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Everything Cute and Kawaii about My Neighbor Totoro

The main characters of My Neighbor Totoro are super cute little girls, and the titular character of Totoro is a super kawaii ball of fur. It’s inevitable that you spend most of the movie squeeing in delight. Can you handle the cuteness of this classic anime film?

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Dec 7, 2015 1:15 AM | 11,093 views

Tonari no Totoro: Totoro Studio Ghibli
My Neighbor Totoro is probably Hayao Miyazaki's most famous film—which says a lot, considering how famous his other films are! In fact, Totoro has become the mascot for Studio Ghibli, and even features in the official logo of the studio. The character of Totoro is incredibly well-known all around the world. Merchandise bearing his likeness includes plush toys, pillows, keychains, pajamas, backpacks, socks, hoodies, phone cases, and much, much more. He is a surefire hot property, although the character actually appears only briefly throughout the movie.

What makes him so appealing? Why, his cuteness, of course!


Is It Wrong to Be Jealous of a Baby?


Tonari no Totoro: Baby on Totoro
Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Totoro
The huge success of Totoro as a character is definitely owed in large part to his unbelievable cuteness. Everyone who sees the film wants a Totoro for themselves—and why not? Just look above at this squee-inducing re-creation of one of the most kawaii scenes from the movie! I've never been jealous of a baby before, but there's a first time for everything...

Tonari no Totoro: Totoro, Mei Kusakabe
Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Totoro


Can't...Handle...Too...Much...Kawaii...


Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Totoro
How can a fictional character be this adorable?! It's impossible!

Tonari no Totoro: Totoro
Totoro looks so confuzzled here, and I love it.

Tonari no Totoro: Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe, Totoro
Totoro is just like a big balloon! The tiny umbrella in his paw really adds a nice touch.

Tonari no Totoro: Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe, Totoro
This ceremony requires solemnity. But Totoro still can't hide how fluffy, soft, and cuddly he is.

Tonari no Totoro: Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe, Totoro
Awww, Totoro is trying so hard. He really cares!

Tonari no Totoro: Totoro
...I have no words. Too cute. Brain has melted.


Mei Is No Slouch in the Cuteness Department Either


Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Totoro
Mei falling asleep on Totoro's big belly is definitely one of her cutest moments, and one of the cutest moments in the entire film.

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe
But make no mistake: she's adorable just by herself too!

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe
Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe
Mei's facial expressions are truly hilarious, even when she's crying her eyes out.

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe
I just want to squeeze her cheeks and tug on her pigtails!

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe


Sisterly Love


Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe
KAWAII! Mei missed Satsuki so much! This sisterly relationship is one of the cutest ever created.

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe, Tatsuo Kusakabe
Really, their whole family is just adorable. The way Daddy Kusakabe loves and cares for his girls is truly heartwarming.

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe, Nekobasu
Satsuki and Mei ride in style on the Catbus.

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe
Satsuki and Mei have so many adventures, yet they continue to see everything with a sense of wonder. How beautiful a child's view of the world is!

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe


The Other Spirits of the Forest


Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Totoro
The other "totoro" spirits may be smaller than Totoro, but they are just as kawaii!

Tonari no Totoro: Tonari no Totoro: Totoro
How adorable that they look up to their big brother Totoro, and follow him around like this.

Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe


The Catbus...


Tonari no Totoro: Mei Kusakabe, Satsuki Kusakabe, Nekobasu
...is scary! Not cute at all!


Really, this post could have gone on even longer! My Neighbor Totoro is one of the most lighthearted, joyous, and magical films I've ever seen. It's full of cute characters, cute moments, and cute images. No wonder Totoro is so popular everywhere he goes—he's a friend to anyone who needs him. His lovability transcends the boundaries between his fictional world and our own reality. He is so KAWAII!

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Anime: Tonari no Totoro
People: Miyazaki, Hayao
Characters: Satsuki KusakabeMei KusakabeTotoroNekobasuTatsuo Kusakabe

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