Movies and TV shows like Natsume's Book of Friends

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Natsume's Book of Friends (2008)
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Natsume's Book of Friends (2008)
Original name: 夏目友人帳
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: 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.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, shoujo
Plot: friendship, spirit, ghost, orphan, exorcist, supernatural, japanese culture, human animal relationship, afterlife, supernatural power, japanese mythology, folklore, curse, school life, cat, secret, exorcism, healing, high school, school, fear, festival, demon, devil, high school life ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, exciting, humorous and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about supernatural, friendship, demon, school life, high school life, magic and rivalry mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Comedy genres. Some movies like Natsume's Book of Friends: Mushi-Shi (2005), Noragami (2014), Kamisama Kiss (2012), My Roommate is a Cat (2019), Mononoke (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mushi-Shi (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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Story: They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: nature, legends and myths, mysterious character, supernatural, adventure, ghost, good versus evil, danger, imaginary, supernatural ability, japanese mythology, escapades ...
Place: japan
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Noragami (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The world consists of two parts: the near shore and far shore. The near shore is the place where people reside, while the far shore is the place for deities and ayakashi, which are emotional fragments that can posses humans and cause trouble. So it ...
Style: exciting, offbeat, captivating, suspense, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, deity, ghost, friendship, love and romance, god, high school, supernatural romance, curses spells and rituals, sword fight, magical sword, exorcist ...
Place: japan
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To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
Story: One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...
Style: exciting, touching, captivating
Plot: spirit, childhood, friendship, little girl, supernatural, forest, folklore, japanese mythology, slice of life, coming of age, adventure, forces of nature ...
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Kamisama Kiss (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who ...
Style: shoujo, romantic, exciting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love and romance, supernatural romance, romance, master and servant, life turned upside down, supernatural, magic, youth, imaginary, friendship, school, parallel world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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My Roommate is a Cat (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Mikazuki Subaru, a novelist who is shy and struggles in relationships with other people, and a cat who was dumped by humans and lived a tough life on the streets. Through a twist of fate, the two of them end up living together. This ...
Style: shoujo, funny, atmospheric, sweet, light
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Mononoke (2007)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Mononoke is a spin-off of the Bakeneko story arc of Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror. It follows the Medicine Seller as he deals with various spirits or "Mononoke" in feudal Japan. Just like in the Bakeneko story, he combats with a ...
Style: seinen
Plot: japanese mythology, magic, demon, supernatural, alcohol, supernatural power
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Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- (2018)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: After losing her grandfather, Aoi—a girl who can see spirits known as ayakashi—is suddenly approached by an ogre. Demanding she pay her grandfather’s debt, he makes a huge request: her hand in marriage! Refusing this absurd offer, Aoi decides ...
Style: captivating, light, feel good, sincere, humorous
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Fruits Basket (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, 16-year-old high schooler Tooru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Souma ...
Style: shoujo, psychological, uplifting, sentimental, captivating
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Chise Hatori, 15 years old. Lost, without hope, and without family, she is bought for money – not by another person, but by a non-human sorcerer named Elias. Though she hesitates, she begins life anew as his apprentice and future wife.
Style: romantic, enigmatic, captivating, dark fantasy, exciting ...
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun (2020)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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Style: exciting, entertaining, funny, humorous, fairy tale
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100%
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XXXHOLiC (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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Dororo (2019)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son's organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics—lethal ones ...
Style: captivating, exciting, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (2012)
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Vampire Knight (2008)
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Ushio and Tora (2015)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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Story: Ushio thinks that his father's talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! ...
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Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
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Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Fourteen-year-old Suzuki Iruma has just been abandoned and sold to a demon by his irresponsible parents! Surprisingly, the next thing he knows he's living with the demon who has adopted him as his new grandson, and has been transferred into a ...
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29%
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Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Invaders of the Rokujyouma!? (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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28%
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Country: Japan
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Style: exciting, scary, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
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Blue Spring Ride (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
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Story: At the end of her first year of high school, Futaba Yoshioka suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Kou Tanaka. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, ...
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Usagi Drop (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: By force of circumstances, a 30-year-old single man with a full-time job suddenly starts raising a 6-year-old girl. While running each other ragged, the two of them gradually grow into a "family".
Style: sincere, touching, light, humorous, semi serious ...
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