and you're in trouble.

Airotia

Both are mostly episodic in regards to the events going on, but manage to connect the events to main characters that grant almost genie-like wishes. Most episodes focus on the outcomes of granting these wishes, whether its the consequences or the main characters going out of their way to help the customer. The shop keepers in both are casual, friendly, but don't really care what happens to their customers after the transaction.

Tsubasa Chronicle

Tsubasa Chronicle

The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country. As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane. But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...

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feonateresa

Tsubasa Chronicle includes many of CLAMP's characters from their various anime. Most notably Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth AND XXXHOLiC. Therefore if you like XXXHOLiC, you might find Tsubasa Chronicle to your liking.

Heldrad

Not only are both two of the greatest CLAMP masterpieces, but also both xxxHOLiC and Tsubasa are linked to each other. If you watch either of them, you'll notice that characters from both series are interacting with each other and even sharing information. That's why if you're watching one, I think you should watch the other.

Uniflame

Since both series have elements of the other, your watching experience of the story isn't complete if you haven't watched both. They are also great for Mokona fans since in both series there is a version of him full of mischief. Both series have comedy elements in them which makes them fun to watch.

SaiAkuto

Although these series may look very different at the first sight they have one great similarity: in both Yuuko - dimensional witch plays a very important role. What is more the way events occur is kinda alike but nothing happens in exactly the same way so you won't get bored by watching something you have already watched. I hontni recommend it.

wickedshizuku

To watch one you have to see the other. As Tsubasa Chronicle is a conglomerate of all CLAMP characters.

One is of a journey that goes on between a group of people wanting to go to different countries for their own reasons. The other is of a woman called the dementional witch, Yuuko, that ties both series together. Both series also have a cute animal called Mokona.

Kez

If you've liked either of these two anime you are sure to like the other. The idea of fate and inevitablity is tossed around quite a bit in all each of them and furthermore there are several direct links between them, most noticably the dimensonal witch Yuuko, and (if you remember) the black mokona from the first episode of Tsubasa.

Both also are quite realistic in their plot developments though xxxholic more than Tsubasa.

eaper

Seeing as these series are both Clamp series, they have a similar structure, character designs and characters. Both have a lot of fantasy/spiritual stuff going on and a love story thrown in.

Raspberries

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It almost seems like I should just be able to type, CLAMP, and then "BAM!", its a perfect recommendation. The links between these two anime are so numerous, I really can't even list them all. The two anime actually share several characters, as Tsubasa borrows from many of CLAMPs works. The Art Style, character design, and general storyline are sure to have you making your own mental comparisons even in just the first episodes.

FriedrichT

Both XXXHOLiC and Tsubasa Chronicle happen in the same 'multiverse' the Dimention witch, main character in XXXHOLiC is essential to the plot of Tsubasa Chronicle, additionally they have similarily Deep plots.  However the XXXHOLiC plot line is much more episodic while Tsubasa Chronicle has a  more traditional story arc.

WeganB

This is the anime about the space time witch that Syaoran gets help from.  The Mangas cross reference each other, however, only the anime for tsubasa references XXXholic.  Both animes were made by the same company.  The Tsubasa characters also make an appearance in Kobato.