Synonyms: Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
Japanese: ホッタラケの島 ～遥と魔法の鏡～
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 22, 2009
1 hr. 38 min.
G - All Ages
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Score: 7.751 (scored by 2016 users)
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Both are stories where a young girl is transported into a visually-stunning magical fantasy world and has to overcome various challenges before returning to the real world. Both reference youkai and folklore, where the main character must befriend and interact with them.
It will be actually one-sided recommendation - most people at least heard of Spirited Away. Hottarake no Shima, however is very underrated in my opinion. Just like in Spirited Away, we have a young girl who wents into the world of magic and encounters it's strange inhabitants. Both movies have beautiful visuals, Hottarake no Shima, however, is CG while Spirited Away uses the traditional animation. Even if you're not a fan of CG, give it a try, because good anime movies are becoming a rare thing. Especially family-friendly ones.
Both are stories where a young lead gets transported into a visually-stunning magical fantasy world and has to overcome various challenges before returning to the real world a better person.
Both are 3D CG anime, but Oblivion Island is by far the better movie in every aspect, and stands as an example of how good these types of show could be with the right ingredients and some effort.