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!
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Welcome to the NHK! and xxxHolic are very good seinen shows that mix drama and comedy with a bit of romance. Also in both of them the protagonist is rather over reactive. So if you liked one, the other might just suit your taste.
P.S. Just keep in mind that it takes a few episodes for these anime to get really interesting (in the case of NHK! it is 4-5 episodes, while in the case of xxxHolic it is 1-3 episodes).
Both of these entertaining series have a mystic atmosphere and deal with men who need assistance with their lives, and the women who help them achive it. Wonderfully funny, and just a little bit strange, xxxHolic and NHK are two titles worth checking out.
Each of these series are extremely funny and have some drama/romance thrown in and are centered around odd guys trying to/getting used to the world they live in (although each world is very different). Finally, the male lead in each is quite crazy and overreacts to almost anything.
Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.
Both Bleach and XXXHOLiC are very alike in the supernatural aspect.
These 2 shows deal with things that the normal person can't see: ghosts, hollows, spirits, shinigamis, etc.
Unlike Bleach, XXXHolic is not an action show with the swords and all those cool kinds of weapons; however, they both include people, whether young or old, who have mysterious powers.
Both Bleach and XXXHOLiC tell the story of a young man who could see spirits, and interact with them, but who was fairly defenseless should the spirits turn malignant. Enter an otherworldly woman who gives him the tools he needs to help/fight spirits, while at the same time making herself his boss. With a lot of supernatural themes, and often similar comedic humor, these anime are very similar (at least for the first few seasons of Bleach).
Demons are escaping from the underworld, and causing much havoc on the population. Possessing both human bodies and artifacts alike, the demons are inconspicuously forcing people to commit murders; the demons must be stopped! The task of returning – or exterminating – the offenders lies with Enma, Kapaeru, and the talking witch hat Shapoji; can Enma and the gang banish the demons before things get out of hand?
There are not many anime that use japanese mythology as much as XXXHOLiC and Demon Princ Enma. To make things more interesting, the story in both anime take place in modern world. Just keep in mind that XXXHOLLiC is much lighter than DPE (while it still can be dark at times) and that DPE contains gore and some nudity (+minor echi) while HOLLiC does not. So if you liked one and some elements (or lack of them) in the other doesn't discourage you, you should check it out.
I was glad to see I wasn't the only person to make this recommendation for these two series, as they are quite different.
I love series that blend together two of my favourite genres - horror and comedy. XXX isn't quite horror per-se, but is rooted firmly in Japanese mythology, folk lore and spiritualism the same as Enma.
Both series feature a strong female lead (it would have been better if Enma was longer and more could have been made of this), and plenty of smiles.
Tarou has dreams - distressing dreams, related to the trauma he suffered as a child. His dreams and visions disturb his ease of mind, constantly reminding him of the darkness of his fear at the time he lost his sister all those years ago. He relives the fear, but can't recall any of the details of the time. Now, a new transfer student, Masayuki, takes an interest in Tarou's troubled past, as well as their school mate Makoto's connection to the dark incident. Under his persistence, the three boys end up visiting the site where Tarou was held hostage as a child: a decrepit hospital beyond the dam. The three venture forward to face their pasts and fears, unsuspecting of the bizarre world they are about to enter...
The sense of mystery and supernatural content in both of these series are a bit similar. While Holic is more episodic, Ghost Hound deals with one central story line. Both have very unique art styles but were handled by the same art studio (I.G). Voice acting and writing in both are top notch. If you liked one you're almost certain to like the other.
XXXHolic and Ghost Hound have a lot of things in common. Both story is related to spirits and what effects they have on people.
Ghost Hound describes a story of some kids who experience O.B.E.'s on a regular basis. This kids think that they visit Hidden Realm and thus they see those spirits. And through these O.B.E.s a plot eventually grow. The main characters have somekind of disappointing past too.
Whereas, in XXXHolic; it's Watanuki who is cursed with the ability to see spirits. He eventually ends up working for Yuuko an witch in order to dispel the curse. And that begins a adventure. Although its more episodic.
There is a crucial element that separates these two series is that, in Ghost Hound writers tried to explain some of the phenomenas through science while XXXHolic totally avoided it.
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.
For certain Holic and Kino no Tabi have at least one thing in common. Both of them show the dark side of human nature and trust me in this case its more then enough for a recommendation. So if you liked one for that, you shouldn't be disappointed with the other one.
Kino's Journey and XXXHolic share very similar structures. Each series are an episodic anime, that deals with different depressing elements and storylines. The key difference between the two, is that whereas KJ is a more mature, depressing series - XXXHolic is a supernatural series, and not as mature.