In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
Both anime have people dealing with wild beasts. Some want nothing more than to destory them where the others just want everyone to live together peacefully. The 2 lead females strive for a better world between both beast and man and will do whatever it takes to achieve this goal. Princess Mononoke is more mature where Kemono no souja erin takes a lighter approach but still has it's serious side to it. If you liked one check out the other.
While the settings are very different, they're both fantasy. And they have similar themes like dealing with wild beasts and shows some different views of leading by rulers of different places.
The year is 1945, and the Japanese war effort is grinding to a halt. In Hiroshima, the Nakaoka family is working hard to survive in the midst of poverty and persecution. With his father constantly working, six year old Gen has been left in charge of his family, yet stays relentlessly optimistic in the face of hardship. Then, on August 6th, the atomic bomb Little Boy detonated in the center of town, and the people's lives were changed forever. As Gen struggles to cope with the horrific event, his youthful innocence and refusal to give up brings a renewed sense of hope to those around him...
I know it seems odd giving a recomendation with 2 completly different genre but I think it works. the character development in barefoot gen has you loving the characters and hoping that things work out they are simple people with hopes and dreams only to have things shatter and then rebuilt time and time again, Erin has many hardships in her road through life and emotional ups and downs in the show as did barefoot gen. So if you want a anime that give you somthing to feel somthing from hardship and success here they are Sang froid at its finest.
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
These series each follow main characters attempting to fight against and change accepted rules. After finding out hard truths they still decide to push forward, ultimately overcome huge odds. If you enjoyed the large workings and stories around the main characters in one series, you'll likely enjoy it in the other series.
Alice is a preteen girl who believes in magic, much to the dismay of her parents and peers. But when she finds herself transported into a dreamlike world filled with magic, forest sprites, and witches, she finds out that magic is sometimes not all it’s cracked up to be. The witches of this world must capture forest sprites for use in casting their spells, and magical hierarchy dictates that those at the bottom must compete to get to the top. Dream or not, Alice must use her positive attitude to show these witches that magic should be used to spread happiness, first and foremost!
Kemono no Souja Erin and Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu are prime examples of childrens' shows that understand that children are not stupid, and don't need their plots dumbed-down. Because of this, they are free to deliver stunning and uplifting adventure/fantasy epics that are safe (yet still immensely enjoyable) for all ages, a mixture that very few series are able to acheive.
Animation is gorgeous (even Erin's obvious cost-cutting doesn't diminish it's visual impact), and both have spunky and dynamic lead characters. The pacing is vastly different (Erin's meandering pace is rather at odds with Arusu's constant plot twists and progression), but I HIGHLY recommend each.
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...
These series each follow a very similar main character that does everything they can to help almost everyone possible. with a very laid back feeling throughout most of the series, they make a good fit.