[Supernatural Beings Summer 2018] Like Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)? Watch This!

When one needs a part-time job, usually the scariest thing is working retail or fast-food, not guiding yokai back to the underworld! Unfortunately for Ayase, that’s going to be his future until he can pay off his debts. The combined appeal of a hilarious anime with fascinating folklore helps cheer you up and keep you interested. Enjoy your summer night with more supernatural beings from this season!

Liked Fukigen na Mononokean? Watch Muhyo no Rouji no Mahouritsu Soudan Jimusho

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: August 2018 – ongoing

Should you come to be possessed by spirits with no one to turn to, Muhyo and Rouji will take the case. Experts in spiritual law, they dole out punishment to malevolent spirits that cause harm to humans. Rouji is the kindhearted assistant to Muhyo, who has a callous attitude and extraordinary power. They may be incredibly helpful but don’t get attached. They never see a client again after the job is done.

Major Similarities Between Fukigen no Mononokean and Muhyo no Rouji no Mahouritsu Soudan Jimusho

1. Spirit agencies, at your service

While the Mononokean run by Abeno works to help yokai, Muhyo & Rouji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation is there to protect humans. However, both work as a sort of agency to prevent chaos from happening between humans and spirits. They run on a case-by-case basis helping those who need it. Funnily enough, the owners of both agencies love to torment their assistants. It’s probably not so humorous for Ayase and Rouji, though.

2. Unequal dynamic in a male partnership

In Mononokean, Ayase is the friendly assistant to the cold Abeno much like how Rouji and Muhyo are. Neither Ayase nor Rouji are terribly impressive on their own, though their positive attitudes and strong desire to help those in need pushes them beyond their perceived abilities. Abeno and Muhyo have nearly unrivaled power and tend to act superior to those around them, even their poor assistants. However, Abeno and Muhyo will always come to their rescue should they need it. Both pairs of partners also happen to consist of a blond and black-haired guy, so if you liked the dynamic in Mononokean, you’ll appreciate the familiarity in Muhyo to Rouji.

Liked Fukigen na Mononokean? Watch Tsukumogami Kashimasu (We Rent Tsukumogami)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2018 – ongoing

Welcome to Izumoya, a rental shop where you can get everyday things like pots and needles or luxury items like expensive silks and decorations. That’s not all you can rent, though it’s not widely known. There are creatures called Tsukumogami, objects that have been loved by humans for many years and become sentient. Siblings Seiji and Okou provide a safe place for these tsukumogami and occasionally lend them to others to help with their problems.

Major Similarities Between Fukigen no Mononokean and Tsukumogami Kashimasu

1. Working for the sake of yokai

Many shows involving the supernatural are to protect humans from spirits but in both of these cases, the spiritual-savvy hope to protect yokai and tsukumogami. Seiji and Okou do help humans as well but they tend to be more understanding and considerate of tsukumogami. These spirits, even with the potential to terrorize or do harm, are considered in need of a little human intervention rather than a threat.

2. Spirit friends!

Even though it might be a spirit’s tendency to disappear, these characters stay with us throughout the show! In Mononokean it often seems like we won’t see a particular spirit again, but they’ll make their grand reappearance in another episode. Because the tsukumogami live in the shop with Okou and Seiji, we see them all the time. Both shows have spirits that are only there for an episode and those that stick through the whole series.

Final Thoughts

Supernatural shows are fun with a little humor, thankfully a characteristic all of these anime have. While the spirits themselves are so incredibly varied with their own outlooks and existences, there is an air of mystery and magic in all of them. To these devoted duos who work to maintain the balance of humans and supernatural beings, we thank you!

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Author: May

Hey friends! I reside in Georgia and use my degree in Japanese primarily to (barely) read doujinshi that hasn’t been translated. Beyond deciding who is best girl in whatever I happen to be watching, I really enjoy ballroom dancing, reading, crying over dating sims, karaoke, and being surrounded by beautiful things~ (You know, scenery, décor, boys, stuff like that). I also love talking about passions with others!

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