Mushishi

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xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC

At first glance, Kimihiro Watanuki appears to be a normal high school student; but little do people know that not only is Watanuki able to see spirits, but he's also a magnet for them! One day, after being chased by one such spirit, Watanuki happens upon a strange building. There he meets a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can get rid of his ability to see spirits - for a price: Watanuki must work as her housekeeper until he has paid off the cost of granting his wish. Now Watanuki's eyes are being opened to an entirely new side of the world as he assists Yuuko in her work, all while balancing the housework, his schoolwork, and most importantly, ensuring that Yuuko is never out of sake!

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Mushishi and xxxHolic, while slightly different in tone, both focus on a more supernatural side of life. So while xxxHolic focuses more on cautionary tales and Japanese mythology and Mushishi looks at the mysterious lifeforms known as Mushi, if you liked the supernatural aspect of one then it is well worth checking out the other.

EmpressMadara EmpressMadara says...

Both mangas is practically talking about same things. It have same atmosphere in them. Yes, story lines may differ, but both of them give you similar reading plasure.

Pet Shop of Horrors

Pet Shop of Horrors

The mysterious Count D owns a pet shop in Chinatown. However, it's no ordinary pet shop: D sells exotic and rare pets that often have the appearance of a human in the eyes of their new owners. Since these animals are so special, each one is only sold if the customer signs a contract agreeing to abide by the instructions provided, or suffer the dire consequences, all whilst conveniently releasing the shop itself from any responsibility. However, when some customers break their contracts and a series of incidents occur as a result, this small business doesn't go unnoticed. Inspector Leon Orcot begins to investigate D, suspecting him of slave smuggling; but can he get to the bottom of the events surrounding the shop, or will he just be dragged into the Count's pace of afternoon tea and cake?

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sothis sothis says...

Pet Shop of Horrors and Mushishi tell oft dark tales of the supernatural's influence on humans. I'd call Pet Shop closer to horror and Mushishi closer to something like Kino no Tabi (anime), but fans of one would DEFINITELY enjoy the other.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

While Pet Shop of Horrors is darker in tone than Mushishi, both focus on the effects that the suernatural have on humans. If one of these interested you, then it's worth checking out the other.

Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World (Light Novel)

Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World (Light Novel)

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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JAhU JAhU says...

Both series are about a traveler and both have strong philosophical undertones. It's difficult to explain exactly why, but if you liked one fo those two series, you'll love the other one. Must have something to do with all the people who the protagonist is meeting.

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Both of these excellent stories are about unique travelers who wander the land and come in contact with many different societies.

Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World

Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World

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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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

The main characters of these manga travel the world and meet many different people on their endless journey. While one is in the busness of helping people, the other is a dispassionate observer, learning what she can before moving on.

Simyrin Simyrin says...

they have a similar structure of a traveller going from place to place and only staying for short times, few reoccuring characters and different mysteries that accompany each location

Mononoke

Mononoke

In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both Mushishi and Mononoke focus on a mysterious travelling protagonist who helps solve problems caused by supernatural phenomena. While Mononoke has a darker tone to it and each plotline is longer than Mushishi, if you enjoyed one it's worth checking out the other.

Katana

Katana

When Akira Narikawa was a boy, he communicated with the spirits of the swords that passed through his house. The grandson of a famous sword smith, he has grown to be a young man who doesn’t want to inherit the family business, and attends school instead. But Akira soon finds himself in the company of swords and their spirits once more, and with his special talents and kindness he always is able to calm what evil lies in wait. In addition to meeting new friends, Akira will touch the lives of many – both the living, and the dead.

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sothis sothis says...

Mushishi and Katana follow a man with the ability to see the supernatural. Through a collection of stories - Katana more connected than Mushishi - the man influences both the living and the dead. While Mushishi is quite a bit darker, fans of one manga would definitely appreciate the other.

Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun

Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun

For those who suffer nightmares, help awaits at the Silver Star Tea House, where patrons can order much more than just Darjeeling. Hiruko is a special kind of private investigator. He's a dream eater. And he'll rid you of your darkest visions…for a price.

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sothis sothis says...

Nightmare Inspector and Mushishi are a fantastic rec pair. Each is comprised of tales of the supernatural, and the oft dark ways it influences the living. Try it on for size.

Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro

Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro

Black-clad, bespectacled Kuro wanders the land with nothing but a large coffin and bat named Sen at her side. During her travels Kuro finds Nijuku and Sanju, two abandoned experiments of a long-gone professor, and takes them along on her journey. Together, they move from place to place, experiencing the joys and hardships of life along the way - for the townspeople always tend to think Kuro is a witch, has bad intentions, or worse…

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sothis sothis says...

Mushishi is admittedly darker and Kuro is 4-koma, but both are quiet tales of a supernatural-inclined person who wanders the land, always getting themselves into the path of danger.

Children of the Sea

Children of the Sea

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.

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chocobolily chocobolily says...

Children of the Sea and Mushishi have very similar, natural art style and tone.  Slow-paced and serene, both stories deal with humans and nature interacting in an imaginative, almost spiritual sort of way.  A lot of effort goes into the storyline as well.  Read and enjoy both!

Filament

Filament

Mitsuko Kunizaki has inherited a small grocery store from her grandmother. Being a single mother to a little boy, she intends to close it down and move on with life. However, in the solitary store that sits next to the last bus stop at the tip of a peninsula lie some long-buried memories that slowly reemerge as Mitsuko arrives at what used to be her home—memories of a lonesome childhood and of people who came to the peninsula to end their lives.

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Being from the same mangaka, it's no surprise that Mushishi and Peninsula (from Filament) share a lot of similarities. They are both supernatural stories that are very gentle and delicately handled. They both have a quiet beauty that makes me think that if you like one, you'll like the other.