Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro). 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 My Neighbor Totoro

10. Barakamon
9. Daisy: A Hen into the Wild
8. Laughing Under the Clouds
7. Miyori’s Forest
6. Princess Mononoke
5. Mushishi
4. A Letter to Momo
3. Howl’s Moving Castle
2. Spirited Away
1. Wolf Children

10. Barakamon

Synopsis – Seishuu Handa is an up-and-coming calligrapher: young, handsome, talented, and unfortunately, a narcissist to boot. When a veteran labels his award-winning piece as “unoriginal,” Seishuu quickly loses his cool with severe repercussions.

As punishment, and also in order to aid him in self-reflection, Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the temperamental artist is used to. Now thrown into a rural setting, Seishuu must attempt to find new inspiration and develop his own unique art style—that is, if boisterous children (headed by the frisky Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energetic old men stop barging into his house! The newest addition to the intimate and quirky Goto community only wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful countryside he signed up for. Thanks to his wacky neighbors who are entirely incapable of minding their own business, the arrogant calligrapher learns so much more than he ever hoped to.

Similarity –My Neighbor Totoro is more like a fantasy/adventure movie, while Barakamon is a slice of life/comedy. But both of them have a very light atmosphere which helps to reduce stress. Also, the two animes take place in the countryside and have, as one of the protagonists, a little girl who is very cute and highly curious, and brings troubles to the other protagonist of the story.

Also read,10 Anime Like Barakamon

9. Daisy: A Hen into the Wild

Synopsis – A Korean animation about a hen named Leafie who lives and works on an egg farm who dreams of freedom outside her cage. One day she fakes her own death to escape the farm.

Similarity – Totoro has really interesting creatures whereas Leafie has ordinary lake/farm animals. Similarities exist where both movies are heartwarming, can be tear-jerking, comedic in some scenes, feature great art, and mostly, great amusing characters. Madang-Eul Naon Amtalg is definitely the lesser-known one of the two, but in my opinion it is a hidden gem. In certain aspects, Leafie (Madang-Eul Naon Amtalg) left me feeling emotional, showing the unconditional love of a mother.

8. Laughing Under the Clouds

Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds)Synopsis- When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji Era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumoh line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement—but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

Similarity – While Laughing Under the Clouds is a lot more intense and full of action than My Neighbor Totoro, one of the most important themes in each movie is family. The Kumoh brothers, much like the Kusakabe family, are very close to each other, and their actions are driven by wanting to help their family members. They also both have a supernatural aspect

7. Miyori’s Forest

Synopsis – After being deserted by her parents, 11-year-old Miyori shuts her heart from the rest of the world and denies any form of human relationships. She was entrusted in the care of her grandmother who lives near a forest. Miyori will take a walk in the forest where she felt a strong sense of loneliness in the forest which seems to have nothing. However, she soon encounters unbelievable things and gradually realizes that the forest is more than what it seems…

Similarity – In both “Miyori no Mori” and “My Neighbor Totoro” there is a child who wanders into the forest and meets the spirits in there. Both movies involve the relationship between humans and forest spirits, and both have a good dose of environmentalism built into the plot.
Also, both are aimed at younger audiences.

6. Princess Mononoke

Synopsis – When an Emishi village is attacked by a fierce demon boar, the young prince Ashitaka puts his life at stake to defend his tribe. With its dying breath, the beast curses the prince’s arm, granting him demonic powers while gradually siphoning his life away. Instructed by the village elders to travel westward for a cure, Ashitaka arrives at Tatara, the Iron Town, where he finds himself embroiled in a fierce conflict: Lady Eboshi of Tatara, promoting constant deforestation, stands against Princess San and the sacred spirits of the forest, who are furious at the destruction brought by the humans. As the opposing forces of nature and mankind begin to clash in a desperate struggle for survival, Ashitaka attempts to seek harmony between the two, all the while battling the latent demon inside of him. Princess Mononoke is a tale depicting the connection of technology and nature, while showing the path to harmony that could be achieved by mutual acceptance.

Similarity – Both movies were made by the same studio and have similar animations.
Mononoke Hime and Tonari no Totoro are both masterpieces, are loved by most people and have heartwarming stories that will make want to pay attention.
If you enjoyed one, you will most likely enjoy the other.

Also read,10 Anime Like Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime)

5. Mushishi

Synopsis –”Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.

