Natsume's Book of Friends

Alt title: Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book of Friends Episode 9 - Ayakashi Exorcism

Natsume meets a popular actor named Natori Shuuichi who can also see spirits, and has a side job as an exorcist.

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Episode 1

The Cat And The Book Of Friends

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Episode 2

The Dew God's Small Shrine

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Episode 3

The Mysterious Person at the Eight Fields

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Episode 4

Shigure and the Girl

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Episode 5

Heart-Colored Ticket

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Episode 6

Swallow at the Lake Bottom

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Episode 7

The Little Fox's Hat

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Episode 8

Fleeting Light

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Episode 9

Ayakashi Exorcism

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Episode 10

Asagi's Koto

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Episode 11

Nyanko's Book of Boredom

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Episode 12

Five Day Mark

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HoshikoYoukai HoshikoYoukai says

natsume yuujinchou and Mishi-shi both have aspects of a chariter who can see supernatural things that very few people can see or understand. also both animes have a relaxing sence to it, no realy big bad guy and each protagonist takes life as it comes.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says

If you liked either Natsume Yuujinchou or Mushishi, you should definitely try out the other one. Both are intelligent, even-paced shows revolving around a theme of spirits-humans interaction. They are quiet and touching, with every episode revealing not just a refreshing tale of sorrow and charm, but a little bit more about the central protagonist. You can't go wrong with either NY or Mushishi if your tastes runs in this particular vein.

Idaemean Idaemean says

Both series are slow-paced, a little nostalgic, episodic. Protagonists of both anime have to find their way to deal with human and supernatural beings, decide which way to take and how to live. Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou have also small humoristic accents - they are really well balanced.



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oneredpanda oneredpanda says

Both series feature a boy with the ability to see spirits. Both are episodic and include a lot of shinto culture. Both deal with how the protagonist relates to the spirits, as friends or enemies. Both are slow paced. The difference is that Xxxholic is more gothic, while Natsume Yuujinchou is more rural.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says

Xxxholic and Natsume Yuujinchou are extremely similar, in both a young male protagonist is plagued by a special ability that allows him to see spirits. This causes them to be lonely and isolated and it is their journey to accept the world of the supernatural while opening up to others that motivates these anime. Both are heavily influenced by Japanese lore and Asian imagery. With this said, Xxxholic is more conceptual and occasionally darker while Natsume plays it straight and is more light hearted.

LittleBadKitty LittleBadKitty says

A story where a boy can see spirits and is annyoed with them one day meets a strange shop owner, Yuuko Ichihara, who claims that she can grant his wish to never see spirits again. But, in order to grant that wish, he must pay a "price", and thus, he ends up working in the shop that grants peoples wishes along withe the shop owner and its inhabitant's.

A funny story with lots of advices of how the world and the people "work" entwined with the mystrious Spiritual world and its inhabitants.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says

Both these anime feature a main character that can see and talk to supernatural beings. Both these anime have a mellow laid back pace that can be very relaxing to watch. Both anime involve the main human character coming into conflict with the spirit world as they try to live their normal lives.

Really what makes these two anime a good match is the general laid back atmosphere. If you're looking for anime that get away from the somewhat common fast pace and instead take their time to let their plot unfold or like anime that deal with Japanese folklore then you should try both of these shows. 

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. 

animelover1477 animelover1477 says

These wo show give off he simlar vibe/felling i rec. them both , their both a good watch . N.Y has more episode so there is more depth while G. is only 12 episode but they are all solid watches. They are both slow-paced slice of lifes that you will fall in love with