Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Mushishi. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Mushishi

10. Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit
9. Arjuna
8. Ghost Hound
7. Hotarubi no Mori e
6. House of Five Leaves
5. Spice and Wolf
4. Aria The Animation
3. Mononoke
2. Kino’s Journey
1. Natsume’s Book of Friends

10. Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit


Synopsis – On the precipice of a cataclysmic drought, the Star Readers of the Shin Yogo Empire must devise a plan to avoid widespread famine. It is written in ancient myths that the first emperor, along with eight warriors, slew a water demon to avoid a great drought and save the land that was to become Shin Yogo. If a water demon was to appear once more, its death could bring salvation. However, the water demon manifests itself within the body of the emperor’s son, Prince Chagum—by the emperor’s order, Chagum is to be sacrificed to save the empire.

Meanwhile, a mysterious spear-wielding mercenary named Balsa arrives in Shin Yogo on business. After saving Chagum from a thinly veiled assassination attempt, she is tasked by Chagum’s mother to protect him from the emperor and his hunters. Bound by a sacred vow she once made, Balsa accepts.

Seirei no Moribito follows Balsa as she embarks on her journey to protect Chagum, exploring the beauty of life, nature, family, and the bonds that form between strangers.

Similarity –both series has a mature main character who is independent and wise. Additionally, they have their own morals in the fantasy world and have goals of helping others. Speaking of which…the fantasy world in both of these series is well crafted with nice visual artwork and gives off that feeling of naturalism.

9. Arjuna

Synopsis – Juna was just an ordinary high-school girl, right up until the day she died in a motorcycle accident. But there, in the twilight of death, she saw the future of the barren earth destroyed by the Raaja, and was offered a second chance at life if she would stop them. Now she must learn to cast aside her thoughtlessly destructive ways and face her destiny as the Avatar of Time, the one being who can decide the fate of the planet.

Similarity – Both EMA and Mushishi deals with the environment stuffs that affects society, while Mushishi is episodic series dealing with ‘mushis’ co-exist with humanity, EMA talks about more on societal issues that destroys earth little by little..

Both the animes protagonists (Ginko-san & Juna-chan) try seek a ways to help society be in one with the nature and its natural order of life..

8. Ghost Hound

Ghost HoundSynopsis- In an isolated region of Kyushu lies the town of Suiten. Though seeming small and modest, Suiten is not a picturesque place for a vacation, unless it is from the “Unseen World.” Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, three boys with traumatic pasts, learn to let their souls cross between the two parallel worlds. However, the Unseen World is no mere copy of the real Apparent World. The Unseen World is the home of ghosts, but changes are now allowing the souls of the dead to pass over into the Apparent World, with unpredictable effects. Follow the journey of Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, as they cross between the two worlds, trying to unravel a great mystery.

Similarity – Investigations of the human psyche. Deal with the overlap between the world of the human, and the world of the supernormal, and the creatures within it. Have a quiet, yet pensive tone, with occasional horror, and take place in the countryside. Feel a little unusual, even experimental. Similar music. Mushi-shi is episodic, while Ghost Hound follows the same set of characters throughout.

7. Hotarubi no Mori e

Synopsis – Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear. In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.

Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.

Based on Yuki Midorikawa’s manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.

Similarity – Mushishi and Hotarubi no Mori e gives off a serene like feeling that is natural. Both series has supernatural themes with the main character being calm and collected. There is of course, strange rules in this world and applies it throughout both series.
Both are wonderfully presented that has spiritual feeling to them which makes them relaxing to watch.

6. House of Five Leaves

House of Five Leaves
Synopsis – Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called “Five Leaves.” Although disturbed by the gang’s sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi’s motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he’s drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.

Similarity – Mushishi and Saraiya Goyou (House of the Five Leaves) both has a slow pacing with a elegant mood to them.
Both series follows a more episodic path rather than arcs/linear story.
Both series’ main male protagonist has great development and interactions with other characters and also bears some similar physical features. The coloring in both series is also natural and again has that elegance to them.
Both series presents a mature way of nature.

5. Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou)
Synopsis –Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, who stylizes herself as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” has been reduced to a mere folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. The savvy trader recognizes Holo’s unusual ability to evaluate a person’s character and accepts her proposition. Now in the possession of both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected.

Based on the popular light novel of the same name, Ookami to Koushinryou, also known as Spice and Wolf, fuses the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an enthralling story abundant with elaborate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue. Ookami to Koushinryou is more than just a story of bartering; it turns into a journey of searching for a lost identity in an ever-changing world.

Similarity – Both Mushishi and Spice and Wolf are very laid back series, which is nice. They also both focus on solving things; Mushishi it’s things that relate to spirits, Spice and Wolf it’s related to things that involve trade and commerce. Both series have very good characters and character development as well. And finally, the pair of male leads even look like each other!

Also read,10 Anime Like Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)

4. Aria The Animation

Aria The Animation
Synopsis – Drift peacefully into Neo Venezia, a city on the planet Aqua (formerly known as Mars). By the 24th century, humans have found a way to colonize the previously uninhabitable planet. As futuristic as that sounds, Neo Venezia is still teeming with rustic beauty; gondolas on wide canals and waterways are the main mode of transportation. The city itself is a faithful replication of Manhome’s (the planet formerly known as Earth) Venice.

To make sure that residents and tourists alike get the most from Neo Venezia’s many wonders, companies offering guided tours via gondola were formed, one of which is named Aria Company.

This is the workplace of Akari Mizunashi, a free-spirited teenager from Manhome who is now a novice Undine (the title given to tour guides). Join Akari as she becomes intimately acquainted with other Undine, tourists, Neo Venezia’s residents, and even the city itself, learning many valuable life lessons along the way, such as the wonderful truth that there are such things as manmade miracles.

Similarity – Meditation, spiritualism, softness, kindness. An stressful life can be difficult to handle: but these two titles offer a compelling way to just sit back and relax. Not too complex nor mindless, simply a watch that ensures you a satisfying moment and leaves you with a void after it ends. If one can acquire addiction to something: Aria and Mushi-Shi are the healthiest ones. Differences, though, are that Aria leans towards a far more “sunshine”, moé Sci-Fi setting with an optimistic message; while Mushi-Shi is about metaphorical lessons of life, not afraid of being a bit tough when it needs to.

3. Mononoke

Mononoke
Synopsis – The “Medicine Seller” is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called “mononoke” to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it. He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work—an extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it.

The Medicine Seller’s journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi. With his hunter’s intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.

Similarity – Both stories involved a man wandering around Japan carrying around a wooden box and deals with supernatural entities and helps people along the way. Mononoke is a lot darker and a bit more cynical then Mushishi is, and the Medicine Seller is more of an anti-hero, but that doesn’t keep him from being an enjoyable, interesting character. The stories in both series are interesting, each being self-contained, though Monoke tells it’s stories in a series of 5 arcs. Also, Mononoke’s stories are always more on the horror side of things, whereas Mushishi’s are usually more emotional.

2. Kino’s Journey

Synopsis – Based on a hit light novel series by Keiichi Sigsawa, the philosophical Kino’s Journey employs the time-honored motif of the road trip as a vehicle for self-discovery and universal truth. Deeply meditative and cooler than zero, the series follows the existential adventures of the apt markswoman Kino along with talking motorcycle Hermes as they travel the world and learn much about themselves in the process. Imaginative, thought-provoking, and sometimes disturbing, Kino’s journey is documented in an episodic style with an emphasis on atmosphere rather than action or plot, though still prevalent.

Similarity – These are both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through a difficult situation at each stop. While Kino’s purpose is only to travel and to see different countries, Ginko’s is to find and research “Mushi.” Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up “life lessons.” Although these lessons may be a little easier to see in Kino’s Journey, they’re there in Mushish

1. Natsume’s Book of Friends

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)Synopsis – Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.

Similarity – Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou both have many similarities. The main characters of shows are the only people that can see spirits. The MC’s want to help the people and spirits throughout the series. There isn’t much of a plot in both the shows but each episode is very emotional and dramatic.

Also read,10 Anime Like Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou)

Credits – MAL

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