When Marnie Was There - Recommendations

Alt title: Omoide no Marnie

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Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

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?

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Karasune Karasune says...

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. 

minusha97 minusha97 says...

  • Both bring heartwarming story that will make you cry
  • Both have gerat animation you'll fall in love with
  • Both feature young heroine struggling with her identity
  • Both of them have friendship and overcoming insecurities as the main theme of the story
  • Both of them happen in countryside during the summer

kikidarko kikidarko says...

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. 

AnneU AnneU says...

  • Great animaton.
  • Melancholic.
  • Great for those who are in love with tragedy.
  • A perfect blend between what's real and what's not.
  • Heartbreakingly beautiful.

A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo

The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.

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TheTuhafsama TheTuhafsama says...

Travel to a village. Meet mysterious events and feel good. Both of two main character learn they are still loved by hers dead parents.

SentientCrab SentientCrab says...

In plot direction these movies are identical; misfit girl travels to a village, meets some spirits and becomes a better person.

minusha97 minusha97 says...

  • Both of them have nice animation
  • Both of the are centred around young heroine who is forced to spend some time in countryside
  • Both of them happen during the summer
  • Both of them are heartwarming coming of age stories
  • Both of them have character development as key point of the story
  • Both of them talks about dealing with death of parent/s
  • Both of them have something mystical interrupt heroine's lives

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

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.

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Inu230 Inu230 says...

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.

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sirenZ sirenZ says...

They are both incredibly tragic and full of love and loss and lonelyness. Both mc's are lonely until they meet the full of life girl who wants them to take her on an adventure. She brings excitement into their lives and they fall in love with her. But then it is found out that their love could never be for unforseen tragic reasons that I will not spoil...

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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laureneash laureneash says...

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.

Giovanni's Island

Giovanni's Island

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.

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Reasons you might like Giovanni's Island...

Hutai Hutai says...

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.

Spoiler alert

Marnie dies just like Campanela...  Sad story.. but nice one

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Mary and the Witch's Flower

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.

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snivets snivets says...

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!

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

After transferring into a new school, a deaf girl, Shouko Nishimiya, is bullied by the popular Shouya Ishida. As Shouya continues to bully Shouko, the class turns its back on him. Shouko transfers and Shouya grows up as an outcast. Alone and depressed, the regretful Shouya finds Shouko to make amends. 

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Hutai Hutai says...

Amazing art style, beautiful atmosphere, great soundtracks. Girl's are the main characters, both face the hardships of yough, have little confidence, some health issues and they have a friend that helps them to get through the rough life. 

Komi Can't Communicate

Komi Can't Communicate

The journey to 100 friends begins with a single conversation. Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve! With the whole student body keeping their distance and Komi unable to utter a single word, friendship might be forever beyond her reach. Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. He lives to blend in with the background. All that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof, she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!

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vivaria vivaria says...

Both feature quiet "outsider" main characters who find it hard to connect with those around them. In both cases, the character is able to connect with certain people, even despite the difficulties they face.

Kojika Monogatari

Kojika Monogatari

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.

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Candy Candy

Candy Candy

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.'

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