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Spirited Away

Alt titles: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

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Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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Spirited Away 2001 TBD
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Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
Toshio SUZUKI Producer

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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
  • Movie (1 ep x 118 min)
  • 2004

The responsible 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...

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It's actually a bit of a too obvious of a connection between Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away; both stories deal with a young girl who gets catapulted into a series of supernatural events against her own wishes. And in both movies they have to learn to become responsible (although Sophie already seems to have learned that) and discover what their lives are about.

Both learn that through hard work, dedication and love they can find their true path in life. Basically both stories have many similarities in trying to showcase the learning and growing up process of the main female character.

Both movies being Studio Ghibli also means the atmosphere and animation style is very closely related. The mystical creatures, the magic, the odd ball characters and the feel-good fairytale atmosphere are exceptionally identical in both.


Both Spirited Away and Howl's take place in a fantasy world and are about a heroine who tries to overcome obstacles to help the ones she loves. Both movies demonstrate a feeling of one's own independence and the ability to do what you have to do to succeed.


Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are visually stunning experiences with a strong surreal underpinning behind coming of age narratives. In both movies a magical world unfolds before bewildered young heroines who must claim a new position within apparent chaos. Spirited Away is more hectic and upbeat while Howl's focus on darker themes such as war and violence. Yet both invoke the same spirit of beautiful natural scenes rendered sublime by Miyazaki's unique style.


It is to Studio Ghibli's credit that I find it hard to search out other anime that aren't in Miyazaki's sphere to recommend here. Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are very different yet share great strengths, whether it is in fantasy story-telling, beautiful animation, or very involving characters.

Both of these films focus on a strong heroine, and a complex male counterpart, giving study to themes of struggle, love, and relationships in intricate and fantastically-developed settings and plots. Both are of the highest quality anime filmmaking out there, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending both of them to even the non-anime film fans that I know.

They are a joy to watch with the whole family.


The animation is the same in Howl's and Spirited Away; I believe it was done by the same artist.

Well anyways, if you liked one you will like the other because the story line is basically the same.


A magical world with unseen creatures, spells, dragons, and wizards - that's what "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Castle" are all about. They are drawn in an amazing style with beautiful backgrounds, and are very fun.


These beautifully animated films are a magical display of Hayao Miyazaki's fine ability as a director; both are fantasy-based tales of courage, love and personal journeys - if you're a fan of one, then it is without a doubt that you will love the other.


Both Howl's and Spirited Away share the same style, animation and character design, as both are works of Hayao Miyazaki. They are entertaining and keep you in suspense from beginning until end. Each is a story about a simple girl who enters the world of magic, a cute young wizard, evil witches and mysterious characters that come and help along the way.


Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle take you on a journey into a magical and surprising world full of love, challenge and surprise! Both movies are beautiful, imaginative and are filled with unique characters who will steal your heart.


Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle offer tales of young girls getting caught up in the world of magic, working for mystical beings, and still managing to find love among it all. To top it off, both were produced by the same studio, and both offer the same beautiful animation styles.


Both of these "fish-out-of-water" movies center around average and everyday girls who wind up in fantastic magical worlds, in which everything seems out of their control. Both girls find adventure, tragedy, love, and a happy ending.


In both movies, Miyazaki Hayao does a great job in creating a magical and fantastic universe where dreams and reality intermingle. Plus the heroes are cute. =)


In both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, the lead character is a young girl who must find her way in unfamiliar surroundings, and rise against the odds to triumph over the curse that has been placed on them or their familiy. For Chihiro in Spirited Away that means finding her way home and finding a way to help her parents, and for Sophie in Howl it means finding out how to reverse the curse that has been put on her.

These Studio Ghibli films have a dark side to them too - some of the characters are indeed very menacing (the universe is filled with wonderful, weird and charming creatures in both films) and the story itself in both cases is well thought through and deep - there is much more to tell here than just a couple of simple fairy tales.


A girl sets footsteps in a world full of magic and mystery!she has to face her deepest fears and become who she realy is and only then she can protect her loved ones and find her way through the chaos!both masterpieces done by miyazaki sensei portraiting the damage of wars and humans destructive powers to the nature in a bueatiful fantasy world reminding us to take a better care of the world we are leaving in!


