[Supernatural Slice of Life Winter 2019] Like Youkai Apartment no Yuuga no Nichijou (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life)? Watch This!

Slice of life is meant to be relaxing. Without much of an overarching storyline, the focus is squarely placed on the characters and setting. Audiences can rest assured that not much will change from episode to episode. Do you know what is not inherently relaxing? Youkai. Even if dealing with Casper, witnessing a ghost tends to always be rather unsettling. Yet, Elegant Yokai Apartment Life successfully blends slice of life and the supernatural to produce a fun and calming experience. Just in case you feel like another dose of the strange and mundane, here are two current anime worth diving into!

Like Youkai Apartment no Yuuga no Nichijou (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life)? Watch Mob Psycho 100 II

  • Episodes: 11+
  • Aired: January 2019 – Ongoing

Bones' adaptation of ONE's brilliant manga is back and better than ever! Mob Psycho 100's second season observes Shigeo Kageyama (Mob) as the timid esper continues to break out of his shell. Under the guidance of Arataka Reigen, a con artist pretending to possess psychic powers, Mob steadily learns to control his abilities while meeting a broad range of spirits and other espers. Season 2 is considerably more action-packed than its predecessor, although a few episodes center around Mob's everyday life.

Major Similarities Between Youkai Apartment no Yuuga no Nichijou (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) and Mob Psycho 100 II

1. The Supporting Cast

It is not unusual for the protagonist of a slice of life anime to be the least interesting character on the roster. While Yuushi Inaba and Mob work fine as magnets to attract more colorful personalities, both anime's supporting casts tend to steal the show. In the case of Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, the Youkai Apartment's residents are entertaining and, ironically, bring the anime to life. Mob Psycho 100 II greatly expands the roster by introducing or bringing back several espers to either help or hinder Mob. Along with being constantly hilarious, they possess unique abilities to allow for some creative battles.

2. Mix of the Normal & Insane

Slice of Life tends to be associated with the ordinary, while the same cannot be said about ghosts or psychic abilities. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life dedicates an even amount of time to Inaba's youkai investigations and school antics, although the latter eventually takes precedence. Mob Psycho 100's first season expertly establishes Mob's social standing at school, with the protagonist even joining a sports club. While Season 2 pays closer attention to the supernatural side of things, Mob is still a teenager wishing to fit in with his classmates.

3. Positivity

An Elegant Yokai Apartment Life episode typically ends with Inaba learning a valuable life lesson following an encounter with a good or bad youkai. Underneath the exploding buildings and Reigen's quirky shenanigans, Mob Psycho 100 is a coming-of-age story about a shy and lonely teenager. In fact, Mob is far from the only person struggling with an identity crisis, as many characters battle their own demons. A common theme throughout Bones' series relates to Mob's tendency to not rely on those around him, despite lacking the self-confidence to believe in his own potential. As a by-product of his many adventures, Mob grows comfortable in his own skin.

Like Youkai Apartment no Yuuga no Nichijou (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life)? Watch Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean II)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2019 – March 2019

High school is challenging enough without adding youkai to the mix! The kind, albeit absentminded, Hanae Ashiya learns this the hard way when a fluffy creature decides to haunt the teenager and steal his life force. Luckily, an exorcist by the name of Haruitsuki Abeno happens to be promoting his services and saves Hanae! Due to lacking the necessary funds, Hanae accepts a job as Abeno's assistant to repay the fee. The Morose Mononokean II sees the pair accepting a new batch of cases while exploring the Underworld.

Major Similarities Between Youkai Apartment no Yuuga no Nichijou (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) and Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean II)

1. The Best (Worst) of Friends

Following in the footsteps of the first season, The Morose Mononokean II is chiefly devoted to the budding friendship between Abeno and Haneo. While the latter frequently gets on the former's nerves, the pair's banter is consistently entertaining and endearing. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life's Inaba and Hase also share an unorthodox dynamic that toes the line between affection and fist fights. Abeno and Haneo's friendship builds gradually throughout both seasons.

2. The Life of An Exorcist

Putting aside the occasional scene involving the Underworld's embodiment of Justice, The Morose Mononokean II rarely allows things to become too serious. The anime is definitely more of a supernatural comedy than a proper slice of life series; nevertheless, Abeno and Hanae continue to attend high school and most chapters stand on their own. For the most part, The Morose Mononokean II is primarily interested in exploring the world of youkai.

Final Thoughts

Elegant Yokai Apartment Life proves exorcizing ghosts can be relaxing, and these two anime support this claim. Mob Psycho 100 II principally sticks to an overarching narrative, although a couple of slice of life segments are still present. The Morose Mononokean is hilarious, sweet, and packed with youkai goodness!

If you have any thoughts on any other shows that are similar to Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou, please leave a comment below with your suggestion! In the future, do not forget to check Honey’s Anime for more articles offering great recommendations.

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Author: Mark Sammut

Born and raised on a small island in the Mediterranean, my life goal is to experience as many different ways of life as possible. Since time and money are in short supply, anime and film provide the best opportunity to experience far away cultures and worlds. When I'm not watching the latest episode of Gintama, or wondering what series to watch next, you can find me in the corner of the closest coffee shop; writing away on my aging laptop.

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