After her parents separated, eleven-year-old Miyori was left in the care of her grandparents who live in the countryside, where she lives a lonely and solemn life. While exploring the woods one day near the village, Miyori comes across a giant cherry tree and meets the spirits of the forest. They tell her that she is the guardian of the forest, a role that Miyori stubbornly does not wish to fill - that is, until she learns that a dam is being built, and it threatens to submerge her home and the home of the spirits! With the help of her new woodland friends and classmates, Miyori hatches a plan to save her new home...
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 deal with nature in peril, and their safty lying with a simple gifted girl. If you like stories of man and wilderness entwined, you might like both Mononoke and Miyori no Mori.
Both anime have an environmental theme with elemenths of Japanese mythology in which a girl is entrusted with protecting an endangered forest. If you liked one you will surely like the other.
Both of these stories are about mankinds role in the destruction of wilderness and those who choose to fight against that destruction.
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 anime have a feel of natural, yet otherworldly spirituality, of creatures familiar to everyday life, but different, and a normal girl thrust into it all.
Miyori no Mori and Spirited Away are very similar movies with very similar themes. They have the same feel and detail in every aspect, and both with magicial creatures and themes.
Both of these stories are about female leads who leave their normal lives behind, and have to accept a reality that includes spirits and magic.
While the actual storyline of the two are different, A Letter to Momo reminded me of Miyori no Mori. Both anime features a child that moves from the city to the countryside due to family reasons. While there, they both discover the ability to see spirits (or youka), and have to learn to adjust to both this ability and their new living situation.