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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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tbkba tbkba says...

If you like a person who looks like a medicine seller, if you like a main character with charisma so big that it can kill an elephant, and if you think that there should be special people which hunt/destroy different [evil] spirits as well, these two anime are a good match. Mr. Medicine Seller and Ginko are twins in my mind.

Sure, Mononoke and Mushishi have drastic differences in their drawing and story-telling styles, and they accent different parts of people whose lives suffer from fighting with spirits; but the result is the same, while the techniques vary.

If you liked one of these anime, I'm sure you will like the other too.

ZenithAstrali ZenithAstrali says...

At first glance Mushishi and Mononoke seem quite different, but if you liked the story of the know-it-all medicine seller turning out to be an exorcist in one, then the other is a perfect match.

styln styln says...

Do not let the difference in visuals blind you from the similarities of Mononoke and Mushishi. Both have a mysterious character who travels to different places in search of spirits, and puts many of the spirits to rest in many ways. If you liked one you may enjoy the other.

Idaemean Idaemean says...

Mushishi and Mononoke have differend graphic styles, but they both tell stories about a travelling person who puts spirits to rest (and have quite unique way of behaving and dealing with people). Mononoke may be a little more drastic sometimes, but in general both series are really good math.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both Mushishi and Mononoke focus on lone travellers who solve supernatural problems that they encounter, be they mysterious beings called Mushi or Spirits. If you enjoyed this aspect of one then, try the other.

puolukankukka puolukankukka says...

Mushishi and Mononoke are both crafted together from a selection of neat and touching supernatural detective-stories, acted out in the Japan of days gone by, combining magic and human drama.

stingreis stingreis says...

Well, mushishi and mononoke both have an interesting main character who hunts ghosts of different sorts, they are both Horror type, episodic anime's though my personal opinion is that Mononoke is more suspenseful than Mushishi. Even still I think if you enjoy a horror / ghost hunter type anime, and enjoyed either of these two anime's you are sure to enjoy the other.

solrm122 solrm122 says...

Mononoke and Mushishi both tackle the supernatural with a feel of suspence and a dash of fright. Not only are the themes very similar but also the main character in both is a wandering "shaman" if you will. These are both excellent anime for those of us that like a little suspence and a great ghost story told with the lights turned off.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Mononoke and Mushishi involve a dispassionate traveller solving various paranormal mysteries. While Mononoke takes a more horror/mystery approach that occasionally gets quite spastic, Mushishi is far more delicate and genteel. However, differences in style aside, if you liked one, you are bound to like the other for its creative and sensitive storytelling.

Kernoll Kernoll says...

The common thing about Mononoke and Mushishi is that main protagonist is traveling like medicine seller and helping people in feudal japan. Both are slow-spaced shows and the main characters have misterious past.

kenikki kenikki says...

Both are pretty dark fantasy anime with colorful main characters that has either episodic or arc based format. Perfect recommendations in my opinion.

ShiWeiLi ShiWeiLi says...

Mushishi and Mononoke are both great series for people that enjoy a lot of psychological or philosophical quandries in their anime.  Both of these anime also are episodic and focus on a wandering medicine man, who solves problems that usually have to deal more with human nature than actual medicine.  Mushishi is the more laid back of the two; Mononoke has a more psychadelic flavor to it.  Both series stand out by having deep and concise arcs that effectively create intrigue around their mysterious protagonists.  Both series are very thought provoking.

Kantayra Kantayra says...

In both series, the main 'character' is the universe itself and the conflict that ensues when supernatural elements (Mushi or Mononoke) encounter humans. The actual cast consists solely of a medium who comes in to resolve this conflict (Ginko or the Medicine Seller) and the humans-in-peril of the week.

Both series also have formulaic standalone episodes (2-3 episodes together for one arc in Mononoke; 1 ep per arc in Mushishi). The traveller comes to town, learns about the local supernatural problem and the humans involved, and then resolves the problem using the universe's specific rules.

Both series also rely heavily on their style for atmosphere - even though their styles are almost completely different. Mushishi uses a minimal, naturalistic style to create suspense and a sense of the unknown in nature. Mononoke uses bright colors and jarring music to convey the sense that the world is deeply unnatural and wrong.

