The Boy and the Beast - Recommendations

Alt title: Bakemono no Ko

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

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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EdtheRadical EdtheRadical says...

Both or Stories of similar aged protagonists who are taken away to a "alternate" world where they grow as characters.

Both movies also feature good character development, a focus on story telling and beautiful visuals. 

senpaidev senpaidev says...

The protagonist is transported to the spirit realm by mistake. The story begins from there. Similar character styles.

selvi selvi says...

fantasy is always a good genre to enjoy everytime we need such an entartain. both spirited away and the boy and the beast anime is good for you who love fantasy kind of genre. and because they were movie so we can enjoy watch them in our free time, like it just take up to 2 hours. both anime make a good fantasy because it conclude the nowadays circumstances, like the main character come from a very busy town before they were sent to other world.

Hutai Hutai says...

Both have a child interacting with another world. The protagonist is growing up and beoming more mature, understanding the world and how it all works. Lots of details and action, great soundtrack and entertainment

Qplayer Qplayer says...

Both anime have similar premises in that they follow the "person in a strange world" plot device. The first 20 minutes of both anime seem to mirror each other almost exactly, but both have their own stories to tell by the end.

recumbent recumbent says...

while the boy and the beast is more martial arts centered than spirited away, BOTH animes feature alternate pallel worlds filled with strange creatures. another couple of animes that are similar to these are catnapped! in which a brother & sister visit a parallel world and welcome to the space show where a group of kids meet strangwe aliens in outer space

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Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger

Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?

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Hutai Hutai says...

Both anime have a great story, though very different time and setting, they are very detailed, atmospheric, well developed. Lots of action and great scenes. Definitely must watch 

FlyWolfe FlyWolfe says...

If you love sword-fighting, I highly recommend this anime. Awesome fight scenes and an amazing story. One of my favourites.

snivets snivets says...

Both are great stories, featuring the development of a relationship between an orphan and an unsual father figure/protector. There's also lots of sword fighting.

Guinsoo Guinsoo says...

both have similar themes, boys lost at young ages, found by older swordsman, filling that gap of male role model. Action scenes based around saving the kid. Both great films.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

A stubborn young boy and his mildly chaotic, sword wielding mentor building their relationship from animosity to some semblance of respect, to an actual friendship, both very wholesome relationships with somewhat dark stories

Summer Wars

Summer Wars

In the future, all facets of society are tied into OZ, a virtual world inhabited by millions of users. Kenji, one of OZ’s moderators, was set to begin another typical summer when the lovely Natsuki asked him to accompany her to her hometown as a job. However, little did Kenji know that the 'job' entailed pretending to be Natsuki’s fiancé in front of her eccentric family! Now on display and feeling like a fish out of water, Kenji tries his best to fit in with Natsuki and her relatives, until one day he receives a mysterious math problem through a text message. As an avid math fanatic Kenji can’t help but try to solve it, unaware that his actions may jeopardize not only OZ, but also the entire world...

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EdtheRadical EdtheRadical says...

Both movies are by Mamoru Hosoda so it may not be surprising that they share similarities in visual asthetics, character, humour and story telling. 

THe weakness of both movies is at times the lack of subtelty in key plot moments and they do feel a bit childish. (But if you don't mind this you'll be fine i.e. if you like one you will like the other)

Hutai Hutai says...

Both anime have same creators, similar animation, atmosphere, details and lots of action, not to mention entertaining story

Wolf Children

Wolf Children

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.

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Hutai Hutai says...

both  are written and directed by the same guy, similar art style and animation.  Both have beasts and animals that can talk, so interaction between humans and animals/beasts. Great and heartwarming story, very detailed and with lots of action. Definitely will keep you entertained.  

BruhAnimeChick BruhAnimeChick says...

It has a similar style and story. Both involve the clashing worlds of "beasts" and humans and the different paths you can take in these different worlds. 

The Legend of Hei

The Legend of Hei

In bustling human world, various of goblins live peacefully with mankind. Luo Xiao-Hei, the cat demon, begins his journey of wandering because his forest home is destroyed. With sympathetic goblin partners and earnest human master appearing one after another, Hei is in the dilemma of which side will be his true attribution.

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Nezume Nezume says...

Both the series focus on the relationship between a kid and their mentor-guardian figure. Both the mentor and the kid grew with their interactions and become very close to each other.

twokaibutevil twokaibutevil says...

two stories that tell about some sort of conflict in the world of spirits. central characters are mentor and his pupil, who don't get along at first, but develop mutual friendship as the story progresses. both combine tranquil natural sceneries and ghibli-esque vibe with martial arts action in urban setting.

