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10 Anime Like The Eccentric Family (Uchouten Kazoku)

10. Wolf’s Rain
9. Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds)
8. Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods
7. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)
6. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)
5. Kyousou Giga (TV)
4. Bakemonogatari
3. Tsuritama
2. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)
1. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

10. Wolf’s Rain

Wolf's Rain
Synopsis – In a dying world, there exists an ancient legend: when the world ends, the gateway to paradise will be opened. This utopia is the sole salvation for the remnants of life in this barren land, but the legend also dictates that only wolves can find their way to this mythical realm. Though long thought to be extinct, wolves still exist and live amongst humans, disguising themselves through elaborate illusions.

A lone wolf named Kiba finds himself drawn by an intoxicating scent to Freeze City, an impoverished town under the rule of the callous Lord Orkham. Here, Kiba discovers that wolves Hige, Tsume, and Toboe have been drawn in by the same aroma. By following the fragrance of “Lunar Flowers,” said to be the key to opening the door to their ideal world, the wolves set off on a journey across desolate landscapes and crumbling cities to find their legendary promised land. However, they are not the only ones seeking paradise, and those with more sinister intentions will do anything in their power to reach it first.

Similarity – Both of these anime feature main characters who are animals that can transform into humans and live among real humans. Also, both anime carry a very similar tone and style. If you like one you’ll be sure to like the other.

9. Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds)

Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds)Synopsis – When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji Era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumoh line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement—but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

Similarity – Stories about out-of-the-ordinary brothers with a strong connection to Japanese folklore. Both convey a message about goofiness and joy trough dramatic events.

8. Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune Messenger Fox of the GodsSynopsis – Gintarou is a fox spirit that has been protecting the small Inari temple since the Edo era. Saeki Makoto’s family possesses the power to see the gods’ agent, but the ability is limited to one living relative at a time. When Makoto’s mother passed away while she was still young, Makoto inherited the ability as the sole remaining family member. With the help of fox spirit’s power, Makoto and Gintarou help the people of their community, in spite of their many differences.

Similarity – Uchouten Kazoku (Eccentric Family) and Gingitsune have similar styles and settings in modern times. They both also consist of characters of supernatural lore. Both series consist of engaging dialogues with a sense of melancholy mixed with drama, comedy, and emotions. There are also times when character interactions seem quite realistic despite have fantasy tones.

7. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)

Poco's Udon WorldSynopsis – Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Souta Tawara returns to his hometown in Kagawa. Though his parents are no longer around, his former home and family-owned udon restaurant reminds him of the times his family was still together. Reminiscing about his childhood, Souta enters the udon restaurant and discovers a grimy young boy sleeping.

At first, Souta thinks nothing of the chance encounter and provides the boy with food and clothing. However, to his surprise, the boy suddenly sprouts a furry pair of ears and a tail! Souta soon learns that the nameless boy is actually the rumored shapeshifting tanuki that has been inhabiting Kagawa for many years. Thinking that the boy has been living a lonely life, he decides to take him in and name him Poko.

Similarity – They’re both about Tanuki hijinks.
Poco’s udon world is about encountering tanuki, whereas Uchoten Kazoku is about the tanuki culture and lifestyle.

6. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)
Synopsis – One autumn evening at a mysterious ramen stand behind the Shimogamo Shrine, a lonely third-year college student bumps into a man with an eggplant-shaped head who calls himself a god of matrimony. Meeting this man causes the student to reflect upon his past two years at college—two years bitterly spent trying to break up couples on campus with his only friend Ozu, a ghoulish-looking man seemingly set on making his life as miserable as possible. Resolving to make the most out of the rest of his college life, the student attempts to ask out the unsociable but kind-hearted underclassman Akashi, yet fails to follow through, prompting him to regret not living out his college life differently. As soon as this thought passes through his head, however, he is hurtled through time and space to the beginning of his years at college and given another chance to live his life.

Similarity – Both animes are based on novels by Tomohiko Morimi and set roughly contemporary in Kyoto where Morimi is from. Both also have in common that they revolve around a youngish male protagonist. A love story is hinted at in both animes but it is not at the center of either plot. Because they are literary adaptations, the animes feel more like literature (albeit somewhat arty-farty) than like a classical anime. Both are fantastic. Yojouhan is more surreal partially because it is episodic whereas Uchouten Kazoku is a magical realistic family saga.

