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My Neighbor Totoro

Alt titles: Tonari no Totoro

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Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Mei to Koneko Bus Movie 2001 Side Story In the short Mei to Koneko Bus film shown only at the Ghibli Museum, Mei from My Neighbor Totoro has a fun adventure with a baby Catbus.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Sequel
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Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
Toru HARA Producer

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Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e
  • Movie (1 ep x 45 min)
  • 2011

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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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.


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


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

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
  • Movie (1 ep x 117 min)
  • 1984

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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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.

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!


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
  • Movie (1 ep x 115 min)
  • 1994

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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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.


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.


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.

A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo
  • Movie (1 ep x 120 min)
  • 2011

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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.


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. 

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2006

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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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!


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