Brave Story

Brave Story

One day, the young Wataru decided to visit a haunted building in search of a ghost, but ended up meeting a boy by the name of Mitsuru instead. He has the ability to use magic, and tells Wataru about another world where the wondrous Goddess of Destiny lives – a goddess who can grant any wish. The next day, Wataru returns home only to discover that his parents are getting a divorce, and subsequently, his mother ends up in the hospital in critical condition. In an attempt to fix his family, Wataru goes back to the building and sets off on a journey to the magical world in order to gather five jewels, and ultimately, to gain an audience with the Goddess of Destiny...

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senpaidev senpaidev says...

Has a very similar story line where the boy gets transported to a magical realm. The boy in the end has to fight evil. In both cases the boy has family issues.

Zetman

Zetman

Jin is an energetic young boy living in a shanty town and making ends meet by performing good deeds for money. However, when his mentor dies during a fight with a strange monster he finally learns the meaning of death. Having been taken in by a stripper named Akemi whom he once saved, Jin begins to live a quiet and normal life - though in reality he is anything but ordinary. With superhuman abilities and a group of mysterious men searching for him under the name of Zet, over the years Jin finds himself drawn into a world of creatures with dangerous powers called "Players". But what is Jin really, and with his vicious methods of defeating these threats, is he really a hero for justice or simply another dangerous monster?

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Hutai Hutai says...

Both protagonists are little kids, living among humans. But one day they lose someone very close to them and from that moment their life changes. We get to see how main character grows up and how strong he becomes, when he has to live among not only humans, but also beasts and monsters. 

Persona 3 the Movie 2: Midsummer Knight's Dream

Persona 3 the Movie 2: Midsummer Knight's Dream

"I wish it would stay like this every day..." Following his transfer to Gekkoukan Private Academy, Makoto Yuki is suddenly attacked by a strange monster called Shadows and is awakened to a power which allows him to summon a Persona. Seeing Makoto's potential, the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad approach him, to join them in their battle against these creatures. Makoto, initially feeling detached from the situation, accepts their invitation indifferently, but as he learns more about the "Dark Hour" and engages in many harsh battles, he begins feeling a strong bond with his teammates.And so the season turned from spring to summer... the battle was far from over for the SEES team, now joined by a new member, but they all felt a sense of fulfillment even as they faced these abnormal circumstances. The wheels of fate began to turn... as they were about to learn of the new trials they must face.

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Reasons you might like Persona 3 the Movie 2: Midsummer Knight's Dream...

Hutai Hutai says...

Very detailed and beautiful animation, nice color palet and atmosphere. Protagonist of the story is training and keeps getting better. Lots of action, some fights and funny moments. 

Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth

Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth

"If I told you that there's more than 24 hours in a day, would you believe me?" "The Dark Hour:" the time which exists between each day. During those hours, the town stands still, the people are transformed into mere objects, and countless monsters called "Shadows" run rampant through the town. Only the Personas, beings with special powers, are able to combat these creatures.Makoto Yuki, a transfer student at Gekkoukan High School, is suddenly awakened with the powers to control a Persona. Yuki is recruited to join other Persona summoners of his school in the "Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad." As they continue to investigate the situations surrounding the Dark Hours, they all come face to face with their shocking fate...

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Hutai Hutai says...

Very detailed and beautiful animation, nice color palet and atmosphere. Protagonist of the story is training and keeps getting better. Lots of action, some fights and funny moments. 

Persona 3 the Movie 3: Falling Down

Persona 3 the Movie 3: Falling Down

“I kind of understand it now. You're afraid of losing something, aren't you?” The season is now autumn. The days of battling the Shadows for Makoto Yuki and the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad were nearing its end.Determined to bring an end to the Dark Hour, Makoto and his team engage in countless life-or-death battles. As they continue to fight, some members face the death of their beloved friends and family, while some come to realize what they must fight for and others struggle to make sense out of all the bloodshed. Then one day, Makoto encounters the mysterious transfer student, Ryoji Mochizuki. The wheels of fate begin turning as they reach the dawn of a new day…And so begins a new battle to find their connections to one another.

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Hutai Hutai says...

Very detailed and beautiful animation, nice color palet and atmosphere. Protagonist of the story is training and keeps getting better. Lots of action, some fights and funny moments.