My Neighbor Totoro

Alt titles: Tonari no Totoro

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From Up On Poppy Hill

From Up On Poppy Hill

Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi  and Shun – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

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JAhU JAhU says...

Both movies might be Ghibli productions, but the real reason for this recommendation is the fact that they share a similar style of storytelling. If you enjoyed that part in either of those movies, there is no way you're not going to love it in the other one. What's so special about the storytelling? You learn various details about the characters, setting etc. in a somewhat chaotic order, but it all works out in the end. This is the type of storytelling in which the less you know before watching the movie, the more you can enjoy finding out and figuring out those various details.

Mai Mai Miracle

Mai Mai Miracle

Ten years after the end of the Second World War, in a backwater rural town which used to be a major regional capital in Feudal Japan, Shinko, a girl with an active imagination who daydreams about the town as it appeared a millennium prior, befriends Kiiko, a shy girl from Tokyo whose father relocated to the town to become a doctor for a factory. The film follows their day to day lives as they take care of a goldfish in a makeshift pond, fantasize about a cloistered and lonely young princess who moved to the town in the Feudal Era, and help a boy cope with a family tragedy.

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Theta Theta says...

These are both set in rural Japan during the 50's.  Both are childrens movies with mature themes and have fantasy elements

A Big First-year Student and a Small Second-year Student

A Big First-year Student and a Small Second-year Student

First-grader Masaya-kun is a crybaby despite his large stature, so he can't walk by himself on the dark path to school. The one who holds his hand is Akiyo-chan, a tiny but capable second-grader. Masaya wants to be strong like Akiyo and admires her, but one day, something happens that leaves Akiyo in tears. To lift Akiyo's spirits, Masaya goes trekking to the distant Ipponsugi forest to find the spotted bellflowers that Akiyo loves. But there are still many paths in the world unknown to him. 

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snivets snivets says...

Children main characters, a nature setting, a gentle atmosphere, a lost friend/sibling/child, and overcoming childhood frights (like the dark forest or worries about a parent) are all themes that make these two anime natural recommendations for each other.