In short, if you like episodic horror of the suspense variety (and not the gore variety) and you value the universe strongly over character development, both series will appeal to you.

PurpleCatAngel PurpleCatAngel says...

Like Mononoke, Mushishi is about a man who travels around feudal Japan exorcising evil spirits and helping people in need.

oncenefarious oncenefarious says...

Both series follow a mysterious main protagonist as they aim to solve others' supernatural problems.  The two are not similar in animation or visual style, and Mononoke is more fantasy-feeling than Mushishi, but they have a similar overall atmosphere.  Overall, Mushishi is much more of a relaxing show with almost meditative music and a wandering storyline while Mononoke is more bewildering and dramatic.

LadySnuggles LadySnuggles says...

They're both about a character who's sort of neutral in the situation going around to different places with strange occurances due to strange creatures and taking care of the problem or explaining it to the afflicted people and they both have neat art styles 

TheMobius TheMobius says...

Both are rather etherial. They dive into Shinto a little more than most Anime. It's almost like having a little lesson on animism.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?

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Enju Enju says...

Both Mononoke and Gankutsuou have extraordinary, jaw-dropping colours, and have a really mysterious and unique character in the main role. If you liked one of these series you should give the other a try.

tasanime tasanime says...

Via the use of beautiful art nouveau animation styles, Mononoke influenced more so by classical Japanese designs and Gankutsuou using photoshop textures, a similar end result is found. Here we have two uniquely designed visual delights, completely contradicting some of the horrific themes explored, but somehow making it work that bit better. Although Mononoke is based in the past and horror themed, Gankutsuou a thriller set in the distant future, they both revolve around striking fear into those guilty of sins in a round about way. You can also find similarities in the main characters, the Medicine seller & The Count have a sinister mysteriousness about them, intriguing to watch bring out the worst in people using very well executed, psychological manipulation.

Rhesian Rhesian says...

Both utilize similar texture styles to make a stunning visual effect.  Clothing patterns stay fixed throughout a character's fluid motion.  Background animation for both is extraordinary with CGI in Gankutsuou and Edo period-style paintings in Mononokie.

stingreis stingreis says...

The artwork that both these anime's display are both unique and original. In both anime's the colors in the background almost stay still and flow through the characters and their wardrobe's. Mononoke actually takes in the appeal of the eyes with moving the entire setting at once, and Gankutsuou takes CG and incorporates it with a still background that is vivid and spectacular to watch. If you enjoyed the artwork in one of these, you will enjoy the arwork in the other.

Kusuriurisama Kusuriurisama says...

Art style. Because if you liked either, you won't be able to get enough of the sight :D. The mysterious nature of the protagonists and the attention they get by their excessive power is also the same, while they both only care about their "sacred goal" (of slaying Mononoke/revenge).

LilMayar LilMayar says...

Both animes have superb animation styles. Mononoke is shorter and more symbolic and takes place in Japan while Gankutsuo takes place in the future in Europe. Both series are abstract and superb.

Nesilva Nesilva says...

Both of these series have amazing unique art style with a lot of colours and both of them have a mysterious character.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both shows have a very unique art style that gives them a surreal feel. They also feature very interesting and mysterious lead characters so if you watched one give the other a try, even if the plot of each show is different.

OkamiHime95 OkamiHime95 says...

Both anime have amazing visuals/animation, a mysterious & unique main character, and pretty good music to boot.

sansaii sansaii says...

Visually stunning and engaging in story, both series utilize innovative methods of animation inspired by classic French cartoons which used cels of dynamic immobile texture overlapped by the moving line art it defined.

Requiem from the Darkness

Requiem from the Darkness

Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to publish in his book. However, the calm of Momosuke's life soon is shattered by a chance meeting with three sinister beings: Mataichi the priest, Nagamimi the bird-caller, and the beautiful Ogin. Soon, Momosuke learns that there might be more to his newfound comrades than first meets the eye...

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sothis sothis says...

Hundred Stories and Mononoke are both visually obscure horror anime which focus on a variety of gruesome stories. If you liked the unique nature of one, check out the other.

neutrino neutrino says...

Both Requiem from the Darkness and Mononoke are focused on visual style, story telling and Japanese mythology. In my opinion, both are fascinating to watch, both in terms of style (it's like looking at paintings) and in content.

tasanime tasanime says...

