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Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.

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hurin hurin says...

The relationship and personalities (and choice of weapon) of Kino/Hermes and Fumika/Kanaka are very similar. Also the main character will spend time philosophizing about the situations they encounter.

etherealam etherealam says...

The personalities of the two main character for each series is strikingly similar: the quiet, unmoving female heroine, and her talkative inanimate object of a partner. Kino's story is an episodic exploration of existentialism, so the story goes a little bit slower than Shigofumi, but if you are patient you may like it quite a lot.

seasong seasong says...

Both of these anime revolve around competent, gun wielding women who act a bit like guys. They have an episodic feel to them, although Shigofumi is less so. Also, neither of the main characters judge what they witness, they simply observe. Overall they both have a similar feel and if you liked one you should like the other.

JAhU JAhU says...

Both Shigofumi and Kino no Tabi have a similar main character. Fumika and Kino are both silent girls with somewhat similar attitude towards world and the philosophy of not getting involved in events surrounding them. Both are accompanied in they journeys\\\\work by a talking item (Kino's motor an Fumika's staff). Although Shigofumi takes place in modern japan and Kino no Tabi takes place in a fantasy world, they both contain interesting (but different) drama. If you liked one, you should check the other one as well.

P.S. Did I mentioned that both are quite grim?

convexity convexity says...

Undoubtedly, those who loved Shigofumi will love Kino's Journey as well, and vice versa. First released as light novels of the same names, both Shigofumi and Kino's Journey feature rather similar main characters -- Fumika and Kanaka, Kino and Hermes. The two girls and the two others are each in a relationship of a wanderer and a guide; the girls roam about, from people to people, from place to place, with their purposes. They have their personal history revealed along the way, but for most of the story, they live the life of wise observers:  indifferent but thoughtful ones who can reflect upon the very question of human nature.

Cetonis Cetonis says...

If there is any "spiritual successor" to Kino's Journey out there, it is Shigofumi. Each follows an observer and her inanimate partner through a variety of individual stories, most involving some sort of social commentary, irony, message, etc. It's worth noting that Shigofumi has more of an overarching plot than Kino, with a few recurring characters and a dedicated development of Fumika's backstory over time. Whether this is ultimately for the better or not is up to the individual, but in the end anyone who enjoyed one of these series should surely find the other to their liking as well.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Shigofumi is like Kino's Journey 2.0, with a similarly-characterized quiet/contemplative girl with a gun and her rather animated inanimate companion. Additionally, each deals with similar themes about humanity in a pseudo-episodic format.

snivets snivets says...

Both shows are heavy on philosophy and themes of morality when humans find themselves in extreme situations. The heaviness of the themes is lightened by the amusing interaction of a chatty non-human object and a stoic girl who prefers observing to participating in events she encounters.

Hell Girl

Hell Girl

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Jigoku Shoujo and Shigofumi have the same basic premise, a mysterious and detached girl with a connection to the world of the dead interacts with the living. Disturbing dilemmas, a psychological bent toward the darkest themes possible and a great dose of horror elements make these titles a perfect match.

etherealam etherealam says...

Both of these series deal with the supernatural and the afterlife: Jigoku Shoujo carries out vengeance, Fumika delivers letters from the dead. However, Shigofumi is a little more lighthearted that Jigoku Shoujo. Jigoku Shoujo is more episodic than Shigofumi, with less of a plot to follow. In any case, if you are into supernatural series, both of these are great choices!

DontStay DontStay says...

The main aspect which I find them comparable and similar, both anime are about the social issues and its conclusions in a way, whether it's bringing a mail from afterlife like in Shigofumi or asking Jigoku Shoujo's help to kill someone. However, while Shigofumi has more concerted plot, both heroines have their own problems to deal with..

chii chii says...

Both anime are about shinigami but the main difference is that in Jigoku Shoujo the shinigami kills the person out of revenge where in Shigofumi the shinigami helps the person that has died by sending a final letter to a person of their choice. Both anime have mysterious female leads who are the shinigami and leave you wanting to learn more and more about these interesting girls. If you like tales about the dead check either of these out.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both Shigofumi and Jigoku Shoujo follow a mysterious and supernatural young girl who aids those in ways that they cannot themselves achieve. While Shigofumi deals with the dead sending letters to the living, Jigoku Shoujo follows those who feel so trapped that they have no way to help themselves other than by cursing the other party. Both are slightly heavier series, and if you liked one, it's worth trying the other.

