[Fantasy Slice of Life Fall 2017] Like Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)? Watch This!

There is something about slice of life that draws people in. While it is often criticized for being a genre where “nothing happens”, it is actually a genre that people can usually relate to the most. Generally speaking, the magic of slice of life is definitely its simplicity, which can ease and refresh the viewers after having a rough day. One anime that is a staple recommendation for this type of genre is Natsume Yuujinchou.

Natsume Yuujinchou is great and amazing thanks to its creator, Yuki Midorikawa. The show is so popular that it already has six seasons under its belt with an upcoming movie that will premiere sometime in 2018. Natsume Yuujinchou draws a lot of people’s attention because of its brilliant messages and lessons about life in general. It’s indeed episodic, but the charm of this anime is its captivating setting, well-rounded characters and their intriguing interactions with one another.

If you want to watch something similar to Natsume Yuujinchou that is currently airing this season, then you’ve come to the right place! These two titles will absolutely unwind you from all the stress that you’ve been feeling lately. Make sure to relax and enjoy!

About Natsume Yuujinchou

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul. 2008 - Sept. 2008

Ever since he can remember, Natsume Takahashi has been chased by countless yōkai of different shapes and sizes. Because of his special ability to see the supernatural, he doesn’t have a moment of peace and has been isolated from his family and friends. Everything changes, though, when Natsume accidentally frees the fearsome spirit Madara. Upon meeting the powerful spirit, Natsume learns that he owns the yuujinchou (book of friends), a powerful book which contains the names of different yōkai that his grandmother, Reiko Takahashi, managed to collect. To stop the yōkai who are constantly chasing him around, Natsume decides to return the names to their rightful owners.

Although he doesn’t like the idea of Natsume returning the names, Madara volunteers to be Natsume’s personal bodyguard. He will stick to Natsume’s side and will wait for the boy to die in order to obtain the yuujinchou.

Liked Natsume Yuujinchou? Then watch Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus' Bride)!

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Oct. 2017 - Currently Airing

Hatori Chise has already given up on life. With no family to run to nor friends to confide in, she decides to end it all by jumping off a building. However, before she can push through with her plans, a man talks to her and suggests she sell herself instead. Since she has no qualms about what may happen to her, she agrees to the stranger’s offer. In a funny twist of fate, she finds herself as the apprentice and bride of a mysterious bone-headed magus, Elias Ainsworth. Just when she thought that there was no hope for her, she finds the warmth of Elias too irresistible to ignore. Join Chise as she explores the magical world that Elias opened for her.

3 Major similarities

1. Similar Protagonists

From the first episode alone, one can immediately see that Natsume and Chise mirror each other. One noticeable thing that they share is that both protagonists can see the supernatural. Having this unusual gift has brought them lots of pain, but also tons of happiness. To better explain that, Chise is also isolated from her family and friends for being a sleigh beggy. However, after being taken in by the ancient magus, she starts to see her uniqueness as a blessing.

But the similarity does not only end there! You can say that Chise is the girl version of Natsume in a different dimension. Like Natsume, Chise is someone who puts others before herself, whether they are humans or unworldly beings. She is also too kind, which makes her easily fooled and teased by those around her. Since she is isolated from human interaction for a long time, she also tends to be awkward during interactions with other people or spirits. But with that being said, Chise also seems to have the courage and intelligence of Natsume.

Lastly, they are protected and guided by powerful beings by their side. Natsume has Madara to save him and is there to teach him the fascinating world of yōkai. On the other hand, Chise has Elias, who is very protective of her. Although that may be, Elias is very willing to educate Chise when it comes to magic; within limits, of course.

2. Purely Magical

Everyone knows how rich the world of Natsume Yuujinchou is. Although almost everything happens in the countryside, it never fails to amaze its fans thanks to its references of Japanese beliefs, culture, and traditions. Of course, you will also have a piece of that in Mahoutsukai no Yome; even more of it, in fact.

Unlike Natsume Yuujinchou, Mahoutsukai no Yome centers around Western folklore and mythology. Here, viewers com across dragons, faeries, pixies, monsters, wizards, magicians, and a whole lot more! The worldbuilding behind the show is wonderful, especially so if you are a fan of the fantasy genre. Every spirit that is shown in the anime is designed wonderfully, and the best part of it is that each of them is at least explained to the viewers as to what they are or what their purpose is. If you loved Natsume Yuujinchou because of its captivating and enchanting setting, there is no doubt that you will also love Mahoutsukai no Yome.

