[Fantasy Summer 2016] Like xxxHolic? Watch this!

Our world just wouldn't be the way it is without some fantasy thrown into the mix. When we lay fast asleep at night, our souls drift off into another realm where our imagination soars, and our greatest pleasures come into fruition. Whether it's riding on a dragon, casting away enemies with your magical spells, or simply catching yokai as your profession, the fantasy world is full of wonderment and joy. This summer is sure to heat up with a lot of fantasy anime to choose from, all of which cater to whatever needs you have. In our Like This? Watch This! series, we'll be jumping into the world beyond our own to give you our top picks for anime similar to the epic fantasy classic known as xxxHolic! This show was packed full of excitement and laughter, so we'll be sure to provide you with shows that will not only take you away to a far away land, but bring you a variety of entertainment!

About XxxHolic

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 9, 2016 - June 25, 2016

xxxHolic is the hilarious story of a young boy named Kimihiro who has the ability to see spirits and other weird creatures, but strongly despises this power because it creates nothing but distractions for him. Kimihiro’s daily life is always bombarded with random encounters and he never gets a chance to really enjoy himself. So he turns to a witch after being led to a strange house by spirits, and there Kimihiro encounters Yuuko, who promises him that she'll get rid of all his abilities only if he'll work at her store. It is from this moment that Kimihiro's life changes forever in this fantasy comedy that's bound to have you laughing for days.

Liked xxxHolic? Watch Fukigen no Mononokean!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 4, 2016

So if you really liked xxxHolic's crazy antics, followed by spectacular humor then Fukigen no Mononokean is the one to watch. Ashiya finds himself in a situation he can't escape when he encounters a yokai at school that attaches itself to him. Ashiya just can't seem to shake off this creature, so he seeks assistance from a mononokean named Abeno to get rid of it. Little does Ashiya know that this very same mononokean is one of his classmates, and that his entire life as a normal student will change forever. From that day the two work together, encountering many yokai along the way and making sure that these creatures are taken care of.

3 Major similarities shared by xxxHolic and Fukigen no Mononokean!

1. Yokai

The first episode of Fukigen no Mononokean already treats you to a lot of excitement as Ashiya is faced with a serious problem: he can't get rid of this cute, fluffy yokai. Every time he attempts to rid of this thing, it grows larger and larger to the point where Ashiya can barely move. It wasn't a life that he had chosen, as it was merely a random encounter that turned ugly. Similarly, Kimihiro's life is in disarray because he simply can't stand these spirits around him and just wants to get rid of them all. Unfortunately for both individuals, they end up taking on a new role in their life under the authority of a mononokean or someone who casts away spirits.

Both Ashiya and Kimihiro only wanted to get rid of their pain, but then are sucked into a fantasy world filled with the same yokai they vowed to avoid in the first place. Over time however they slowly come to realize their purpose, and find themselves actually enjoying the company of these yokai, while dealing with their stubborn yet endearing mentors who teach them about the underworld of yokai.

2. Overcoming Burdens

Ashiya and Kimihiro are thrown into a world that they didn't really ask to be in, and must now live with their new responsibilities. They both carried the heavy burden of dealing with yokai but then eventually come to see the reality of what their lives have transformed into. Each task that is given to them is more challenging than the next, but amusing in every way as they work very diligently not to screw things up. Every time they encounter a new spirit, there's always some crazy and random story that goes along with it, and so the weight continues to grow heavier as they progress.

They initially despised their line of work, hoping that someone would just rid them of their bad luck, but are then rewarded in the long run for their efforts. Abeno and Yuuko are actually quite similar in their own ways too, because their burdens are that much greater than the others, simply because it's been their job to rid of these yokai forever. Now the two must deal with clumsy and confused individuals who not only threaten their job, but also their safety at times. Every moment these two pairs encounter is always joyous to watch, because you start to see some chemistry building between them, which makes the humor all that more satisfying.

3. Traveling to New Worlds

Both Ashiya and Kimihiro came from the real world, where everything around them was pretty much normal, outside of the random spiritual encounters. Their lives only became more entertaining once they were transported to a world they never expected to see in their existence, and how much of an impact it made on their character. Ashiya was shocked to realize that the portal to the underworld was located inside of his school, and that all he needed was Abeno's help to get there. He was surprised to see just how vibrant and alive this new world was, and that the yokai in this world behaved much like humans did in the real world.