Mononoke and Requiem both seem to revolve around this central theme of drawing out individual sinners through lots of horrific imagery and scenarios, advocating admission of their sins and then watching as they either punish themselves or are punished by the spirits of those they have done wrong. Great viewing for fans of the horror genre.

Idaemean Idaemean says...

Both Mononoke and Requiem From the Darkness have quite unique graphics, and both of them deal with sins, exorcisms and have rather episodic structure. Stories in both series are not as simple, as they may seem to be, and the final judgment is left for viewers.

absolute absolute says...

Requiem from the Darkness and Mononoke are someway very similar. Both these series are sperimental and deal with supernatural entities and hunt for them. While Requiem is darker and with one episode stories, Mononoke has more brilliant colours and scnenery and it is divided in two/three episodes arcs stories. Apart this you can see the protagonists hunting for "demons" in real world and trying to get rid of them.

I think that if you like one you could like the other because these two share a sperimental and horror component.

xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC

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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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Mononoke and Xxxholic are kindred souls. Thematically both focus on nefarious spirits and their interaction with inherently human flaws and in terms of style the two anime have a very edgy usage of colour that combined with highly original sets help give a truly surreal ambience. In both cases typically Japanese traditions are recreated artistically and the Asian imagery that permeates them is flawlessly is used as medium of communication to tell the story, as much as the dialogue. Mononoke is stranger and genuinely eerie while Xxxholic is perhaps more conventional but both push the envelope in terms of supernatural horror in anime.

LLORAtheLLAMA LLORAtheLLAMA says...

The supernatural is what connects these two series. Spirits and otherwordly beings lurk around the characters' life causing mischief and horror. People are to be not as they seem and mysteries lie in the air, waiting to be picked up. If one of these two shows has picked up your interest, continue on to the next.

yuelio yuelio says...

Probably just because of some the typical mythic creatures used by a Clamp story. Expect light humour, and cute characters

kenikki kenikki says...

xxxHOLiC has much more humor, but they both deal with supernatural stories in somewhat dark and sometimes horrific ways.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Mononoke and XXXholic both deal with paranormal entities appearing in every day life. The main character in Mononoke bears several resemblances with Yuko from XXXholic, most prominently their shared knowledge and formidability when it comes to rid themselves of spirits. Furthermore, both shows carry eccentric but genuinely beautiful visual styles, and while the one found in Mononoke is far more sophisticated and original they are almost equally satisfying. If you've seen one, then make sure to check the other one out!

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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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

 Mononoke and Bakemonogatari are unique. Both are horror anime that give an original spin to Japanese folklore while exploring the medium in novel ways. The visual artistry involved is stunning and matches a narrative style that impacts the viewer by being genuinely creepy. These efforts match a stunning artwork and fluid animation with a keen insight into the uncanny. Fans of one are strongly advised to check out the other, especially since this kind of anime is rare and hard to come by.

Howlorihara Howlorihara says...

These two animes actually have quite a bit in common.  They both deal with supernatural creatures and their affects on human beings.  In other words, in discovering more about the creatures, the main character also learns more about the people involved in the story.  They are both beautifully and uniquely animated.  These two are some of my favorite animes I have seen.

Rohjake Rohjake says...

Bakemonogatari and Mononoke both deal with monsters from Japanese folklore. To defeat monsters the main characters need to learn how the monsters came to be in the first place.

If you liked one and crave for a similar series, the other is really worth checking out.

arrow1350 arrow1350 says...

Both series have a unique art style, editing technique, musical timing, and stilted dialogue. The combination creates a very atmospheric journey that is slightly unsettling and off-kilter.

Plot-wise, they share many similarities as well. Both deal in the supernatural where the main characters expel or help spirits and monsters. Unlike other series that deal with these subjects, the stories are little to do with the spirits and monsters themselves, but the humans that cause their existence. 

The episode format is also similar in that they focus on one spirit for a couple of episodes before moving to the next. 

Hell Girl

Hell Girl

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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tasanime tasanime says...

Jigoku Shoujo & Mononoke are great to watch for those who enjoy a more psychological slant on horror. Both host a variety of different characters that choose to sin or admit their sins. If you enjoyed one for the central theme, than I'm sure you'll like the other

argona argona says...

