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My Neighbor Totoro

Alt titles: Tonari no Totoro

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Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...

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Mei to Koneko Bus Movie 2001 Side Story In the short Mei to Koneko Bus film shown only at the Ghibli Museum, Mei from My Neighbor Totoro has a fun adventure with a baby Catbus.

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My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Sequel
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Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
Toru HARA Producer

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 2001

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.

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Spirited Away is the latest masterpiece by the great Miyazaki. This story has got it ALL! Comedy, action, drama, magic, and even OOZE! I bought it on DVD as soon as soon as I could. And if you enjoy Tonari no Totoro, you will probably enjoy Spirited Away.
This is another great movie by Ghibli, it's got the same wonderful graphics as Totoro and even a step better ;) It's filled with magic and adventures. And of course all those cute animals. This is a must see if you liked Totoro! Check it out this movie even won an Oscar.
Both Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro transport the viewer into the magical world of the main characters which are young courageous girls. The character development in both is quick and realistic while the visuals are surreal and fantastical. The pace in both is similar, art/character design similar (due to both being Ghibli), music fitting, and storyline for both charming and uplifiting. Good for adults and children.
Another of Miyazaki´s wonderful creations. The world that totoro and his friends live in is wonderful, but the world that miyazaki presents to you in this film blows everything else sky high. It has some of the same sorts of details as My neighbor totoro has, the small, living creatures that runs around at the ground and the bigger creatures. All miyazaklis films are "living" in every detail! It is created in the same sort of style as totoro, and if you liked that one you will LOVE this one!

Apart from being another Miyazaki anime (great animation, atmosphere, creativity, and soundtrack), Spirited Away and Totoro share the story of a very young, courageous and above all curious girl that gets "spirited away" into a world that exists beyond the eyes of the adults, populated by strange and stupendous creatures. Both anime also leave you with a sensation of great joy and warmth in your hearth after watching them. At least they did to me.


Both My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away were created by Hayao Miyazaki. They both involve a young girl who gets pulled into a separate world filled with spirits. In both movies the girls set out to help their family and their new spirit friends.


There's the same Miyazaki style in both. The story in Totoro and Spirited Away is quite different, but they have the same style of storytelling and similar graphics.


Totoro is a bit slower and to me it felt more aimed towards younger viewers than Spirited Away, but in both worlds you'll get taken away into a world of imagination where you can discover various magical creatures.


Both anime deal with a very young heroine exploring a completely unknown world with fantastic creatures in it. In each, the heroine must try to save her parents.


Spirited Away is also from Hayou Miyazaki. The main portaginist, Chihiro, encounters strange mystical creatures, but this time they are spirits. It is very spiritual, even more so than Totoro. It is very different in that there are more negative characters, while in Totoro, everybody was positive.


My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away share a wonderful sense of adventure with a touch of magic. Both from Studio Ghibli, the richness of the colours in these films really helps in telling the stories. The main characters in both are all young girls on a journey into the unknown. Along the way they will discover more about the importance of their family, but will also have a wonderful time meeting strange and unusual creatures. Totoro may be aimed at a slightly younger audience (Spirited Away does have a touch of blood in it but nothing too gory) but that should not stop you from enjoying the magical journey offered by both films.


Both are Miyazaki classics and both feature children in unfamiliar surroundings, being helped by mystical and fantastic creatures...


Although I think My Neighbour Totoro is a very special anime Spirited Away is the only (of those I have seen so far) that mathes, to some level at least, so incredibly naturally expressed huge amount of positive energy. None of Holywoodian stuff can do that as during these movies you just get soak threw by positive energy and gentleness.


Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro are both very similar as far as the "suffering" that the Main characters undergo in the movie! You feel the hurt! you feel the pain! and maybe even cry along with them! (tissues needed!) Both movies leave you with a very warm feeling and can definitely lift your spirits if you are feeling down! I'd say save these movies for the times when you feel so hopeless and down that you need something to cheer you up! Definitely a five star rating all the way for both of them!


Both movies are about the fantastic adventures of the heroin(s) while moving through a rough part of their life. Both sport a lovable cast of characters both realistic and fantastic that bring up memories of your own childhood imagination exploring the world around you.


Both of these films are absolute gems in the Ghibli list. A modern day fairy tale that will appeal to children and adults alike. If you like your shows with a good twist of Japanese culture that translates well to English, I think you will enjoy both of these.


The two films have a very similar feeling and animations. Both are very surreal and they have a "feel good" style.


Spirited away is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Both of these films deal with the journeys of children and the spirit world, while still touching on adult themes. They are both captivating and incredibly imaginative and also have the same animation style.

If you enjoyed the magic and wonder of this film, you will find the same magic and wonder in Spirited Away.


Both of movies are done by the magical studio ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki.

They are sort of a jappaneese disney,the story and the plot are very unique,magical but yet belivable unlike many other anime.