The same can be said about Kimihiro's experience as well, as he was taken aback by the fact that Yuuko's store was a portal to another realm. While Kimihiro's time in the underworld was a little different from Ashiya's, the two came to realize just how similar life was on the other side.The only major difference, of course, came in the fact that they were no longer surrounded by humans, but now had to build and create relationships with those around them.

Liked xxxHolic? Watch Seven Deadly Sins Sequel!

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: August 28, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Meliodas and his team are back in the second season of the very popular Seven Deadly Sins series, and this time they really mean business. In the first season, we came to discover the truth behind what had transpired in the kingdom, and why the seven knights had been blackmailed. With the cat out of the bag Meliodas must now put his life on the line to not only save Elizabeth and his comrades, but more importantly the entire kingdom from a tyrant who's trying to conquer and destroy everything around him. Now the second season kicks off from where the first season left us hanging, and we're about ready to see how everything unfolds in this much anticipated sequel. If you haven't had a chance to watch the first season, then be sure to watch it before reading any further since there may be some spoilers here and there.

3 Major similarities shared by xxxHolic and Seven Deadly Sins: Seisen no Shirushi

1. Friendship and Teamwork

If there's one thing that truly stands out between both xxxHolic and Seven Deadly Sins it's that, in almost every situation there's a lot of emphasis placed on teamwork and helping those around you. Meliodas bands together with his remaining six knights of the kingdom to help put a stop to the corruption that's taking place within the society. Whenever there's a large battle each member of the team is available to ensure that everyone is safe, and that the threat is most certainly taken care of before moving forward. Their teamwork is what helps to build their confidence going up against their opponents, and allows each member to feel secure and protected should the worst case occur. Not only that, but there's certainly power in numbers, and so when Meliodas is given the task to protect the kingdom from being destroyed, he can trust in his team to get the job done.

2. New Challenges

One of the biggest threats was taken care of in the first season of Seven Deadly Sins, as we saw the fall of Hendrickson and Dreyfus and peace was restored back to the kingdom. However a new threat is looming in the shadows as the Vanguard is still growing stronger by the minute, and the team needs to find a way to stop it before it evolves into something catastrophic. We see that in the very first episode of season two that Meliodas and Elizabeth are standing atop a mountain, basking in the celebration with the townspeople, but Meliodas tells Elizabeth that his journey isn't over yet. This was a precursor for things to come, as we now know of the serious danger that lies ahead.

3. Using Powerful spells and Solving Problems

One thing that both shows tend to focus on a lot are using powerful spells to cast away enemies, while coming up with clever solutions to avoid further mishaps. Kimihiro's world is full of crazy yokai and he needs to work alongside Yuuko who's also pretty crazy herself. The two are always faced with new tasks, that they must rely on their magic in order to solve the problems before it escalates into something they can't handle. The same premise is followed in Seven Deadly Sins where Elizabeth is the sidekick to a crazy yet kind individual, and Meliodas needs to use his special abilities in order to subdue the enemy in order to protect those he cares about. Every problem in Seven Deadly Sins grows larger and larger, and with the new threat of the Vanguard on the way Meliodas now must rely on the magic spells and powers of his team to keep the castle safe.

Honey's Closing Statement

If you haven't already had the opportunity to check out our picks, then now is the time to get cracking and tune in! Each show is jam packed with a variety of fun and laughter, with great characters to fall in love with. Whether it's caring for yokai, or taking down the corrupt kingdom, Honey's Anime always has a sweet selection to keep you buzzing with excitement! Let us know what you think in the comments section below, and list your own picks that you think are similar as well!

As always, for everything sweet make sure to keep it locked here at Honey's Anime!

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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.

A passionate fan of gaming, writing, journalism, anime, and philosophy. I've lived in Japan for many years and consider this place to be my permanent home. I love to travel around Japan and learn about the history and culture! Leave a comment if you enjoy my articles and watch me play on twitch.tv/honeysgaming ! Take care!

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