While fooling around in the snow, Natsume and Nyanko-sensei run in to Gen, a forest guardian who lives inside a statue. Gen tries to take over Natsume's body, but instead takes over a snow rabbit that Natsume had made. Gen pleads Natsume to help him find an evil spirit who destroyed Sui, his guardian partner, and Natsume agrees. But it seems Gen isn't telling everything he should...
Stolen Book Of Friends
Melting Into Spring
Youkai Exorcism Amid The Steaming Springs
A Chick Hatches
Tree Of Promise
The Maiden's Circle
That Which You Must Not Call
The Man Amidst the Rows of Cherry Trees
Assembly of Conjurers
The Young Boy in the Empty House
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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...
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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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.
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.