ShoujoAi ShoujoAi says...

i am writing this while four episodes into sigofumi but i already see a tone of similarities, this will be based off those four episodes, however i will edit this once i complete it.

Shigofumi is about a girl named Mikawa Fumika who is deceased, she has purpose despite being dead though, she delivers letters from the dead to the living that are called "Shigofumi" the letters contain the last and final moments of the dead who sent them, wether it be who murdered them or just to say goodbye.

and here is what Jigoku Shoujo is about, it's about a girl named Enma Ai is she dead? of course she is and her purpose is to seek revenge in place of others how does she do this you ask? she uses a website which can only be used at midnight. the person puts in the name of the person they want to send to hell and she delivers. of course this comes at the price of your soul going to hell after you die.

Similarities: Both have young girls with a mysterious past, both have supernatural powers/ablities, both of their past lives slowly become revealed as you go along, both have companions which are objects. both reappear and disappeaer A LOT, both are episodic anime.

Differences: Jigoku shoujo has more then one companion that also take on human form unlike Shigofumi, Jigoku shoujo has two other seasons with different storylines that dive deeper into enma ai's past, Jigoku Shoujo is much more darker and suspensful then shigofumi, Jigoku shoujo has more horror aspects then shigofumi.

Kasei Kasei says...

Both of these deal with the darker sides of human emotions in episodic stories, and have a reserved, duty-bound main character with a troubled past they have not come to terms with. While Jigoku Shoujo is probably more on the serious side, I think the two have a similar atmosphere at times. 

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee

In Amberground, the land of eternal twilight, Letter Bees and their dingos – creatures trained to protect them – deliver mail to the general populace. However, unlike normal mail carriers, their job is perilous as they must traverse the country while fighting off the giant armored insects known as Gaichuu. One day, a Letter Bee named Gauche collects his latest delivery: a young boy named Lag Seeing, whose mother was taken under mysterious circumstances to the capital of Akatsuki. As the pair travels together, they strike up a friendship, but when they finally reach their destination Lag and Gauche part ways. Now, several years later, Lag is about to take the exam to become a Letter Bee himself so that he can meet with Gauche again and find out what really happened to his mother all those years ago. But before any of that, he must find himself a dingo...

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both Letter Bee and Shigofumi are about mil carriers with a difference. While one is set in a fictional world, and the other in modern day Japan, both place heavy focus on delivering heartfelt emotions to people who will be unable to see their loved ones for one reason or another. If you enjoyed this about one, then it's well worth trying the other.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series reolve around someone not in an "ordinary" circumstance delivering letters. Each series is centered mainly around younger kids and supernatural events.

snivets snivets says...

Letter Bee and Shigofumi are both about mail carriers whose jobs are a little more unusual than just delivering everyday mail. Both shows focus on questions of right/wrong and what it means to be human.

RSAmvAkaBritt RSAmvAkaBritt says...

I watched tegami Bachi and I was recommended to check out Shigofumi, I'm gonna start watching Shigofumi after I finish Toradora or Black cat 

Momo: The Girl God of Death

Momo: The Girl God of Death

Momo is a sympathetic death god who cries every time she sees a touching moment. Though she brings death, she also allows the victim to complete their last wish before taking them away. Accompanying her through her adventures is a winged black cat named Daniel. With a huge scythe in tow, Momo strives to touch the lives of humankind and overflow the world with pure kindness, by fulfilling the soon deceased’s tasks.

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MaRCoo MaRCoo says...

They are both about a girl who has a 'strange role' in death. The girl in Shigofumi delivers letters from departed, and Momo, the girl in Shinigami no Ballad, helps the people who are about to die. It's kind of the same feeling when you watch the show. Also they both have very funny sidekicks. ( Shigofumi - staff & SnB - the cat)

puppy0cam puppy0cam says...

both are stories about the one between life and death. both of them do make use of the message from the dead plot element but shigofumi making it the main focus whereas shinigami no ballad does make use of it its only for an arc or 2 focusing more upon how the person handles the knowledge that they will die.

both are beutiful stories and can be considered hidden gems.

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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Mokiemorty Mokiemorty says...

Both of the series have that mysterious, supernatural feel to them. They'll send chills downyour spine at first. They're good for when you're in a dark mood.

eaper eaper says...