Both MNT and SA are going to drive you to a new megical world where everything is uknown yet so touching and simple.


These two Miyazaki films are probably the two most "Japanese" in feel from him, since both heavily feature Japanese mythology. The main protagonists in both films are also a little younger in age than those in some of Miyazaki's other works. Overall, they're very similar in feel, and two of Miyazaki's best movies--so if you've seen one and want to explore more of this great director's work, it's worth it to try the other.


Two Ghibli adventures with two adventurous young girls: Spirited Away and Totoro are an obvious recommendation for each other. Though Totoro is more slow paced, they both feature unexpected magical creatures that can both help and/or complicate the situation- and do so!


My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away explore the minds of how children react when moving to new places filled with elements of the supernatural such as spirits. While Totoro may not have the morals and darker images prsented in Spirited Away, both movies will appeal to anyone willing to have a feeling of either awe or nostalgia.


Same studio, same director, same musical composer. Both movies link the normal world with the spiritual/supernatural realm. And if you like the Susuwatari (or soot sprites), both movies feature the little guys.


Even though it is very hard to explain why on will like these two movies, I do believe one should gove them a chence. Tey have something simliar, but I cannot quiet capture what it is. I think it's the essence of pure love in the main characters. It is not romantic, it is absolutely pure and beautiful. Spirited Away is well-known because it is on the lists for best 100 movies fo all time. Totoro is just a classic for all anime fans. Give them both a try; they truly are very entertaining to watch!


These are both Ghibli films that deal with supernatural creatures. Totoro was slower, but they are both great movies. If you liked one, you should give the other one a go. 

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Movie (1 ep x 103 min)
  • 1989

Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.

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Kiki's is also from the same author as Totoro. The story in this one portrays very benevolent characters. Everybody seems nice to each other, and there isn't any villain or negative role model. I didn't find this as entertaining as his other films, but you might still like it.


The two films are both happy whimsical stories by Hayao Miyazaki, with no conflict and no antagonists. They're also both made by Studio Ghibl, so they have a similar style of animation.


If you liked this because of unusual, view of life through children's eyes, you would like the other. Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and so the animation is also similar. Both have very kind and sensitive side.


Kiki and Totoro are both family-friendly, colourful and joyful movies. They're full of emotions, easy to watch and still they both tell about one important thing: childhood. The young can relate to the children in both anime, and elders can look back on their own childhood. To all Miyazaki-fans!


These are two are sweet family-friendly movies. They both have alot of fantasy. All of the characters in both of these series are nice, and there are no evil villians. Of course, they are also both made by Studio Ghibli.


Both prime examples of great all-ages movies, Totoro and Kiki's are both fun and whimsical tales of friendship, told with childlike wonder and a simple sweetness.   Though both films are well suited for all audiences, they're more appropriate for extremely young viewers than some other Ghibli fare.  


In this film you can find the same joyful spontaneity and the same contact with the natural world.

Even if Kiki's delivery service have a well defined plot than Mi neighbor Totoro, and results more similar to other anime, the spirit behind the two operas is the same, and I think that if you like one you will like the other (I think that it is very hard that you don't like a similar masterpiece, anyway.)


Both movies are great, the style in both films is very similar and enjoyable, if you have watched one of them and liked it you are sure to like the other as well.


Both are excelent examples of Miyazaki and studio Ghibli at their best. Two fantastical tales for young and old.


Both are Studio Ghibli and feature innocent female characters. There is an interesting mix of the supernatural/magic and every day life in both.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
  • Movie (1 ep x 101 min)
  • 2008

Ponyo is a goldfish who lives in the sea, and has an over-protective magician for a father. Soon Ponyo runs away from home and is rescued by a five-year-old boy named Sosuke. As she wants nothing more than to understand what it's like to be a human being, Ponyo uses magic to transform into a human girl, and the two begin to form a special bond. However, this magic results in drastic consequences, and one final test stands in Ponyo's way before she can truly be human. Can Ponyo fulfill her dream, or is she destined to return to the sea?

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Ponyo and Totoro are the sweetest Ghibli films, occasionally to the point of being cloying.  They follow the largely innane adventures of two very young children in a world that on some level resembles our own, but is at the same time seamlessly magical.

Catbusses and Prehistoric fish have never been filled with more imagination.  To compliment the wonder and awe of these sequences, the films are grounded by genuine portrayals of young children, emotional fragility, forthright innoncence, rampant curiousity and all.


These two movies are Miyazaki's movies that are most squarely in the "children's movie" arena, and thus have the most simple stories. This isn't necessarily a bad thing--both are wonderful films, filled with gorgeous visuals, Ghibli charm and Miyazaki's strengths as a director. In particular, if a kid you know likes one movie, the other will probably be really enjoyable to them, too.


