If you're looking for anime similar to My Neighbor Totoro, you might like these titles. All recommendations are made by Anime-Planet users like you!
Saga is an ordinary girl who lives her life by planning everything ahead of time. Unfortunately, having a waffle-loving Snow fairy called Sugar follow her home was not a part of these plans! Together with apprentice fairies Salt and Pepper, Sugar must find the 'twinkles' that will make their magical flowers blossom, thus turning them into fully fledged season fairies. The trouble is, none of them actually knows what a 'twinkle' is! And so, with help from Saga and other friends, the trio begin their search, whilst having fun and perfecting their magic along the way.
Ryoku, Aru, Muha, Ron, Hana, Cafe and Chai are colorful tea-dogs who want nothing more than to enjoy each other's company and be friends. Along with the finicky tea-cats, this group of companions will learn valuable lessons about life and friendships, in this quiet 5-minutes-per-episode series filled with positivity and morals.
Both Totoro and Ocha-ken are designed to be watched by children, but can also appeal to adults and older kids. Though Totoro draws in an older audience through its mature storytelling and Ocha-ken uses adorable mini stories and a simple art style, both are children's animes that adults wouldn't mind watching along with the kids.
One day, Uehara Kouichi digs up a stone by the side of a river, and when it breaks in half he finds a fossil inside - or so he thinks. The fossil is actually a Kappa that was trapped in the earth hundreds of years ago; it is revived when Kouichi washes the stone. When his family allows Kouichi to keep the Kappa, much to his bratty little sister’s annoyance, he affectionately names it Coo. But even though the Uehara family helps Coo regain his strength, and even battle him in an odd sumo match, Coo longs to find more of his kind. However, after following a few leads on where they may find more Kappas, Coo becomes the centre of a media storm, turning his life upside down. Will Coo ever be able to escape the constant hounding of the press, and can he find his place in this new world?
The main focus of both of these films is the friendship between a young child and a supernatural creature. While Totoro has a more light-hearted nature to it, noth show an everyday adventure with a supernatural twist. If you enjoyed one it is worth at least trying the other.
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
After walking her grandmother to the train station, young Mimiko is left home alone. However when she returns home, a giant panda cub is resting on the porch. Mimiko befriends the panda and later the panda's father, and they begin to live together as an adopted family. However living indoors isn't easy for giant pandas, and to make matters worse, several townspeople want to "save" Mimiko from her adopted panda family!