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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...
A young girl (or two) move to a small town where the meet several magical creature-things. Unfortunately for Momo, the traditional youkai she runs into aren't anywhere near as cute as Totoro or the Cat Bus, but their intentions are just as good-hearted. Though they're extremely similar, I think Letter to Momo will appeal to an older audience than Totoro- while it's much less fun, it has more emotional nuance.
Totoro is much more light-hearted and carefree than A Letter to Momo, but they're still very similar. A small family moves into a new home, only for the children to discover that supernatural beings are living alongside them. Both are very cute and silly at times, but A Letter to Momo also touches on some emotional and difficult subjects. Still, a fan of one could probably appreciate the other.
If you enjoyed either A Letter to Momo or My Neighbor Totoro, I think you'd also enjoy the other. With a similar plotline to both (young girl moves to a new place with her single parent, and befriends the supernatural beings discovered to live there) and the same warm friendly feelings evoked by both, these are two anime cut from the same cloth.
Both of these anime are cute and family friendly. They both have fantasy elements and are based around a girl who is being looked after by a single parent. My Neighbor Totoro and A letter to Momo do have sad elements but a detailed storyline. The animation in both are pretty similar and I believe if you like one you should really like the other.
Both the films center around an individual developing a bond with spirit. While, My Neighbor Totoro is age old and classic, A Letter to Momo is relatively new. The stories also have similarities. And the climax is somewhere similar (catbus to spirit tunnel). So, if you liked A Letter to Momo I urge you to watch My Neighbor Totoro.
Both movies include a young female character who is having to deal with growing up a little sooner than they expected. This is due to their parents struggeling with a difficult life situation. Both of them find comforting distraction with the spirits that enter their lives.
When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.
Travel to a village. Meet mysterious events and feel good. Both of two main character learn they are still loved by hers dead parents.
In plot direction these movies are identical; misfit girl travels to a village, meets some spirits and becomes a better person.
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.
Both films are about a young girl moving to the country and having to go through difficult, 'coming of age' experiences involving supernatural beings. 'A Letter to Momo' takes a while to get going and is more 'slice of life' for the first half (the second half more than makes up for it), while 'Spirited Away' happens in the spirit world almost entirely and is a bit more exciting, with more characters. Momo's story is also very touching (and a bit more mature), because of her family situation. If you liked one, you'll most likely enjoy the other too.
Since Spirited Away is one of my all-time favorite movies I can definitely say for sure that if you like Spirited away you'll enjoy this movie as well.
They begin in the same sort of way, a girl moving to a different town and missing the old home, and then she meets spirits/guardians/monsters, then they go different ways with different stories, Chihiro never gets home for example ahaha.
But in my own opinion, I actually like more Spirited Away, probably because I watched it so much as a kid (more than Disney movies), but this doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this movie, you should definitely watch it or watch spirited away if you already watched A Letter to Momo you won't be disappointed either way.
Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.
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.
If you enjoyed A Letter to Momo, I'd recommend you watch Wolf Children. While both tackle a similar story (single parent raising her young), each anime takes the opposite view to relate the story. Momo is told from the perspective of Momo, a young girl who encounters supernatural beings when she moves out to the countryside with her mom. Wolf Children is told from the perspective of Yuki, a young girl who relates the struggles her Mom goes through when the family moves out to the countryside to deal with the supernatural aspects inherited from the werewolf father of the group.
If you enjoyed the slice-of-life tale of Momo's new life story after her father dies, you will most likely also enjoy the slice of life tale of Yuki and Ame's lives after their father dies.
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...
Both of these anime focus on traditional youkai, and have matching mostly-somber atmospheres (with occasional bursts of action or comedy), a pervading sense of loss/loneliness, and washed-out color palettes. I think they'll appeal to the same audience.
If you enjoyed seeing the protagonist of one show interacting with youkai while trying to solve their problems (usually brought on by the youkai), you should check out the other. Natsume Yuujinchou includes many different adventures and stories while A Letter to Momo focuses on one, but fans of one should definitely take interest to the other. Both share a similar somber yet gentle atmosphere while the main characters also share the same experiences of loss and loneliness.
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...
While the actual storyline of the two are different, A Letter to Momo reminded me of Miyori no Mori. Both anime features a child that moves from the city to the countryside due to family reasons. While there, they both discover the ability to see spirits (or youka), and have to learn to adjust to both this ability and their new living situation.
The young female chracters of both films must adjust to rural life when family troubles force them to move out of the city. They also encounter friendly Japanese spirits in their new homes.
A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.
Taeko Okajima lives a nondescript life in Tokyo performing office duties in the day and then coming home in the evening to listen to her mother’s remarks on the phone about her unmarried status. In a bid to escape the monotony, Taeko decides to visit the countryside she once loved as a child and spend time on a safflower farm run by relations of hers. But her journey awakens memories she thought she had long abandoned, and Taeko must once again decide the kind of person she truly wants to be.
Slow-paced, thoughtful stories aren't everybody's cup of tea. When you're used to action-packed shounen or emotional shoujo anime, a gentle and introspective story can seem a bit slow, even boring. Nothing wrong with that, anime is a big medium. Go watch something where they level up in power until they're over 9000 and still shout "I want to be stronger!" -- No worries, these anime will still be waiting when you're done with that. But if you're mature enough to appreciate a different, more human story, then both Only Yesterday and A Letter to Momo are the kind of story you want. They're stories about life and memories, and about missed opportunities that may be found again. If you like one of these, you'll probably like the other. And if you've ever regretted a choice in your life, or lost something precious, you may want to have some tissues to hand.
Shizuru and Mizuki are two quiet sisters who have a foot in the world of the supernatural. While Shizuru can see the spirits and monsters who haunt mankind, Mizuki can't help but become possessed by them. Together, the duo live with their grandparents and are taught about the spiritual world from their grandfather, a powerful exorcist. In the serene countryside, the girls will learn about the ghosts and goblins that co-exist in our world, while also learning about themselves and their abilities.
When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives. Agartha is a land of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable danger-a place where, it is believed, even the dead can be brought back to life. But at what cost?