If you were mesmerized by Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle is definitely a movie for you. The two stories are marvelously protrayed with romance, magic, and plenty of comedic relief. Definitley a feel-good set of movies if ever there was one.


Both of these movies were made by studio ghibli, and their amazing art and storylines never seem to fade.These movies are both are fantasy-based and have a variety of strange creatures. They both follow the story of a young girl, having to deal with a sudden and very large change in her life, which she has to overcome with the help of anyone and everyone. If you liked one, You'll like the other.


Since both are Miyazaki films, it's obvious they should share some similar characteristics. Sophie and Chihiro both find themselves caught up in a magical world, complete with evil witches and spirits. Their adventures are both self-fufilling, to a degree... they each learn something about themselves and wind up changing for the better.


Like to get whisked away into a world where anything goes, where magic rules the land and the fight against right and wrong, good and evil is present? well either of these anime are a great choice for you.


The age-old theme of being transported into an exciting and different world where the protagonist is the centre of attention is very present in many of Miyazakis' films, including these two. Both share the same overwhelming sensation of pure uncontrolled imagination being unleashed on the viewer.


Howl's Moving Castle feels like it's cut from the same inspiration that created Spirited Away. They both have a gentle approach to villains, little cute companions there for token purposes, an imaginative and whimsical setting, but most importantly, a show stealing female lead. If what you loved about either of these movies is the triumph of a heroine taken completely out of her natural element or the sugary sweet romance that's so typical of Ghibli, then the other will deliver your fix.


Both of these Anime share the story of a young girl on a grand adventure to discover something about themselves. Along the way they make friends and enemies, and sometimes even turn their enemies into friends!


Both movies are about relatively normal girls who get caught up in the world of the extraordinary/supernatural and have to rely on a mysterious magical stranger for help and guidance.


If you liked this because of unusual view of life, you would like the other. Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and so the animation is also similar. Both contain magic. Both start with curse and end with love.


These two movies both start with the concept of a normal girl being warped into a different universe they never knew.

Both these movies are my favourite anime movies and I think the reason is because they both have such interesting plot lines that never take away from the main story line. The endings are realistic and the even though the story has no real theme or certain idea, the ride is well worth it.

The character developement is also very evident in each film. You can see how each of the females grow because of their companionship.


Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle both follow a female protagonist struggling to reverse a metamorphosis. Both films are magical pieces that are amazingly imaginative featuring dragons, witches and animated objects. And both are very enjoyable. Spirited Away is a bit more of an adventure story while Howl's Moving Castle is a bit more romantic but if you like one you'll probably like the other.


Both movies are by the same director, the animation style is the same, and both are a lot of fun. If you like one your probibly going to like the other. Although the story lines are very diffrent the both revolve around a young girls trying to make thier way agenst huge odds.


Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle depart from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's normal focus on nature. Though both follow a yound girl as the main character as she moves through a new, enchanting world, viewers may find the reactions Castle's Sophie to be more bearable, as her older age makes her more mature and resourceful.


Both anime tell a story about young girls who were forced to the other world. Both main characters are in love in "boy" that helped them and turned out to be a dragon/mage. There are many similarities about these anime. They are great anime to watch with whole family and enjoy it. Good for all ages.


Both Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away have the magic and fantasy feel. They involved girls who are trying to get rid of a curse which are placed on them or on the ones they love.

They are both Hayao Miyazaki films and are created by the same studio, Studio Ghibli, which promises the same art style in both.


Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are both High Quality Movies. They both have a Heart Warming felling to them. They both tell a story about a young female who gets caught up in a Fantasy world filled with unique Characters.


I loved both these movies. I am a new fan of studio Ghilbi movies. Both movies have a hint of romance but it in no way shadows the overall story. Both are about finding the strengths and qualities within yourself which is apparent to others around you. They both have the fantasy and magical appeal. If you like animes with a great plot and slight but not overwhelming romance then you will love both these movies.


Miyazaki, as writer and director of many of his own movies, always takes you on an adventure, but, in these two movies, you will find that you are swept away to a completely new world, filled with magic, and new things to explore.


