Kyokou Suiri (In/Spectre) is a 2011 Japanese novel written by Kyo Shirodaira and illustrated by Hiro Kyohara and since volume 2, by Chasiba Katase. The manga was successfully adapted into anime and has started airing recently.
I have already written about my first impression of Kyoukou Suiri in my weekly anime round-up.
The story revolves around Kotoko Iwanage, a young girl who might look normal but that could not be further from the truth. At the age of 11, she became a mediator between the spirit and the human world. Whenever youkai have some problem they wish to solve they contact Kotoko.
On the other hand, Kurou Sakuragawa is a 22-year-old university student who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Kotoko immediately makes her move when she sees the chance to become closer to Kurou and hopes to get married to him one day.
She quickly realizes that Kurou has a lot of knowledge and can be a great help when it comes to solving the various problems presented by the supernatural so they become partners, but she is still hoping that she can make Kurou reciprocate her feelings in the process.
Here is the list of 8 anime like Kyokou Suiri.
- Genres: Psychological, Drama, Magic
- Episodes: 12
Both anime involve a girl who falls in love with a boy who is several years older than she is. The female heroines have connections to spirits and experience supernatural phenomena.
It’s the last day of the school term in Kamakura Girl’s School, and summer is about to begin. Serious but polite 14-year-old Ichika Tachibana is excited to make her summer vacation with her friends a special break to remember! But little does Ichika know that this summer will be more special than she could have ever imagined.
While cleaning in an unused school building, Ichika notices an image of an unfamiliar girl in place of her own reflection in a large mirror. Convinced by her friends that she was just seeing things, she is surprised to see the girl in the mirror later that day, holding her lost cell phone. Introducing herself as Manatsu Kuroki, she comes out of the mirror and hands Ichika’s phone back—and to Ichika’s surprise, the stones on her cell phone charm have changed colors and now allow her to borrow the power of the 12 Djinn that watch over the world.
7. Nura: Rise of the Yokai clan (Nurarihyon no Mago)
- Genres: Action, Demons, Shounen, Supernatural
- Episodes: 24
Both series take us into the world filled with youkai – the youkai are not always evil, they have unique personalities and motives. The main protagonists are keeping the youkai in check.
Rikuo Nura wants to lead a normal life but unfortunately, he is a quarter youkai, turning into a youkai at night, for six hours at a time. As a successor to the famous Nura Clan and son of the renowned Nurarihyon, several youkai factions target both his youkai and human friends, and so, Rikuo is somewhat forced to embrace his youkai side if he wants to protect them.
6. Yu Yu Hakusho
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Shounen
- Episodes: 112
Yusuke Urameshi, the main protagonist of Yu Yu Hakusho is similarly like Kotoko a “mediator” between the human world and the spirit world. Yusuke has multiple partners (not romantical ones though but two of them are supernatural beings) who help him to battle the evil creatures on the Earth.
After Yusuke Urameshi passes away in a car accident, he’s brought back to life under one condition: that he becomes a Spirit Detective. As a Spirit Detective, his job is to solve conflicts between humans and yokai.
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen
- Episodes: 12
Both of these anime greet us with an unexpected encounter of a girl and a boy who become partners working together. The female and male lead of these series have ties to the supernatural world and spirits.
Yato is a minor deity and a self-proclaimed “Delivery God,” who dreams of having a shrine and millions of worshippers. Reduced to working odd jobs in order to raise money to build the shrine, he takes on a job to find a lost cat. As Iki Hyori walks with her friends, she spots Yato running in front of the bus to catch the cat. Kind as she is, she pushes him aside, saves him, but gets hit by the bus instead.
Remarkably, Hyori survives the accident, but the event has caused her soul to become unstable, and thus, she is now able to see the dead spirits and leave her physical body.
Hyori demands that Yato returns her to normal, but she learns that he requires a partner to do so. Given zero alternatives she reluctantly agrees to become one.
4. Natsume Yuujinchou
- Genres: Slice of Life, Demons, Supernatural, Drama, Shoujo
- Episodes: 13
The main protagonist can interact and see youkai which are normally invisible to other people. Some of youkai are friendly, others are hostile.
Natsume Yuujinchou follows Natsume, a fifteen-year-old boy who has always been chased by youkai. He soon discovers that his deceased grandmother passed him a Book of Friends, containing sealed youkai hoping to attain their lost freedom. Natsume, along with his companion, Madara, endeavors to free the youkai bound by his grandmother’s contract.
3. Kamisama Kiss
- Genres: Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
- Episodes: 13
Each of these shows centers around supernatural phenomena, romance, and youkai creatures. The female protagonists of these anime can see the youkai and interact with them and they are accompanied by a partner who is considered very powerful and dangerous (+ even other youkai fear him). The partnership between the two goes beyond professional.
The main heroine, Nanami becomes a land god after getting kissed on the forehead by a stranger she had saved. To show his gratitude for saving him, he offers her to live in his abandoned home in his place. Since Nanami is homeless due to her father’s debt, she hesitantly accepts.
After Nanami arrives at the address, she finds out that the so-called home is, in fact, a shrine – filled with shrine spirits and a pretty familiar, a fox yokai named Tomoe.
Can Nanami fulfill her tasks as a god?
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2. Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator
- Genres: Fantasy, School, Super Power, Supernatural
- Episodes: 12
Both shows are supernatural/mysterious with an overpowered male protagonist and a childish-looking, short-haired female partner he protects.
The dark side of Academy City never rests and Accelerator, the strongest esper of the Academy City is unwillingly caught in the middle of a new conflict.
The self-proclaimed villain with style has to stop the evil and protect what he holds dear once more.
1. Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)
- Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Fantasy
- Episodes: 12
Kyokou Suiri and Kyoukai no Kanata are two supernatural anime about a lively short-haired girl and a boy who both have supernatural abilities – the boy is dangerous with n extensive regenerative ability and the girl is directly associated with supernatural phenomena. The two meet due to their supernatural connection and fall in love.
Akihito Kanbara is a half-youmu (youmu are creatures said to be the manifestation of negative human emotions). Mirai Kuriyama is a youmu hunter and the last survivor of a clan of Spirit World warriors with the ability to employ her blood as weapons.
Akihito and Mirai are classmates and the story starts one day when Akihito decides to save Mirai because he believes she is about to jump off the roof, not knowing that she is a youmu hunter. Mirai then tries to kill him with her blood-formed saber but fails because Akihito has immortal blood.
From then on, the two form an unexpected friendship but they will have to face difficult tasks and decisions soon afterward.
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