My Neighbor Totoro

Alt titles: Tonari no Totoro

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A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

A young girl (or two) move to a small town where the meet several magical creature-things. Unfortunately for Momo, the traditional youkai she runs into aren't anywhere near as cute as Totoro or the Cat Bus, but their intentions are just as good-hearted. Though they're extremely similar, I think Letter to Momo will appeal to an older audience than Totoro- while it's much less fun, it has more emotional nuance.

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Totoro is much more light-hearted and carefree than A Letter to Momo, but they're still very similar. A small family moves into a new home, only for the children to discover that supernatural beings are living alongside them. Both are very cute and silly at times, but A Letter to Momo also touches on some emotional and difficult subjects. Still, a fan of one could probably appreciate the other. 

Sianeka Sianeka says...

If you enjoyed either A Letter to Momo or My Neighbor Totoro, I think you'd also enjoy the other. With a similar plotline to both (young girl moves to a new place with her single parent, and befriends the supernatural beings discovered to live there) and the same warm friendly feelings evoked by both, these are two anime cut from the same cloth.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both of these anime are cute and family friendly. They both have fantasy elements and are based around a girl who is being looked after by a single parent. My Neighbor Totoro and A letter to Momo do have sad elements but a detailed storyline. The animation in both are pretty similar and I believe if you like one you should really like the other.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

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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Rar Rar says...

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.

ToonMasta ToonMasta says...

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.

dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

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.

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.

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Laone Laone says...

Both Nausicaa and Totoro have strong young female characters who must overcome obstacles (though they be different obstacles) in order to do what they feel is right. Both tales are fantasy and adventure with beautiful animation, fitting music and good character development. Though Nausicaa is older, the animation is fluid making it as easy to watch as Totoro. Both have tender moments and unusual critters. Nausicaa has a more serious plotline, but in both shows to both girls, their problems are real and the story gives accordingly.

Filippy Filippy says...

Both Totoro and Nausicaa are from the same director, and both share the same mood. Maybe Nausicaa is not as cute as Totoro, but it's still quite a good movie to watch, so try it out!

Abashi Abashi says...

It's from the same author, except the story is very different. Like in Totoro, it's full of imaginary creatures. The story involves a heroine who interacts with these bizarre animals. You should give it a try, I thought it was the best one I've ever seen from his.

It is radically different from Totoro, so there is no guarantee that you'll also like this movie. In fact, it would make a better recommendation with Princess Mononoke and Castle in the Sky.

Pom Poko

Pom Poko

In modern Japan, Tokyo is expanding and considerably reducing animals' habitats, including those of the tanuki (raccoon-like creatures). What humanity doesn't know, though, is that tanuki are intelligent creatures, that can talk and even walk on two legs with the power of transformations! To secure their survival, the two combating tanuki clans join forces against mankind in a war they dub 'Pom Poko'! Humans are a difficult adversary, though... can the tanuki open mankind's eyes to the beauty of nature, before their homes are replaced by yet another suburb?

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yuujin yuujin says...

Both Pom Poko and Totoro show a sad lesson about how the creatures of the old world (with gods, miracles and magic) leave this world, little by little, because of population growth. None of the grown up humans believe in ancient gods; only pure souls like children can see them and once more believe in them. Sadly they don't have the power to stop the urban development, and when they will grow up they will think about the magic they believed was only a result of a child's imagination.

rozer rozer says...

My Neighbor Totoro and Pom Poko are very similar in many ways; they are both based in nature, involve super sweet animals and creatures and magic, and are about creature and human interactions.

dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

Two very enchanting journeys await the viewers of these films. Leave behind everyday life with all its hustle and bustle, building, working and other concerns, and enter the magical worlds that exist just outside the perception of the human mind. Whether you choose to meet the Tanuki, the magical and very intelligent creatures from Pom Poko, or the Totoro and Catbus from My Neighbor Tototro, you are about to discover that magic and fantasy still exist even in our modern human world.

On first meeting them, you might not know whether to be afraid of these charactes or in awe of them. Yet it soon becomes apparent that these creatures are of good heart and will use their powers in the pursuit of what is right. However, it is not all happiness and fun, as both stories have a more serious side to them - Pom Poko with the building of housing on the Tanuki's spiritual lands, and Totoro with the concerns and worries of moving home, being without a mother, and having to take care of each other as a family. In order to save the day, both Totoro and the Tanuki will have to conjure up something a little special.

Wolf Children

Wolf Children

Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a fairy-tale like love with a "wolf man". Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children—older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame. At first the family quietly lives in city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the wolf man suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.

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ginandhorse ginandhorse says...

I got the same happy feel from both, also the character Yuki (when young) is similar to Mei. Both move to the country side.

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Heartwarming and gorgeous, these two films take place in the countryside and offer a lovely mix of slice of life and fantasy. Ookami Kodomo focuses on the hardships of raising children alone while Totoro is a little bit more on the adventurous side, but they'll both tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more. 

shadowdragons shadowdragons says...

it is good to watch as well as this because it is touching and makes any day brighter. there are others i have watched that have the same heart warming scenes and i think many of you would like them two