19 Anime Recommendations Featuring Ghosts and Spirits

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4. Mononoke

Mononoke follows the story of a man simply known as the Medicine Seller. However, it is not medicine he sells, but rather he travels feudal Japan ridding villages of malevolent spirits called mononoke. 

However, in order to kill each spirit he encounters, he must first learn its Form, Truth, and it’s Reason.

While so stylistic it occasionally borders on weird, this bright anime is an excellent way to learn about traditional Japanese spirits.

3. xxxHolic

Much to his chagrin, Kimihiro Watanuki can see spirits. One day he finds himself mysteriously drawn into a strange house where he meets Yuuki. She claims she can rid him of his gift – for a price. In exchange, he must work at her shop that grants wishes to a wide array of weird and wonderful people.

Although, like many CLAMP series, xxxHolic is regarded as a chick anime, it does present a unique story with an impressive array of interesting characters.

2. Mushishi

In this world, spirits called Mushi go unnoticed by most humans. However, aside from just simply existing, Mushi can also mimic things from the living world like plants or diseases. Ginko is a man that travels around researching Mushi and solving the problems they cause, trying to unravel the meaning of their existence.

Although slow moving, philosophical, and with sparse dialogue, Mushishi has a way of drawing viewers in and showing them a thoughtful and beautifully animated world. While not as action packed as other ghost anime, the thought-invoking atmosphere of Mushishi is worth the watch.

1. Natsume Yuujichou

For as long as he can remember, Takashi Natsume has been able to see spirits, a power that has prevented him from making real friends. One day he finds out that he has this ability because of the Book of Friends left to him by his grandmother. This book binds spirits to the owner, now it is up to Natsume to return them all.

While not suspenseful or even creepy, Natsume Yuujichou takes the top spot not only because it is fun to watch between its balance of story and comedic outtakes, but it really gives you an understanding of each unique apparition involved in the show. 

With superb character development, you really get a sense of maturation throughout. This anime does something you don’t often get. It makes you feel okay with the fact that you might be surrounded by spirits.

Did we miss one of your favorite anime series featuring ghosts or spirits? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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