If you're looking for anime similar to Natsume's Book of Friends Season 5, you might like these titles.
Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called the "Mononokean" for help. Mysterious stories involving the very morose owner of Mononokean guiding the youkai that happened to wander into this world go to the next world.
Shizuru and Mizuki are two quiet sisters who have a foot in the world of the supernatural. While Shizuru can see the spirits and monsters who haunt mankind, Mizuki can't help but become possessed by them. Together, the duo live with their grandparents and are taught about the spiritual world from their grandfather, a powerful exorcist. In the serene countryside, the girls will learn about the ghosts and goblins that co-exist in our world, while also learning about themselves and their abilities.
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.
Aizawa Ayumu is spending the summer visiting his father in the quiet, rural town of Tana; but before long, he begins to notice that things aren't quite right. Flowers are blooming out of season and stories of ghosts and kappa abound, but for Ayumu, the strangest thing of all is the appearance of mysterious creatures who take the form of floating balls of light. Adding to this mystery is Wakkun - a boy who seems to be connected to the lights and claims to know Ayumu from the past. Now, Ayumu begins to search for the truth about the lights and Wakkun, as a summer like no other begins...
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?
Both follow a male protagonist who is dealing with the ups and downs of everyday life, both set in rural country. Natsume Yuujinchou and Barakamon both carry the same "feel good" feeling after every episode, followed by a message to the audience.
If you love the relaxed, slice of life Natsume Yuujinchou brings to its audience, you will also love the story of Barakamon.
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.
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.
30 year-old web designer Souta Tawara takes a leave of absence from his job in Tokyo to return to his hometown and sort out his family's affairs. His recently-deceased father's udon restaurant is now closed, and the house Souta and his sister grew up in stands empty. Ridden with guilt over disappointing his father, Souta is beginning to doubt the choices he's made in life thus far. While trying to figure out how he should move forward, he meets what appears to be a small boy sleeping in one of his father's old kitchen pots, but who turns out to be a shape-shifting tanuki! Cute, playful and full of energy, Souta names him Poco and the two develop a strong bond. But now he faces a conundrum: should he quit his job in Tokyo and remain in the countryside, or will he again leave his childhood home in favor of the big city, leaving Poco all alone?
The leaves are changing color and cold weather approaches. It's festival season, and the perfect time for Mitsuki and Shizuru to enjoy themselves with their grandparents. But unfortunately, the harsh wind leaves their grandmother laid up in bed sick, so it's time for the girls' mother to return and help around the house. With Mitsuki turning her back on Grammy and Shizuru becoming uncharacteristically angry with her younger sister, is there something more sinister at work in the Hibara household?
There are many kinds of youkai in the world, some of which take on the form of scary, malevolent monsters that want to punish humans for their careless ways or even harvest them for their own nefarious plans. However, at the other end of the spectrum are the harmless spirits who simply wish to co-exist peacefully with mankind. Young Kitarou is one such ghoul who, along with his talking eyeball of a father and various youkai friends, has taken it upon himself to protect humans from the monsters that would do them harm – that is, if the mischievous and greedy Rat-man doesn’t keep causing trouble in the process…
In a small, secluded hut far from town lives a young ghost boy by the name of Gegege no Kitarou and his tiny talking eyeball of a father. Despite his eerie nature, Kitarou spends his days trying to help the human world co-exist in harmony with the spooks and youkai that would otherwise cause them harm. From helping to retrieve a demonic baseball bat from a young boy to scaring off a hostile monster who is stealing children’s souls, Kitarou and his father do their best to maintain the peace with the help – or possibly hindrance – of the rodent-like Nezumi Otoko and the rest of his creepy friends.