This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.

So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a “Mushishi,” Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushishi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy of life.

Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.

Similarity –Both animes have Mushis and have no violence, but a deep history. It has the same innocent child-like feel to it. Filled with strange creatures.

Also read,10 Anime Like Mushishi

4. A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami)
Synopsis – After the unexpected death of her father, 11-year-old Momo Miyaura leaves Tokyo with her mother and moves to an old remote island in Seto Inland Sea. The only memento she has from her father is an unfinished letter with only two words inside: “Dear Momo”—along with her heart’s unrest from it.

In the new and unfamiliar small town, Momo reluctantly tries to adjust to the outmoded wooden buildings, silent crop fields, and mysterious isolated shrines. One day, while exploring the attic of her new home, she finds a worn out picture book about youkai. Following this discovery, strange things begin to happen around town, and Momo is greeted by the arrival of three troublesome youkai.

Momo e no Tegami tells the story of a young girl as she struggles to adapt to her bizarre new life and ultimately come to terms with her father’s mysterious letter.

Similarity – Both movies have children moving to a new home, one in the countryside and the other on a secluded island, with the similar scenery of quiet everyday human life alongside nature. Both movies have supernatural elements that only the children are able to see and interact with.

3. Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle)
Synopsis – That jumbled piece of architecture, that cacophony of hissing steam and creaking joints, with smoke billowing from it as it moves on its own… That castle is home to the magnificent wizard Howl, infamous for both his magical prowess and for being a womanizer—or so the rumor goes in Sophie Hatter’s small town. Sophie, as the plain daughter of a hatmaker, does not expect much from her future and is content with working hard in the shop.

However, Sophie’s simple life takes a turn for the exciting when she is ensnared in a disturbing situation, and the mysterious wizard appears to rescue her. Unfortunately, this encounter, brief as it may be, spurs the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste—in a fit of jealousy caused by a past discord with Howl—to put a curse on the maiden, turning her into an old woman.

In an endeavor to return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and a myriad of eccentric companions—ranging from a powerful fire demon to a hopping scarecrow—in his living castle, on a dangerous adventure as a raging war tears their kingdom apart.

Similarity – Both are fantastical, dream-like, magical, captivating stories of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The animation in both are amazing. Just like Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle is a moving a passionate Anime experience.

Also read,10 Anime Like Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl no Ugoku Shiro)

2. Spirited Away

Synopsis – Stubborn, spoiled, and naïve, 10-year-old Chihiro Ogino is less than pleased when she and her parents discover an abandoned amusement park on the way to their new house. Cautiously venturing inside, she realizes that there is more to this place than meets the eye, as strange things begin to happen once dusk falls. Ghostly apparitions and food that turns her parents into pigs are just the start—Chihiro has unwittingly crossed over into the spirit world. Now trapped, she must summon the courage to live and work amongst spirits, with the help of the enigmatic Haku and the cast of unique characters she meets along the way.

Vivid and intriguing, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi tells the story of Chihiro’s journey through an unfamiliar world as she strives to save her parents and return home.

Similarity – Both directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli). Both involve female main characters and both are light-hearted and truly amazing. revolve around a young girl going on a strange and magical adventure.

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

1. Wolf Children

Synopsis – Hana, a hard-working college student, falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes though he is not an actual student. As it turns out, he is not truly human either. On a full moon night, he transforms, revealing that he is the last werewolf alive. Despite this, Hana’s love remains strong, and the two ultimately decide to start a family.

Hana gives birth to two healthy children—Ame, born during rainfall, and Yuki, born during snowfall—both possessing the ability to turn into wolves, a trait inherited from their father. All too soon, however, the sudden death of her lover devastates Hana’s life, leaving her to raise a peculiar family completely on her own. The stress of raising her wild-natured children in a densely populated city, all while keeping their identity a secret, culminates in a decision to move to the countryside, where she hopes Ame and Yuki can live a life free from the judgments of society. Wolf Children is the heartwarming story about the challenges of being a single mother in an unforgiving modern world.

Similarity – Both concern the coming of age theme in it and the characters’ move to the country to live in a traditional Japanese house that is hidden away from neighbors. Also, Young Yuki reminded me a lot of Mei, both having very similar personalities. I got the same heartwarming feeling watching both of these movies

Also read,10 Anime Like Wolf Children

Credits – MAL


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