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.
Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...
While Spirited Away is fantasy and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time has a Sci-Fi aspect, they are both similar in how they use the unrealistic to set up the plot. The protagonists accidentally stumble upon something amazing and thus beings the story.
Chihiro and Makoto are both very similar female leads: initially they are immature and selfish. Through the course of the movie they are confronted with difficult situations that force them to face their flaws, making each anime a journey of self-discovery.
The male leads in both movies are both more than they seem to be at first. The other supporting characters are varied and dynamic, lending a lot of support to the overall story. As each movie settles into the gut of its tale, they both take on a heartwarming slice of life feel.
As well as both being widely accepted as excellent movies in general, they are also completely family friendly. If you loved one I guarantee you will like the other.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Spirited Away are, at their cores, both coming of age stories. The heroine from "Toki wo..." is a very "Miyazaki-style" heroine, cute but strong and independant. Both of the main characters learn to grow up and accept the consequences of their actions throughout the films, and the relationships between the girls and their male friends are somewhat similar. Also, both have simply gorgeous animation. They're definitely must-see movies if you enjoy fantastic anime coming-of-age stories.
Each of these series focus around a coming to age story of a girl in very odd circumstances. Each title has a nice mixture of comedy and drama while being a good watch.
Both 'Spirited Away' and 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' have female protanogists, that are growing, and learning how to take responsibility. Also, both Makoto and Chihiro always seemed kind of like tomboys to me, although I can't put my finger on why...
Both movies start out normal, but are quickly mixed with some supernatural elements. In both of them, the main characters will learn some valuable lessons of life through mistakes in their own actions.
If you liked one, check out the other.
Watanuki faces challenges in every area. Spirits chase him, his best friend Doumeki isn't really a friend, and his boss Yuuko seems to have mistaken him for a servant come housewife. When Yuuko requests that both of them join her in accepting a special invitation to a collector's house, he can just hear the trouble coming. Upon arrival, the house proves to be more than a bit unusual, and the other guests are almost scary with their fanatical collecting. But, the worst thing about the situation is the knowledge that for all the weirdness Watanuki can see, it is absolutely certain that the mysteries are way more complicated that he thinks. Depending on Yuuko's arcane knowledge may be the only hope.
From the moment the characters of these two movies step thru the doors of apparently common places : a house and amusement park respectively, they find themselves taken away to different worlds. They can get out only after discovering the secrets of these places and of the creatures that inhabit them. If you like mysteries and fantasy then you will surely enjoy these movies.
The xxxHolic movie is like a grown-up version of Spirited Away. They are both supernatural stories set in a crazy-awesome enormously cool building (either a mansion or a bath-house) filled with all sorts of oddities. Also: people eating like pigs.
XXXHolic would likely be what Spirited Away could have been if it was placed with older characters. A lot of fantasy and many similar themes cause these titles to be a good fit for one another.
Spirited Away is basically the more childish version of xxxHolic Movie. They are both about people in a strange world full of mystery and spirits.
Both of these anime take a step away from reality and put the main character in a realm of fantasy and mythology. Similar themes show up in both movies, and both are set in a place that is far from ordinary (bath house/mansion).
When Tokidoki Rikugou donned a pair of virtual reality glasses and entered a Bakumatsu-era exhibit at a museum, he had no idea that his life would drastically change. While walking across a bridge in the fabricated reality, Tokidoki ran across a small being and a monster called a nue - and he was promptly attacked. His eye was damaged, but more importantly, Tokidoki discovered that he was now stuck inside the "virtual reality" filled with samurai and spirits. Now, with the help of Kuchiha, a warrior woman possessed by a dog spirit; and Shinonome, a fellow student who has been stuck, just like Tokidoki, for the past two years, Tokidoki must search for the truth behind the nue and try to find a way home.
Both shows are about somebody who unintentionally fall into a world ofthe spirits. The main characters in both have to find a wayof releasing themselfes back into the real world, what they trying to accomplain with help of their firends. Both animes are also about very open-hearted people.
Both Amatsuki and Spirited Away has to do with a person who crosses over to a mysterious and spirit-filled world. There they meet new people and make friends which makes being in the strange world not that bad.
Join them both as they try to find their way home.
Amatsuki and Spirited Away have characters from the modern day world that magically get transferred back into a timeless world of the spirits. They each have to try and find a way to get back to their own time.
Both revolve around a person who has to find their way back to the home after being trapped in a spirit-world. Both series take place in historical japanese environments, with a lot of mythological creatures added.
If you like one you should try out the other.
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Both shows are about a girl who moves to a new place and starts working for the first time. And both of them discover how hard life is along the way. If you like one you should watch the other.
In both Spirited Away adn Hanasuka Iroha you get a story about a girl who learns more about herself through hardwork while dealing with a mean older woman. In both stories you also get useless parents, a hot spring that is older, and a look at friendship. It is safe to say if you like one you will like the other.
Both anime are coming of age stories characterized by excellent animation and round, dynamic characters. They both take place at traditional Japanese inns which provide a "modern life meets the past" feel to the story.
Both stories focus on character development of the main character as a coming of age tale.
They start off not knowing much about the world in terms of working/maintaining a community -- and later on developing strong wills to follow through their ordeals.
Also, there is hidden romance in both -- both not being central to the plot. Lastly, the secondary characters have similar interactions between the main characters where they are not accepting of them first but later on they become part of the community.
I definitely experienced the same good feeling from both and I never thought I would after seeing many many animes!
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?
If you liked Hotarubi no Mori e you would definitely like Spirited Away.They both have a lot of the same elements, namely a human 'infringing' on the spirit world, youkai and a curse. Hotarubi moves at a slower pace than does Spirited Away, however, in my opinion it is like a different version of Spirited Away but set for an older audience. Either way if you enjoyed Hotarubi no Mori e you will definitely enjoy Spirited Away and vice versa!
Im surprised more people arent agreeing with this. I specifically set out to find anime movies like that of Hayo Miyazakis Spirited Away and found Hotarubi no Mori E.I agree with everything ibjilln has said. The art work in each movie is equally beautiful in their own way. Spirited Away is more imaginative and quick paced compared to Hotarubi no Mori E but they both have humans entering a spirit world, a pure and innocent companionship thats bittersweet, and a curse.
both of these are amazing in there own way but they both have alot of similarities. both have a hidden love story where a human falls in love with a spirt and beautiful characters and story line. as well as that both of these are a must watch!
Both of these movies are about a human girl who comes into contact with spirits by chance and begins a journey that will forever change their lives. To The Forest of Fireflies is a little more mature with a bittersweet focus on life and its circumstances while Spirited Away is a fun, hearty romp for the whole family.