These two movies, both by Miyazaki, are amazing. The art is stunning and morals are learned while the audience still has a lot of fun. The storyline is also consuming, so you're never left wondering "how much longer till this is over?".


"Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle" feature shy and insecure "every girl" female protagonists who find inner strength and moxie after being thrust into extraordinary magical situations/lands. Stunning animation and complicated, endearing characters drive both of these classic Ghibli tales of growing up, growing old, and friendship.


Both of these films belong to the Studio Ghibli collection and this alone should make you enjoy the films. However, what makes these two films ideal for watching it the brilliance in the storytelling and the searching to find a way to remove the curse that is in place. The sheer brilliance of the films artistic nature and stunning soundtrack will make you enjoy both of them thoroughly.


I think that the best reason for recommending is that both of these animes come from the same studio: Ghibi and tha same director who's been praised with the academy award. Both are touching stories that you can watch even with small kids. What is more both are great to cheer you up on a clody day. I racommend you this with all my heart:)


This movie is by the same director and are excelent for any anime fans libray. Both are about the main charerecter changing in some way. They are an unforgettable tale of how they had to overcome there change and end up taking on the person who changed them.


The two films have a very similar feeling and animations. Both are very surreal and they have a "feel good" style.


Howl's Moving Castle is made by the same studio as Spirited Away called Studio Ghibli. Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle deal with magic of all sorts. Both movies have wizards like Wizard Howl, and the Old Witch of the Bathhouse Yubaba, who can both alter almost anything to fit their needs. If you liked seeing all the magical mystical events in Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle is for you.


Both animes have a fusion of humor and magic. The main characters walk into a door/portal and the have figure out how to free their loved ones.


Why you should watch this: because it has the same "feel" as Spirited Away in which the girl embarks on a mystic adventure. although the themes are somewhat the same, the plot is entirely different. Howl's Moving Castle will take you on a journey like no other. lots of twists and turns, characters whom you thought you know turn out to be different, and just plain unique. heartwarming and somewhat melancholic, this movie is a definite must-watch!


Both Howl's Moving Caslte and Spirited Away have a heavy sense of magical escapism about them. Both share a slightly more light-hearted feeling to them whilst managing to mix in a good amount of drama. Both also have romantic overtones, moreso in Howl. If you liked the tone of one then definitely check out the other.


First of all they are both anime movies from studio ghibli, meaning they both have that sort of magical, fantasy kind of movie, also have both have quite a good plot and are both anime movies that i would denfinitely recomend watching.


because both are from magic worlds. The bad guys are in both cases sort of cute and minor characters are so sophisticated in both character and animation ways. 


For starters, both movies are by Studio Ghibli and share the same fantastic art style, using flowing characters and meticulously detailed backgrounds, as well as great musical scores. They are both simply a joy to watch come alive.

Each casts the lead role as a girl who goes on a journey of self-discovery through some supernatural conflicts.  Chihiro, the protagonist in Spirited Away, is much more selfish and irresponsible initially, while Sophie is quite responsible but lacking in personality and self-confidence, but both are forced to face these shortcomings and grow as a result.

They also have male leads that, while relatively powerful, are tied down by events which prevent them from having true freedom in life. The movies  show how they attempt to overcome this situation.

Both anime have their more frightening portions but are completely family friendly. They are also both excellent quality movies in general. If you loved one you will like the other.


These two movies are very similar. The ideas are almost like a copy of each other! One week after I had seen Spirited Away, I saw Howl's Moving Castle, and yet I was amazed by it! They made me realize what love truly means!


Both the main characters seek help or get help from the other main character in order to get a curse lifted from either them or someone in their family. The main difference is that in Spirited Away, Haku knew Chihiro, but in Howl's Moving Castle they are just meeting each other (unless you count the time when Sophie goes back in time and sees Howl).


Both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Both anime have the same art style and similar story about a girl who goes on a journey full of fantasy and magic. If you enjoyed one of the movies, you'll like the other.


Magical movies that take you to another place...! It's breath taking and dramatic! Both have good actors/actresses and both have a good plot. The animation is great! So, you better watch!


If you like Spirited away you'll like Howl and vice versa.

Both of them are made by magical movie artist hayao miyazaki and both of them are masterpieces and one of a kind stories.

