Our two featured anime in this article come in the form of Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou and Fox Spirit Matchmaker. Both of these shows have some very interesting ways of showing the world of otherworldly spirits to the viewers at home. Now you may not think either one of these shows could match the greatness you may have found in Fukigen na Mononokean, but we’re about to prove that these shows are all too similar. Now get ready for a trip of epic supernatural elements. Don’t worry unlike ghosts and demons there’s nothing to be afraid of her other than getting lost in some incredible anime series.
About Fukigen na Mononokean
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jun 28, 2016- Sept 20, 2016
Hanae Ashiya should be enjoying his high school life but it seems fate doesn’t want that to happen. For some reason, Hanae has felt ill since the start of the school term and can’t seem to figure why he’s getting worse and worse as time passes. Though poor Hanae doesn’t realize yet that a small furry youkai has attached to him and has begun draining his energy. A short while later, as Hanae is getting worse, he finds an advertisement for a youkai exorcist and with no other choice heads to the location on the map. Hanae then meets exorcist Haruitsuki who does cure him but now with no way, Hanae must work for the company and deal with all the youkai and other dangerous hazards this business seems to be involved in.
Liked Fukigen na Mononokean? Then watch Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou!
- Episodes: 8
- Aired: Jul 3, 2017- Present
When he was younger Inaba Yuushi had an unfortunate event occur. Both of Inaba’s parents perished and Inaba was then taken in by his relatives. However, as Inaba grew older he began to realize the pressure he was putting on his new family financially and vowed to move out as soon as he reached high school. Though it seems Inaba’s fate had other ideas for Inaba as his dormitory he was supposed to move into before school started caught on fire and needed time to rebuild. With little income Inaba hopes to find a cheap abode and is excited to see that apparently an apartment is up for grabs with an extremely affordable monthly rent! Though when Inaba steps into his new temporary home he learns that the reason the place is so cheap is due in large part to the other occupants and tenants who may not be exactly human. Can Inaba survive an apartment filled to the brim with demons, ghosts and other odd residents?
Three Major Similarities Fukigen na Mononokean and Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou.
1. Bad Luck?
For both protagonists, it seems that luck doesn’t seem to be on their side. Inaba has to deal with his dorm burning down thus has to move into a youkai filled apartment and Hanae must work off his debt by working with a guy who deals with youkai as a primary job. It seems as if their luck is nothing but rotten but in reality these bad events actually lead to some good outcomes. Inaba ends up finding a home that he can feel a part of—something he didn’t feel at his relative’s place—and Hanae learns about a larger world that while treacherous, has plenty of beautiful elements to enjoy. What seems like bad luck for both is actually a blessing in disguise and it goes to show you that luck is what you make of it at times.
2. Youkai friends
Hanae and Inaba in their respected stories will soon learn that youkai can be some great companions. In the case of Inaba most of the residents of the apartment are actually very friendly—even the oni who love playing mahjong—and equally so, are some of the youkai that work in the Mononokean alongside Hanae friendly. Inaba and Hanae soon realize that youkai can be the greatest of companions. If you’re looking for anime with friendship in the form of youkai and you loved Fukigen na Mononokean then you’re going to want to watch Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou. Who knew scary looking youkai could be so friendly?
3. Learn the ropes
In both Youkai Apartment Yuuga na Nichijou and Fukigen na Mononokean, our main characters must learn about the youkai world, whether they want to or not. Inaba will learn not only how other youkai and ghosts work but even how to use them to his advantage once he obtains a certain power within the show. Likewise for Hanae the whole show focused on him learning how to help more at the Mononokean. If you loved how Hanae’s adventure taught him to better understand youkai and how to deal with the more, unsavory ones then you’re going to love Inaba’s story within Youkai Apartment Yuuga na Nichijou. We won’t lie we’d like to learn how to summon youkai and deal with them like Inaba or Hanae.
Liked Fukigen na Mononokean? Then watch Fox Spirit Matchmaker
After the discovery of youkai, humans and youkai found a way to live together and even fall in love. However, if a youkai does fall in love with a human—which happens quite often—then problems do arise thanks to the difference in how long humans live in comparison to youkai. Luckily, fox spirits have come up with a solution in the form of a pledge—known as the Pledge of Love—that makes it where humans can be reborn and reincarnated with their memories returned to them as they age. This allows the love between a human and youkai to never die out. Following a new fox matchmaker in the form of Susu, she will have to show she can do what her superiors can do so well in finding the couples that need to have the pledge reactivated but her path will get pretty rough once she crosses path with Bai Yuechu.
Three Major Similarities Between Fukigen na Mononokean and Fox Spirit Matchmaker.
1. Youkai Busting
Both Fukigen na Mononokean and Fox Spirit Matchmaker share the concept of having to do battle with evil youkai. Bai being a Daoist—called monk in the Japanese version—must use his powers to not only strengthen himself but deal with various youkai threats. Equally this same idea was seen with characters from Fukigen na Mononokean such as the exorcist Haruitsuki Abeno and the Mononokean as a whole. This leads to both shows having plenty of supernatural battles that will thrill and excite you especially in Fox Spirt Matchmaker. If you need some action outside of the comedy in both shows—which we will talk about in a minute—then you’ll love Fox Spirit Matchmaker truly.
2. Plenty of Youkai good and bad
Let’s face it while there were plenty of good youkai in Fukigen na Mononokean—some were really cute and far from evil—there were plenty of wicked ones. The same can be said in Fox Spirit Matchmaker. Bai will have to fight youkai that are in the form of scary looking spider people and even weird floating youkai who can manipulate emotions. Equally some youkai like Susu aim to help out others in finding love and companionship. This concept was seen equally in Fukigen na Mononokean and we know we loved it. Fox Spirit Matchmaker has plenty of good and bad youkai equally and is pretty exciting to see which are which. Though if we could we would always be with the good youkai like the giant bunny seen in Fox Spirit Matchmaker it is so cute.
3. Comedy in droves
Whether you’re watching Fukigen na Mononokean or Fox Spirit Matchmaker, we can guarantee one thing. You’re going to find yourself laughing something fierce. Each show is defined as a comedy for a reason and it’s fairly obvious as odd situations—but all too hilarious—seem to surround both Hanae and Bai Yuechu. Sure they will have drama filled battles occasionally. However, even during some of the major battles of each show there’s plenty to laugh at. Both Fukigen na Mononokean and Fox Spirit Matchmaker will bring tears to your eyes thanks to silly lines of dialogue and sometimes overly ridiculous issues thanks to the youkai of their worlds.