Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4 - Recommendations

Alt title: Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

If you're looking for anime similar to Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4, 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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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.

Ray1613 Ray1613 says...

Mushishi has a much animation and stories, although it involves less "human" characters. Mushishi has a more supernaturual and story feel to it than youkai, and that makes it all the more interesting

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!

luckyvmeryl luckyvmeryl says...

They both have that slow pacing, beautiful flowy animation that makes the mood in every scene. It also has all of the depth to spirits not always being bad and secrets between humans and spirits that keeps you watching.

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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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 fans.

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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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.

A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo

The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.

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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. 

Barakamon

Barakamon

When calligrapher Sei "Seishuu" Handa becomes so enraged at a judge's critique of his work that he actually punches the old man, his father decides that Sei needs to reflect on his behavior and sends him to a remote island to live. Far from the modern conveniences of the city, the moody artist must adapt to his rural environment and his quirky but well-intentioned neighbors. How can he focus on his art when his appliances frequently don't work, his neighbors keep bothering him, and the neighborhood children have turned his house into a secret base?

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KynaKrazy KynaKrazy says...

The Natsume Yuujinchou series and Barakamon are both primarily anime of the Slice of Life genre. Although Barakamon does not have a supernatural element to it like Natsume Yuujinchou does, it gives off the same 'feel' ... that laid back, calm, and absolutely relaxing 'feel' that Natsume Yuujinchou gives you (or at least, that it gave me). Both series are very heartwarming and can make you relax after a bad day. Or if you just want something that can put a smile on your face. If you're looking for a good series to fill the void after finishing Natsume Yuujinchou then look no further than Barakamon! 

We Rent Tsukumogami

We Rent Tsukumogami

A pair of adopted siblings run a rental shop in old Edo (Present-day Tokyo) where fire and flooding is prevalent and everyday items are rented out to not impede when they flee. Mixed in the inventory are old objects that have turned into spirits after hundreds of years of existence called, Tsukumogami. These supernatural creatures listen to conversations around town and spread it as gossip. It is up to the good-hearted siblings to react to these quarrels and resolve the situation using the powers of the Tsukumogami.

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GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

These are both beautiful shows in which humans and youkai work together to help each other and solve problems.  They are both full of charm, slighlty slow paced, with a healthy mix of joy and melancholy.  They both emphasize the "human" spirit, and universal feelings like love (both familial and romantic), friendship, lonliness, jealousy, loyalty, and dedication, and how they affect people/youkai and those aroud them.  I definitely think that if you liked one show, you will like the other.

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