No questions about that.


Each show, being done by Ghibli, have many similarities ranging from the artwork to the music to the mood of the series. Each being steeped in fantasy and magic, a girl comes to find love without realizing it and making a lot of friends along the way. Beyond this, many other similarities exist, but it would be more effective to just say if you liked one, you'll love the other.


Howl's Moving Castle is pretty much a grown-up version of Spirited Away; even though it's not. They're both pretty much have about the same likeness (even though some people say that Howl's Moving Castle is better than Spirited Away) and they're both by the same director, Hayou Miyazaki. They both have dream-like qualities of young girls expeirencing strange things, and coming of age and learning the life of growing up of nature. They're both great movies and pretty much have about the same genre(s): Supernatural, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance. But Howl's Moving Castle has Comedy, Action while Spirited Away mostly has Mystery. Spirited Away seems to have no action at all, and Howl's Moving Castle will show a little bit of Mystery every once in a while.


Howl's Moving Castle is also a film made by director Hayao Miyazaki. Both are full of magic and are fun for people of all ages. While Spirited Away is more inclined to a childrens' fairytale, Howl's Moving Castle deals with a knight in shining armor coming to rescue the damsel, but the damsel in reality can do things by herself, metaphorically speaking. Both have a cast of memorable characters and nice performances by the english dubbing cast.


All of Myiazaki's movies are great, but 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' have most in common considering their warmth, and the way they (unlike most of his films) have no signs of environmentalism, but simply have beautiful stories.


Both have gorgeous art and they both dwell in fantasy and the supernatural. They also have the same producers so they have similar art styles. What's more, they both have fascinating plots and lovable characters.


Both are Japanese fantasy stories, yet one takes place in a more Japanese setting and the other in more of a European setting. Spirited Away has to do with spirits and ghosts whereas Howl's moving castle deals with magic.  They both are done with excellent artwork and neither are quite appropriate for younger kids (too scarey).


Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away are both written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. They both have a somewhat fantasy like feel to them and have that special something that's hard to describe but makes watching them a thoroughly enjoyable experience.


Many have made this recommendation and rightfully so. Both movies are from the magnificent Studio Ghibli and feature beautiful animation, creative characters and fascinating storylines. Love one, love the other.


Drawn in the same style they both are really animated animes, there are many little movements and details that make the anime looks just sooo REAL! And they both come from the same anime-maker.


Besides the stellar Studio Ghibli quaity, these anime share elements of magic, fantasy, and anthropomorphism.



Any Studio Ghibli movie is amazing, but these two are are at the top of the list. They are both phenomenal! 


Both are Ghibli masterpieces that turn what looks like a boring everyday occurance into something that go beyond your dreams. I cannot praise either of these highly enough. If you enjoyed one, then it is very likely you will feel the same about the other. 


The heroine is taken to a fantastical- Fantasy world where magic affects them or those around them, creating a reason to go on a journey to turn things back to normal. The journey changes them and the changes resonate to those around them, changing lives and creating events that challenge them to become better and stronger. And aside from being family friendly and by the same studio, both are absolutely gorgeous and must watches!


Both keep you stunned and in awe throughout the movie. Miyazaki. Just Miyazaki man! The animation the music the story everything that he put into this leaves you sweet essence of magic in the air.And for the more mature topics it leaves you with deep but simple thoughts about human relationships/hardships and interaction with beautiful nature. 


Both are Miyazaki/Ghibli movies that are primarily fantasy-based, for all ages, and visually amazing.



  • MC   -   A curious girl wich is trown into a new scenario where she has to work in order to "survive"
  • Story   -   The MC departs on adventure getting with all sorts of problems/chalenges that she needs to overcome in order to lift a curse
  • Atmosphere   -   Magical and fantastic world conected to "our own world"
  • 2nd C   -   A mysterious powerfull wizard, whom helps the MC

You get the same feeling watching any of the 2 movies, basicaly because they have the same atmosphere and background.Altought the Moving Castle has in my opinion a far better concept, it's realy slow-paced and less "exploited" than Spirited Away, leaving the Moving Castle with 2nd place


I've been watching Miyazaki films since a very young age, and Spirited away is probably my favorite, and The Cat Returns is certtainly high up on my list. Howls Moving Castle and Spirited away share many similarities, including things like music and animation. Theres no way you can like one and not the other.