3. Meaningful and thought-provoking

Natsume Yuujinchou managed to pull a lot of people’s heart strings thanks to its relatable story and the wonderful messages that it gives to its viewers. The show definitely inspires a lot of people and it leaves a strong impression. Like Natsume Yuujinchou, Mahoutsukai no Yome also gives some gripping ideas and lessons to its viewers. As Chise learns more about life, relationships, friendships, and love through other people and spirits that she meets, viewers are also able to gain something from the show.

Liked Natsume Yuujinchou? Watch Konohana Kitan

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct. 2017- Currently Airing

Although it is hard to separate herself from her beloved guardian, Yao Bikuri, Yuzu is determined to do her best as an attendant of a luxurious inn called Konohanatei. While she does create tons of mistakes and has to learn from the very basics, she is constantly supported by her other fox coworkers; Satsuki, Sakura, Ren, and Natsume, who quickly warms up to her thanks to her simple and sweet nature. Every day is a learning experience for Yuzu and people around her also discovers something new about themselves as a result of Yuzu’s unique perspective on things and life.

Three major similarities shared by Natsume Yuujinchou and Konohana Kitan

1. Slow but soothing

It’s no secret that Natsume Yuujinchou is a slow-paced anime, the same can be said of is Konohana Kitan. Nevertheless, both shows are incredibly soothing to their viewers. Akin to Natsume Yuujinchou, Konohana Kitan has the same calming and relaxing feeling and atmosphere. It uses light and cool visuals as well as soft and gentle music to match the overall serene vibe of the whole show. However, another thing that certainly melts Konohana Kitan viewers’ hearts is the never-ending moe fanservice. Everything about this show is absolutely charming and adorable! It’s more sparkly than Natsume Yuujinchou but the show is very light-hearted and easy to follow.

2. Japanese Folklore

This is the biggest similarity between Natsume Yuujinchou and Konohana Kitan. Both shows rely on Japanese mythology and folklore. Viewers will be able to see different types of yōkai and gods as well. Who knows? you might see a similar yōkai in Konohana Kitan that you might have already seen in Natsume Yuujinchou. It’s also interesting to know various types of yōkai since there are some yōkai in Konohana Kitan that haven’t shown themselves yet in Natsume Yuujinchou. In addition to that, the show can give some glimpses of Japanese culture and beliefs in general. These include their festivals, way of life, and so much more!

3. Always learning something new

Natsume and Yuzu are similar in the sense that they have to learn new things from their new environment. We’re not saying that Natsume isn’t accustomed to being chased by countless yōkai in his everyday life. What we mean is that Natsume is quite new to the experiences and interactions with various people and spirits after meeting Madara. After learning the truth behind the yuujinchou and why he is being constantly chased around by yōkai, Natsume starts to discover a lot of new things that he wasn’t able to understand and experience by himself because he would either run away to escape the yōkai or avoid people so as to not look weird.

Meanwhile, Yuzu is the same. Since she has no prior experience working in any industry, she has to learn a lot to fully grasp what it takes to be an amazing attendant at Konohanatei. By working in that kind of environment, Yuzu gets to meet different customers from various places. She finds very encounter with these customers essential and valuable because they teach her something that could be very helpful to her and her friends.

Of course, it’s not only the protagonists of these two shows that have to discover something new. The people around them also learn something from them as well. Since Natsume and Yuzu are characters who are unique compared to those around them, they have this special and unconventional way of thinking that makes any problem simple and easy to understand.

Final Thoughts

Now there you have it! Mahoutsukai no Yome and Konohana Kitan are interesting and fun shows to watch, so better try them out. If you want something dramatic but a bit darker than Natsume Yuujinchou, then Mahoutsukai no Yome is a good choice for you. However, if you want something funnier and more light-hearted than Natsume Yuujinchou, then go for Konohana Kitan.

With that out of the way, which show did you decide to watch? If you have been watching them, then tell us what you think. Always stay tuned to Honey’s Anime! Now signing off~

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Author: Jopz "Yuuema"

I'm an anime and manga enthusiast who is also sinking deeper and deeper into the world of video games. I’m also a traveler by heart who goes out a lot in seek of adventures by studying/learning other histories and cultures of different places and people. Besides the above mentioned, my other interests include reading, writing, cooking/baking, listening to music, observing people, and imagining/appreciating all kinds of things. Oh, by the way, I don’t bite! :3

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