Sidat.ID, – ‘Ni No Kuni’ takes you on a magical and unforgettable journey where two high school students, Yuu and his friend Haru, travel to another world that is much more fantastic than theirs, but still has some similarities. With the intention of saving the life of one of their friends, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime, but not everything is as simple as it seems.
‘Ni No Kuni’ is not a revolutionary anime at all and is often quite predictable. But what makes it so memorable is its beautifully illustrated world, cute and charming characters, and most importantly, its simple yet beautiful storytelling. If, like us, you’ve fallen in love with this classic RPG-flavored anime, you might start looking for other similar shows. So here is a list of all anime shows that are similar to ‘Ni No Kuni’. You can stream most of the anime mentioned below on Funimation, Crunchyroll, or Hulu.
- Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo (2011)
There’s a reason that director Makoto Shinkai is often labeled “The New Miyazaki.” His extraordinary talent and his impressive visual work, especially in his recent films like ‘Your Name’ and ‘Weathering with You’, demonstrate his prowess.
‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’ is one of the lesser known films of him. It tells the story of a brave young woman named Asuna who likes to explore the forest near her house while she listens to a radio that works with a strange crystal. During one of these adventurous endeavors, the radio starts playing beautiful music and she finally meets a boy who is believed to be dead. Once he left, he was forced to meet her again and began a journey to the underworld to learn more about him. Along the way, he ended up learning more than he asked for.
Like ‘Ni No Kuni’, the main character of ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’ willingly enters an unknown world filled with mythical creatures, serene landscapes and terrifying enemies. All of this is mixed with a timeless romance and story that is reminiscent of Studio Ghibli’s work. ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’ is a must see if you like ‘Ni No Kuni’.
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The world of anime is nothing new in the concept of time travel. TV shows like ‘The Girl Who Jumped Through Time’, ‘Mirai Nikki’ and, of course, ‘Steins; Doors are very popular because they have done wonders with the implementation of the time travel theme.
‘Erased’ is one of these shows about a young man who has the ability to travel through time by accident. With this ability, whenever he is in a disturbing situation, he can travel a few minutes to the past to undo all the damage he has caused in the present.
This ability to “wake up” not only changed his life, but allowed him to save the lives of many around him. However, when one day he is framed for murder, he finds himself back in his 10-year-old self, just before the tragic death of one of his friends from elementary school. He now he has to unite all the parts of his life to understand how the death of the young woman is related to the murder that he has incriminated.
On the surface, ‘Erased’ didn’t have much in common with ‘Ni No Kuni’. But both stories are presented from the unique perspective of children trying to redeem themselves in a new world. Both performances reflect the importance of seeking meaningful relationships and living a life that is not filled with regrets.
- Hotarubi no Mori e (2011)
‘Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light’ is more of a Shoujo anime because it emphasizes the romantic relationship between the two main characters. It is about a girl who, while wandering through the woods one day, meets a genie wearing a party mask. Jin took him out of the forest and the two became friends after this.
After that, every summer, the girl visited the forest just to see her friend. Although he is forbidden to touch her, he still hopes to spend time with her every summer. But the genie lives a cursed life, and as the girl continues to age, she remains the same. Will they be together?
Although more of a romantic genre, the existential theme in ‘Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light’ adds depth and makes it similar to ‘Ni No Kuni’ in many ways. Combining Japanese folklore and poignant stories of forbidden love, ‘Hotarubi no Mori e’ is an extraordinary symbolic anime that defies all the rigid clichés of the romantic genre.
- Natsume’s Book of Friends (2008)
Natsume is a young man who is ostracized by all the other kids his age because he refuses to fit in. His eyes allow him to see supernatural beings known as Yokai and his presence constantly haunts him. One day, he finally discovers the true purpose of this ability. He learns that his grandmother possessed the same ability and would use it to collect the names of the Yokai and later control them. Realizing that his purpose is now to free all of these Yokai, he embarks on the adventure of his life.
Unlike most of the other shows on this list, “Natsume’s Book of Friends” is not an Isekai anime. However, its main theme, which revolves around forging meaningful relationships beyond the confines of time and other borders, is very similar to that of “Ni No Kuni.” The beauty of this anime lies purely in its simplicity. If you are looking for a comforting and relaxing anime to accompany you long after you finish watching it, this is the show to go for. You can check it here.
- Spirited Away (2001)
The anime “Ni No Kuni” is produced by OLM Studio (“Pokemon”, “Inazuma Eleven”). However, given that their original game has Studio Ghibli fingerprints all over it, this list would certainly be incomplete without the best of Studio work. One of the most famous anime in the West, “Spirited Away” is a fantastic adventure anime that is steeped in Japanese folklore and portrays Hayao Miyazaki’s artistic strength as a director very well.
It features an intriguing story of a rite of passage for a young woman named Chihiro, who plunges into a dark adventure in which she is trapped in a world inhabited by spirits, witches, monsters, and other hideous fantasy creatures. As she faces new challenges as she tries to get her family out of there, she ends up learning some valuable lessons about love and friendship.***