Both are Studio Ghibili with beautiful animation, a strong female lead, and fantasy elements!

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
  • Movie (1 ep x 134 min)
  • 1997

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?

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Princess Mononoke is one of THE best anime movies of all time, along side Spirited Away. The visuals are magnificent and the story is amazing. You really must see this movie. It's far more action packed than Spirited Away, but has talking animals and forest creatures. It's a great mythical tale.

If you like Spirited Away then you should watch Princess Mononoke the same style of cartoon and same verid story. both brings you in to the big world in fantasy.
Both movies are from Miyazaki Hayayo. Also called to be the japanese Disney. Nature is a living world in the japanese mythology and gods and spirits are everywhere. For example in rivers or in animals. The nature vs humankind theme can be found in both movies. Miyazaki is one of the few who dont do all with a computer. The music in both movies is a joy to hear and his employees passionatly drew the pictures which resulted in colorfully drawn and wonderfully animated movies.
Both Sprited Away and Princess Mononoke share more similarities than just being original epic films from Hayao Miyazaiki. One thing that stood out to me is their intriguing roots in Japanese animism.
The Reason is because they have the very same fantasy worlds and the same style because of the same directors they were both concentrated on the drama of the characters Rather the action around them.
some of the things that almost always appear in miyazaki´s films is the variaty of intelligent and sometimes talking lifeforms, and this is no exception. And as always, the feeling of beeing brought away, is there.
Besides the fact that both movies are a 'must watch' for all anime fans, they share a great deal of similarities. Both movies are full of fantasy creatures and spirits of many kind. Spirited Away contains slightly more magic than Mononoke Hime, but the themes aren't all that different.
Both series are great sagas, the settings, characters and plots is of top quality and makes u cuddle up in the sofa and forgett all about the snacks in front of u. U will get pulled into a magical story and feel like a kid again (unless u still are).
Spirited away really reminds me of Mononoke Hime. The art is really good and it got the same weird story. Spirits and ghosts are all over the movie and you are brought into a fantasy world.

Spirited Away is one amazing movie, and so is Princess Mononoke.

The story to both of them is very good, and revolve around love as a secret goal. The quality of both is also great.

After watching Spirited Away, take the time to enjoy Princess Mononoke.


Both Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are fun-filled tales of adventure and excitement, daring escapades and rigorous tasks. There is a semblance of an undercurrent of something more than friendship between the main characters, and a whole lot of magic thrown in!


Both Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away take place in fantasy worlds. As you watch one, you can't help but be reminded of the other even though their plots are very different. They both incorporate magic and many other elements to create an unforgettable story.

If you enjoyed one, you will surely be able to appreciate the amazing plotline and characters of the other.


These beautifully animated films are a magical display of Hayao Miyazaki's fine ability as a director; both are fantasy-based tales of courage, love and personal journeys - if you're a fan of one, then it is without a doubt that you will love the other.


Both of these movies are thrilling, imaginative and beautiful. They are fantastic adventures with strange and unique creatures, wonderful characters, and a touching story with undertones of love (less pronounced, however, in Princess Mononoke than in Spirited Away). With amazing animation, to boot, if you liked one, you should surely check out the other.


Written by the same writer, both Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are great magical tales, if you liked Princess Mononoke you are bound to like Spirited Away (and vice versa).


Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are two of the most popular pieces of anime made in history. They have extremely potent plots and have inventive creations of animals.


in mononoke once again we set foot in a beautiful magical world that soon begins to crumble all because of human selfish desires and destructive powers of war.man kind destroys the nature while forgeting the fact that nature is the mother of all and by destroying it humans also will face extinction.but even in this chaos there are always those who together with gaurdian spirits of earh fight to save the world ,people and of caurse their mother earth!in spirited away this damage is shown by the spirits of nature and how wounded they have become unable to find their way home all because of humans careless activities.

in the end miyazaki is reminding us to fight for the sake of nature and not forget it!!


Both are studio Ghibli movies with excellent quality animation with great style. Strong messages are presented in each.


