Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl no Ugoku Shiro). This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Howl’s Moving Castle

10. The Secret World of Arrietty
9. Fractale
8. The Cat Returns
7. Patema Inverted
6. Earl and Fairy
5. The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star
4. Kiki’s Delivery Service
3. Children Who Chase Lost Voices
2. Castle in the Sky
1. Spirited Away

10. The Secret World of Arrietty


Synopsis – Sho moves into his great aunt’s house and soon discovers the presence of tiny people, the Borrowers, living there. A 14-year-old Borrower named Arrietty strives to prove herself by helping her father gather materials that her family needs from Sho’s new home. However, Arrietty and Sho meet, breaking the rule that humans must not know about the Borrowers’ existence. As Sho and Arrietty’s relationship develops, human interference endangers the Borrowers’ lives. Arrietty and Sho work together to try and protect the Borrowers’ way of life.

Similarity –Both movies are by Studio Ghibli. The animation is the same and both stories have the same magical quality. Howl has more romance.

9. Fractale

Synopsis – The story takes place on an island, where a “Fractale System” is beginning to collapse. One day, Clain finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Clain sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.

Similarity – very similar art style and feeling
they also both contain a magic element and an innocent kind of love story

8. The Cat Returns

romance anime moviesSynopsis- Haru-chan, a normal girl in a normal town, saves a strange cat carrying a present from being overrun by a truck. In return she’s going to receive lots of favors, including marriage to the crown prince of Cat Kingdom. As she finds that a bit too much, she gets into contact with the Cat Business Office. Together with CBO’s owner, the Baron, she enters the Cat Kingdom to try and prevent her marriage.

Similarity – Both are Ghibli anime focusing on a young female heroine who enter a magical world. They both have romantic elements. Also, both anime have great art and animation, and evoke similar feelings from the watchers.

7. Patema Inverted

Synopsis – A world, forever beyond your expectations. In a dark, cramped, underground world of endless tunnels and shafts, people wear protective suits and live out their modest hard and yet happy lives. The princess of the underground community, Patema, goes out exploring as always, inspired by her curiosity of the unknown depths of the world. Her favorite spot is the “danger zone”, an area forbidden by the “rule” of the community. Despite being frequently chastised by her caretaker Jii, she cannot hold back her curiosity for the reason behind the rule, because no one would tell her what the “danger” was. When she approaches the hidden “secret”, the story begins.

Similarity – Similar to the magical Studio Ghibli film Howls Moving Castle, Patema Inverted takes you on a trippy ride. Both films have characters with their own unique backgrounds and development throughout the film. (Also, the art is freaking amazing) Patema Inverted is worth your time and will take you on a wild adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns, and will send your imagination upside down and right side up repeatedly

6. Earl and Fairy

Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy)
Synopsis – In the nineteenth century, we find Lydia Carlton living in Scotland, making a living as a fairy doctor. She is one of those rare humans who can see and communicate with fairies. But no one believes her. However, Edgar is in need of someone with a vast knowledge of fairy lore, and Lydia is just that person. After rescuing her, he becomes her employer, but there are many secrets and emotions that seem to follow Edgar, who claims to be the Blue Knight’s Earl.

Similarity – same english, vintage-style culture in both, beautifully portrayed. both have supernatural elements and contains fantasy (to an extent). and edgar and howl are both quite similar, in appearance and kind of in personality, both are extremely HOT!!!

5. The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star

Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus' Bride)
Synopsis –After many hardships in her life, Chise Hatori ended up at an auction, where she was purchased and then freed by the renowned Thorn Sorcerer, Elias Ainsworth, only to stay and become his apprentice. Though her life is wonderful now, the arrival of a picture book, “The Lonely Little Star,” brings back memories of those trying times and the loneliness she endured.

As a child, Chise experienced a great tragedy: her mother’s death. Shunned and unwanted by peers and relatives alike, she has lived a detached and pitiful life. However, the unexpected discovery of a mysterious library in the forest provides her with a temporary place of solace. Through reading countless books and spending time with the kindhearted librarian, Chise slowly begins to feel less alone in the world. But could this peculiar library have a darker side?

Similarity – Young women gets taken in by mysterious and reknowned mage. A strange romance occurs. The world is beautiful and filled with vibrant fantasy but with some dark undertones. The setting of both feel very similar.

Also read,10 Anime Like Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)

4. Kiki’s Delivery Service

Majo no Takkyuubin (Kiki's Delivery Service)
Synopsis – When an apprentice witch turns thirteen, she must leave her home in order to hone her craft. Although Kiki’s sole talent is broom-flying, she sets out for adventure with her cat Jiji. They settle in a charming seaside town, where Kiki establishes her own delivery service. As Kiki learns to balance independence with responsibility, her kind heart wins her many new friends in this coming-of-age tale.

Similarity – Both are Ghibli anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki. They both focus on a young girl who lives in a magical world. Both anime have witches and wizards in them. Also, they both have great art & animation, soundtracks composed by Joe Hisaishi, as well as lovable characters and a similar atmosphere.

3. Children Who Chase Lost Voices


Synopsis – The story centers on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to meet a boy again, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

Similarity – Although Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is a Makoto Shinkai movie, I think it will appeal to Miyazaki fans. Both are adventure movies with a dash of romance (a little more in Howl than Hosho wo Ou Kodomo) and are beautifully animated. Overall, they’re both touching and sweet and the endings make you want to cry.

2. Castle in the Sky

Synopsis – A girl named Sheeta falls out of the sky and lands in Pazu’s arms. Soon after a gang of air pirates led by Dola, as well as a mysterious man named Muska, are on their tails. The chase leads them to a floating castle that once belonged to an ancient race of people.

Similarity – Both anime are directed by Hayao Miyazaki. As such, they have similar art styles and plot elements. Both anime show a romance developing between the two main characters. Also, the soundtrack for both anime is composed by Joe Hisaishi. Also, both have something to do with unique castles.

1. Spirited Away

Synopsis – On their way to their new home, a young girl, Chihiro, and her parents stumble into what appears to be an abandoned theme park. But all is not as it seems, as the theme park is a bath-house for the spirits, and not a place where humans are welcome. Chihiro must fend for herself and rescue her parents, as they have been turned to pigs as punishment for eating the food meant for the gods.

Similarity – Besides that both are made from Hayao Miyazaki, they both represent pure love and friendship. Spirited Away is about a girl, Chihiro, who depends on her friends to save her family from the magical world which they do not belong in and Howl’s Moving Castle’s, Sophie, relies on her friends, one of them supplies major eye candy, to release her from a curse. They both have happy endings and are films that are in my top ten favorite movies (Spirited Away is one of Roger Ebert’s favorite movies) and they will definitely be yours too.

Also read,10 Anime Movies Like Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Credits – MAL

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