Death Note, like Shigofumi, is centered around supernatural workings involving the dead. Also, the stories in each of the series are quite dark, and they both have a similar (and great) animation style.

Kuro no Sumika: Chronus

Kuro no Sumika: Chronus

Makoto Nakazono is a high school student with a small dark secret. Since he was little, he has had the mysterious power to see "black entities" that steal souls — the gods of death known as Fates. One day, he is suddenly interrogated by one of the "black entities," Akira Seno: "Will you get in our way?" But Makoto replies with an air of resignation, "There's nothing I can do anyway, so I won't." At that moment, Makoto didn't notice the threatening shadow approaching his childhood friend Hazuki...

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snivets snivets says...

Taking death seriously, and showing how human attachment (both positive and negative) affects the living, Shigofumi and Kuro no Sumika will probably entertain fans of shows that examine the world through the lens of death/impending death. If you found one show interesting, you'll probably enjoy the other.

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both of these shows contain workers of the afterlife. In Kuro no Sumika it's the actual reapers and in Shigofumi it's a sort of postal service delivering letters from the deceased (containing their feelings).

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

As a child, Violet was used by the military as a weapon because of her combat prowess. Her one friend and protector was Major Gilbert, who named the girl, taught her how to speak and write, and cared for her. But after being seriously injured in the war, losing both arms in the process, Violet is brought to the Evergarden household to recuperate. There, she trains to become an Auto Memories Doll: a person who writes letters for others, deciphering their true feelings and expressing it on paper. As Violet travels the world, she helps her clients find love and comfort through the letters she writes; but more importantly, she slowly begins to understand emotions, so that she can finally cope with what she’s done, and what she’s lost. 

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MaigoMango MaigoMango says...

Shigofumi and Violet Evergarden are both stories about the delivery, understanding, and acceptance of many different feelings told through letters. 

Shigofumi is 10 years older than Violet Evergarden so the animation is incomparable, but not many titles even in today's world can even compete with the beauty of Violet Evergarden. 

snivets snivets says...

Both Violet Evergarden and Shigofumi are about expressing feelings through letters. I also think the protagonists are fairly similar, with low emotional energy and calm expressions.

Ghost Hound

Ghost Hound

Tarou has dreams - distressing dreams, related to the trauma he suffered as a child. His dreams and visions disturb his ease of mind, constantly reminding him of the darkness of his fear at the time he lost his sister all those years ago. He relives the fear, but can't recall any of the details of the time. Now, a new transfer student, Masayuki, takes an interest in Tarou's troubled past, as well as their school mate Makoto's connection to the dark incident. Under his persistence, the three boys end up visiting the site where Tarou was held hostage as a child: a decrepit hospital beyond the dam. The three venture forward to face their pasts and fears, unsuspecting of the bizarre world they are about to enter...

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lucky13lms lucky13lms says...

Both Shigofumi and Ghost Hound deal with the supernatural. They don't deal with the same type of supernatural occurrences, so one is not a readdress of the other. They are well paced, interesting stories told with likable characters. Side note: both have really nice soundtracks.

Elfen Lied: In the Passing Rain

Elfen Lied: In the Passing Rain

Poor Nana just is not able to adapt to her new life after being invited to stay in Kouta and Yuka's home. Especially when Lucy, the evil killer she's living with and despises, is turning out to be an incredibly sweet, clueless person named Nyuu who just wants to make others happy. Regardless, Nana is determined not to be shown up by the likes of her and will pull no stops at proving she can be useful too. Whether it be cleaning the floor, scrubbing the windows or even going on walks with the girl she hates the most, Nana is set on fitting into her new household. But through her efforts is she starting to grow close to Nyuu, despite the way she feels about Nyuu's other personality?

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SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

Both animes are really touching stories about girls who have had a hard childhood and now are facing many problems with relationships with other people. If you like being close to tears you will like them for sure.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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uberrig uberrig says...

In Perfect Blue we have Mimi, in Shigofumi we have Fumiko.. both suffer from tricking themselves into thinking that by doing something to please someone else they will be more loved, happier or just better off for it. Mimi has her agent, Fumiko her father. For both it ends up completely different and far from where they want to be or where they thought they were going. Truly I believe these 2 characters to be kindred spirits in their self imposed sufferage that they must attempt to overcome.