Where Mononoke Hime is Miyazaki's iconic action and adventure epic, Spirited Away is Miyazaki's staple in the emotional realm. Though both series differ rather drastically in terms of actual story content and characterization, they carry that magical aura that only Miyazaki can truly bring out in such classic films. While Mononoke might sacrifice youthful vigor for graceful maturity, both movies are absolute essentials for any aniime fan's collection - they are the true height of Miyazaki glory.


These gripping stories are perfect for both children and adults alike. Their simple yet original plotlines will have you gripping your seat, with asortments of fantastical creatures and picturesqe backdrops you'll be stuck wondering which of miyazaki's masterpieces is the best!


These movies might be the best from the best in anime history! Both stories are fairytale like while Princess Mononoke is aimed for a slightly older audience which doesn't mean older or younger won't enjoy Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, instead, I'm sure they'll still love it! Go and watch it, you won't have any regrets!


The style and art of these two movies are very similar though their themes are different. Both movies deal with gods and the supernatural and how they interact with humanity. Both films were also released in US theaters due to the popularity of their Japanese makers.


Both have interesing spiritual/mythological themes, fantastic storylines, and similar animation styles.


Both Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke have a strong supernatural element about them as they focus on the world of spirits. Both movies also show a developing relationship between the two central characters, in a romantic situation that may inevitably never be possible.


Although Spirited Away is a bit more of a lighthearted film, both are wonderful.. they are two of the most fantastic movies by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, in my opinion. The music by Joe Hisaishi in both films is simply magical.


Studio Ghibli's two masterpeices. These both are about spirits, and the characters in these stories grow immensley (ESPECIALLY CHIHIRO) the animation is beautiful in both, and the soundtrack is amazing.


Worlds that while containing human elements tend to focus on the more fantastical of lore, and monsters that corrupt and consume. The heroes have a goal they are striving for and confront their fears in their path towards it. Both contain their fair share of blood and violence and while Mononoke is by far the more mature of the two, they are excellent watches and something even young adults/teens can get into.


Both by director Hayao Miyazaki exploring themes of young women needing to survive on their own.

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

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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Totoro has magical creatures just like Spirited Away, and has a delightful fantasy aspect. I did find Totoro to be rather slow, but it still is a great Ghibli film.

This is another great movie by Ghibli, it's got the same wonderful graphics as Spirited Away ;) It's filled with magic and adventures. And of course all those cute animals. This is a must see if you liked Spirited Away! It didn't recive an Oscar as Spirited away but I'm sure you gonna like it anyway ^^
Here you get the feeling that is kind of thypical for miyazaki´s films, the feeling of being taken away from reality and brought in in a world of wonderful imagination. Even though that feeling is not as strong here as in spirited away, wich i think is his greatest creation so far considering all the imaginary creatures and lifeforms, u still get that magical feeling.
Both Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro transport the viewer into the magical world of the main characters which are young courageous girls. The character development in both is quick and realistic while the visuals are surreal and fantastical. The pace in both is similar, art/character design similar (due to both being Ghibli), music fitting, and storyline for both charming and uplifiting. Good for adults and children.

Totoro is from the same studio and director that brought you Spirited Away. While it may be a lot slower paced than the more recent Oscar winning anime it still contains a lot of the same qualities that have made Spirited Away so popular.

Children once again take centre stage as fantasy is used to turn their real life problems into entertainment for the whole family.

If you liked the wonder and heart of Spirited Away you'll like this as well.


Apart from being another Miyazaki anime (great animation, atmosphere, creativity, and soundtrack), Spirited Away and Totoro share the story of a very young, courageous and above all curious girl that gets "spirited away" into a world that exists beyond the eyes of the adults, populated by strange and stupendous creatures. Both anime also leave you with a sensation of great joy and warmth in your hearth after watching them. At least they did to me.


Both My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away were created by Hayao Miyazaki. They both involve a young girl who gets pulled into a separate world filled with spirits. In both movies the girls set out to help their family and their new spirit friends.


There's the same Miyazaki style in both. The story in Totoro and Spirited Away is quite different, but they have the same style of storytelling and similar graphics.


