Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo Recommendations
Chihiro and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo are surprising similar if one compare their characteristics side by side.
Both are from the "family entertainment" kind of movie. Just like classical Ghibli productions, this time Shinkai deviates from his trademark drama and creates a lighthearted comfy tale about an adventurous girl. This change is not only noticeable on the setting and storyline but also on character design, which are way simpler and "Ghibli-like".
Asuna and Chihiro are both courageous girls who find themselves in a different world. Although the reasons which led them there differ, they both step forward and get to know more of this supernatural/spiritual reality
Both anime films have a female character who ends up in some strange land with monsters/spirits. The young male and female characters do have feelings for each other that develop, as well.
A girl is lost in a world different from her own. A world full of mystery and danger. One wanted to save her parents while the other wanted to see her first love. Both had a companion to aid them on their journey.
Both MC travels to a new world filled with mysterious creatures and new experience.
Both films have a female lead. They end up in a strange world and want to save something precious. Both films have those mysterious beings and a young male who helps the protagonist. Similar art style.
Just like every Ghibli movie the protagonist is a little girl that somehow meets spirits and supernatural beings.A girl to a world different from her own ends up meeting a young boy from a different world and develop feelings for eatch other in a world full of mystery and danger and they end up about the same away
Makoto Shinkai has said that he is a Hayao Miyazaki fan, so both of these works share many similarities. Both feature a young girl as a main character, as they travel in a fantasy world filled with fantastical creatures. Both anime have beautiful scenery and soundtracks, as well as some romance between the two main characters.
Anyone familiar with Studio Ghibli easily see that Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo was heavily inspired by their films. I feel that the movie it has to most parallels to is Spirited Away as they are both adventure films that take place in a different world, have a female lead, a male lead guide, mysterious creatures and beautiful scenery and soundtrack.