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.
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.
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).
At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.
Pet Shop of Horrors and the xxxHolic series have very similar atmospheres and aesthetics. I'm recommending the xxxHolic movie in particular, because it is the least comedic of the series, though all other relations are valid.
Pet Shop of Horrors and the XXXHOLiC movie share a general theme that what you want isn't always best for you. With a mixture of dark comedy, the supernatural, and an eccentric shop-keeper, these two anime definitely complement each other.
26 years ago, something terrible happened in a middle school’s third year classroom. A popular, talented student named Misaki suddenly died, and the ramifications of that incident have caused each third year class since then to live in fear. It is now 1998, and Kouchi Sakakibara has just transferred into the notorious classroom, curious about the mysterious secret that his peers are hiding from him. He’s drawn to one enigmatic girl named Mei Misaki, a quiet student who wears an eye patch and warns him about getting involved with her, and continues to seek her out against the pleas of his classmates. And that’s when people begin to violently die...
The supernatural/horror vibes I got from this movie reminding me of Another, one of the few horror anime I've ever enjoyed. The suspense, mystery, and creepiness gave both of these anime a similar setting/feel. If you enjoyed this movie, I'd recommend checking out Another.
Demons are escaping from the underworld, and causing much havoc on the population. Possessing both human bodies and artifacts alike, the demons are inconspicuously forcing people to commit murders; the demons must be stopped! The task of returning – or exterminating – the offenders lies with Enma, Kapaeru, and the talking witch hat Shapoji; can Enma and the gang banish the demons before things get out of hand?
XXXHOLiC movie and episodes 3 and 4 from Demon Princ Enma seam to have a very similar story, and it reminded me of the book "Ten Little Niggers" by Aghata Christie (a very good criminal thriller). Surly DPE is much darker then HOLLiC, but the resemblance is obvious. You should definitely check the other one if you liked this one.
P.S. Both of those shows (HOLLiC Movie and the last two episodes of DPE that is) suffer from overuse of (medium quality) CGI. But you should be able to bear with it (unless you like stuff like that).
Near the ruins of an old and abandoned city, there is played a game simply known as "Otokoyo." It is said that when children play this game, they go missing one by one. Some say it is ghosts. Others say it is demons. But for Hikora, one thing is certain: his sister disappeared playing the game and he will do whatever it takes to find her, even if it means playing the game himself. He and seven others will do just that, all for their own reasons, and learn that rumors aren’t always fictitious. Escaping with their lives will become the main concern when this game of hide-and-seek turns deadly.
Kakurenbo and the xxxHolic movie are sort-of-thrilling and definitely creepy stories about a group of characters in a giant, sprawling, ornate and creepy-awesome maze-like structure. I got really similar vibes from each, though I vastly prefer xxxHolic.