Totoro is a bit slower and to me it felt more aimed towards younger viewers than Spirited Away, but in both worlds you'll get taken away into a world of imagination where you can discover various magical creatures.


Both anime deal with a very young heroine exploring a completely unknown world with fantastic creatures in it. In each, the heroine must try to save her parents.


Also from Hayou Miyazaki. The main portaginist, Chihiro, encounters strange mystical creatures, but this time they are spirits. It is very spiritual, even more so than Totoro. It is very different in that there are more negative characters, while Totoro, everybody was positive.


My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away share a wonderful sense of adventure with a touch of magic. Both from Studio Ghibli, the richness of the colours in these films really helps in telling the stories. The main characters in both are all young girls on a journey into the unknown. Along the way they will discover more about the importance of their family, but will also have a wonderful time meeting strange and unusual creatures. Totoro may be aimed at a slightly younger audience (Spirited Away does have a touch of blood in it but nothing too gory) but that should not stop you from enjoying the magical journey offered by both films.


Both are Miyazaki classics and both feature children in unfamiliar surroundings, being helped by mystical and fantastic creatures...


Although I think My Neighbour Totoro is a very special anime Spirited Away is the only (of those I have seen so far) that mathes, to some level at least, so incredibly naturally expressed huge amount of positive energy. None of Holywoodian stuff can do that as during these movies you just get soak threw by positive energy and gentleness.


Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro are both very similar as far as the "suffering" that the Main characters undergo in the movie! You feel the hurt! you feel the pain! and maybe even cry along with them! (tissues needed!) Both movies leave you with a very warm feeling and can definitely lift your spirits if you are feeling down! I'd say save these movies for the times when you feel so hopeless and down that you need something to cheer you up! Definitely a five star rating all the way for both of them!


Both movies are about the fantastic adventures of the heroin(s) while moving through a rough part of their life. Both sport a lovable cast of characters both realistic and fantastic that bring up memories of your own childhood imagination exploring the world around you.


Both of these films are absolute gems in the Ghibli list. A modern day fairy tale that will appeal to children and adults alike. If you like your shows with a good twist of Japanese culture that translates well to English, I think you will enjoy both of these.


The two films have a very similar feeling and animations. Both are very surreal and they have a "feel good" style.


Spirited away is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Both of these films deal with the journeys of children and the spirit world, while still touching on adult themes. They are both captivating and incredibly imaginative and also have the same animation style.

If you enjoyed the magic and wonder of this film, you will find the same magic and wonder in Spirited Away.


Both of movies are done by the magical studio ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki.

They are sort of a jappaneese disney,the story and the plot are very unique,magical but yet belivable unlike many other anime.

Both MNT and SA are going to drive you to a new megical world where everything is uknown yet so touching and simple.


These two Miyazaki films are probably the two most "Japanese" in feel from him, since both heavily feature Japanese mythology. The main protagonists in both films are also a little younger in age than those in some of Miyazaki's other works. Overall, they're very similar in feel, and two of Miyazaki's best movies--so if you've seen one and want to explore more of this great director's work, it's worth it to try the other.


Two Ghibli adventures with two adventurous young girls: Spirited Away and Totoro are an obvious recommendation for each other. Though Totoro is more slow paced, they both feature unexpected magical creatures that can both help and/or complicate the situation- and do so!


My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away explore the minds of how children react when moving to new places filled with elements of the supernatural such as spirits. While Totoro may not have the morals and darker images prsented in Spirited Away, both movies will appeal to anyone willing to have a feeling of either awe or nostalgia.


Same studio, same director, same musical composer. Both movies link the normal world with the spiritual/supernatural realm. And if you like the Susuwatari (or soot sprites), both movies feature the little guys.


Even though it is very hard to explain why on will like these two movies, I do believe one should gove them a chence. Tey have something simliar, but I cannot quiet capture what it is. I think it's the essence of pure love in the main characters. It is not romantic, it is absolutely pure and beautiful. Spirited Away is well-known because it is on the lists for best 100 movies fo all time. Totoro is just a classic for all anime fans. Give them both a try; they truly are very entertaining to watch!


These are both Ghibli films that deal with supernatural creatures. Totoro was slower, but they are both great movies. If you liked one, you should give the other one a go. 