5. Kyousou Giga (TV)

Kyousou Giga
Synopsis – Long ago, there was a monk named Myoue who could bring anything he drew to life. He quietly lived with his wife Koto—a black rabbit in human form—and their three children: Yakushimaru, Kurama, and Yase. One day, the high priest of the land concluded that Myoue’s drawings caused too many problems for the locals and ordered him to find a solution. In response, the family secretly fled to an alternate world of Myoue’s own creation—the Looking Glass City.

Everything was peaceful until Myoue and Koto suddenly vanished. Their three children are left to take care of the city, and Yakushimaru inherits Myoue’s name and duties. Stranded in this alternate world, their problems only get worse when a young girl—also named Koto—crashes down from the sky and declares that she is also looking for the older Myoue and Koto. Armed with a giant hammer and two rowdy familiars, Koto just might be the key to releasing everyone from the eternal paper city.

Similarity – Family drama set in a magical-realist version of Kyoto with character who appear human but do not act as humans do; they behave more in line with the traditional Japanese views on how gods/kami or spirits act. More or less reacting in similar ways to how people would, but with an oddly detached other-worldliness. Rolling along with whatever the world throws at them. Both shows feature characters that are largely mischievous and nonchalant, yet keenly aware of and at ease with their own mortality.

4. Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari
Synopsis – The Bakemonogatari anime series follows the plot of the light novels, which chronicle the life of a high school boy named Koyomi Araragi, who after being bitten by a vampire was able to return to being human with the help of a man named Meme Oshino, although some vampire traits remained in his body. The series opens with a brief prologue montage featuring events from Koyomi Vamp before foreshadowing the upcoming arcs through screen flashes.

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Similarity – The Eccentric Family (Uchouten Kazoku) and Bakemonogatari are two anime that are all about being extremely well-executed. Both feature brilliant characterization, wonderful art, and writing that skirts the line between comedy and drama in a way that really draws you into the lives of the characters.

3. Tsuritama

Tsuritama
Synopsis – Haru wields a questionable water gun and fishbowl, and has a tendency to speak with the beta fish inside it. He immediately latches onto Yuki as a friend, completely disregarding any complaints Yuki might have about this. Haru is like a force of nature, unheeding of other people’s resistance to his antics. Together, Haru and Yuki also snowball a fellow classmate and fisherman named Natsuki Usami into Haru’s schemes. What out-of-this-world adventures lie ahead for this unique bunch? Find out in Tsuritama!

Similarity – Both stories that blend together fantasy and the every day with perfection. Tsuritama goes a more Science fiction route while The Eccentric Family involves yokai, but both are sure to please with their easy attitude, great characterization, wonderful fantasy and expert story-telling that gives both anime that little something extra.

2. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)

Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)Synopsis – After failing to pass the entrance examination for the high school he plans to attend, mild-mannered student Yuugo Hachiken moves away from his suburban lifestyle and enrolls at Ooezo Agricultural High School – often abbreviated as Ezonō – in the countryside. His relationship with his family is strained at the start of the story, which influences his decision to attend a school far from home. He continues to worry about his future career over the course of the series. He soon finds himself slowly getting used to his new environment despite some initial struggles and grows into an empathetic and compassionate individual as he struggles to understand the world of agriculture and how it affects the lives of his new friends.

Similarity – I get a similar feeling from both series. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) and Uchouten Kazoku both takes in a modern world setting but with a tasted of fantasy added in. That fantasy element comes from both the characters as well as the events that goes on.

1. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)Synopsis – While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or “Book of Friends,” which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume’s possession, the book gives Reiko’s grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.

Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.

Similarity – Both relatively quiet anime revolving around the secret world of yokai that runs parallel to the human one in urban fantasies that weave together perfectly. While they have their share of action and humor, their effortless psychological and emotional depth elevate them to something more than your average anime without falling into the “Obviously trying to Hard” syndrome or becoming something that hurts your head to watch. Both awesome anime that should appeal to people who like fantasy, yokai and a little something more.

Credits – MAL

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