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The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
Howl's Moving Castle is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki so it has the same animation style and the same sense of magic and wonder and the same whimsical imagination.
Both of these are very popular Ghibli films, but they also follow a young female protagonist. In both stories it is enjoyable to watch a young female lead have to go beyond what would be expected of a girl her age. Both of these movies delve into some magic. The non human creatures are also very loveable in both.
the stories are very different but both give a magical feel as viewed. Ghiblis magic? I would recommend watching them both. The characters in both movies are also so easy to fall in love with. Both also have magical cute little critters in them that may not say anything but Are just so cute and give the movies a good family feel. However howl is a little scary... 😉
Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.
I got the same happy feel from both, also the character Yuki (when young) is similar to Mei. Both move to the country side.
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.
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
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 of these movies are from Studio Ghibli. The link between them is in the fairytale atmosphere concerning woodland spirits. My Neighbor Totoro is a lot more feel-good. The humans who are able to see the woodland spirits are respectful of them, while in Princess Mononoke it is basically an all out war between the two.
There is a nice contrast; both using mystical woodland spirits (Totoro being a woodland spirit), but in different settings and with a different feel. Still the mystical atmosphere and the idea that such creatures exist offers a link between both movies.
Hayao Miyazaki also directs Princess Mononoke so it has a similar animation style and the same playful imagination.
Both of these films center around human interaction with forest spirits. Although this movie is more violent, it still imparts the sense of wonder as My Neighbor Totoro.
"One stormy night." These are the words Mei will say outside of the barn to identify his new friend. "One stormy night." Gabu will say this phrase to finally meet the friend he made in the darkness of the storm. Mei and Gabu had taken shelter in the barn, and in the darkness they comforted each other, only to find that they were very similar, striking a friendship there and then. "One stormy night", and they would finally meet face to face at their promised place and time, but on this fateful night Mei, an orphan goat, and Gabu, a wolf, finally see each other. Will their friendship work? Will their communities allow it?
If I would get my kids into anime Totoro and Arashi no Yoru ni are probably the first two anime I'd show them. Both have a very different style from the usual anime. They are lower on the content and higher on the animation, have fun creatures and a special slower flow throughout the movie. They are perfect for kids!
They are both very fun animes! The freindship between one-another are both unheard of, and strangly exciting. You instantly fall in love with the main charectors and become engulfed with the differnt animation styles and backgrounds. They are both family freindly and entertaining... even for teenager (Personal experience)
Shizuru and Mizuki are two quiet sisters who have a foot in the world of the supernatural. While Shizuru can see the spirits and monsters who haunt mankind, Mizuki can't help but become possessed by them. Together, the duo live with their grandparents and are taught about the spiritual world from their grandfather, a powerful exorcist. In the serene countryside, the girls will learn about the ghosts and goblins that co-exist in our world, while also learning about themselves and their abilities.
My Neighbor Totoro and Mokke are both incredibly slow tales of girls who are exploring a country life with bizarre spirits and monsters. Totoro is far more classic and Mokke is far more uninteresting, but I think fans of one might like the other.
Both Mokke and My Neighbor Totoro are slow-paced tales of sisters who find different and interesting spirits. If you're a fan of one, you might like the other (though, I felt Mokke was kinda boring).