Cat Returns, The

Cat Returns, The
  • Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
  • 2002

One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?

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Lots of cats and cuddly things. Cute for the animal lover. Plus a beautiful, stunning Ghibli film.


The plot in Cat Returns is somewhat similar to Spirited Away. There are a lot of cute cats and a few other creatures in The Cat Returns, but more or less, it's a girls trip through a fantasy world of cats where she must try to escape with the help of some new-found friends, and of course, some old ones.


Both anime feature a strong female lead exploring an alternate fantasy realm who must overcome various challenges or face considerable repercussions.

While both anime have been likened to Alice in Wonderland, The Cat Returns requires considerably less suspension of disbelief.  If you found Spirited Away to be too surreal and want to watch a fantasy anime with a coherent plot, give The Cat Returns a chance.


Both Cat Returns and Spirited Away involve a young girl who learns a valuable lesson in life regarding herself. They are a journey of self-realisation from beginning to end, done in the magical way that Studio Ghibli can capture so perfectly. They are full of wonder and childish imagination that adults seem to lose as they grow up, and encourage us to never let go.


Enjoy fantasitc things happening to ordinary girls? How about wonderful worlds where animals can talk? Perhaps you're just a fan of Hayao Miyazaki in general? If you fit all of these requirements, then you should definitley check out both The Cat Returns and Spirited Away!


These movies are both done by the famous Studio Ghibli. They have excellent music, certain parts that will make you tear up, and beautiful animation. I am certain if you liked one you will love the other.

Children will certainly love these movies.


Both movies are about totally normal girls who are flung into a surreal world and adventure. They then have to venture through this new and unusual world to get back home.


Both movies are about little girls, who, because of the dangerous journey into the mysterious world, manage to find out who they really are and grow up.


These two movies are about children with special ability - they see what others can't see. Their unusual powers allow them to enter new word, hidden from normal people eyes. There, they have to find their way out without loosing the old self.


The Cat Returns and Spirited Away each display female protagonists thrust into a strange world because of a subconscious desire of escapism. Whilst not entirely a coming of age, both showcase a growth in character that comes about from new experiences. The fact that both are family friendly and are made by the same studio do little harm either.


The Main charectors in both animes are feeling uneasy about their selves and their lives... That is untill visiting another world that changes their entire perspective on life... and by the end of the movie the charectors mature. I highly reccomend these movies!



On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.

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Spirited Away and Kamichu are both about a somewhat similar little girl who gets into a surreal environment and interacts with weird characters/creatures that are 'gods'.


Both Spirited Away and Kamichu let us descend into a mysterious world full of fantasy creatures. Travel beside the main characters as they discover more about their worlds.


Kamichu and Spirted Away are vastly different, but what they have in common is worth noting. They both focus around a young girl who must discover her own abilities and strength, but what truly ties them together is Shinto. If you have an interest in the visual depiction of kami - spirits, then these two anime are truly brilliant. Anime in various forms and in a myriad of ways gives much insight into the Japanese culture. It is great to see the effect of Shinto belief on anime.


Kamichu! has been referred to as "Spirited Away on TV," and it's true. Both anime are about a young girl and her dealings with the spirit world. Both are quite different takes on the subject, but are still similar enough to warrant a comparison. If you like one, you'll absolutely like the other. I have no doubt in my mind.


Both spirited away and Kamichu are fun for anyone to watch. They are both full of adventure with many weird and wonderful characters. They are the kind of ones you could watch over and over, and still get that feel good feeling afterwards. If you liked one, youl definately like the other!


Both are coming of age stories about ordinary girls placed in extraordinary circumstances, and how they come to realize their first love.  Both are sweet, and have lots of imaginative and colorful supernatural elements surrounding them.


Both Kamichu! and Spirited Away are uplifting feel good shows featuring a young girl as a main character in a world filled with unusual, fanciful creatures. Both are suitable for the whole family and feature very touching scenes in which new unforgettable friends are made.


Kamichu is almost like a peek back into the enchanted world of Spirited Away. Creative, lively and relaxing the animation is almost movie worthy. Kamichu is slower and softer, none of the sense of danger in spirited away, more like alight hearted view into the shinto world of Japan.