My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo are the two Ghiblis primarily aimed at young children. Apart from sharing stylistic elements, both being Miyazaki work, they both try to provoke a sense of wonder in the audience, and exude charm. In both, the animation is superb, and although Ponyo's is (stylistically) less detailed, the two share the assiduous attention to detail characteristic of Miyazaki.


At one point in Ponyo, the mother sings a piece from Totoro's opening theme. It struck me that the mother may have well grown up with that film, but more obviously it was a connection between the this and the film Ponyo most strikingly resembles in Miyazaki's work. Both are charming, innocent, wonderful films about exuberant curiosity imagination of the young. Their plucky and memorable young girls are rather likeable characters, and the chidlike fantasies and creatures conjoured up are incredibly inventive. If searching for another film of this ilk, you can't do better than this.


Ponyo and Totoro are basically the same thing. Small children have various adventures in their small town. They're each pretty slow, and beloved by everyone but me. The creatures in each are what save the movies. Totoro, the Catbus(^_^), and the various fishes are awesome and charming. If you liked one, you'd definitely like the other.


If you adore Miyazaki's fantastical and child-like films then you will like both My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Both are incredibly charming stories with adorable lead characters and a nice sense of escapism in the real world. Both are well worth a look, particularly if you like the Studio Ghibli works.


There is nothing quite like the charm of a simple Ghibli film, and if that is what you are looking for then look no further. These two movies, Totoro and Ponyo, are simple, relaxing, viewable at any age and are beautiful to both watch and listen to. Both of these movies have a simple, family themed storyline and have no real villan, and both by the end leave you refreshed and you will likely return to each again some time in the future. 


These are two really beautiful films, which revolve around a simple and compelling story. They both have a little girl (around 4 - 5 years old), who has to endure a certain ordeal to finally have her happy ending. There is also the magic element in both films and some drama, though you always have the feeling that things will definitely work out in the end. If you liked one of these movies, you will certainly like the other one. They are both heart-warming stories which will leave a smile on your face.


Both of these are more on the childish end of Studio Ghibli's work, but both are great nontheless. If you enjoyed one, there is no reason you would not enjoy the other. 

Denno Coil

Denno Coil

In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.

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Each series is about children who are living an adventure every day. The characters in Denno Coil seem to highly emulate the characters in My Neighbor Totoro, such as Mai from Totoro and Kyoko from Denno Coil.  Also the animation resembles the style and quality of Hayao Miyazaki's movies.  You will find that if you love the characters from one, then you will like the characters from the other.


Denno Coil definitely gives the same "feel" as Tonari no Totoro. The main perspectives are of young girls, and there's definitely a mysterious factor in both titles. Watching these give you an enchanting feeling as if you're soaring through the skies (yes, I'm corny); you'll also be introduced to some cute and furry fluffballs.


If you enjoyed My Neighbor Totoro will find the similarities between Satsuke & Mei and Yasako & Kyoko of Dennou Coil pleasantly uncanny. Dennou Coil also has an excellent plot and animation similar to that of a Miyazaki film.


While the tone of Dennou Coil is more existential, there are definite similarities between it and My Neighbor Totoro. Both anime have a focus on the relationship between young sisters. My Neighbor Totoro leans more towards fairytale, while Dennou Coil is more science fiction, but the relationship between daily life and the “other” world in both anime are similar as well. It may not be a sure bet that if you like one you'll like the other, but both have a unique charm about them.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies
  • Movie (1 ep x 88 min)
  • 1988

With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...

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Both highly autobiographical animes, Grave of the Fireflies (adapted from a novel of wartime childhood) and Totoro (based largely of Miyazaki's own experiences) are very different in feel. It is particularly interesting to see from similar beginnings - mother absent in hospital, and young children left to fend for themselves - how differently the stories turn out. The natural world, that produces the fantastical figure of Totoro to help and protect Satsuki and Mei, proves entirely hostile to Seita and Setsuko in Grave, nor is there the reassurance of a father (however absent) or caring local community. As a final interesting point, these two films were originally shown in theatres as a double release, though seemingly for very different audiences.

Both films are about two young children and take place during roughly the same time period. They were also released at the same time, and on the same bill, in Japan as a double feature. Both films also highlight the importance of family, Totoro in a happy tone and Grave of the Fireflies in a very sad and somber one. If you like one, you'll most likely like the other. And if you're a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's films, you're sure to like both.


Two stories of how children eek to survive in an environment where adults have little influence and little positive to bring to the children's lives. Although Totoro has been viewed as more upbeat and Fireflies as darker, and this may be true to an extent, both tales are in reality stories of lost children and their deepest fears - they just deal with them in different ways. Whereas in Toroto Mai and Satsuki have the magical Totoro to guide them and offer distractions from everyday existence, Setsuko and Seita in Grave of the Fireflies are much closer to the cold reality of life.

Both are also based to some extent on real experiences, helping to give these two Anime an extra dimension, and strongly significant imagery that will remain with you long after you have finished watching them.