Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime). 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 Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime)

10. Xam’d: Lost Memories
9. Made in Abyss
8. Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit
7. Pokemon 4Ever (Celebi: Voice of the Forest)
6. Children Who Chase Lost Voices
5. Arjuna
4. Spirited Away
3. Origin: Spirits of the Past
2. Mushishi
1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

10. Xam’d: Lost Memories

Bounen no Xamdou (Xam'd Lost Memories)
Synopsis – Sentan Island is a small island surrounded by the Yuden Sea. It exists in a state of dreamlike tranquility, cut off from the war between the Northern Government and the Southern Continent Free Zone. Our hero, Akiyuki Takehara, lives on Sentain Island along with his mother Fusa. He is currently separated from his father, the town doctor Ryuzo, but the bond between father and son remains. One day, after taking Ryuzo the lunch that Fusa has made for him as usual, Akiyuki arrives at school, where he is caught up in an explosion along with his friends, Haru and Furuichi. The explosion produces a mysterious light, which enters Akiyuki’s arm, causing him excruciating pain. He’s given no time to understand it, however, as the white-haired girl who rode on the bus with him guides him to a power unlike anything he’s ever known.

Similarity –The world and character designs of Xam’d are all very Ghibliesque. Akiyuki may have been created drawing some inspiration from Ashitaka; each character is forced to accept his fate after absorbing a dangerous and ancient power into his forearm.

9. Made in Abyss

Made in AbyssSynopsis – The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

Similarity – The mysteries of their worlds and the way they explore them in both, from the designs of; the creatures, the environments and even the characters. I mean, San’s design obviously helped inspire the design of Nanachi, Ashikaga’s curse to Regu’s cyborg arms and even Lady Eboshi antagonistic beliefs to Ouzen’s own antagonistic beliefs. Even the stories are alike; a tale of a journey to finding something/someone (with Mononoke Hime, a cure for Ashikaga’s curse and with Made in Abyss, Riko’s mother).

Also read,10 Anime Like Made in Abyss

8. Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit

Synopsis- On the precipice of a cataclysmic drought, the Star Readers of the Shin Yogo Empire must devise a plan to avoid widespread famine. It is written in ancient myths that the first emperor, along with eight warriors, slew a water demon to avoid a great drought and save the land that was to become Shin Yogo. If a water demon was to appear once more, its death could bring salvation. However, the water demon manifests itself within the body of the emperor’s son, Prince Chagum—by the emperor’s order, Chagum is to be sacrificed to save the empire.

Meanwhile, a mysterious spear-wielding mercenary named Balsa arrives in Shin Yogo on business. After saving Chagum from a thinly veiled assassination attempt, she is tasked by Chagum’s mother to protect him from the emperor and his hunters. Bound by a sacred vow she once made, Balsa accepts.

Seirei no Moribito follows Balsa as she embarks on her journey to protect Chagum, exploring the beauty of life, nature, family, and the bonds that form between strangers.

Similarity – Plotwise both are about a prince who’s going on an adventure to fight a curse and stand up to his fate.

Also the fantasy world’s setting is similar: These are times when men fight between each other but also nature that they don’t understand. Anime touch the subject of spiritual beings, demons and moral problems of humans who don’t treasure life.

7. Pokemon 4Ever (Celebi: Voice of the Forest)

Synopsis – 40 years ago, a Celebi was being attacked by a Pokemon Hunter. Luckily, a young boy named Sammy saved Celebi. Using its Time Traveling power, Celebi transported himself and Sammy 40 years into the future. There, Ash, Misty, and Brock assist Sammy to the healing lake in the forest so they can heal the wounded Celebi. Unfortunately an evil Team Rocket member, Viscious a.k.a. “The Iron Masked Marauder”, tries to capture Celebi using his technology. As Ash and Co. try to get away from Viscious, they also run into Jessie, James, and Meowth, who also want to capture Celebi. Soon it becomes a race against time to get Celebi and Sammy back to the forest before Celebi is caught and is used to destroy the forest and themselves.

Similarity – If you pay close attention you’ll notice that Pokemon 4Ever takes a lot of influence from Princess Mononoke. Suicune appears to be based on the Forest Spirit, the Iron Masked Marauder appears to based on Eboshi, Satoshi appears to be based on Ashitaka, Celebi appears to be based on San, etc.

6. Children Who Chase Lost Voices


Synopsis – Between being an exceptional student and taking care of the house alone during her mother’s absence, Asuna Watase’s only distraction is listening to her old crystal radio in her secret mountain hideout. One day, she accidentally tunes to a mysterious and melancholic melody, different from anything she has ever heard before. Soon after, an enigmatic boy named Shun saves her from a dangerous creature, unknowingly dragging Asuna on a long journey to a long lost land bound to surpass her very imagination, turning her once melodic life into an intricate requiem.

