Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Wolf Children (Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki). 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 Wolf Children (Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)

10. When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie)
9. Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (Cheonnyeon-yeowoo Yeowoobi)
8. Blue Literature (Aoi Bungaku Series)
7. The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)
6. The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)
5. A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami)
4. My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)
3. Bunny Drop (Usagi Drop)
2. Clannad: After Story
1. Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou)

10. When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie)

When Marnie Was ThereSynopsis – Suffering from frequent asthma attacks, young Anna Sasaki is quiet, unsociable, and isolated from her peers, causing her foster parent endless worry. Upon recommendation by the doctor, Anna is sent to the countryside, in hope that the cleaner air and more relaxing lifestyle will improve her health and help clear her mind. One day while wandering outside, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh House. However, she soon finds that the residence isn’t as vacant as it appears to be, running into a mysterious girl named Marnie. Marnie’s bubbly demeanor slowly begins to draw Anna out of her shell as she returns night after night to meet with her new friend. But it seems there is more to the strange girl than meets the eye—as her time in the town nears its end, Anna begins to discover the truth behind the walls of the Marsh House.

Similarity – Both are about family, sadness and about letting go. Emotionally so powerful. This is not a film you want to watch if you expect to laugh, but you can find some comical relief or likable icebreakers. For the most part, it is a tragic story about broken people finding their way out of it and a way of living with it. If you like a melancholic driven story with grounded well-written characters that you care for, this is for you.

9. Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (Cheonnyeon-yeowoo Yeowoobi)

Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (Cheonnyeon-yeowoo Yeowoobi)Synopsis – Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox revolves around a kumiho, a nine-tailed fox that can assume different forms including human. Kumiho are familiar figures in Korean folk tales, and they are usually depicted as magical creatures that take a female form to lure and prey on humans. This time, however, our protagonist is a young, kind-hearted fox with only five tails, instead of nine. After losing her family to fox hunters, five-tailed Yobi lives in the forest with some shipwrecked aliens, far away from the humans. When one of her alien friends gets captured by a villager, Yobi has no choice but to adventure into the human world to rescue him. At the village, Yobi meets many humans, including Geum Yee who studies at a school for maladjusted children. Interested in Geum Yee, Yobi joins the students and revels in the fun of human life, but both a fox hunter and a mysterious shadow man are on her trail.

Similarity – These films have some plot differences, but they are both about wild animals that can transform into humans and vice-versa. Fantasy with a bit of drama, and have foxes and wolves in them. One movie is Korean, while the other is Japanese. Beautiful story involving romance, drama, love, and loss. They both have wonderful endings and extremely lovable characters. I teared up with both (both sad and happy tears).

8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)Synopsis – Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school, but is having a hard time deciding what to do with her future. In between enduring the pressure of her teachers and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life suddenly changes when she accidentally discovers that she is capable of literally leaping through time. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo follows Makoto as she plays around with her newfound power. However, she soon learns the hard way that every choice has a consequence, and time is a lot more complicated than it may seem.

Similarity – While watching Ame to Yuki I had the same lighthearted and yet bittersweet feeling that gave me Toki wo Kakeru Shojo. Not only they share a very similar art style, which is very pleasant, but also both movies share a strong supernatural theme who quickly become the main focus of the story. Both plots are told gently and can make you experience some nice time to spend watching. Also, both series share a very important element that they show in their own way: love transcend time and any kind of race. Absolutely recommended both titles!

7. The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)

The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)Synopsis – On a rainy morning in Tokyo, Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker, decides to skip class to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. This is where he meets Yukari Yukino, a beautiful yet mysterious woman, for the very first time. Offering to make her new shoes, Takao continues to meet with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without even realizing it, the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts just by being with each other. However, their personal struggles have not disappeared completely, and as the end of the rainy season approaches, their relationship will be put to the test

Similarity – Both have really good plots
Both have that relatable moments in life
Both made a better love story in a little more than an hour than Twilight did in 4 books
Both are great movies
Both movies slaps you so hard about reality that sometimes you don’t want to ever go outside of your room anymore
Both made me cried in the end (manly tears)

6. The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)

The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)Synopsis – Bakemono no Ko is the tale of a boy and a beast: both lonely, both stubborn, and both strong. For nine-year-old Ren, things could hardly be worse. His mother has passed away in a traffic accident, his father is nowhere to be found, and his extended family is cold and distant. Desperate, Ren runs away to the mean streets of Shibuya to try and survive on his own.

Similarity – Both anime films directed by Mamoru Hosoda deal with a world based on our world with some supernatural beast-like elements. The biggest similarity is both are movies that deal with parenthood and children growing up and coming into their own. Wolf Children is more about a mother and her two kids while Boy and the Beast is about a son and his father. Both are solid movie experiences and are done fairly well.

5. A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami)

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.

Similarity – Both are a great slice of life stories with supernatural/fantasy twist. In both main character has to deal with the loss of someone and has to change her way of living to move forward, both have a very good mix of drama & cute moments.

4. My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)Synopsis – In 1950s Japan, Tatsuo Kusakabe relocates himself and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, to the countryside to be closer to their mother, who is hospitalized due to long-term illness. As the girls grow acquainted with rural life, Mei encounters a small, bunny-like creature in the yard one day. Chasing it into the forest, she finds “Totoro”—a giant, mystical forest spirit whom she soon befriends. Before long, Satsuki too meets Totoro, and the two girls suddenly find their lives filled with magical adventures in nature and fantastical creatures of the woods.

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

3. Bunny Drop (Usagi Drop)

Bunny Drop (Usagi Drop)Synopsis – Going home from his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover. The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin Kaga. In a fit of anger, Daikichi decides to take her in himself. As Daikichi nurtures Rin, he started to understand the struggle while at the same time the joy of parenting.

Similarity – A heartwarming tale with a lighthearted mood to go with the idea of taking care of children and parenting. That is a major theme in both series. In both series, there is the idea of growing up. However, it is up to the parent to take care of them and raise the child to become independent. There is a slice of feeling that goes along with the concept of parenting. After all, raising a kid is not easy and often comes with challenges and struggles. Yet in both series, the characters gets along well together and they take on life itself with that slice-of-life feeling.

2. Clannad: After Story

Clannad After StorySynopsis – Clannad: After Story, the sequel to the critically acclaimed slice-of-life series Clannad, begins after Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school. Together, they experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Unable to decide on a course for his future, Tomoya learns the value of a strong work ethic and discovers the strength of Nagisa’s support. Through the couple’s dedication and unity of purpose, they push forward to confront their personal problems, deepen their old relationships, and create new bonds.

 

Similarity – Both have similar topics. When a person losses someone they loved and have to raise their children on their own. Extremely powerful and heartbreaking. Cute children ( Ushio, Ame) that have sad stories on their own. Both have a fantasy but instead of making the story boring and unrealistic, make it more powerful. If you like it, you will definitely like the other.

Be sure to check out 10 Anime Like Clannad: After Story

1. Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou)

Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou)Synopsis – Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, who stylizes herself as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” has been reduced to a mere folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. Now in the possession of both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected.

Similarity – Without spoiling too much, let’s just say Wolf Children goes in the general direction Spice and Wolf EVENTUALLY does. Yes. The genders are reversed (DO NOT WANT MALE HOWO–NO!) from S&W’s pairing but that matters not when the movie is about half wolf, half human children coming to terms with life. Both have that relaxing pacing and touching story line.

Be sure to check out 10 Anime Like Spice and Wolf (Ookami to Koushinryou)

Credits – MAL, ANN

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