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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...
At first glance, Kimihiro Watanuki appears to be a normal high school student; but little do people know that not only is Watanuki able to see spirits, but he's also a magnet for them! One day, after being chased by one such spirit, Watanuki happens upon a strange building. There he meets a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can get rid of his ability to see spirits - for a price: Watanuki must work as her housekeeper until he has paid off the cost of granting his wish. Now Watanuki's eyes are being opened to an entirely new side of the world as he assists Yuuko in her work, all while balancing the housework, his schoolwork, and most importantly, ensuring that Yuuko is never out of sake!
Though xxxHolic is more based upon fate and mystery, both of these manga feature young boys with the ability to see things they wish they couldn't and how they cope with their gifts. If you liked that in one, you may enjoy the other.
Spirit world, all kinds of shananingans is keys to both these mangas. Even Natsume and Watanuki is similar in some way like Madara is very similar with Yuuko. Liked one - deffinetely try another.
Both tell the story of an orphaned boy that can see supernatural things. Tact, in Dusk Story, seeing ghosts and the like, and Takashi, in Natsume's Book of Friends, seeing youkai. They also have similar art style and story telling.
Natsume's Book Of Friends and Hotarubi No Mori E are both written by the same author. They both involve the Yokai and spirits and someone who can see them. If you love Hotarubi No Mori E, then you'll love Natusme's Book Of Firiends
Kantaro Ichinomiya has been able to see youkai and befriend them since he was a young child, but there is one particular spirit that he has always wanted to meet. Intrigued by the tale of the legendary demon-eating tengu, Kantaro’s goal for many years has been to make friends with the strongest youkai of all. Now, as a young adult Kantaro works as an exorcist, yet he has never forgotten his true desire, and one day his dreams come true when he breaks a holy seal, releasing the fabled demon-eating tengu. As the spirit’s new master, Kantaro names his new friend Haruka and now the pair work together to solve the city’s supernatural problems.
Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Tactics follow a young man interacting with youkai. Both have a similar sort of monster-of-the-week style about them and heavily reflect the more supernatural side of Japanese culture.