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 Princess Mononoke (PM) and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo (HOK) have elements of mythology. In PM the "Gods" exist in our world and try to stop the humans from destroying nature but in HOK the gods existed in our world but went to the 'underworld' in order to protect it from us. There are many scenes in PM and HOK which are very similar and the main male lead in both is exiled from his home (Shin in HOK and Ashitaka in PM). The animation styles are also similar with the characters resembling each other and the landscape scenes are equally beautiful.If you enjoyed one you will enjoy the other however the characters in HOK are not as strong as in PM.
Part Princess Mononoke, part Laputa, Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is beautiful, philosophical, and incredibly deep. In both Mononoke and Hoshi, the protagonist adventures into the unknown, encounters mythical beasts and learns about the importance of the balance between life and death. Hoshi may not technically be a Miazaki, but it is so similar that it's hard to tell. Both movies are masterpieces and if you appreciated one, you will definitely enjoy the other.
In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?
Both anime have people dealing with wild beasts. Some want nothing more than to destory them where the others just want everyone to live together peacefully. The 2 lead females strive for a better world between both beast and man and will do whatever it takes to achieve this goal. Princess Mononoke is more mature where Kemono no souja erin takes a lighter approach but still has it's serious side to it. If you liked one check out the other.
While the settings are very different, they're both fantasy. And they have similar themes like dealing with wild beasts and shows some different views of leading by rulers of different places.
Set to Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, Legend of the Forest is a voiceless tale of human encroachment into the forests and its furry and feathered inhabitants. With only a chainsaw, one man will destroy families and lives for his own selfish gain, and the citizens of the forest will never be the same. Join the varied cast of birds, trees, squirrels, gnomes and fairy folk as they struggle to survive in their dying homeland...
Both of them deal with the need to protect nature and nature's revenge on humans. The way the story is built differs a lot though, Mononoke being more mystical and violent, and Mori no Densetsu being more realistic and symbolic.
If you like themes of environmentalism and the encroachment of humans upon nature, then look no further than both of these anime. While Princess Mononoke is far more epic in scale and presents a more balanced argument, if this sort of theme tickles your fancy then why not try out both.
Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.
Well in Princess Mononoke There is some romance and in this there is also romance. The relation is a guy falling in loving with a wolf girl. Also something not so important but something i admired was both animes had giant wolves.
Both anime explore the bittersweet idea of the ending of the age of gods (particularly wolf-gods), and the beginning of the age of technology. The atmosphere in both is one of primarily of serenity and wonder amidst troubling times.
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.
Both Princess Mononoke and Twelve Kingdoms are beautifully-animated tales of fantasy, war, destiny and personal development, that are told in a way which captivates the viewer and takes them to a magical world of magic.
Both have a similar feel to them, in my opinion. They are both mythical and have a lot of action yet are very much story-driven.