One day, the young Wataru decided to visit a haunted building in search of a ghost, but ended up meeting a boy by the name of Mitsuru instead. He has the ability to use magic, and tells Wataru about another world where the wondrous Goddess of Destiny lives – a goddess who has can grant any wish. The next day, Wataru returns home only to discover that his parents are getting a divorce, and subsequently, his mother ends up in the hospital in critical condition. In an attempt to fix his family, Wataru goes back to the building and sets off on a journey to the magical world in order to gather five jewels, and ultimately, to gain an audience with the Goddess of Destiny...
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
Both of the movies are about kids trying to restore/save their families. Chihiro and Wataru are both thrown into strange and magical worlds that are completely different from the world they are used to. Chihiro's (Spirited Away) adventure is more paranormal than Wataru's. Wataru is practically thrown into an RPG videogame and must complete several tasks to "fix" his family. Both characters make friends, meet fantastical, magical, and crazy creatures, and take journeys in an attempt to accomplish their goals. The stories are extremely similar, and the artwork in both is great. If you like one will most likely like the other.
Both focussing on a young child completely out of their depth in a fantastical world, both Spirited Away and Brave Story are family friendly. They posess something that will appeal to all age ranges, plenty of action and story, but charming characters that younger anime viewers can appreciate.
The blend of exciting animation, gripping script and an affable cast make these two shows the perfect recommendations for each other.
They both are beautifully animated. Well developed characters. Both main characters go into a different world to try and save their parent(s). Both main characters go through growing up.
In the distant future, aliens called Victim destroyed all the worlds of humanity except for Zion. In this desperate time, young boys of the space colonies are sent to GOA to learn how to, and compete for the right to, pilot the fighting machines designated as Ingrids. These child pilots are assisted by EX -- a special power, and by female partners who repair the Ingrids. However, to save humanity, exceptional candidates are needed, and two new students, Zero and Hiead, motivated by their desire to succeed and burning rivalry, may be the human race's last hope...
This is kind of a gut feeling recommendation, but I think the target audience of younger boys who enjoyed the monsters, swordfighting and RPG elements of Brave Story would enjoy the space and light sci-fi elements of Candidate for Goddess, and vice-versa. I got a similar feeling from both, and both heavily feature comradery between their young protagonists.
Join the king of thieves Jing and his plumed partner Kir as they seek out the greatest treasures in the world - and steal them. From desert bandit fortresses to the innermost sanctums of kings and queens, if there's a magnificent treasure to be had, you can be sure Jing has his eyes (and later his hands) on it.
Vision is the name of the wonderful world where Wataru travels in his search for the Goddess of Destiny. The cities, the people and the events at this world reminders me to the ones I saw in Jing, The King of Bandits, the perfect atmosphere for adventures.
Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!
Both Brave Story and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi deal with alternate worlds. Each is about a boy who is growing up, and learning what it means to be a man. They boys travels to the other world to save someone they love. If you liked one story, you will also love the other.