Similarity – Both movies have incredibly similar atmospheres and basic plot lines about humans trying to be/control gods and not fully understanding what they’re getting themselves into. Princess Mononoke delves much more heavily into a humanity vs nature theme, while Children Who Chase Lost Voices focuses more on how people cope with death. Both are gorgeous beyond belief and if you like the one you will undoubtedly enjoy the other.

5. Arjuna


Synopsis –Juna was just an ordinary high-school girl, right up until the day she died in a motorcycle accident. But there, in the twilight of death, she saw the future of the barren earth destroyed by the Raaja, and was offered a second chance at life if she would stop them. Now she must learn to cast aside her thoughtlessly destructive ways and face her destiny as the Avatar of Time, the one being who can decide the fate of the planet.

Similarity – Both have similar themes relating to what happens when humans encroach and try to destroy forests and nature.Strong themes of ecological awareness are present in both shows, as well as thoughts on how technology affects the environment. Both animes tell the story of strong girls trying to understand their own purpose in the related nature

4. 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 – made by the same guy Hayao Miyazaki. He makes great anime movies that will leave you wanting more, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy watching all of the movies that were made by him. His movies are very creative and original, if you’ve seen one, you should check out some of his others, they are all just as good. His movies are so great that I even rewatched some of them a few times. anyways if you’re interested in one of his movies, you’re almost guaranteed to like the others. see for yourself.

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

3. Origin: Spirits of the Past

romance anime movies
Synopsis – A failed DNA experiment with plants has changed the world forever. Having demolished the moon, the intelligent and aggressive plant-life has spread to the earth and destroyed the human civilization. The few humans that remain struggle to survive, while maintaining an uneasy truce with the restless forest. One day, a villager named Agito stumbles across a stasis unit hidden deep in the forest and awakens a very cute girl from the past. Having slept for the past 300 years, Tula steps into a very different and strange world. The neighboring high-tech village of Ragna is still locked in a bitter war with the forest and when they become aware of Tula, they realize that she is the key to activating her father’s final and ultimate weapon of humanity—a weapon designed to totally destroy the forest. When Tula is taken by the warriors of Ragna, Agito makes a pact with the forest to gain the strength and incredible powers to not only save her, but to stop the weapon from destroying both the forest and his village.

Similarity – The great theme of nature and civilization being in conflict, made visually delightful by inventive and quirky animation, runs through Mononoke in the same way as it does through Origin. More than that, Mononoke presents a two-sided argument with more complex characters and superior action sequences whilst retaining that ‘innocent’ feel you find in Origin.

2. Mushishi

MushishiSynopsis – “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.

It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself.

Similarity – They pretty much share the same mentality regarding nature and spiritual life, both being influenced by the supernatural. The overall atmosphere is also the same with incredible scenery and hauntingly beautiful music. The most simple things turn out to be miracles of life.

1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Synopsis – A millennium has passed since the catastrophic nuclear war named the “Seven Days of Fire,” which destroyed nearly all life on Earth. Humanity now lives in a constant struggle against the treacherous jungle that has evolved in response to the destruction caused by mankind. Filled with poisonous spores and enormous insects, the jungle spreads rapidly across the Earth and threatens to swallow the remnants of the human race.

Away from the jungle exists a peaceful farming kingdom known as the “Valley of the Wind,” whose placement by the sea frees it from the spread of the jungle’s deadly toxins. The Valley’s charismatic young princess, Nausicaä, finds her tranquil kingdom disturbed when an airship from the kingdom of Tolmekia crashes violently in the Valley. After Nausicaä and the citizens of the Valley find a sinister pulsating object in the wreckage, the Valley is suddenly invaded by the Tolmekian military, who intend to revive a dangerous weapon from the Seven Days of Fire. Now Nausicaä must fight to stop the Tolmekians from plunging the Earth into a cataclysm which humanity could never survive, while also protecting the Valley from the encroaching forces of the toxic jungle.

Similarity – These two movies seem very similar. Princess Nausicaa has many of the same qualities as Prince Ashitaka from ‘Princess Mononoke’. Little subtleties like the enchanted forest in ‘Mononoke’ and the toxic forest in ‘Nausicaa’ reflect each other. The boars from ‘Mononoke’ and the Ohmu from ‘Nausicaa’. Both these movies are very unique and at the same time very similar. Perhaps the similarities are due to the fact that they are both Hayao Miyazaki films. ‘Princess Mononoke’ is the story of human civilization expanding and endangering the enchanted forest and how the people/creatures of the forest react to that growth. ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ is the story of how the toxic forest is expanding and how human civilization reacts to that growth.

Credits – MAL

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