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?
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?
These movies are the more mature films of Studio Ghibli. Beautiful animation, stunning storylines, moving music. They are both sure to please.
More geared towards preteens and older teens. Princess Mononoke is not suitable for young children while The Cat Return just makes the grade.
These movies are about girls, who need to protect their believes and find the best way to overcome troubles. They have friends to help them, but their adventure is not easy at all. Both anime share the same atmosphere and are surely worth watching.
Both animes include female main charectors who thinks they know who they are... but later discover they dont. Eventually because of another, the charector matures and learns a greater compassion! watch one if you watched the other!
Toriyasu is an extremely cynical young boy who doesn't believe in anything out of the ordinary. His younger sister Miiko, on the other hand, is the complete opposite and is convinced that the disappearance of their dog, Papadoll, is due to an alien abduction. Late one night three strange cats appear in the siblings' room and whisk the pair off to Banipal Witt, a bizarre world entirely inhabited by cats. As if a land that exists atop a giant sleeping cat wasn't odd enough, the moment they step onto the ground Toriyasu and Miiko are transformed into cats themselves! They soon learn that Papadoll has been captured by the spoiled and cursed Princess Buburina and is being used to wreak havoc. Toriyasu is skeptical at first, but when Miiko is taken hostage, he decides to cooperate with the cats to stop Lady Buburina, and rescue Miiko and Papadoll before the next sunrise!
Both of these films are primarily set in a world inhabited by cats, and in both instances the central human protagonists turn into cats themselves. If you liked the light-hearted and easy-watching fantastical tone of one of these films, then it is worth taking a look at the other.
The details of each films are different, but both films have the same basic plot. Normal adolescents end up one reason or another in a Cat Kingdom and undergo a transformation into a cat and must deal with pampered royalty in order to escape before time expires, but they have honorable cats to help them on their way. Great for anime fans who like cats and want a light adventure.
The general premise of both movies are fairly similar. Both involve humans that travel into a kingdom of cats and transform into cats themselves. The human protagonists then have different fantastical adventures as they try to get back to the human world.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
Neko is essentially a long Aria episode: starts with an escape, goes nowhere, cats in the middle. It has sword fighting, but you're never afraid. Both are good for this lighthearted yet warm feeling.
Both Aria the Animation and the Cat Returns are very nice animes with very uplifting stories. Aria is more slow-paced, though that difference can be accounted for the short amount of time comparatively with a television show and a film. The stories will both have you smiling at the end.
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Both anime contain a journey to a different worlds and adventures within them. Although in "Cat Returns" no other people can visit the magical world, while in "Laputa" there are baddies from whom the main characters must run. Both anime contain alike jokes and the drawing style is amazing and almost the same.
In these movies main character is a girl with special ability, who is wanted to be possesed by some evil powers. Both have a friend to protect them and together they will encounter many problems and unexpected events. Those stories are set in lands, one would say, from fairy tale.
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?
While The Cat Returns has a much lighter feel to it than Princess Tutu, both have a fairytale feel and feature anthropomorphic animals and European settings. In addition, both anime deal partially with identity crises, particularly in the case of both heroines having to find the strength to be who they really are -- not what someone wants them to be.