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...
The responsible orphan 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 Ghibli masterpieces. Totoro is slower paced, but they are both amazing. If you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.
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).
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.
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.
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.