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.
After her parents separated, eleven-year-old Miyori was left in the care of her grandparents who live in the countryside, where she lives a lonely and solemn life. While exploring the woods one day near the village, Miyori comes across a giant cherry tree and meets the spirits of the forest. They tell her that she is the guardian of the forest, a role that Miyori stubbornly does not wish to fill - that is, until she learns that a dam is being built, and it threatens to submerge her home and the home of the spirits! With the help of her new woodland friends and classmates, Miyori hatches a plan to save her new home...
Miyori no Mori and Spirited Away are very similar movies with very similar themes. They have the same feel and detail in every aspect, and both with magicial creatures and themes.
Both of these stories are about female leads who leave their normal lives behind, and have to accept a reality that includes spirits and magic.
Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of plants. However, these mentally-awakened plants recognized the inherent threat of humans, and attacked them; the end result was a stalemate between the forest and the few remaining human centers. Agito's home city is green with life because the forest controls it. There is an uneasy peace which is facilitated by a small number of humans that allowed the forest to alter them to be in concert with itself. Being that his father is one of those, Agito's view of the forest is not one of fear but rather one that respects the human dependency. Agito will be challenged to prove this relationship when a random event gives the humans, who still see the forest as an enemy, a new perceived advantage in their war.
Origin: Spirits Of the Past and Spirited Away are both great stories of adventures. They both have the same kind of plot where a person helps another person find out who they really are inside. Both movies are great and if you've seen one, you should see the other.
Both origin and Spirited away have the same kind of plot. Very fantasy and adventerous. Though origin is more futuristic. They just really reminded me of eachother.
Baba Yaga the witch lives in a house above the countryside, devouring the food around her and grinding bones into dust. One day, Baba Yaga cooks up dozens of eggs to eat, but one of the shells refuses to crack. What's a witch to do but to turn the egg into a magical being that's capable of doing house chores? The egg, Tamago-hime, carries out her duties with a sense of curiosity and wonder – and when a batch of dough comes to life, the two attempt a daring escape...
Pandane was definitely cut from the same cloth as Spirited Away. Baba Yaga and the witch from SA are pretty much identical, character design-wise. Both have super cute magical characters, a whimsical and fun plot, and a grand adventure. If you liked one you pretty much guaranteed will like the other.
Besides the stellar Studio Ghibli quaity, these anime share elements of magic, fantasy, and anthropomorphism.
Many years ago, sea plane pilot Marco Paggot was placed under a curse which transformed his face into that of a pig. Now, he lives a solitary life as the renowned Porco Rosso and rules the skies of the Adriatic protecting civilians from sea plane pirates. One day however, Marco meets an ace American fighter pilot, Donald Curtis, and the pair immediately clash leaving his plane a wreck. But when Curtis discovers that Marco survived his previous attack, he’s determined to have his victory and makes the gruff pilot an offer he can’t refuse…
There are a lot of Ghibli films i could have recommended simply because they are also Ghibli films. Porco Rosso, I chose because it has a pig as the main character.. and Spirited Away is full of talking creatures of the sort!
Both classic films from Studio Ghibli. Porco Rosso mixes the ordinary with the fantastical. Some what like in Spirited Away. Marco is man who has turned into a pig but is set in a very real setting of Italy, 1929. While Chihiro and here parents come across an "amusement park" and later a bath house that happens to have spirits as their clientele.
Both feature young females, Chihiro in Spirited Away and Fio in Porco Rosso. Both determined, fighters, willing to help others and good at making friends, even with unlikely characters.
There is also the parallel between the would-be romance between Marco/Gina and Chihiro/Haku. The audience are shown that both of these relationships have roots in the past and that one day may be fulfilled. Both films have romantic undertones, but are not the main feature of either story. Giving both films more depth than just shallow sentimentality.
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
XXXHOLiC and Spirited Away share the same spiritual theme and give a similar feeling to the viewer. Animation wise, they are both well arranged and attractive shows. If you liked one show, then you surely must watch the other.
True, anime is Japanese pop culture, but what about traditional Japanese culture? While Japanese culture is gaining more and more popularity in the West, animes tend do focus more on modern themes (which appeal to larger audiences), leaving aside the traditional background (except when it can be used as backdrop for over-the-top samurai swordfights). In this increasingly globalized landscape, xxxHolic and Spirited Away make a daring bet: they take their references exclusively from Japanese folklore and mythology. Demons, spirits, witches and strange creatures, all of them of obscure origin (at least for the Western viewer), it's all here, with a bit of a comedic element on top, Some might find them too "exotic" (and for those people I can't but feel sorry), yet I thoroughly recommend the both of them to all willing to explore a fascinating and sadly often overlooked aspect of Japan.