Natsume's Book of Friends Season 2

Alt title: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou

If you're looking for anime similar to Natsume's Book of Friends Season 2, you might like these titles.

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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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Like Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi involves the key character interacting with spirits and eploring their relationships with humans. Mushishi feels far more profound, evinces more gravity, and has a richness in animation that Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou lacks. At the same time, Mushishi's central character Ginko is not so interesting, as he takes a more objective role than Natsume. Still, that same gentle pace and focus on heart-melting tragedy present in Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou can be found in Mushishi.

GuardianEnzo GuardianEnzo says...

The Natsume Yuujinchou series and Mushishi share some very critical attributes.  Both are extremely intelligently written and respect their audience.  Both are supremely Japanese in outlook.  Both deal with a Shinto or psuedo-Shinto (in the case of Mushishi) mythology for their main plot drivers.  And both are episodic in nature, concerned less with developing storylines than revealing their characters.

While they're very different in tone, I think both are equally charming for the difference.  Where Mushishi is cool and deeply imbued with a wistful sadness and even horror, Natsume Yuujinchou is unapologetically warm towards its characters and doesn't shy away from emotion.  If I were to describe NY it would be something like a cross between Mushishi and Winnie the Pooh - in a good way.  If you like one, I can't imagine you won't like the other.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

If you liked the supernatural and slow paced nature of Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, then you may enjoy Mushishi. Though Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou has more comedic content than Mushishi, both have a similar vibe.

lagman92 lagman92 says...

if you liked This show, then mushishi/zoku natsume yuujinchou will without a doubt fit your taste.

Mystery, the paranormal these themes is the dominting in each one of these, and still they have much deeper stories both of them.

The only difference might be the episodic vs. connected, but even as there's this difference, then you wont be dissapointed with these.

MDHTR MDHTR says...

The main character helps to solve mysterious problems over and over again. The mysterious things can be a little bit scary, but generally they made me more curious than afraid.

Both animes are setted in the countryside, forests and other natural sceneries as surrounding.

Both main characters have a really positive attitude towards the supernatural beings they meet. It's like a trust and a belief in a greater good.

Both series give me a kind, warm feeling, and I don't want them to end.

mtf05 mtf05 says...

both are episodic, both deal with supernatural and mystical beings, both are slow paced mature anime, mushishi has the advantage in artwork

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these animes are slow-paced and fairly episodic, with a mature look at mythology and the spiritual realm. Both Ginko and Natsume are generally loner characters who balance between the world of humans the world of spirits. 

chii chii says...

Both series have a similar feel about them due to the main character being able to see "creatures" that others for the most part can not. Both are episodic shows so some stories might be more interesting than others but overall you should enjoy the slow paced story telling with a supernatural touch. If you enjoyed one, you should enjoy the other.

snivets snivets says...

Both of these shows have a similar peaceful atmosphere, and a slow pace of storytelling. Both main characters see spirits, and try to help humans/spirits for the sake of harmony between the two.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

If you enjoyed Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, then you might want to check out Spirited Away. Both are heavily influenced by Shinto and focus on the rocky relationships between humans and spirits. Both also have gorgeous visuals, a touch of comedy and a certain feelgood factor.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime involve a lot of shinto mythology. Both have a fairly young protagonist dealing with the supernatural world and learning about the bridges between humanity and the spiritual realm. With lovely artistry and a mixture of comedy and adventure, these two animes definitely go together. 

snivets snivets says...

With similar supernatural content and a focus on human weaknesses/strengths, Spirited Away is a natural recommendation for Nastume Yuujinchou. They have a similar quiet pace and good storytelling.

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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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

If you liked the supernatural and comedic asects of Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, then you may well enjoy xxxHolic. Though Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou is more slow paced than xxxHolic, both share a similar sort of content.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime have a young male who can see spirits as the main lead. Both Watanuki and Natsume could be considered "outcast" characters for how little they interact with the cast outside a small group of close friends. They both have a "Yoda" character who guides them through the mythology of their world, and who is usually asking for some sake. 

Both anime are fairly episodic and deal with how the main character interacts with the spirits and people around them. 

snivets snivets says...

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. Similar content makes xxxHolic a good rec for Natsume.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

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.

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Verdeloth26 Verdeloth26 says...

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.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

With spirit beings, an even, episodic pace, and simple but atmospheric animation, Spice and Wolf feels quite similar to Natsume Yuujinchou. The key difference is that Spice and Wolf isn't as gentle, nor as subtle, and has a strong focus on its world setting. However, if you want to be mesmerised rather than blown away, then Spice and Wolf is a good bet.

Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan

Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan

It is said that the spirit who stood at the helm of the night parade of a hundred demons was the supreme commander of all monsters and lord of Pandemonium, Nurarihyon. Young Rikuo comes from the bloodline of Nurarihyon and is one-quarter demon. Though he has the ability to communicate with, and command youkai he has no intention of succeeding his grandfather as head of the Nura clan, instead choosing to live a normal human life. However, with his family and aides all waiting for him to fully accept the succession and his ‘Night Rikuo’ alter-ego determined to become the next leader, can the young schoolboy fight his fate as a Nura to lead the night parade?

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KazekageGarra KazekageGarra says...

Both anime are about the youki and their inherited powers. Both have a very good storyline and interesting characters that help them along.

Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?

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chii chii says...

Do you love series about supernatural beings that only one person can see? Both these titles deliver on that. Natsume is much longer (4 seasons worth) than Hotarubi but both give off the same slow paced dramatic feel no matter how many episodes there are. The only difference between these 2 shows is that Hotarubi has a romantic plot to it. Check them out!

Bleach

Bleach

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.

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AltairSteam AltairSteam says...

I guess that your first reaction when you saw this recommendation was: "wtf?!". But stay calm. I want to show you some similarities. Both of these anime tell the story of the guy who can see ghosts and isn't happy because of that: Natsume can see youkai and Ichigo can see spirits. They don't have many friends and full family (Natsume is an orphan, Ichigo hasn't got mother) but they are trying to help ghosts they met (Natsume is doing that all the time, Ichigo i.e. in first episode). Also, they finally got friends among ghosts. Other important matter is that both of them want to become stronger to protect people who are important for them and find their own purpose in life.

A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo

Following the death of her father, who left her a letter that never got beyond a greeting, Momo struggles to come to terms with her grief and guilt, and finds herself distanced from her mother. When the two move to a new home on a remote island in the Japanese Inland Sea, Momo befriends a young boy and his perceptive younger sister, a timid postman and three rascally goblins. With their help Momo prepares to take the plunge into her new life on the island.

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Karasune Karasune says...

If you enjoyed seeing Natsume interacting with youkai while trying to solve his problems (usually brought on by the youkai), you should check out A Letter to Momo. Both share a similar somber yet gentle atmosphere. Natsume and Momo also share the same experiences of loss and loneliness. A fan of Natsume Yuujinchou could probably appreciate the story of Momo, her youkai friends, and the troubles they bring to her. 

RDG: Red Data Girl

RDG: Red Data Girl

Izumiko has lived a secluded, sheltered life in a mountain shrine since she was born. Having been raised to become the vessel of the Hime-gami, a mysterious force, the girl’s family has carefully planned and measured all aspects of her life - from the prestigious school she’s meant to attend to even her hair style. So when Izumiko is threatened by strange events, her father forces yet another obligation on her: Miyuki Sagara, a mountain monk descendant who’s fated to be her bodyguard. Unfortunately for the duo, neither is happy about the arrangement, especially Miyuki, who’s being exiled from his home city to guard a girl he considers to be useless. Can the two learn to find common ground in their search to understand the supernatural mysteries unfolding around them?

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SuriZen SuriZen says...

Both shows are centered around shinto themes. RDG is based off japanese shinto legends while Nastame is based off shinto mythology. This gives them a similiar vibe. RDG is suspenseful/mysterious with a bit of slice of life while Natsume is more light hearted. 

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods follows the everyday life of Makoto Saeki, who is the 15th successor to her family’s shrine. As a result, Makoto is able to see Gintaro, a messenger of the gods who is the spirit of a sacred silver fox and has lived at the shrine for over 350 years. As a messenger of the gods, Gintaro has the ability to see into the future, and uses it to help Makoto only when she is truly in need. This is the story of friendship between a delicate teenager and a shy and stubborn messenger of the gods.

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Karasune Karasune says...

Both Natsume Yuujinchou and Gingitsune share a main character who has the ability to see supernatural beings. These characters, Natsume from Natsume Yuujinchou and Makoto from Gingitsune, help spirits, other humans, and themselves throughout the series with their special ability. The characters are quite different; Makoto is more bubbly and social while Natsume is quiet and outcasted by his peers, but they're both good-natured and try to do the right thing. If you're up for more Shinto-based adventures with drama and youkai in every episode, these two are definitely worth a try.