My Neighbor Totoro

Alt title: Tonari no Totoro

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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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poetax poetax says...

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.

Himitsu Himitsu says...

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.

Michichan Michichan says...

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.

globalwild globalwild says...

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.

Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?

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IndependentSK IndependentSK says...

Both  are very similar slow-paced and beautiful anime movies where a girl finds a friend Youkai (or forest spirit), althrough Hotarubi has sadder ending.

snivets snivets says...

Totoro and Hotarubi no Mori e are slow-paced, gentle anime. Both revolve around young human girls who become friends with a forest spirit.

Haachan Haachan says...

Both of these made me cry. They made me laugh. They are st really the perfect match! That's all I can really say!

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both are slow-placed anime and have many elements of fantasy. Both have the same idea about a girl meeting a forest spirit of some sort. Also in both have elements that could be considered slice of life. The only real difference is that My neighbour Totoro focus' on a different sort of love compared to Hotarubi no Mori e. But I still think that if you liked one you should like the other.

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.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing

Young Ai has decided to move away from home and start a new life on her own, and her travels take her to the colorful and friendly Animal Village! Upon her arrival, Ai is pushed into a job at the local shop (under the watchful eyes of Tanukichi); and in no time at all, she becomes friends with a variety of friendly and odd characters such as Bouquet the cat and Sally the elephant. As the seasons pass, Ai’s life remains a fun adventure – and one evening, she finds a mysterious message in a bottle telling her that if she plants a tree, on the night of the Winter Festival something mysterious will happen… what will it be?

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ZekeWatson ZekeWatson says...

The Animal Crossing Movie (Doubutsu no Mori) and My Neighbor Totoro are both very child friendly films that people of any age can enjoy (As long as you can read subtitles or speak Japaniese for Animal Crossing).

They both involve the main character moving to a new house, and trying to get used to living their new life, and trying to figure out what's up with all the strange occurances in their home/village. Such as soot spirits appearing in the house, or notes in bottles telling you to do things.

I won't go into anymore detail so i do not spoil either movie, but if you enjoyed one of the movies, it is very much worth seeing the other!

Riotfish Riotfish says...

Both Animal Crossing and My Neighbor Totoro are kid-friendly while still being great movies for just about any age group.

LemonInator LemonInator says...

Both suited for children and is magical too. The concept is very simple but effective and it just puts a smile on your face whenever you watch it.