Tonari no Totoro, Momo e no Tegami Recommendations
The other day, I was reading an article about Miyazaki. If I'm recalling correctly, it was mentioned how a member of his staff had argued with him during the production of Spirited Away about how its heroine should've acted more hesitant and fearful when confronted with monsters. I'm mentioning this because I think this disagreement touches upon my biggest gripe with Miyazaki's 'kiddy flicks': they lack a relatable human edge that would've allowed me to become involved. For example, I was re-watching Laputa a week or so back and it struck me how, in real life, a girl would be left SOMEWHAT traumatised by falling
Both movies have children moving to a new home, one in the countryside and the other on a secluded island, with the similar scenery of quiet everyday human life alongside nature. Both movies have supernatural elements that only the children are able to see and interact with.
Young girls interact with supernatural beings in the countryside.