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While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?
A young girl takes a visit to her relatives quiet, rural home where she soon meets a mysterious, charming stranger who changes her life. She forms a special bond with this person, where they meet time and time again at the same location, but their relationship is soon tested by the stranger's unusual circumstances. Both are very warm, but sad movies that will touch your heart.
Both are very beautiful stories of a girl who visits a friend she creates a lasting bond with, but who she can't quite stay with forever. Each one gives a similar feeling of nostalgia and affection, even as a third party watching the movies, uninvolved in their lives.
Following the death of her father, who left her a letter that never got beyond a greeting, Momo struggles to come to terms with her grief and guilt, and finds herself distanced from her mother. When the two move to a new home on a remote island in the Japanese Inland Sea, Momo befriends a young boy and his perceptive younger sister, a timid postman and three rascally goblins. With their help Momo prepares to take the plunge into her new life on the island.
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.
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.
While the main features of the two movies are different I found many elements that were similar between them. Both feature some kind of secret or mystery, are beautifully animated and have a feel-good, bitter-sweet kind of ending. In my opinion the largest contrast between the two are the main characters. While Hana from Wolf Children is an incredibly strong woman who somehow seems able to cope with almost anything for the sake of her children, Anna from When Marnie Was There is a young girl who is in those somewhat difficult years of adolescence and as such has a certain fragility. However, I found both main characters likable and enjoyed watching them progress through their respective stories.
In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on this forgotten border in a remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Based on true events.
When Marnie was there and Giovanni's island are similar in some ways.
Giovanni had his brother Campanela, they both are like best friends, always doing things together. Imagining their journeys with a Galactic train
mean while Anna has a friend called Marnie. Even though - SPOILER ALERT - she's imaginary or I should call it a memmory of her grandmother when she was young.
Anyway - Anna and Marnie, Giovanni and Campanela have their adventure.
Marnie dies just like Campanela... Sad story.. but nice one
When ten year-old Mary Smith comes to live with her Aunt Charlotte, she finds her new home rather dull. Then one day a search for a missing cat leads Mary to discover a magical flower growing deep in the woods, along with a little broomstick. The broomstick whisks her above the clouds to Endor College, a secret training school for witches. The headmistress, Miss Mumblechook, thinks Mary would make an excellent pupil, but Mary soon learns the school - and its headmistress - are not all they appear to be.
The settings and plots in each of these movies really reminded me of each other a lot. In both, a girl is new in a small, rural town. Both have a personality mismatch with their new environment: Anna feels disconnected, and Mary is impulsive and bored. In both, a feature of nature (forest, marsh) serves as the location for important mystical events & discoveries that drive the plot. Fans of one should check out the other!
An unnamed protagonist happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family that knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.
Are we friends? Should we be? Could we be more?
Answers that are only answered by watching and by the individual viewer.
Feeling like you don't fit in, can't talk to those around you, experiencing medical and/or family issues. Find yourself opening up to someone other people tell you to stay away from or desiring to be with someone you're told you shouldn't see?
If sadness is your pleasure these anime are for you.
Set in Hokkaido, Japan's outback, a young boy discovers a fawn whose mother has been hit by a car and attempts to raise it himself.
Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of friendship are tested, unlikely relationships grow and flourish in this made for television movie.
One snowy night, two babies were abandoned at an American orphanage: one of whom was dubbed Candice White due to her complexion and the name of a doll found with the child. As a young girl, 'Candy' lives a carefree life with her fellow friend Annie, until one day Annie is adopted by a rich family and forced to forget about her time at the orphanage. Candy soon follows suit and is adopted into a cruel situation, where love, reunions and other challenges await her. From country to country, Candy will experience the tragedy of heartbreak and the joys of friendship – but above all else, she will dream of the day that she met her beloved 'Prince of the Hill.'