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...
I got the same happy feel from both, also the character Yuki (when young) is similar to Mei. Both move to the country side.
Heartwarming and gorgeous, these two films take place in the countryside and offer a lovely mix of slice of life and fantasy. Ookami Kodomo focuses on the hardships of raising children alone while Totoro is a little bit more on the adventurous side, but they'll both tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more.
When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't seem to figure out what to do with her. Disgusted by this behavior, Daikichi decides to take care of her himself, but he's a bachelor, has no idea how to raise a child, and isn't even all that comfortable with kids! Now, Daikichi must do the normal things a parent does such as enroll her in school, buy her clothing and teach her about the life and world around her. But more importantly, he must also help her deal with her father's death and decide whether or not she should try to find her mother. Together, the two begin their unlikely relationship as father and daughter, navigating each of life's bumps along the way.
As you might guess, both Ookami Kodomo and Usagi Drop tell a beautiful story about a parent raising a child (or children, in Ookami Kodomo) alone. While they are both heartwarming tales, the characters indeed have tough obstacles to overcome as raising children is no easy task, especially when the parent is on their own. Great character development, attractive animation, and very loving moments are included in these two anime. If you liked one, you should definitely check out the other.
Usagi Drop and Wolf Children both chronicle the life of, er, slightly unconventional families, and some of the troubles that come from this. Both are heartwarming and absolutely adorable.
In both these films, a mother and her young child(ren) relocated from a big city to a rural farm/town after the death of her husband. The stories diverge from there, but both have a similarly charming rural magical-realism thing going on. Recommended if you like family films that mix realism with a touch of the supernatural.
After the death of his mother, ten-year-old Tianjin moves from the city of Xi'an to rural Tibet to live with his estranged father, LaGeBa. But becoming accustomed to the strange customs, relentless wilderness, and bullying neighbors of his new home on the steppe proves more difficult than expected. Worse yet, the boy's father is absolutely devoted to his job as a doctor, and hardly pays any attention to his struggling son, instead demanding that he spend his days herding the family's flock of sheep. One day, while being ignored as usual by the sheep he's attempting to herd, Tianjin is attacked by an enormous bear, which is chased off in the nick of time by a mysterious golden dog. Though cautious by nature, the Tibetan Mastiff warms to the lonely boy, and the two develop an intense friendship.
Adorable family films about city-types relocating to the countryside (though the city is never shown in Tibetan Dog). Both have a huge focus on nature, animals, and family, and are absolutely gorgeously animated.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?