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The Secret World of Arrietty

Alt titles: Karigurashi no Arrietty

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For nearly fourteen years, Arrietty has lived with her parents under the floorboards of a house. As 'tiny people', the family must remain hidden from humans, 'borrowing' items from them such as postage stamps or herbs to cook with. Arrietty is old enough to borrow for the first time, and alongside her father, the two explore the house in search of tissue and sugar. But when the pair is spotted by Sho, a boy who is visiting his great aunt, Arrietty's parents fear for their safety. However, unlike her family, Arrietty is convinced that not all humans are dangerous, and together she and Sho form an unlikely friendship.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
The Secret World of Arrietty 2012 TBD
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Hiromasa YONEBAYASHI Director
Cecile CORBEL Music
Toshio SUZUKI Producer

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The Secret World of Arrietty PhdInCartoons 8.5/10 Apr 17, 2013
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Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Movie (1 ep x 103 min)
  • 1989

Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.

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Both movies are from Studio Ghibli.  Both are family friendly and have a whimsical fantasy type feel to them.  If you like one, you will probably like the other.


Well for a starters The Secret World of Arrietty and Kiki's Delivery Service amoung many other great titles is made by the faboulus Hayao Miyazaki a wonderful writter and director and definetly a master at what he deos, the fimls are both family freindly and have that great factor of magic that hayao is so good at delivering, i would definetly recommend watching both of these great titles and all other productions made by sir hayao.


Both are beautifully realized fantasy world brought to life by the talent at Studio Ghibli (also employs similiar trademark themes such as trong female leads, nature/preservation and harmony etc. and so forth) just watch it!



It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Both Karigurashi no Arrietty and Mushishi are slow paced animes that never rush into things. They tell you the story slowly and let you enjoy the show in peace.

If you enjoyed either of these animes then you should definitely check out the other.

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Out of Sight

Out of Sight
  • Web (1 ep x 5 min)
  • 2010

When a young girl’s seeing eye dog runs off after a thief that's stolen her bag, the girl must navigate around town using only her senses of smell, touch, and hearing. With only a common stick to hold, she experiences the joys and wonder of the world around her.

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Another super adorable anime about characters that experience life differently than most people. Captures a really great sense of awe and exploration, despite the seemingly mundane setting. Watch them!

Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 2001

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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Both of these movies are from Studio Ghibli, and are both  whimsical tales about young girls who try to help their families. I think if you enjoyed this movie, you would enjoy the other just as well.