Both are dark series that reveal the ugly side of the human nature. They are focused on the suffering of humans who are responsible for theirown pain. In both ,viewer watches as the turth is revealed, as characters make mistakes that results in their punishment, either by their own hands or those they have damaged.

Peterpan97 Peterpan97 says...

they both have the same type of horror with interisting charactors. the storytelling is kind of similer as both have the horror as an underling of the thriller

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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Ran Ran says...

Both Mononoke and Pet Shop of Horrors give a glimpse of the japanese folklore through short horrific stories. Both anime also follow a guideline in the way the stories take place, although diferent for the two series, it gives a pattern to the plot that doesn't however take the suspense away, always making us wonder what will go wrong, and what will be the consequences of it.

argona argona says...

Both Mononoke and Petshop have main characters that are very charismatic and mysterious. They know almost everything from the beginningbut hide in the shadows and wait for the truth to reveal itself. You don't see them in action a lot but in reality, they are the ones pulling the strings.Every story has a lesson and explores the depth of human nature, the desires, temptations and sins!If you like dark stories with deep meanings,watch them both.

yuelio yuelio says...

Both have a main character who summerges us into the horror of spooky folklore, animals and monoke are not far away when there are human feelings between them

Hakaba Kitarou

Hakaba Kitarou

When the last two remaining members of the Ghost Tribe died, they left with them Kitarou - a one-eyed ghoulish child with a sinister cackle and a penchant for the supernatural. From day to day Kitarou tries his best to fit in at school (while failing miserably), thwart the fiendish schemes of the crude and rude Rat Man, and get the attention of the lovely and kind Neko Girl. with the help of his father-turned-talking-eyeball and his nervous and confused caretaker, Kitarou must learn to be the best Ghost Tribe heir that he can be!

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sothis sothis says...

Mononoke and Hakaba Kitaro are both horror anime with a twist: they have a very abstract appearance. However, keep in mind that Mononoke is more intelligent and serious, while Kitaro is far more comedic in a dark and dry sense.

valondar valondar says...

Both series feature the same art director and the results are truly gorgeous to behold; though stylistically rather different they share a striking visual style that if you loved the look of one you really should consider the other a worthwhile watch as well.

They both also have a horror component though with no intent to scare; Hakaba Kitarou is a dry comedy while Mononoke is a bizarre surreal headtrip.

kenikki kenikki says...

They may have different structure and storytelling and HK is more humorous, but both have similarly original animation design and they're both dark and a bit twisted and deals with supernatural aspects.

Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt

Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.

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argona argona says...

Ghost hunt and Mononoke are quite different but similar in some aspects. Mononke is much darker and has a greater sense of suspend withonly one main character while ghost hunt has a lighter atmosphere with an air of shoujo love and quite a few main characters but both stories revolve around Japanese monsters and spirits and exorcism. characters have to put the pieces ofpuzzle together and solve the mystery.

Taek Taek says...

Both shows feature a similar premise, with someone investigating a rumour or a ghost story and then trying to solve it, they also share a similar story stucture in that when each arc ends, we reset to the next, with no clear story running through from start to finish.

However, they are quite different in execution, but I do believe a fan of one, may enjoy the other.

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Shounen Onmyouji

Shounen Onmyouji

Being the insignificant heir to a talented family is rough, especially for someone who has little of his own talents and honestly desires to live up to the family name. Masahiro is the young grandson of the famed Abe no Seime. Although most consider him to be little in the face of his older male relatives, Masahiro is certain he can not only continue the family legacy but that he can stand in his own right as an Onmyouji. With the assistance of his friend Mokkun, he works to increase his skills and abilities as a spiritual protector and guide. With a great deal of will and the quiet assistance of his insightful grandfather, he will become a force of good in the battle against encroaching evil.

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neutrino neutrino says...

Both are series about the main character's ability to exorcise demons, and offer a fascinating view of buddhist methods to do so. Also, SO adds a bit of true history, as Abe (the grandfather) is an actual historical onmyouji.

EibhilinRhett EibhilinRhett says...

Both of these shows are very heavy on Japanese mythology and are centered heavily around exorcising restless spirits and stuff. Also, the main character in both of these is an onmyouji. So anyone who's into that sort of thing should honestly check out both.